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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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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Two hours before a playoff game against the Anaheim Ducks, and the party is already under way on the plaza outside Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

This is "Smashville," and Predators fans are kicking things off by taking a sledgehammer to a junked sedan, painted over with the Ducks logo and color scheme.

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When Tennessee lawmakers passed a gas tax increase this spring, they also approved a to-do list of nearly 1,000 projects spread around the state.

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Although a Metro police officer will not face charges for the February shooting of an African-American man, District Attorney Glenn Funk is calling for changes.

The policy recommendations could affect how both law enforcement and the courts operate.

Funk determined last week that Officer Joshua Lippert acted in self-defense when he killed Jocques Clemmons after a traffic stop in East Nashville. But he adds there are some aspects of the shooting that raise questions.

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Gov. Bill Haslam had a pretty good year when it comes to wins and losses in the General Assembly. The Tennessee legislature has — in past years — picked fights with the two-term governor.

WPLN’s Chas Sisk and Jason Moon Wilkins talk about how Haslam’s approach to passing legislation has evolved.

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Democrats in Tennessee have been struggling to remain relevant, given their greatly diminished numbers in the state legislature.

WPLN’s statehouse reporter Chas Sisk is with morning host Jason Moon Wilkins to look at how the minority party did in the 2017 session, which concluded this week.

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Metro Police Officer Joshua Lippert will not face criminal charges for the fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons in February.

But he could still face discipline from the department. Some activists say there's plenty of evidence to suggest he should be fired.

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Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk says an eyewitness played a key part in his decision not to prosecute Officer Joshua Lippert for the February killing of Jocques Clemmons.

Without that account, he might not have ever determined whether Lippert acted in self-defense.

The woman has not been identified by name. Funk says she's a resident of the Cayce Homes complex and was in the parking lot as Lippert chased Clemmons shortly after noon on February 10.

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Nashville’s district attorney has cleared Metro Police Officer Joshua Lippert in the fatal shooting of a man in February.

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Now that the Tennessee legislature's session has ended, attention is turning to whether Governor Bill Haslam will veto any of the measures passed this year.

Haslam has rejected only four pieces of legislation since taking office in 2011, and it seems doubtful he'll add to that total this year.