Gov. Haslam says safety is first priority at state prisons

Published Aug. 4 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday staunchly handled his administration's operation of state prisons, saying "our first priority is...

As Alabama Legislature special session resumes, still no agreement on budget

Published Aug. 4 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Legislature on Monday resumed a special session on a budget shortfall the same way it...

Alabama Senate committee OKs bills on gay marriage, guns and Confederate monuments

Published Aug. 3 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A state Senate committee on Monday approved a trio of hot-button issue bills related to guns, gay...

Gov. Haslam says new gun law's impact on festivals should be reviewed

Published Aug. 3 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam said today that Tennessee lawmakers should review a new state law that bars cities, counties...

Legislative hearings ordered on Tennessee prison staffing, overtime

Published Aug. 1 2015

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee's Senate and House speakers said Friday that legislative committees are cranking up for hearings about a guard...

GOP proposes protections for Georgia clergy on gay marriage

Published Jul. 31 2015

ATLANTA -- A top-ranking Republican leader wants to make clear that Georgia clergy can refuse to perform gay marriages, a...

Harwell announces House will hear from Correction officials over prison staffing controversy

Published Jul. 31 2015

NASHVILLE -- House Speaker Beth Harwell announced today the State and Local Government Committee next month will look into complaints...

TN's new guns-in-parks law sets up 'disaster' for festivals like Riverbend, officials warn

Published Jul. 31 2015

NASHVILLE -- A state senator, a former police chief and head of a gun-safety group warned today that Tennessee's new...

Tennessee defense attorneys warn longer sentences could pile costs onto taxpayers

Published Jul. 30 2015

In a letter to the Governor's Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism, Nashville defense attorney David Raybin says the lawyers'...

Tennessee loses 322 prison guards amid new overtime pay rules

Published Jul. 30 2015

An estimated 322 Tennessee prison guards have quit working for the state since the Department of Correction in 2014...

Alabama Gov. Bentley releases special session bills

Published Jul. 29 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday released his tax and budget proposals ahead of next week's special session...

Gov. Haslam taking a road trip to rev up support for highway funds

Published Jul. 29 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam next week will launch a six-week state tour in his quest to get more money...

TN Rep. Rick Womick out of control, Democratic Party chair charges

Published Jul. 28 2015

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini charged Tuesday that Republican state Rep. Rick Womick is out of control...

Gov. Bill Haslam to launch state tour next week to discuss road, bridge needs

Published Jul. 28 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam next week will launch a six-week tour of the state to build support for his...

Top Haslam campaign fundraiser to lead Tennessee State Museum building effort

Published Jul. 27 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam's chief campaign fundraiser as well as a one-time top staffer to former-U.S. Sen. Bill Frist,...

New TN law allows citizens to rescue animals in distress

Published Jul. 27 2015

"It's so hot out," is a phrase groaned by many a Southerner during the summer, yet many fail to consider...

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade to retire

Published Jul. 24 2015

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade announced Friday he will retire Sept. 8, a move that gives Gov....

Tennessee ramps up handgun permitting for Guard, but can they bring firearms to work?

Published Jul. 24 2015

NASHVILLE -- While the state's handgun-carry permitting process is being accelerated for Tennessee National Guard members following last week's slaying...

Faced with hearing, Tennessee Planned Parenthood says it doesn't sell fetal tissue

Published Jul. 24 2015

NASHVILLE -- The chairmen of two House and Senate panels will hold a joint "fact-finding" hearing next month to examine...

Tennessee lawmakers to meet next month to assess the state's security status after Haslam directives

Published Jul. 23 2015

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee lawmakers plan to hold hearings next month to "assess the state's security status" and review directives taken...

State lawmakers to hold fact-finding hearing on Tennessee Planned Parenthood fetus practices

Published Jul. 23 2015

NASHVILLE -- Chairmen of two House and Senate panels announced today they will hold a "fact-finding meeting" on Aug. 19...

Tennessee moves recruiters to National Guard armories

Published Jul. 22 2015

Tennessee National Guard recruitment centers have been relocated to Guard armories, state officials announced today as Gov. Bill Haslam outlined...

Tennessee pauses as other states quickly arm Guardsmen in wake of Chattanooga attacks

Published Jul. 18 2015

While governors in four states have now ordered state National Guardsman to be armed or recruitment personnel located to more...