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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In back of East Nashville's Two Ten Jack restaurant, chef and owner Jess Benefield lowers a basket of small peppers into a vat of hot oil. They sizzle for about 90 seconds, blistering and lightening to the color of green tea.

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You may have heard that Tennessee's gas tax rose by 4 cents a gallon over the weekend. But that's only one of dozens of laws that went into effect.

Tre Hargett
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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says his office can't comply with a request from President Trump's administration this week to hand over data on the state's voters.

Hargett cites Tennessee law.

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Nearly 800,000 Tennessee drivers are expected to hit the road this weekend — one of the busiest driving times of the year.

And not even an extra four cents in state taxes added to the price of a gallon of gasoline is going to stop them.

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  Update, June 28:

The sponsors of a proposal to limit Davidson County's cooperation with federal immigration authorities now say they won't push for a final vote on it next week.

That comes after the plan was criticized by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Republican state lawmakers and Sheriff Daron Hall.

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Update, June 27: A federal judge has ordered a nationwide stay blocking the immediate deportation of 85 Iraqi nationals who had been scheduled to be removed on Tuesday. That group includes some Kurds living in Middle Tennessee.

The American Civil Liberties Union pushed a court in Michigan for the temporary order, which has now been extended across the U.S. The organization is seeking class-action status covering 1,444 immigrants from Iraq who could be deported under the Trump administration's new policy.

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Congressman Jim Cooper says he's worried about the safety of immigrants deported back to Iraq and wants officials from that country to intervene to ensure they won't be harmed by extremists.

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Meharry Medical College and Middle Tennessee State University have come up with a plan that they believe could help close the healthcare gap between Tennessee's cities and its rural areas.

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A Nashville proposal to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities is drawing strong condemnation from some top Middle Tennessee Republicans.

The sponsor of a 2009 state law banning so-called "sanctuary cities" says he's prepared to have the Metro Council proposal struck down if it wins final approval at a meeting next month.

The proposal passed a second of three votes Tuesday night, over the objections of some council members who asked for more time.

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Charlie Morris vividly recalls his brother's murder.

Jesse Lee Bond was a sharecropper in Shelby County. Suspicious because his harvests never seemed to cover his debts, in the spring of 1939, Bond asked the local general store for a receipt of his seed purchases.

For his diligence, he was shot, castrated, dragged and left for dead in the Hatchie River.