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1. Haslam: Long-term Plan Needed for Road Project Backlog
- Thursday, October 08, 2015
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects, and that one-time money won't fix the problem.
2. Haslam Opens Door to Gas Tax Delay but Warns of Backlog
- Tuesday, September 29, 2015
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is opening the door to putting off a gas tax increase in an election year, but warns that officials need to stop "kidding ourselves" about Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects.
3. Public Outcry Kills Tennessee Bill to Charge for Public Records
- Thursday, September 24, 2015
People of every political stripe across Tennessee are rising in protest to legislation allowing government to charge fees for inspection of public records.
Fisk University student Justin Jones said such a financial imposition would place an “undue burden” on his fellow collegians seeking information from public records as part of research papers and other assignments.
4. More Tennessee Lawmakers Come Out Against Gas Tax Hike
- Thursday, September 03, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Add the chairman of the state Senate transportation committee to the list of opponents of raising Tennessee's gas tax in 2016.
Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who heads the transportation panel in the upper chamber, said Tuesday that there isn't enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal for the upcoming legislative session.
5. Tennessee’s ‘Fighting 26’ Democrats Work to Stay Relevant
- Thursday, July 16, 2015
Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?
When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a health care coverage gap, they found themselves alone.
6. Ramsey Uses ‘System’ to Reshape State’s Political Landscape
- Thursday, May 28, 2015
Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey laughs at the notion he’s changed since being elected to the Legislature 23 years ago, that he’s lost touch with the common man or become “arrogant” as lieutenant governor of Tennessee.
7. What’s Better for Commuters? More I-24 Lanes or Monorail?
- Saturday, April 18, 2015
With growing population comes increasingly congested commuter traffic, and the Rutherford County corridor between Nashville and Murfreesboro along I-24 is considered the most congested in Middle Tennessee.
8. Big Leap From Hollywood Hustle to Nolensville ‘Barn’
- Saturday, April 11, 2015
The step-grandmother of Clark Gable’s granddaughter leans back in her chair inside the Mennonite furniture store and holds up a foot.
“Look. I’m wearing orange socks. I must be eccentric,” says Linda Roberts as a gray, misty day chases me from Nolensville Road into the worn building tucked against Mill Creek.
9. Legislators Not Moved by Hymns, Reason
- Thursday, April 09, 2015
The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.
10. Sponsor Withdraws Bill to Allow Motorcycle Lane Splitting
- Friday, March 20, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to allow Tennessee motorcyclists to ride between slow-moving cars has been withdrawn by the Senate sponsor.
Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Tracy of Shelbyville said the measure was withdrawn Wednesday by fellow Republican Sen. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald.
11. Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike
- Friday, February 20, 2015
Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.
After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.
12. Common Core is Working – So Kill It
- Friday, February 13, 2015
Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.
13. Resolution Calls for End to Federal ‘Imposition’
- Friday, February 13, 2015
Saying the feds are guilty of intruding in local schools, state Sen. Bill Ketron is seeking passage of a resolution designed to end what he calls overreach by the U.S. Department of Education.
“We don’t need the federal government telling us how to do it,” Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, said during a recent meeting with teachers in the Rutherford Education Association.
14. Most Congressional Incumbents Appear Safe in Tennessee
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014
After defeating his Republican primary opponent by a mere 38 votes, scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais appears to be only one of Tennessee's nine incumbent House members to face a serious challenge in the general election.
15. Alexander Looks to Fend Off Tennessee GOP Challengers
- Thursday, August 07, 2014
LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) – After losing his first bid for Tennessee governor 40 years ago, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander shed his blue suit and buttoned-up appearance for a plaid shirt, hiking boots and a 1,000-mile walk around the state.
16. Insurance Through Work? Health Law Affects You Too
- Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The health care overhaul's reach stretches far beyond the millions of uninsured Americans it is expected to help. It also could touch everything from the drug choices to doctor bills of people who have insurance through work.
17. Dot Foods Breaks Ground on Dyersburg Facility
- Monday, November 18, 2013
A windy, cold morning would not keep civic leaders, elected officials and the Dyersburg community from giving a warm welcome to Dot Foods Inc. and its senior managers on Thursday morning as they broke ground on a new home. Company leaders gathered with the Dyersburg community to place the first shovels in the ground for a $24 million distribution center in Dyersburg Industrial Park next to the Nordyne building off Highway 211. The 166,494-square-foot distribution center is scheduled for completion by September 2014 making it the company's ninth distribution center in the United States.
18. Campaigns Begin In Abortion Referendum
- Thursday, October 31, 2013
Anti-abortion rights activists are planning a high-dollar fundraiser next week to kick off their campaign for a constitutional amendment next fall that would give lawmakers more power to restrict access to abortions.
19. Sponsors Won't Advance Abortion Ultrasound Bill
- Thursday, March 07, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Republican sponsors of a measure setting ultrasound requirements in advance of abortions have decided not to push the bill forward in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.
20. Cosmetic Procedures Bill Opponents Protest Changes
- Thursday, April 12, 2012
Opponents of a bill to change legal requirements for cosmetic procedures have staged a protest at the legislative office complex in Nashville.
The group waved signs at the entrance to Legislative Plaza on Wednesday morning to urge lawmakers to abandon the measure sponsored by Rep. Mike Sparks of Smyrna and fellow Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville.
21. State Senate to Vote on Closing Teacher Evaluation Data
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill to close public access to teacher evaluation data is headed for a full Senate vote.
The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 7-0 on Tuesday to advance the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville.
22. State Sen. Jim Tracy Decides Against US House Bid
- Tuesday, January 10, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – State Sen. Jim Tracy says he's decided against a congressional bid in a redrawn 4th House District.
23. Munchak: Assuming for Now That Hasselbeck Starts
- Friday, December 16, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – Titans coach Mike Munchak says he is assuming Matt Hasselbeck is playing Sunday at Indianapolis until he sees otherwise. That's even though his veteran quarterback only watched practice Wednesday.
24. Berke Earning Respect on Both Sides of Aisle
- Tuesday, December 13, 2011
State Sen. Andy Berke said he had no expectations of what public office would be like when he was elected in 2007.
In fact, he said somewhat sheepishly, he “literally had not been to the legislature since my fourth-grade field trip. … By the way, that’s a mistake. I now realize I should have been paying more attention all along.”
25. Local Companies Working to Navigate Economic Straits
- Monday, June 13, 2011
The financial services business seems like a tough one to be in these days.
Investors have for the last few weeks treated bank stocks like the piñata of Wall Street. Bankers, attorneys and investment professionals have boiled a massive government overhaul of the country’s financial regulations down to clipped phrases like “finreg” and “Dodd-Frank” that they speak of often with a grumble or a shaking of the head.
26. Playhouse’s Staging of ‘August’ Sizzles
- Monday, March 28, 2011
Mattie Fay Aiken, the character played by Ann Marie Hall in Playhouse on the Square’s production of the much-celebrated “August: Osage County” by Tracy Letts, at one point in the play says, “You have to be smart to be complicated.”
27. State Senate Panel Continues Probe of TBR Hiring Process
- Friday, October 01, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – Some members of the Tennessee Board of Regents acknowledged Wednesday that the process used to select the latest chancellor probably could have been carried out better to deflect criticism.
28. Senate Panel Continues Probe of TBR Hiring Process
- Thursday, September 30, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some members of the Tennessee Board of Regents acknowledged Wednesday that the process used to select the latest chancellor probably could have been carried out better to deflect criticism.
29. Senate to Hold Inquiry Into Tenn. Regents Hire
- Monday, August 16, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers say they will hold hearings on the selection of a top aide of outgoing Gov. Phil Bredesen as the new chancellor for the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The Tennessean reported Friday that following complaints from Republican lawmakers, the Senate Education Committee will call on TBR officials to explain the circumstances around the hiring of Deputy Gov. John Morgan last week.
30. Candidates Pour Own Money Into Congressional Races
- Wednesday, July 21, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – Primary contests for each of Tennessee's three open congressional seats feature at least one candidate spending a hefty amount of their own money in efforts to secure the Republican nomination.
31. Governor: Pleased with Budget Compromise
- Monday, June 07, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen said he's largely pleased with the latest form of the budget plan that passed the Senate Thursday night.
Members approved the plan 30-3. The House is expected to take it up on Friday.
32. State Senate Approves Hospital Fee To Avoid TennCare Cut
- Monday, May 03, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Senate on Thursday approved a bill to allow state hospitals to pay a fee to avoid $659 million in TennCare cuts.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville passed on a 25-5 vote. Four of the votes against the bill came from Republicans, including one who is running for governor and two running for Congress.
33. Senate Approves Hospital Fee to Avoid TennCare Cut
- Friday, April 30, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate on Thursday approved a bill to allow state hospitals to pay a fee to avoid $659 million in TennCare cuts.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Doug Overbey of Maryville passed on a 25-5 vote on Thursday. Four of the votes against the bill came from Republicans, including one who is running for governor and two running for Congress.
34. Heavy Fundraising in Open US House Seats in Tenn.
- Monday, April 19, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Candidates for three open congressional seats in Tennessee have reported heavy fundraising activity through the first quarter.
The retirements of Republican Zach Wamp of Chattanooga and Democratic Reps. Bart Gordon of Murfreesboro and John Tanner of Union City have led to spirited campaigns to succeed them in the U.S. House.
35. Second Democrat Files to Run for Gordon Seat
- Friday, April 02, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Iraq war veteran Brett Carter is the second Democrat to file a petition to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Gordon.
36. Tenn. Rep. Donna Rowland Not Seeking Re-Election
- Friday, April 02, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The list of Tennessee House members not seeking re-election grew longer on Thursday with Republican Rep. Donna Rowland's announcement she plans to retire after a decade of service.
37. Marine Captain Files as Democrat for Gordon Seat
- Wednesday, March 31, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Marine Capt. Ben Leming of Murfreesboro has filed a petition to run as a Democrat for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Gordon.
Adviser Jeff Clark told The Associated Press on Monday that Leming, 34, got permission from the secretary of the Navy to file his candidacy, but can't actively campaign until his active duty ends May 1.
38. Bill to Change Retirement Timetable for Tenn. Troopers
- Thursday, February 18, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would allow Tennessee Highway Patrol officers who retire after 20 years of service to keep their service weapons.
39. Cohen Readies for Primary With $1M on Hand
- Tuesday, February 02, 2010
NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, has more than $1 million on hand as he gears up for a primary challenge by former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.
40. Democrat Erdel Joins Race for Gordon Seat in House
- Tuesday, January 12, 2010
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Retired Federal Aviation Administration inspector George Erdel of Murfreesboro is mounting what he calls an "outsider" campaign for the nomination to succeed Democratic Rep. Bart Gordon in Congress.
41. Tenn. Rep. Fincher Won't Make Dem Bid for Congress
- Thursday, January 07, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Democrats remain without a high profile candidate to replace Bart Gordon in Congress following state Rep. Henry Fincher's announcement Wednesday that he won't run for the seat.
42. Black Joins Race to Succeed Gordon in Congress
- Monday, December 21, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Diane Black of Gallatin announced Thursday she is joining the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.
43. Tenn. Rep. Gordon Won't Seek Re-Election Next Year
- Tuesday, December 15, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Bart Gordon, a 13-term congressman from Tennessee, announced Monday he will not seek re-election next year, the latest Democrat in a string of retirements.
Gordon, 60, won re-election easily last year, garnering 74 percent of the vote, but was still on a list of Democrats targeted by Republicans in midterm elections.
44. Bill Supporting Gore Statue Fails in Tenn.
- Wednesday, June 17, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Senate Republicans on Tuesday rejected a resolution urging the erection of statues to honor the state's two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Al Gore and Cordell Hull, on Tennessee Capitol grounds.
45. Bill Would Remove Department's Transfer Authority
- Friday, May 01, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would remove the state Department of Finance and Administration's authority to transfer certain funds is headed to the governor for his consideration.
46. Bill Proposes Automatic Tenn. Gas Tax Increase
- Thursday, April 30, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation that would set up a new system to adjust Tennessee gasoline taxes annually based on the consumer price index is advancing in the House.
The measure sponsored by Democratic House Transportation Chairman Bill Harmon of Dunlap was approved Tuesday on a voice vote in the House Rural Roads Subcommittee.
47. Bill to Ban Texting While Driving Passes Senate
- Friday, April 24, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has passed a proposal that would ban reading or sending cellular phone text messages while driving.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican, was approved 23-6 on Thursday.
48. Bill Seeks to Make State Vending Machines Green
- Friday, April 10, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would require vending machines on state property to be equipped with energy efficient lights has passed the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican, was unanimously approved on Thursday. The companion bill is scheduled for the House subcommittee next week.
49. Texting While Driving Prohibited Under Proposal
- Wednesday, March 11, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Reading or sending cell phone text messages while driving would be prohibited under a proposal advancing in the Legislature.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican, passed the Senate Transportation Committee 6-1 on Tuesday. The companion bill has been assigned to a House subcommittee.
50. Budget Woes Scramble Lottery Funding Plans
- Wednesday, May 07, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislators facing lower-than-expected lottery revenue must now decide how to fund initiatives such as providing more scholarships for students and making structural improvements to state school buildings.
51. Effort to Strip Convicted Lawmakers of Health Benefits Dies
- Wednesday, April 30, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to deny convicted lawmakers of health insurance benefits has likely been killed for the year by a Democratic-controlled House committee.
The House Calendar Committee on Tuesday sent the measure sponsored by Rep. Charles Curtiss, a Sparta Democrat, back to the Judiciary Committee - a panel that has closed for the year.
52. Lawmakers Seek More Study on Nursing Home Damage Limits
- Friday, April 18, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to put caps on damages from malpractice lawsuits against nursing homes is headed to a study committee, meaning it likely won't pass this session.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican, was sent to a joint study committee by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
53. Bill Would Allow Random Drug Testing of Students in Activities
- Tuesday, April 15, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - High school students who participate in voluntary extracurricular activities could be randomly drug tested under legislation advancing in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy, a Shelbyville Republican, unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee on Monday.
54. Shoemaker Financial's Allen Earns Circle of Excellence
- Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Frank Allen, a certified financial planner and financial adviser with Shoemaker Financial, has achieved the Circle of Excellence award from Securian Financial Services for his performance in 2007.
55. Wilder Lends $500K to his Re-Election Campaign
- Tuesday, February 05, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - If state Sen. John Wilder doesn't win re-election this year, it won't be for lack of money.
Wilder's most recent campaign finance report shows the 86-year-old Mason Democrat lent his own campaign $500,000 earlier this month. Wilder has served in the state Senate continuously since 1967.
56. Bill Would Set CeilingIn Nursing Home Lawsuits
- Monday, February 04, 2008
Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, and state Rep. Randy Rinks, D-Savannah, introduced Thursday a bill that would establish a ceiling for liability lawsuits against Tennessee nursing homes.
57. Abortion Resolution Passes Senate Again, Temporary ID Bill for Immigrants Passes Committee
- Friday, February 01, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A resolution that would change the state's constitution to allow more limits on abortion has again passed the Senate but still may face challenges in the lower chamber.
Also, a bill that would allow more legal immigrants to obtain temporary state identification and driver licenses was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday and will be considered next week by the full Senate and a House committee.
58. Committee OKs Changes to Law on Licenses for Legal Immigrants
- Thursday, January 31, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill that would allow more legal immigrants to obtain temporary state identification and driver licenses was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday and will be considered next week by the full Senate and a House committee.
59. Thompson is Only Latest Tennessean to Exit Presidential Race
- Wednesday, January 23, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Fred Thompson became the latest Tennessee Republican who couldn't translate statewide support into national success when he withdrew from the presidential race on Tuesday.
Supporters blamed the former Tennessee senator's late start and a crowded field for failed bid. Others said Republican primary voters misinterpreted his laid-back demeanor for lack of conviction.
60. Bredesen Approves FundingFor Tenn. Adult Education
- Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tennessee will be spending $2.5 million in new funding on the state's adult education program, Gov. Phil Bredesen has announced.
The money will be used to increase teacher pay, allow add
61. Bredesen Would Issue Bonds for Emergency Bridge Repairs Needed
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen said Monday that he would consider issuing bonds to pay for any urgent bridge repairs, but he noted that no significant problems have been identified on Tennessee bridges so far.
62. Med Nurse Earns State Leadership Award
- Wednesday, November 02, 2005
The Tennessee Nurses Association recognized Dr. Diane Todd Pace with the Alma E. Gault Leadership Award. Pace is a nurse practitioner/nurse scientist with the Regional Medical Center at Memphis/Health Loop Clinics. She earned a doctorate from the University of Tennessee.
63. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Joseph Lee Makes Appointments to Management Team
AutoZone Announces Organizational Changes
AutoZone Inc. hired Jim Shea to the position of executive vice president, merchandising and marketing. Shea most recently worked for Party City. In addi...
64. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Nashville Attorney Appointed to 30th Judicial District
Attorney Appointed to 30th Judicial District
Nashville attorney Donna M. Fields was appointed to fill a position in the 30th Judicial District, Circuit Court Division 7, replacing recently...
65. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Chancellor Arnold Goldin and General Sessions Judges Phyllis Gardner and Gwen Rooks completed a Judicial Academy conducted by
Local Judges Complete State Judicial Academy Chancellor Arnold Goldin and General Sessions Judges Phyllis Gardner and Gw...
66. Archived Article: Tech Briefs
- Wednesday, June 25, 2003
American Business Women's Association
The American Business Womens Association hosts its Woman of the Year luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Deloach St., Room 206.
Each ABWA chapter has...
67. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, November 25, 1998
Bill Ray has been named regional director-corporate and community affairs for BellSouths West Tennessee operation Bill Ray has been named regional director-corporate and community affairs for BellSouths West Tennessee operation. He joined the compan...