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

Gov. Haslam's effort to index future fuel tax increases to inflation draws opposition

Published Feb. 20 2017

Tennessee gas station and convenience store operators are fighting a provision in Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax increase plan that...

Haslam sticks with proposed cut on grocery taxes despite 'steak and caviar' argument

Published Feb. 17 2017

A former Reagan administration economic adviser's 'steak and caviar' argument against cutting Tennessee's sales tax on groceries to offset Republican...

Tennessee Gov. Haslam tax plan spurs debate: Baby formula, caviar and 'fat cats'

Published Feb. 16 2017

A nationally known conservative economist says Tennessee lawmakers shouldn't include a tax cut on groceries as an offset to Republican...

McKee Foods executive gets advice from top GOP lawmakers on how to lobby on Haslam road plan

Published Feb. 16 2017

McKee Foods Vice President Eva Lynne Disbro took that question straight to the top Wednesday, seeking advice from House Speaker...

BlueCross BlueShield tells lawmakers of its efforts to tackle Tennessee's opioid 'crisis'

Published Feb. 15 2017

In a state that ranks No. 2 nationally in terms of prescriptions written for addictive opioid pain medications and where...

Tennessee Gov. Haslam's IMPROVE Act comes up for hearing today in House panel

Published Feb. 14 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed IMPROVE Act, which seeks to boost gas and diesel taxes for Tennessee transportation while cutting taxes...

Tennessee Republicans denounce 'absurdity' of California travel ban

Published Feb. 13 2017

Several Tennessee Republican legislators, upset over a California law banning state-funded travel to the Volunteer State as a result of...

Proposed de-annexation bill would give parts of Chattanooga, other TN cities ability to secede

Published Feb. 13 2017

Two Hamilton County legislators are renewing their push to pass a 'de-annexation' bill that would allow people in parts of...

Law would stop Chattanooga from charging schools stormwater fee

Published Feb. 10 2017

The city of Chattanooga charges Hamilton County Schools between $400,000 and $450,000 in annual stormwater fees, and Gardenhire introduced a...

Rep. McCormick says legalizing Sunday wine sales a 'convenience' issue for consumers

Published Feb. 10 2017

NASHVILLE — A Hamilton County legislator says his bill that seeks to do away with Tennessee's long-standing ban on Sunday...

U.S. Rep. Black says new role won't preclude her running for Tennessee governor

Published Feb. 9 2017

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said Thursday that despite a new role as chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee,...

Tennessee House Speaker Harwell says she can support some fuel tax increases for roads

Published Feb. 9 2017

NASHVILLE — Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell says she could support some fuel tax increases for new road spending, provided...


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Tennessee bill would put all state-regulated professions' ethics codes under review

Published Feb. 9 2017

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee lawmaker is dropping his planned follow-up to a controversial 2016 bill, now state law, that allowed...

Tennessee senator questions timing of Gov. Haslam's internet sales tax rule

Published Feb. 8 2017

The head of a key Senate panel isn't so sure Gov. Bill Haslam's administration made the 'wisest' decision by implementing...

Tennessee lawmaker threatens to end automatic deduction of union dues for anti-outsourcing group

Published Feb. 6 2017

A Tennessee lawmaker who supports Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to privatize Fall Creek Falls State Park's hospitality operations has...

Tennessee's online sales tax rule draws legal challenge

Published Feb. 6 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam revealed Monday that Tennessee is facing a legal challenge to the state's requirement that larger online vendors...

Haslam's road plan could result in loss of DUI funds

Published Feb. 6 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam says he's open to trying to address concerns raised by Tennessee's district attorneys general that a funding...

Haslam has 'concern' about bill that could put 'Alien' on non-citizen TN ID cards

Published Feb. 5 2017

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says he has concerns about a bill requiring state officials to stamp terms such as...

Bipartisan bill would require all school buses have safety restraint systems for kids by mid-2023

Published Feb. 3 2017

Joined by four House colleagues, state Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, on Thursday filed her school bus seat belt bill addressing...

Haslam's gas tax increase for roads jolted by legislative potholes, quarreling

Published Feb. 3 2017

Better buckle up Tennesseans, the road to new transportation funding to address the state's $10.5 billion backlog of highway and...