Chas Sisk

Enterprise Reporter

Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter. Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons.

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This week, the Stanley Cup Finals coincide with what's already one of Lower Broadway's busiest times of the year — the CMA Music Festival.

But officials for the Predators, the festival and the city aren't worried. They have a plan. In fact, they say they've been fantasizing about this precise scenario for almost two years.

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Governor Bill Haslam says he'll stay out of the debate over how much Nashville law enforcement must cooperate with federal immigration authorities, but he doubts the city will have much luck if it hopes to defy President Trump.

The Metro Council is expected to start discussion of some limits later this month. The proposals include requiring federal authorities to present a warrant if they want immigrants to be held longer than U.S.-born arrestees. The ordinance undergoes its first reading — typically a formality — on Tuesday night. 

Haslam says he isn't going to stand in the council's way.

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Gov. Bill Haslam does not anticipate much help from President Trump in rebuilding the state's roads and bridges.

The president is expected to announce a new plan this week to upgrade infrastructure around the country, after promising during last year's campaign to spend $1 trillion dollars on transportation improvements. But he appears to want states to partner with private operators on projects like toll roads, and Haslam notes that's something Tennessee has never done to pay for highways.

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The crowds often numbered in the hundreds — or, on a good night, perhaps a few thousand — sitting right up next to the ice in Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.

The opponents had names like the Worcester Warriors and the Roanoke Valley Rebels.

And instead of international TV audiences for the Nashville Dixie Flyers, there were only local broadcasts. Fragments survive on the internet.

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Congressman Diane Black.

That's who Tennesseans say they're most familiar with as the race to succeed Governor Bill Haslam begins. Just under half of all voters say in a new statewide poll they've heard of her.

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The Republican candidates for governor are saying they'd compel cities in Tennessee to enforce immigration laws if elected.

That comes amid a national debate over whether being picked up for minor offenses should also carry the risk of deportation.

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Republicans in Rutherford County gathered Thursday night for their annual Reagan Day dinner.

Such events are primarily fundraisers for the party. But this year, they're also playing an important role in shaping the field to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee officials have been working this week to promote the state's new free tuition plans. One program is designed not only to boost college enrollment. It might also help get people into the military.

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A measure that would make it easier for gun owners and groups like the National Rifle Association to sue cities over gun bans appears to be on its way to becoming Tennessee law.

Governor Bill Haslam says he's still reviewing the legislation, but his recent comments suggest he has no intention of using a veto on it.

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Drivers were left stranded, mobile homes were swept off their foundations and numerous other property owners suffered damage after flash flooding swept through parts of Sumner County early Friday morning.

Early reports say as much as 7 inches of rain fell in under two hours, causing roadways to become rivers. The rainfall hit just as rush hour was beginning, surprising motorists and trapping three school buses. Rescuers reached the children with rafts and took them to safety.

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