Latest Tennessee state government News

Free legal clinic on wheels launches for Tennessee clients

Jun. 25, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has launched a free legal clinic on wheels. The court used federal pandemic aid to retrofit a blue sprinter van to make stops in mostly rural places across the state. It’s called the “Justice Bus” and it’s essentially a...

Tennessee seeks 6-week abortion ban, then near-total ban

Jun. 24, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee attorney general’s office filed an emergency motion on Friday asking a federal appeals court to let the state immediately begin banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The state also has a trigger law that was written to ban...

Rausch to continue leading Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Jun. 24, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he will appoint David Rausch to serve a second term as director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Rausch, a U.S. Army veteran, has been TBI director since 2018. Rausch has served in law enforcement for more than three...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jun. 23, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

Kingsport Times News. June 22, 2022. Editorial: Keep people and pets safe during excessive heat We were surprised when Alexa, our virtual assistant, gave us a notification that it was dangerously hot outside. We’d never heard that warning from Alexa, but we hadn’t...

Chairman says former TN governor perfect steward for Preds

Jun. 23, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Herb Fritch wanted to start a transition away from his role as chairman of the Nashville Predators, and he saw a former Tennessee governor as the perfect person to take over as majority owner. “We’re stable financially, we’re stable here,” Fritch...

Tennessee Education Dept awards $27M in tutoring grants

Jun. 23, 2022 04:08 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials have awarded $27 million in grants for five community organizations to start tutoring programs in the 2022-2023 school year. The state Department of Education says the Tennessee Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps Community...

Tennessee GOP leaders urge delay of toddler COVID-19 shots

Jun. 22, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Tennessee Republican House leaders on Wednesday urged Gov. Bill Lee to delay the state's health department from distributing and promoting the COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. In a letter sent to the Republican governor, House...

Tennessee issues fish consumption advisories on 3 reservoirs

Jun. 21, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has issued fish consumption advisories for fish on the Cheatham, Center Hill and Dale Hollow reservoirs. On the Cheatham reservoir, the department is warning of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in...

Tennessee secretary of state arrested on DUI charge

Jun. 18, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was arrested Friday night for allegedly driving under the influence after leaving a music festival in the state. Hargett, a Republican, was booked into the Coffee County Jail shortly after midnight Saturday and...

Former Tennessee governor buying majority share of Predators

Jun. 17, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The chairman of the Nashville Predators has agreed to sell the majority of his stake in the NHL team to former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The Predators announced the agreement Friday. No details of the purchase price were disclosed for a franchise valued...