After Harvard-educated teacher not allowed to be TN principal, legislators act

Published Feb. 16 2015

The story of a Tennessee teacher's struggle to become a principal despite having an out-of-state advanced degree has helped inspire...

Haslam seeking to end longevity pay for state workers

Published Feb. 16 2015

NASHVILLE -- After running into one legislative buzz saw on his Medicaid expansion proposal, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam may be...

Hamilton County mayor says Gov. Haslam's teacher raise would strain budget

Published Feb. 15 2015

During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Bill Haslam got a standing ovation from lawmakers when he...

Political Notebook: McCormick: 'Tread carefully' on city police, fire unions

Published Feb. 15 2015

State lawmakers should "tread carefully" on a bill that would ban municipal governments' agreements with police, firefighters and other public...

Improving economy spurs Tennessee revenue bonanza

Published Feb. 13 2015

NASHVILLE - Tennessee tax collections in January roared past projections by $219.5 million in January, fueled by better-than-expected consumer holiday...

Democrats haven't given up on Insure Tennessee

Published Feb. 13 2015

NASHVILLE -- Democratic leaders are trying to revive Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee plan that died in last week's...

Bill would give undocumented immigrant children in-state tuition

Published Feb. 13 2015

NASHVILLE -- Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, says he believes his plan of letting some undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition rates...

New TN bill would give undocumented immigrants in-state tuition

Published Feb. 12 2015

Many undocumented immigrants going to college this year will continue to pay substantially more than their peers to stay in...

Legislators leaving Common Core alone -- for now

Published Feb. 12 2015

NASHVILLE -- Action on a bill setting up a second review process of Tennessee Common Core math and English standards...

TN bill setting up second review of Common Core standards delayed

Published Feb. 11 2015

NASHVILLE - Action on a bill setting up a second review process on Tennessee's Common Core education standards was delayed...

TN lawmaker wants to make the Bible the state book

Published Feb. 11 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Freshman Rep. Jerry Sexton wants to add the Bible to the state symbols of Tennessee.

Tennessee educators ask for stability in standards

Published Feb. 11 2015

NASHVILLE -- Most Tennessee school superintendents want state lawmakers to back off from making changes this year to the state's...

How the Tennessee Valley snagged $35 billion in business in just five years

Published Feb. 11 2015

The Tennessee Valley landed an extra $35 billion of business investment over the past five years with the help of...

Gov. Haslam's Revenue Modernization Act draws praise, study

Published Feb. 11 2015

NASHVILLE -- Republican state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Tuesday he's willing to give a fair hearing to Gov. Bill...

TN superintendents ask state not to change Common Core standards this year

Published Feb. 10 2015

NASHVILLE - More than 100 Tennessee school superintendents are calling on state lawmakers to make no changes to state education...

New round of gun bills filed in TN legislature

Published Feb. 10 2015

NASHVILLE - As the Legislature resumes its regular session, lawmakers are facing a raft of bills dealing with guns, ranging...

Gov. Haslam releases $33.3 billion spending plan

Published Feb. 10 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday unveiled a $33.3 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2016 that calls for...

Gay marriage comes to Alabama over chief judge's objections

Published Feb. 10 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's chief justice built his career on defiance: In 2003, Roy Moore was forced from the bench...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam: State of the state is 'enviable'

Published Feb. 10 2015

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday night promised to move "full speed ahead" in serving Tennessee taxpayers, touted the...

Georgia state Sen. Mullis not considering anti-Heiskell petition

Published Feb. 10 2015

Despite 1,800 signatures, Georgia state Sen. Jeff Mullis is not interested in a petition to alter Walker County's form of...

Tennessee officials: Few positive results in new welfare drug screening

Published Feb. 10 2015

NASHVILLE -- Officials say there have been only a few positive results in the state's new program to drug-test welfare...

Georgia transportation funding bill revised to calm critics

Published Feb. 10 2015

ATLANTA -- Republican leaders on Monday previewed changes to a bill aiming to raise $1 billion to maintain Georgia's...

Haslam says K-12 and higher education priorities in 2016 budget

Published Feb. 9 2015

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam says investments in K-12 and higher education, including increases in teacher pay, will be a...