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1. Flap Over Botched ACT Test Leads Tennessee to Consider SAT -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A disagreement over ACT scores withheld from students at a Tennessee high school could lead state officials to consider moving to a rival assessment test.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and state Senate Speaker Randy McNally were among officials who met with ACT officials Tuesday in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade them to validate the scores of 409 Bearden High School students who took the test last month.

2. Last Word: No Deal, Ivan Rabb and Intermodals in Overton Park -

And the winner is … not Fred’s. After months of speculation about the Memphis-based discount retail store’s transformation into a pharmacy-based enterprise with the purchase of hundreds of Rite Aid stores in a third-party divestment move, Fred’s was nowhere to be found when Walgreens announced a deal Thursday to buy the Rite Aid stores. The corporation told investors it will still pursue its strategy but acknowledged its trajectory is “stunted” – that as Fred’s got hammered on Wall Street.

3. Republican Tim Burchett Mulls Bid for US House or Senate -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Term-limited Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says he plans to make a bid to join Tennessee's delegation in Congress next year.

4. Professional Wrestler Kane Kicks Off Bid for Knox County Mayor -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The professional wrestler known as Kane is making a bid to be-come mayor of Knox County in Tennessee.

The towering WWE villain, whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, had previously filed papers to be able to raise money for a bid to succeed term-limited Mayor Tim Burchett. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2o49k73) Jacobs formally kicked off his campaign Tuesday.

5. Wrestling Ring to Political Ring: WWE Star Runs for Mayor -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Glenn Jacobs, better known as the towering WWE villain Kane, is stepping into the political ring with a bid for mayor in Tennessee.

6. Ex-Lawmaker Hopes Community Support Will Help Probation Bid -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Church, community and political leaders are expected to appear in federal court next month to show their support for former State Rep. Joe Armstrong as he hopes to avoid prison time for filing a false tax return.

7. Hearings Scheduled on Proposed Changes to Tennessee Records Laws -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Office of Open Records Counsel is holding a series of hearings this week about a proposal to make taxpayers pay to inspect public records in Tennessee.

8. Fast Growth for Knoxville Diocese -

For the smallest Catholic diocese in the U.S., the Knoxville diocese knows how to draw a crowd of movers and shakers.

At the April 19 groundbreaking for the new $25 million cathedral, the lineup of both secular and non-secular dignitaries attending a weekend of events was impressive.

9. Former Lawmakers Covered By State Insurance Plan -

Tennessee records show that there are more former lawmakers enrolled in the health insurance plan for state employees than current lawmakers.

The Knoxville News Sentinel cited records from the state office of benefits administration in reporting that 148 former lawmakers are enrolled compared to 116 current lawmakers.

10. Burchett’s Mother, Father Helped Shape His Career -

Homegrown Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett espouses the values of many East Tennessee residents: strong family connections, honoring military service and remembering where he comes from.

11. ‘Government’s Too Big and People are Sick of It’ -

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is an enigma of the modern civil servant, a career politician who doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He thinks he’s paid too much (his salary is state mandated) and brings it up often in interviews with the media.

12. No Surprises for Alexander and GOP Incumbents -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait.

The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.

13. Tea Party Set to Audition Challengers for Alexander -

Tennessee Tea Party and national conservative groups are hoping to find the Volunteer State equivalent of a Rand Paul or a Ted Cruz to mount a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

14. Traffic Camera Bill Stalls in Senate -

A proposal to place greater restrictions on the use of traffic cameras in Tennessee has likely failed this legislative session.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Burchett of Knoxville was sent to a joint study committee by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

15. Compromise Reached On Traffic Camera Legislation -

If he had his way, state Sen. Tim Burchett would get rid of every traffic camera in Tennessee.

He is the Senate sponsor of legislation that would place greater restrictions on the process by which traffic cameras photograph motorists and send them tickets if they speed or run red lights.

16. Republican Senator Has Emergency Appendectomy -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Sen. Tim Burchett is recovering from an emergency appendectomy.

The Associated Press reached the Knoxville Republican in his Nashville hospital room on Thursday and he said "my condition is improving."

17. 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.

18. Tenn. Considering Extra Fines for 'Super Speeders' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are considering ways to add new monetary penalties for speeding drivers as a way to boost funding for the state's trauma centers.

As introduced, the "super speeders" bill would fine drivers $200 for traveling 15 mph above the speed limit. Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin said he plans to rewrite the bill to target drivers going more than 25 mph above the posted speed limit.

19. Tenn. Could Include Motorcycles in 'Lemon Law' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to include motorcycles in the state's "lemon law" for defective vehicles has been unanimously approved by the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Burchett of Knoxville was approved 29-0 on Thursday. It would give owners of new motorcycles the same rights as those who have cars and trucks that don't perform properly.

20. Some Balk at Proposal for 8th State Song in Tenn. -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - For a state known for its songwriters, it might not come as a surprise that Tennessee has seven state songs.

But some lawmakers are balking at a proposal for an eighth, called "So I'll Just Shine in Tennessee (I'm a Jackson, Tennessee Nugget)." The song is written by Brenda Monroe-Moses, a former city councilwoman in Jackson, and Mildred Lewis Atkins.

21. Ramsey: Lifting Fundraising No Longer Top Priority -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Senate speaker and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey said lifting an in-session fundraising ban is no longer among his top priorities.

22. Tenn. Sen. Beavers to Give Up Seat, Run For Mayor -

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Republican Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Mae Beavers says she will run for Wilson County mayor next year instead of seeking re-election to the General Assembly.

23. 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.

24. Lawmakers Reject Popular Elections of Justices -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday rejected proposals to hold open elections to fill vacancies on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The elections proposals failed in floor debates over a bill to make changes to the Tennessee Plan for judicial selection and retention.

25. Bill Would Let Sitting Lawmakers Raise Money -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers running for governor could raise campaign money during the legislative session under a bill advanced by a Senate committee on Tuesday.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge would also increase maximum campaign contributions by retroactively adjusting for inflation the amounts allowed in a law passed in 1995.

26. Wine Shipping Bill Headed for Senate Vote -

A proposal to allow Tennessee consumers to have wine shipped directly to their homes has been advanced to a full Senate vote.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 6-1 on Tuesday in favor of the measure sponsored by Sen. Paul Stanley, a Germantown Republican.

27. Students, AAA Want Cell Phone Crackdown -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Forces are assembling to urge the Tennessee Legislature to curb people from using their cell phones while driving.

In a first for the organization, AAA East Tennessee will lobby lawmakers next year to ban texting.

28. State Sen. Tim Burchett Hospitalized Following Chest Pains -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Tim Burchett has been hospitalized after complaining of chest pains.

Sen. Randy McNally announced on the Senate floor Thursday that the Knoxville Republican had been admitted into Nashville's Baptist Hospital the previous afternoon.

29. State Re-Examines Pension Funds, Terror Links -

For a while, at least, it seemed state lawmakers around the country were rushing to wrench away from their state pension funds any investments tied to countries that are regarded as sponsors of terrorism.

30. Senate Measure Would Ban Lawyers From DUI Advertising -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Defense attorneys would be banned from advertising their expertise with drunken driving cases under a bill advancing in the Senate.

Sen. Rosalind Kurita, a Clarksville Democrat, Tuesday successfully added the provision to a bill that would create an online registry of repeat DUI offenders in Tennessee. The measure is now headed for a full Senate vote.

31. Proposal to Raise Age of Adult Entertainers Likely Failed -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state proposal that would require adult-oriented entertainers be at least 21 years old has likely failed for the legislative session.

The measure sponsored by Knoxville Republican Tim Burchett was placed in general sub in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, meaning it could be called up at any time.

32. Bredesen Has Signed 126 Bills Into Law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen has already signed 126 bills into law, including measures requiring toll facilities in Tennessee be operated by American-owned companies, banning cars from parking on highway ramps and increasing the font size for birth dates on driver's licenses.

33. Bill to Lower Blood Alcohol Content Advances in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to lower the blood alcohol content required for a person to be guilty of extreme drunken driving is among several DUI bills slowly moving in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson, a Brentwood Republican, unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

34. Bill Would Prevent Copyright Infringement by College Students -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would prevent college students from using their schools' Internet resources to download copyright material has moved out of the Senate.

Knoxville Republican Tim Burchett is sponsoring the legislation. He said Monday that the measure is mainly aimed at protecting songs.

35. Proposals Would Enhance Secrecy for Lawmakers -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Elected officials would be granted enhanced confidentiality protections under two measures scheduled for state Senate votes this week.

One proposal would grant lawmakers and local officials anonymity when filing complaints against businesses suspected of employing illegal immigrants. The other would close elected officials' personal contact information from public view.

36. Senate Votes to Require Toll Contractors to be American-Owned -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to require companies contracting with the state to operate toll roads or bridges to be majority American owned.

Sen. Tim Burchett, a Knoxville Republican, says he introduced the bill for national security reasons.

37. Tenn. Bill Would Require Larger Birth Dates on Driver’s Licenses -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill that would require birth dates to be printed in large, red numbers on driver’s licenses.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Tim Burchett, a Knoxville Republican, passed on a 32-0 vote on Monday evening.

38. Tenn. Bill Would Require Toll Roads to be American-Owned -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Toll roads in Tennessee would have to be majority American-owned under a bill headed for a full state Senate vote.

Sen. Tim Burchett, a Knoxville Republican, says he does not support toll facilities, but if they come to Tennessee they should be operated by Americans for security reasons.

39. Bill Would Ban Smoking Near Hospital Entrances -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to move smokers away from hospital entrances is on its way to a full Senate vote.

The measure is sponsored by Sen. Tim Burchett, a Knoxville Republican, who says he wants smokers to move at least 25 yards away from any entrance or to smoke in their cars.

40. Lawmakers Considering Tax-Free Weekend Change Amid Complaints -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some state lawmakers are considering changing the dates for the upcoming tax-free shopping weekend after complaints from shoppers and religious leaders that it falls on Easter.

41. Lawmakers Push Special Elections to Avoid Knox Co. Problems -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislators hoping other local governments can avoid recent chaos experienced by Knox County want to require special elections rather than appointments for filling multiple vacancies on a county commission.

42. Tenn. Lawmakers Opposed to Georgia Tapping Tennessee River -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers say they sympathize with Georgia's water shortages but they will oppose an effort by its lawmakers to redraw the states' border.

A proposal in the Georgia Legislature argues that a flawed survey in 1818 mistakenly marked Georgia's border one mile south of the Tennessee River.

43. Senator Introduces 2 Versions of Open Government Legislation -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The chairman of a study committee that proposed changes to state laws on open government has introduced two bills in the Legislature.

One has the panel's official recommendations and one removes provisions he disagrees with.

44. State Lawmaker Wants Labeling Requirement for Genetically Altered Food -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state senator wants to require labeling for all genetically altered food sold in Tennessee.

The state Agriculture Department estimates that up to 70 percent of products on grocery store shelves contain genetically engineered ingredients.

45. 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.

46. Treasurer Concerned About Implementing Divestment Proposals -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Treasurer Dale Sims says he is concerned about how his agency would ban the state from investing in companies that deal with nations accused of supporting genocide or terrorism.

47. Bill Would Allow Legislature's Sergeants-at-Arms to Carry Guns -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Sergeants-at-arms in the Tennessee General Assembly would be allowed to carry guns under legislation being proposed by a Senate Republican.

Raymond Finney of Maryville said the legislation is necessary to protect visitors and members of the General Assembly.

48. Treasurer Concerned About Implementing Divestment Proposals -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Treasurer Dale Sims says he is concerned about how his agency would ban the state from investing in companies that deal with nations accused of supporting genocide or terrorism.

49. Lawmakers To Weigh in On Open Meetings -

A committee formed by Tennessee state lawmakers to suggest changes to the state's open meetings law will vote on several proposals Nov. 27 and 28. Revisions to the law that emerge from the two-day session then will be presented to the full state legislature in January.

50. Burchett Agrees To Introduce Bill Shoring Up Sunshine Law -

KNOXVILLE (AP) - A legislative panel has partially retreated from an earlier recommendation that would weaken the state's "Sunshine Law," which governs when meetings of government officials must be open to the public.

51. Senate Vote Would AlterEthics Disclosure Reports -      Legislative and executive branch employees would have to make fewer reports of consulting or contract work under a bill unanimously passed by the Senate on Monday.
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52. Adult-Biz Restrictions Bill Highlights State Legislative Votes -

The state House on Thursday voted 95-1 to restrict where adult businesses can be located, sending the bill to Gov. Phil Bredesen.

The measure would ban new adult establishments from being within 1,000 feet of a child-care facility, school, public park, place of worship or residence.

53. Archived Article: Law Focus - Trucking companies give big no to bill to keep big rigs right Truckers give thumbs down to moving rigs right By MARY DANDO The Daily News The Tennessee Senate approved a bill last week that would study the effect of restricting trucks to the two rig...

54. Archived Article: Law (hov) - By STACEY PETSCHAUER Shifting gears Legislation introduced in the state general assembly would reduce penalties for traffic offenses related to HOV lanes By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News Most drivers are, one would hope, familiar with the meaning...