Latest Tennessee state government News

Tennessee continues to post positive revenues

Oct. 15, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has posted another month of positive revenue numbers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Finance and Administration says September tax revenues were $1.9 billion, or $321.5 million more than September 2020 and...

Solar firm buys carbon offset outfit, both tied to ex-gov

Oct. 14, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee solar energy firm has bought an organization that helps companies offset their carbon emissions by funding new solar farms, both of which a former governor helped establish. A news release Thursday says Silicon Ranch Corp. has...

Judge: Knox County may issue school mask mandate exemptions

Oct. 12, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday slightly tweaked his order requiring Knox County schools implement a school mask mandate, saying officials would be allowed to approve exemptions on a case by case basis. In his 14-page ruling, however, U.S. District...

Jackson site chosen for possible industrial development

Oct. 12, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn, (AP) — A large parcel of land in Jackson, Tennessee, has been selected by state economic development officials for possible industrial development. The 316-acre site, which is served by a railroad line, is located near Highway 223 in Jackson. It has been...

Tennessee state senator seeks acquittal, new trial

Oct. 12, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for a Tennessee state senator are seeking an acquittal or new trial after the Democrat was convicted of four counts of wire fraud last month. The motion, filed Oct. 8 on behalf of Sen. Katrina Robinson, argue that “the government...

Former state Rep. Jim Coley, a Memphis Republican, dies

Oct. 11, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee state Rep. Jim Coley, who represented a Memphis district for 14 years in the General Assembly, has died, a relative said Monday. Coley died on Sunday, his son, Evan Coley, said in a Facebook post. A cause of death was not...

Tennessee prisons announce suicide prevention hotline

Oct. 11, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction now has a suicide prevention hotline which friends and family of inmates can call if they are concerned about their loved one, the department announced. Calls will be will be routed to the department's...

Lee appoints judges to two circuit courts after retirements

Oct. 09, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced the appointments of two circuit court judges. Lee said in a statement Friday that Brent Bradberry has been named as a judge in the 24th Judicial District, which includes Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, and...

Hamilton County student survives rare syndrome from COVID-19

Oct. 09, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tn. (AP) — Ten-year-old Elijah Berestecky’s arms are still covered in bruises from the dozens of needle jabs he received during two trips to the pediatrician, three to the emergency department and a three-day stay at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. His...

Tennessee leaders to review education funding formula

Oct. 08, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn on Friday announced plans to review how the state funds its multibillion dollar K-12 education system. Lee and Schwinn say they hope school leaders, families and other members of the public...