Andy Sher (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 615-255-0550
E-mail: asher@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, politics and general assignment beats. He was won public service, investigative, deadline and project awards from the Tennessee Press Association, Common Cause of Tennessee, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists and Remove Intoxicated Drivers. Andy grew up in Chattanooga. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Andy is a past chairman of the Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps and served as an acting director of the Regional Reporters Association while in Washington. Contact Andy at 615-255-0550 or asher@timesfreepress.com

Private company would maintain, but not design or build, state buildings under governor's plan

Published Apr. 28 2017

Higher education and state buildings would be managed by a private company under a plan by Tennessee's governor, but state...

Groups urge Haslam to veto Tennessee bill criticized as anti-LGBT

Published Apr. 28 2017

Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a bill criticized as anti-LGBT because it requires state courts use the...

Tennessee comptroller says State Building Commission still in charge of Jones Lang LaSalle contract

Published Apr. 27 2017

State Comptroller Justin Wilson's office says the State Building Commission will still call the shots regarding design and construction services...


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Bell wants Tennessee comptroller to delay OK on Haslam's facilities management outsourcing contract

Published Apr. 27 2017

A Tennessee senator wants Comptroller Justin Wilson to hold off on approving the Haslam administration's massive facilities management outsourcing contract...

Senate sends bill attacked as anti-LGBT to Gov. Haslam

Published Apr. 27 2017

The Tennessee Senate today took final action on a bill criticized by the LGBT community which seeks to require state...

Tennessee House passes Ocoee River water authority bill

Published Apr. 27 2017

The state House today unanimously approved legislation proponents aimed at transforming outdoor sports tourism and economic development for America's most...

Bill raising Tennessee's gas tax passed into law

Published Apr. 26 2017

The bill raises gas and diesel taxes by six cents and 10 cents, respectively, over a three-year period, as well...

Favors' mandatory school bus seat belt bill suffers major setback in House committee

Published Apr. 26 2017

Rep. JoAnne Favors' bill requiring seat belts on Tennessee school buses today was parked, perhaps for the year, "behind the...

TN Legislature update: Shelby County schools voucher bill dead for the year

Published Apr. 26 2017

A scaled-down school voucher pilot project measure applying only to Shelby County is dead for the year in the Tennessee...

Haslam proposes $11.8 million in state funds to settle TVA/Ocoee whitewater rafters dispute

Published Apr. 25 2017

Big changes are planned for the Tennessee Ocoee River region's management and funding — along with an $11.8 million state...

Senate gives final approval to Haslam's approach to school bus safety; Favors' seat belt bill up later today

Published Apr. 25 2017

The Tennessee Senate on Monday took final action on Gov. Bill Haslam's bill imposing new training and reporting requirements regarding...

Tennessee House GOP sends gas tax legislation to Gov. Haslam for final approval

Published Apr. 24 2017

Tennessee's first gas tax increase in nearly 30 years is now headed to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam after the GOP-run...

Tennessee general fund revenues fell nearly 8 percent below state's March projections

Published Apr. 24 2017

Tennessee general fund revenues in March fell nearly 8 percent or $71.91 million below projections in March, but Finance Commissioner...

Republican Bill Lee to run for governor of Tennessee

Published Apr. 24 2017

Republican businessman Bill Lee made it official today, filing papers to run in what promises to be a crowded 2018...

Tennessee House plans final action on gas tax bill

Published Apr. 24 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed road funding bill, up for final House floor consideration today, would affect dozens of Southeast Tennessee...

42 Tennessee lawmakers call for time out on Haslam hi-ed outsourcing

Published Apr. 24 2017

Nearly a third of the Tennessee General Assembly is calling on Gov. Bill Haslam's outsourcing czar, Terry Cowles, not to...

Tennessee lawmakers churning out bills

Published Apr. 21 2017

Tennessee banks and financial service providers could legally alert authorized persons to potential fraud involving elderly and vulnerable adults under...

UPDATE: New bill would require Tennessee to disclose details of officer-involved shootings

Published Apr. 20 2017

The state Senate today voted unanimously to make public Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probes on officer-involved shooting deaths.

Tennessee legislators vote to require disclosure of trips funded by lobbyists

Published Apr. 20 2017

McCormick's bill seeks to address controversies related to lawmakers' previously undisclosed travel in recent years.

Lawmakers will have to make up lost fees for discounted hunting licenses

Published Apr. 20 2017

Tennessee lawmakers in the future would have to provide tax dollars to make up for the discounted hunting and fishing...