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1. Most Congressional Incumbents Appear Safe in Tennessee -

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.

2. Alexander Looks to Fend Off Tennessee GOP Challengers -

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.

3. Insurance Through Work? Health Law Affects You Too -

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.

4. Dot Foods Breaks Ground on Dyersburg Facility -

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.

5. Campaigns Begin In Abortion Referendum -

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.

6. Sponsors Won't Advance Abortion Ultrasound Bill -

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.

7. Cosmetic Procedures Bill Opponents Protest Changes -

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.

8. State Senate to Vote on Closing Teacher Evaluation Data -

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.

9. State Sen. Jim Tracy Decides Against US House Bid -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Sen. Jim Tracy says he's decided against a congressional bid in a redrawn 4th House District.

10. Munchak: Assuming for Now That Hasselbeck Starts -

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.

11. Berke Earning Respect on Both Sides of Aisle -

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.”

12. Local Companies Working to Navigate Economic Straits -

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.

13. Playhouse’s Staging of ‘August’ Sizzles -

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.”

14. State Senate Panel Continues Probe of TBR Hiring Process -

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.

15. Senate Panel Continues Probe of TBR Hiring Process -

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.

16. Senate to Hold Inquiry Into Tenn. Regents Hire -

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.

17. Candidates Pour Own Money Into Congressional Races -

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.

18. Governor: Pleased with Budget Compromise -

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.

19. State Senate Approves Hospital Fee To Avoid TennCare Cut -

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.

20. Senate Approves Hospital Fee to Avoid TennCare Cut -

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.

21. Heavy Fundraising in Open US House Seats in Tenn. -

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.

22. Second Democrat Files to Run for Gordon Seat -

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.

23. Tenn. Rep. Donna Rowland Not Seeking Re-Election -

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.

24. Marine Captain Files as Democrat for Gordon Seat -

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.

25. Bill to Change Retirement Timetable for Tenn. Troopers -

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.

26. Cohen Readies for Primary With $1M on Hand -

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.

27. Democrat Erdel Joins Race for Gordon Seat in House -

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.

28. Tenn. Rep. Fincher Won't Make Dem Bid for Congress -

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.

29. Black Joins Race to Succeed Gordon in Congress -

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.

30. Tenn. Rep. Gordon Won't Seek Re-Election Next Year -

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.

31. Bill Supporting Gore Statue Fails in Tenn. -

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.

32. Bill Would Remove Department's Transfer Authority -

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.

33. Bill Proposes Automatic Tenn. Gas Tax Increase -

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.

34. Bill to Ban Texting While Driving Passes Senate -

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.

35. Bill Seeks to Make State Vending Machines Green -

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.

36. Texting While Driving Prohibited Under Proposal -

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.

37. Budget Woes Scramble Lottery Funding Plans -

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.

38. Effort to Strip Convicted Lawmakers of Health Benefits Dies -

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.

39. Lawmakers Seek More Study on Nursing Home Damage Limits -

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.

40. Bill Would Allow Random Drug Testing of Students in Activities -

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.

41. Shoemaker Financial's Allen Earns Circle of Excellence -

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.

42. Wilder Lends $500K to his Re-Election Campaign -

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.

43. Bill Would Set CeilingIn Nursing Home Lawsuits -      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.
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44. Abortion Resolution Passes Senate Again, Temporary ID Bill for Immigrants Passes Committee -

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.

45. Committee OKs Changes to Law on Licenses for Legal Immigrants -

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.

46. Thompson is Only Latest Tennessean to Exit Presidential Race -

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.

47. Bredesen Approves FundingFor Tenn. Adult Education -      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

48. Bredesen Would Issue Bonds for Emergency Bridge Repairs Needed -

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.

49. Med Nurse Earns State Leadership Award -

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.

50. Archived Article: Newsmakers - 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...

51. Archived Article: Newsmakers - 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...

52. Archived Article: Newsmakers - 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...

53. Archived Article: Tech Briefs - 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...

54. Archived Article: Memos - 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...