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1. Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal'
- Saturday, December 05, 2015
The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.
2. 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.
3. Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects
- Thursday, August 13, 2015
Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.
4. Ramsey Clear in Push to Politicize Supreme Court
- Thursday, August 06, 2015
Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.
5. Questions Abound Amid Tennessee Supreme Court Vacancy
- Tuesday, August 04, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – When Gary Wade was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2006, the self-described "mountain boy from the Smokies" planned to serve the eight-year term and retire from his distinguished judicial career.
6. Haslam Strikes Defiant Tone Toward Critics of Gas Tax Hike
- Thursday, June 18, 2015
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has a defiant message for groups lining up to oppose him on efforts to raise Tennessee's gas tax for the first time in 25 years: "Have at it."
7. Volkswagen Study: Tennessee Plant Expansion Could Create 10,000 Jobs
- Thursday, May 28, 2015
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A new study projects Volkswagen's expansion in Chattanooga could lead to the creation of nearly 10,000 jobs.
The report conducted by the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research was released Wednesday and estimates the factory could add $370 million in new annual income once the expanded production is underway.
8. Harris Pushes For Insure Tennessee Comeback
- Wednesday, May 27, 2015
State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis will be on the campaign trail this summer.
Harris and other Democratic leaders in the majority Republican Tennessee legislature will campaign across the state this summer for the comeback of the Insure Tennessee proposal in the 2016 legislative session.
9. Jack Daniel's Turns Back Latest Tennessee Whiskey Challenge
- Wednesday, April 08, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good.
10. 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.
11. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Monday, February 02, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
12. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Saturday, January 31, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
13. Anti-Medicaid Expansion Lawmaker Criticizes Radio Ads
- Monday, January 26, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.
14. Supreme Court Justices Make Campaign Push
- Thursday, July 24, 2014
Among the candidates going door to door in Memphis this summer looking for votes was a Tennessee Supreme Court justice.
Sharon Lee, one of three justices seeking re-election in the yes-no retention races on the August ballot, campaigned Saturday, July 19, in Hickory Hill.
15. Hands Up, You’re in Tennessee
- Friday, April 18, 2014
ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate.
“Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.”
16. Appellate Judge Appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court
- Monday, April 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.
Bivins, 53, will replace Justice Bill Koch, who is retiring in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.
17. Panel Names 3 Finalists for Tenn. Supreme Court Vacancy
- Friday, March 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments has selected three finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.
After interviewing five applicants, the panel selected Appeals Judge Jeffrey Bivins of Franklin, attorney Linda Knight of Nashville and Shelby County Juvenile Court Administrative Officer Larry K. Scroggs of Memphis.
18. Applications Open for Tennessee Supreme Court Vacancy
- Thursday, January 30, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments is now taking applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.
Justice Bill Koch has announced he is retiring on July 15 to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. Candidates from Middle or West Tennessee can apply through Feb. 21. Koch has served on the state's highest court since 2007.
19. Panel Sets Deadline for Chancery Court Applicants
- Wednesday, January 08, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – The Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments has set a Jan. 17 deadline for applications to fill a chancery court vacancy in the 24th Judicial District covering Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry counties.
20. State Supreme Court Justice Koch to Retire in July
- Friday, December 20, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – State Supreme Court Justice Bill Koch plans to retire from the bench next year to become dean of the Nashville School of Law.
21. Combined Net Worth of America's Richest Rises
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Life is good for America's super wealthy.
Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.
22. Gates, Buffett Again Top Forbes' Billionaires List
- Thursday, September 20, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains the nation's richest man by far, as the tech and philanthropy giant took the top spot on the Forbes 400 list for the 19th year running, with a net worth of $66 billion.
23. Unions Gearing Up to Spend Big in 2012 Election
- Thursday, February 23, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Unions are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor's survival.
Under siege in state legislatures around the country – and fearing the consequences of a Republican in the White House – union leaders say they have little choice as they try to beat back GOP efforts to curb collective bargaining rights or limit their ability to collect dues.
24. Bill Gates Tops Forbes List of Richest Americans
- Thursday, September 22, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) – America's economic woes don't appear to be hurting philanthropist Bill Gates, who tops Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans for the 18th year in a row.
25. Obama Raises More Than $86M for Campaign, Party
- Thursday, July 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Off to a huge early lead in the money race, President Barack Obama hauled in $86 million for his re-election campaign and the Democratic Party in the past three months. It's better than he did in his victorious first presidential campaign, despite the sluggish economy and constant criticism from Republicans who hope to replace him.
26. Freight Railroads Deny Price-Fixing Accusations
- Thursday, June 09, 2011
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe are defending their pricing practices after Oxbow Mining filed a federal lawsuit against the freight railroads.
Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF is a Class I railroad that operates the Tennessee Yard intermodal facility at Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive.
27. Oxbow Mining Accuses Railroads of Price Fixing
- Wednesday, June 08, 2011
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Oxbow Mining says the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads conspired to raise prices on customers like the Colorado coal mine Oxbow runs.
Forth Worth, Texas-based BNSF also operates the Tennessee Yard intermodal facility at Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive
28. Tenn. Tax on Illegal Drugs Ruled Unconstitutional
- Monday, July 27, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Friday that a state law that taxes illegal drugs is unconstitutional.
The court found in 3-2 decision that the law, sometimes called the "crack tax," exceeds the state's taxing power because it isn't a tax on "merchants, peddlers and privileges."
29. Elvis' Legacy Echoes in Legal Field
- Thursday, August 16, 2007
His face or likeness has appeared on everything from pairs of nail clippers and candy bar wrappers to bottles of wine.
But rest assured that every time an image of Elvis Presley appears on an item in the marketplace these days, someone has paid a fee for it. And if the individual responsible for the item did not pay a fee, that item likely did not stay on the market for very long.
30. Bredesen unhappy with selection process, not Supreme Court choice
- Monday, June 25, 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) -Gov. Phil Bredesen may have been unhappy with the acrimonious process of selecting a fifth justice for the state Supreme Court, but he says he's pleased with his final choice of Appeals Judge William C. Koch Jr.
31. Bredesen Appoints KochTo State Supreme Court
- Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Gov. Phil Bredesen has appointed Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge William C. Koch Jr. to fill the final vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Bredesen chose Koch, a white Republican, a
32. State Supreme Court Appointment Process Up for Debate
- Thursday, February 08, 2007
The Tennessee Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling any day that could clear the way for the appointment of a fifth justice to the state's highest court. The seat has been vacant since the fall.
33. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, February 19, 2004
Statewide Program Develops Law Leaders
The Daily News
Seeing a need to develop leaders in the law field, John Tarpley also felt the need to do something about it.
As 2004 president of the Tennessee Bar Association, Tar...
34. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, October 01, 2003
(ephotos) Commercial property manager Dan Chancey and commercial property administrator Donna Palmer of Clark & Clark received
DAs Office Appoints New Prosecutors The Shelby County District Attorneys Office announced the appointments of three...