Latest Tennessee state government News

Housing grant will aid those leaving Tennessee prisons

Aug. 16, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction announced on Monday it has received a $200,000 grant to help temporarily house indigent offenders who are leaving prison. The program expands an existing partnership with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency,...

New commander of Tennessee State Guard taking post Oct. 1

Aug. 15, 2022 04:17 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new commander of the Tennessee State Guard has been appointed. Retired U.S. Army Col. Kevin Stewart will assume command during a ceremony on Oct. 1 at Nashville's Joint Force Headquarters. Stewart was appointed by Gov. Bill Lee, said...

Gov: No school vouchers approved yet for Tennessee families

Aug. 12, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Friday the state had not yet approved any school vouchers for families seeking taxpayer funds to cover private school expenses, even as students begin a new school year. The Republican governor had announced in mid-July that the...

Tennessee Supreme Court picks Skrmetti as attorney general

Aug. 10, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday announced that Jonathan Skrmetti has been selected to be the state's next attorney general. Skrmetti replaces Attorney General Herbert Slatery, a Republican who announced in May that he wouldn't seek another...

Ahead of school year, judges OK rollout of voucher program

Aug. 06, 2022 10:40 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will be able to implement a contentious school voucher program while opponents continue challenging the initiative, a three-judge panel decided just days before the new school year begins. On Friday, attorneys representing Nashville, Shelby County...

With school about to begin, voucher foes aim to stop program

Aug. 05, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents to a contentious Tennessee school voucher program on Friday argued the state is acting in a “haphazard fashion” attempting to roll out the initiative ahead of the new school year as they asked a panel of judges to once again block the 2019 law from being...

AP News Guide: A look at Tennessee's primary elections

Aug. 05, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s primary elections were held Thursday to determine party nominees for governor, Congress and state legislative seats. A handful of ballot initiatives and district attorney races were also on the ballot in some counties, as well as Supreme Court...

Doctor critical of lax COVID rules wins Tenn. Dem gov race

Aug. 05, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Martin, a Nashville doctor critical of Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s hands-off approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, won the Democratic nomination for governor Friday and will face Lee in November. Martin, a first-time political candidate, defeated Memphis...

Jason Martin wins Democratic nomination for governor in Tennessee primary election.

Aug. 05, 2022 12:43 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jason Martin wins Democratic nomination for governor in Tennessee primary election.

Far-right mayor wins GOP primary for Nashville US House seat

Aug. 05, 2022 02:16 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andy Ogles, a far-right county mayor, won Tennessee’s crowded Republican primary on Thursday in a reconfigured congressional district in left-leaning Nashville that the party is hoping to flip in November. In a warning ahead of the general election, he said, “Liberals,...