U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer spoke in Nashville today, where he told Vanderbilt law students that despite what some see as a divided and politically-charged court, that’s not really the case.
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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has a trademark presentation on the federal budget deficit, which he delivered for what he says was the 45th public time last night in Nashville. While some in the audience were receptive, afterward others took the live broadcast as a chance to criticize Corker on talk radio.
The Department of Justice reminded a state court on Monday that Islam is legally protected a religion. That’s as a lawsuit in Rutherford County tries to hold off the planned Islamic center in Murfreesboro.
Lawmakers in Washington often bring federal dollars to Tennessee through the controversial earmarking process. But a recent Harvard Business School study found the state isn’t doing too well in comparison. Manuel Quinones has more from Washington.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is weighing plans that would shrink its dependence on coal to make electricity. That’s while ramping up an emphasis on efficiency, and nuclear power.
Former President Bill Clinton made a stop in Nashville last night to stump for the state’s Democratic candidate for governor, Mike McWherter. Roughly a thousand people turned out for the event.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is making far less electricity today than it thought it would need to if the economy hadn’t cooled down over the last few years. Because of that lull in demand, officials say they’re not depending as much on some of TVA’s less efficient power plants. And they’re thinking about which ones they might replace.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has received more than 2,000 appeals from applicants either rejected or asking for more help after May’s flooding. And of those appeals, just under half have succeeded.
Federal stimulus dollars for fighting unemployment in Perry County are set to expire at the end of September. After that, state officials aren’t yet sure how many of the program’s 400 workers will be able to hold on to their jobs.
The project comes after an ash pond’s dyke burst at a TVA plant in Kingston in 2008, spilling millions of cubic yards of ash into a nearby river.
The former U.S. education secretary says Tennessee should expect some results from new Race to the Top programs within the next year or two. The state is receiving half a billion federal dollars to spend on classroom innovation over the next several years.
Governor Phil Bredesen says Tennessee could’ve created more jobs if it had been given a freer hand in spending federal stimulus dollars. He says federal rules dictating where and how to spend most of the money made it hard for the state to get the best bang for its buck.
A Republican Congressman running for governor defended his vote for a federal bailout during last night’s statewide debate.
Thursday, Knoxville-based Pilot Travel Centers finished a deal to buy the Flying J truck-stop chain for some $1.8 billion. But to close the deal, the Federal Trade Commission made Pilot sell off 26 stores, saying otherwise the lack of competition could have driven up diesel prices.
Farmers have reported damage to some 40 percent of the state’s corn crop and 20 percent of winter wheat.
A new EPA regulation requires contractors be certified to guard against lead poisoning, but Alexander argues that could hinder recovery. Updated with a statement from the EPA.
Former First Lady Laura Bush visited the Red Cross Disaster Relief Headquarters in Madison today to thank volunteers for their service in the wake of this month’s flooding.
Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper is joining the call for a federal investigation into how the Army Corps of Engineers handled rising floodwaters at its dams.
Governor Phil Bredesen is reminding people that federal “Race to the Top” funds can’t be used to plug budget holes. That’s after Tennessee was chosen to receive a federal $500 million for classroom innovation.
Governor Phil Bredesen says the Army Corps of Engineers could’ve done a better job communicating last week how it was managing floodwaters at area dams. But Bredesen says he doesn’t know whether the corps should’ve handled the rising waters differently.