Nashville business leaders have ramped up their resistance to a measure that would require construction companies to hire more local workers for city-funded projects. They’re urging voters to reject the amendment on August's ballot, saying it will hurt local business and taxpayers.
Some Nashville area hospital executives plan to be in the room as President Obama hails the Affordable Care Act from an elementary school in Madison. Health care leaders hope the campaign-style event might give some kind of boost to the unsuccessful effort to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.
Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register is officially retired as of midnight and an interim director starts Wednesday morning, but it's not the one the board of education voted for last week. The divided panel narrowly voted Tuesday night to reconsider the original selection following an open meetings complaint.
Tennessee does not use the execution drug authorized by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. So it’s unclear whether the high court’s 5-4 ruling clears the way for the state’s scheduled executions to proceed.
The case was about midazolam, which is a common drug in a three-step process used to kill inmates. While Tennessee uses a one-drug protocol—and perhaps a backup that hasn't been disclosed—death penalty attorney David Raybin says he reads the Supreme Court ruling as broadly allowing drugs of all kinds.
State lawmakers announced Friday that they would try to shield religious clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. Now they’re already thinking of expanding their effort to also protect merchants who don’t want to be involved.
State Rep. Andy Holt, who last week proposed the Pastor Protection Act, is considering a state law to give business owners the right to opt out from gay marriage ceremonies — whether they run a bakery, a wedding venue, or a flower shop.