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Chattanooga Senator Todd Gardenhire Unapologetic After Cussing Insure Tennessee Supporter

Chattanooga Senator Todd Gardenhire is being criticized for shouting an expletive at a supporter of the Insure Tennessee health plan after yesterday's emotional debate. Video posted on YouTube captures the Republican lawmaker yelling at an unseen man who had questioned whether Gardenhire would drop the health coverage he receives as a state legislator.
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An effort to widen the state's narrow definition of "Tennessee whiskey" is gaining strength, and it's drawn in a surprising ally: the libertarian group Americans for Prosperity.

Lawmakers are debating a measure that would repeal the definition they put on the book just two years ago. The law has favored a few distillers — most notably Jack Daniel's — while makers ranging from George Dickel to upstart micro-distillers have complained the restrictions are unfair.

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Despite some hesitancy from lawmakers, a plan to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee is moving ahead.

Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) said polling done by supporters of his bill shows a majority of Tennesseans agrees the Bible should be the official book. Most people, he added, believe it would be constitutional.

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Nashville planning officials say in the last year, they’ve reviewed more designs for buildings over four stories tall than in the last 15 years combined. And the onslaught of complex developments has created a personnel pinch.

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Chattanooga Senator Todd Gardenhire is being criticized for shouting an expletive at a supporter of the Insure Tennessee health plan after yesterday's emotional debate.

Video posted on YouTube captures the Republican lawmaker yelling at an unseen man who had questioned whether Gardenhire would drop the health coverage he receives as a state legislator.

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Guns could soon be allowed inside the Tennessee Capitol.

The state Senate voted this morning to add the statehouse to a measure, House Bill 995, that would allow guns in all parks in Tennessee.

Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D-Nashville) suggested the amendment to bring attention to the "hypocrisy" of allowing guns around children, yet not lawmakers. But Republicans called his bluff and approved it.

Museum curators, instrument dealers and some of the world's most esteemed musicians will be clutching paddles today at Cloiduff's auction house in New York. They're gathering for what is expected to be an eight-figure sale of perhaps the rarest instruments ever to appear at auction: a pair of lovingly restored Stradivarius timpani.

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State lawmakers have turned back a second attempt to implement Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee health plan, but supporters say they will keep up the push, regardless.

Hundreds of Insure Tennessee backers jammed Legislative Plaza Tuesday in the hope that lawmakers might be persuaded to embrace it at last.

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A state representative from Rutherford County has withdrawn a bill that would have required doctors to show women an ultrasound of their fetus before getting an abortion. Lawmakers said they were concerned about a technicality of the bill, but it hasn’t had much support from the start.

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An unexpected surge in business tax collections may go to build a new Tennessee State Museum —in its first ever dedicated home. Governor Bill Haslam proposed using $120 million to get started on a building that’s been mired in the planning stage for years. 

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Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives voted by a two-thirds margin Monday night to open up parks in Nashville and other cities to guns. The move sets up a potential confrontation with Gov. Bill Haslam — right as the state prepares to play host to tens of thousands of gun owners.

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