Tennessee is on track to make a woman speaker of the state House of Representatives for the first time. Today the House Republican caucus nominated Nashville representative Beth Harwell to oversee the state house.
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A state board narrowly approved a new emergency department for Spring Hill. Wednesday’s decision for the HCA-run facility came in spite of protests from several area hospitals.
Bill and Melinda Gates paid a visit to Nashville today. The billionaire philanthropists were in town to talk with Governor Phil Bredesen and Governor-elect Bill Haslam about education.
Republicans made huge gains last night in the state legislature, picking up at least a dozen seats in the 99-member House of Representatives. The GOP now controls both legislative chambers, along with the governor’s office, for the first time since the Civil War. But the specifics of how Republicans will use that newfound power aren’t clear yet.
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.
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.
The state’s two main candidates for governor traded shots last night during a televised debate, as they fielded questions from Tennesseans. But as WPLN’s Daniel Potter reports, several people who addressed the candidates weren’t impressed by their answers, or their attacks on each other.
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 first thousand people to buy electric cars in Tennessee could receive a $2500 rebate from the state.
The Republican Candidate for governor says the state has to balance its environmental concerns with the drive to recruit businesses to Tennessee.
Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for governor says he wants to punish employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.
Tennessee’s Democratic Party has agreed to consider a recount in this year’s closest state senate race, between a veteran Nashville lawmaker and his young challenger.
The Republican candidate for governor says he supports the state’s effort to make switchgrass a competitive alternative to fossil fuel. The state invested some $70 million three years ago toward research, and a small-scale biorefinery in East Tennessee, to work on turning switchgrass into ethanol.
A young Democratic challenger says he’ll ask for a recount in his close primary contest against a longstanding state senator.
Tennessee’s Democratic candidate for governor has recruited a commissioner from the outgoing Bredesen administration.
A longstanding state senator is declaring victory in the narrow race to hold onto his seat, but his young challenger isn’t calling it quits just yet. The voting tallies swung back and forth between incumbent Nashville Senator Doug Henry, and his opponent in the Democratic primary, Jeff Yarbro.
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam clinched the GOP nomination in the race for governor, while Jackson businessman Mike McWherter skated uncontested through the Democratic primary vote. Two other Republicans had also hoped they’d be facing off against McWherter this fall, but lost out to Haslam, who is part-owner of the Pilot truck-stop company.
Two candidates for the Republican nomination for governor traded jabs over a state income tax during campaign stops in Middle Tennessee Wednesday.
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.
Several Tennessee lawmakers will take a trip later this month to visit peers in Arizona, in hopes of emulating that state’s controversial new immigration law. But Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen says immigration suffers when it’s used as a quote “political football.”