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1. Former Tennessee Senator Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Battery
- Wednesday, July 12, 2017
ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A former Democratic Tennessee state senator has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of sexual battery.
The Tennessean reports that Joe Haynes, a former Senate Democratic Caucus chairman who retired from the Legislature in 2012, entered his plea in Ashland City.
2. Schism Among State Republicans Hits Critical Point With Resignation
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
A rift within the Tennessee Republican Party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.
But make no mistake, there is some trouble in paradise.
3. Debate Rages Over Reasons For Rising Higher-Ed Costs
- Thursday, February 18, 2016
When figures are presented detailing a 456 percent increase in tuition and fees at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville over the last 20 years, the result is usually some serious sticker shock.
That’s what happened recently when state Sen. Dolores Gresham presented the Tennessee Tuition Stability Act, a measure designed to rein in tuition growth and make it easier for students and parents to pay for a four-year degree.
4. Only So Much Durham Could Blame on Media
- Thursday, February 04, 2016
It’s little wonder state Rep. Jeremy Durham had to take a two-week break from the General Assembly.
5. Southern Heritage Defined Differently Across Tennessee
- Thursday, July 02, 2015
Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.
6. State Rep. Mary Littleton to Run for Tennessee GOP Chairwoman
- Tuesday, March 31, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State Rep. Mary Littleton is joining the race to become the next chair of the Tennessee Republican Party.
7. Bill to Form Fair Commission Headed to Governor
- Wednesday, May 02, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to set up a state fair commission is headed to the governor for his consideration.
The measure sponsored by Democratic Sen. Joe Haynes of Nashville was approved 32-0 by the Senate on Monday. The companion bill passed the House 90-2 last week.
8. Tenn. Bill Would Stamp Income Tax Unconstitutional
- Wednesday, March 10, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The sponsor of a measure that would declare an income tax and payroll tax unconstitutional in Tennessee says it's necessary because of the poor state of the economy.
The proposed constitutional amendment sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was approved 7-3 in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. The earliest it could go before voters is 2014.
9. Tenn. Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Phone Scams
- Friday, February 19, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that seeks to combat phone scams targeting Tennessee senior citizens.
The measure sponsored by Democratic Sen. Joe Haynes of Nashville was approved 32-0 on Thursday.
10. Measure to Close Handgun Records Fails in Tenn. Senate
- Friday, June 19, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Opponents of a measure to close access to the names of people who hold state-issued permits to carry loaded handguns say its failure Wednesday night is a victory for those who support open government.
11. Budget Not Only Issue Left for Tenn. Lawmakers
- Wednesday, June 17, 2009
NASHVILLE (AP) – A number of contentious issues other than the budget remain for lawmakers to consider in the waning days of the legislative session.
They include bills to extend or merge the Tennessee Ethics Commission, seal access to the state’s database of handgun carry permit holders and delay implementation of the law requiring a paper trail for ballots cast in the 2010 elections.
12. Fingerprinting Proposal Delayed in Nashville
- Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Tennessee Senate sponsor of a proposal to let police take electronic fingerprints of traffic violators in the state asked Wednesday for the measure to be deferred a week so that his colleagues can study it.
13. Sen. Roy Herron Drops Leadership Role
- Friday, April 24, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Sen. Roy Herron says he will step down as chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus after this legislative session to focus on his run for governor.
14. Higher Ed Concerned Over Immigration Bill Cost
- Wednesday, March 04, 2009
NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to make Tennessee’s public colleges and universities more carefully screen out illegal immigrants has been delayed in the House after higher education officials raised concerns about the cost of heightened enforcement.
15. Tenn. Bill Would Require Photo ID to Vote
- Wednesday, March 04, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The sponsor of legislation that would require Tennessee voters to show photo identification at the polls said Tuesday that doing so would add integrity to the process, but opponents were concerned the measure may discourage people from voting.
16. Bredesen to Host Fundraiser for Kurita Replacement
- Monday, September 22, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen plans to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic nominee who replaced incumbent Sen. Rosalind Kurita on the ticket in Senate District 22.
A joint convention of Democratic leaders in Montgomery, Cheatham and Houston counties this week voted to select Clarksville attorney Tim Barnes as the nominee over Kurita.
17. Gov. Signs Bill to Require Paper Voting Records
- Monday, June 09, 2008
Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed into a law a measure to require a paper record for voters’ ballots in Tennessee.
The law requires any voting machine bought or leased after Jan. 1 to be able to create a paper trail that could be used in recounts and random audits.
18. War VeteransCould Use Lottery Money
- Friday, April 11, 2008
Honorably discharged Iraq and Afghanistan veterans could use lottery funds to attend school under legislation advancing in the state Senate.
The measure sponsored by Democrats Jim Kyle o
19. Advancing Bill Would Offer Lottery Scholarships to Veterans
- Thursday, April 10, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Honorably discharged Iraq and Afghanistan veterans could use lottery funds to attend school under legislation advancing in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Democrats Jim Kyle of Memphis and Joe Haynes of Goodlettsville was among bills that passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
20. Tenn. AG: Pay Ban for Illegal Immigrants Unconstitutional
- Thursday, April 10, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state attorney general has issued a legal opinion that a legislative proposal to make it a crime for illegal immigrants to accept pay for work done in Tennessee is unconstitutional.
21. Committee Against Lower GPA for Lottery Scholarships
- Thursday, April 03, 2008
An amendment to lower the cumulative grade point average needed to maintain a lottery scholarship in Tennessee has failed along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee.
22. Bill to Fine Internet Ticket Scalpers Headed to Governor
- Wednesday, April 02, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Individuals who use software to breach security measures on the Internet and purchase tickets for profit could be fined up to $5,000 under a proposal headed for the governor's consideration.
23. Lawmakers Mull Phasing in Retention Plan for Lottery Scholarship
- Thursday, March 27, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Members of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday discussed compromise legislation that would phase in a plan to lower the cumulative grade point average needed to maintain a lottery scholarship.
24. Legislation Would Fine Internet Ticket Scalpers up to $5,000
- Wednesday, March 26, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Individuals who use software to breach security measures on the Internet and purchase tickets for profit would be fined as much as $5,000 under a proposal advancing in the Legislature.
25. John Wilder Announces he Won't Seek Re-Election to State Senate
- Friday, March 21, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - In a seven-minute speech Thursday, former Senate Speaker John Wilder announced the conclusion more than four decades of service in the state Senate.
Wilder, 86, was the longest-serving presiding officer of a legislative chamber in modern U.S. history until he lost his bid for another stint as speaker last year.
26. Sunnier Skies Could Be Ahead for Sunshine Law
- Tuesday, March 18, 2008
National Sunshine Week began Sunday as a time to reflect on the value of open government. It also kicked off "March Madness," but Tennesseans soon could have something more to celebrate than the number of teams in a basketball tournament.
27. Bill Would Make It a Crime For Illegal Immigrants to Take Pay
- Thursday, March 13, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - It would be a crime for illegal immigrants to accept pay for work done in Tennessee under a proposal headed for votes in both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.
The Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance the proposal to make it a misdemeanor for illegal immigrants to accept compensation.
28. Tenn. Lawmakers DisagreeOver Pre-K Funding
- Thursday, March 13, 2008
Members of the state Senate Education Committee failed to agree on an amendment that would ensure expansion of the governor's pre-kindergarten program is funded before any building projects for higher education.
29. State Senate to Vote on Making Universal Carding for Beer Permanent
- Wednesday, March 05, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate has passed a permanent extension to the state's first-in-the-country requirement to card anyone buying beer - no matter how old they are.
The bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Haynes, a Goodlettsville Democrat, was unanimously approved without debate on Monday.
30. State Senate to Vote on Making Universal Carding for Beer Permanent
- Thursday, February 28, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's first-in-the-country universal carding requirement for anyone buying beer would be extended indefinitely under a bill headed for a Senate vote.
Sen. Joe Haynes, a Goodlettsville Democrat, is sponsoring the bill to remove a July 1 expiration date for the law that requires a picture ID for anyone buying beer at a supermarket or convenience store.
31. State Senate Delays Vote on Removing Time Limits for DUI Tests
- Wednesday, February 27, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Questions over the legal implications of removing a time limit on drunken driving tests have led the Senate to delay a vote on the matter until later this week.
The bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Black, a Gallatin Republican, would get rid of the current requirement that blood alcohol tests be taken within two hours of a driver's stop.
32. State Legislation Would Require Voting Paper Trail for All Counties
- Wednesday, February 13, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill that would require a paper record for voters' ballots in Tennessee is among several measures moving through the Legislature that aim to improve the integrity of the election process.
33. Former Lt. Gov. Wilder Hospitalized With Pneumonia
- Tuesday, February 12, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. John Wilder has been hospitalized since last week with pneumonia but his family says he's doing better and should be home soon.
The 86-year-old Mason Democrat was admitted to a local hospital last Wednesday, Senate Democratic Caucus spokesman Mark Brown said Monday.
34. 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.
35. Senate Democrats, Republicans Spar on Proposed Abortion Measure
- Thursday, January 24, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Democrats are criticizing several state senate Republicans they say supported abortions under certain circumstances but have changed their stances in a proposal to dial back constitutional protections for abortion rights in Tennessee.
36. Senate Approves Bill Allowing Guns Where Alcohol Served
- Thursday, January 17, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is a step closer to joining more than 30 other states that allow individuals with handgun permits to carry the weapon in establishments that serve alcohol.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, passed the Senate 24-6 on Wednesday. The House bill remains in a subcommittee.
- Monday, November 13, 2006
The Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Fox Ridge Pizza, 1769 N. Germantown Parkway. For reservations or additional information, call Jill Rayman at (662) 393-9595 or Kathy Haynes at 351-3723.
38. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Khara Woods was the 2003 recipient of the John Paul Jones Journalism Scholarship
Khara Woods was the 2002-2003 recipient of the John Paul Jones Journalism Scholarship at the University of Memphis. Woods, a 21-year-old senior journalism major, is ...
39. Archived Article: Law Briefs
- Thursday, November 30, 2000
Experience The Joy of Cross Examination with a brown bag seminar at noon Nov The Memphis Bar Association presents "Power of Attorney-Attorney in Fact or Fiction" at noon Monday at the Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Registration begins at 11...