A state Senate committee Tuesday night approved four different proposals to crack down on the state’s meth problem, while voting 5-3 to kill a rival measure that advanced last week in the state House.Read more ›
Gov. Bill Haslam doesn’t like the current legislative push to halt Nashville’s proposed dedicated bus lane through downtown. Two committees of lawmakers are set to discuss a bill Wednesday that would stop the project, known as the Amp.
Unions from around the state rallied at the Tennessee capitol Tuesday in support of raising the minimum wage, despite the defeat of a minimum wage proposal last month.
Haslam Says State Can’t Afford Tax Cut This Year; Lawmaker Says They Can At Least Approve One For Later
Governor Bill Haslam isn’t sure the time is right to cut a tax on income from investments. Lawmakers want to phase out what’s known as the Hall income tax.
Last night House lawmakers stopped short of a vote to undo the Common Core educational standards, instead passing a less sweeping bill. But some are still hoping for a head-on confrontation with the grade-level benchmarks, which almost every state has adopted.
Roughly 18,000 Tennesseans signed up for plans on the new health insurance exchange in February. That’s a drop from the prior month – reflecting a national trend – even as the enrollment deadline is just a few weeks out.Read more ›
An algebra teacher in Knoxville has filed a lawsuit against the use of student improvement data in pay decisions. The Tennessee Education Association says it’s just the first of many legal challenges in the works.Read more ›
The Kentucky Baptist Convention has found a surefire way for getting people through church doors: free guns. The church raffle events combine dinner, sermons and a Second Amendment message.Read more ›
A state lawmaker wants to make sure people can’t be sued if they break into a hot car to rescue a child locked inside from heatstroke. If the proposal becomes law, it could provide a framework to one day block lawsuits against people rescuing animals, as well.Read more ›
Governor Bill Haslam wants to open the door to school vouchers in Tennessee. He’s looking to crack it just a little bit, targeting money to low-income families in the lowest performing schools to help them pay private school tuition. But some Republicans in the legislature want to go further.Read more ›
Tennessee’s high-profile education commissioner has a new stump speech. Within it, he says he figured critics would quiet down after results of a national test showed Tennessee making bigger gains than any other state. They haven’t.Read more ›
Critics of Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed bus rapid transit line from East Nashville to West End have released the rough outlines of what they call a “plan B.” The Amp’s opponents have maintained that they support mass transit, just not Dean’s $175 million project.Read more ›
Audiences were just getting to know Robert Ellis as a long-haired Texas troubadour. Then he moved to Nashville, and instead of turning up the twang, he chopped off his hair and put a few experimental jazz solos on his new album.Read more ›
Governor Bill Haslam wants state lawmakers to do things his way when it comes to tamping down on Tennessee’s meth problem. This week a House subcommittee sidelined Haslam’s proposal to restrict access to the cold medicine used to make meth.Read more ›
Republican lawmakers are poised to make the governor get their approval for any deal to expand Medicaid in the state as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. Thursday, Senate Democrats managed to tack on an amendment — if such a vote requires a special session, lawmakers won’t get paid for their time.Read more ›
A company that makes ceramic floor tiles will build a new plant in Dickson expected to create more than 300 jobs over the next few years. The new facility will be within a short drive of where Mohawk Industries gets some of its raw materials.Read more ›
A group opposed to the bus rapid transit line known as the Amp is trying to promote a more positive message. The StopAMP organization is trying to make the point that they’re for expanding mass transit in NashvilleRead more ›
A former state employee on Wednesday delivered a petition with more than 14-hundred signatures asking Governor Bill Haslam to spare the Cordell Hull Building from the wrecking ball. Officials are currently reconsidering plans to demolish the 60-year old structure that some say is beyond repair. Preservationists argue it’s an example of modernist architecture that’s worth keeping.Read more ›
Nearly three years after nursing student Holly Bobo went missing, a grand jury has handed down indictments of kidnapping and murder.Read more ›
A school vouchers proposal that moved ahead Wednesday in the state legislature may affect some rural districts in addition to Tennessee’s cities. A voucher program would help students in failing public schools pay for private tuition instead.Read more ›
Critics of the planned high-speed bus line from East Nashville to West End have taken their opposition to a new level. They’re now trying to outlaw the Amp by banning bus rapid transit projects at the state level.Read more ›
House lawmakers are tussling over exactly how much of the cold medicine used to make meth Tennesseans should be able to buy each year.Read more ›
The push to build a high-speed bus route connecting East Nashville and West End got a boost from the White House Tuesday. The Obama Administration’s budget designated $27 million in funding for the Amp.Read more ›
Tennessee is often touted as a state with no income tax—but anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist says that comes with an asterisk, because the state still taxes interest and dividends from investments.Read more ›