Andy Sher (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 615-255-0550
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

TDOT announces no construction work-related lane closures during busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period

Published Nov. 20 2017

Thanksgiving travelers won't be delayed by construction-related lane closures on Tennessee roads during the busiest holiday period of the year.

Haslam again named chairman of Republican Governors Association

Published Nov. 16 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was elected Thursday to serve as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2018.

Republican Andy Ogles quits U.S. Senate race: 'I do not see a path'

Published Nov. 15 2017

Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Wednesday he is ending his campaign for the 2018 Republican U.S. Senate nomination.

Tennessee state Rep. JoAnne Favors: 'Time to take a different path'

Published Nov. 14 2017

State Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, announced Monday she won't seek re-election in 2018 and instead will retire at the end...

Tennessee state Rep. JoAnne Favors won't seek re-election in 2018

Published Nov. 13 2017

State Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, announced today she will not seek reelection next year.

Gov. Haslam's budget hearings feature proposals to fight Tennessee's opioid crisis

Published Nov. 10 2017

Tennessee's opioid crisis and ways to fight it were on full display during Gov. Bill Haslam's budget hearings this week...

Haslam taps Stephen Smith as new chief of staff

Published Nov. 9 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday he has named senior adviser Stephen Smith as his chief of staff to oversee day-to-day...

State lays out $70 million plan for fixing Chattanooga's I-24/I-75 interchange

Published Nov. 9 2017

Tennessee transportation officials hope to have bids ready to advertise in the spring and start work by summer on an...

Proposed capital projects list puts Cleveland State in No. 3 slot

Published Nov. 9 2017

A proposed $25 million revitalization of Cleveland State Community College has shot up to the No. 3 spot on a...

Tennessee graduates with tech degrees soon will come with 'warranty' on skills

Published Nov. 8 2017

Beginning next fall, new graduates of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology or similar technical programs offering certificates and degrees...

Haslam on UT campus' outsourcing rejection: Disappointed but no retaliation

Published Nov. 7 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday said he's disappointed three of the University of Tennessee's four main campuses will not participate...

Gov. Haslam won't alter stance on barring handguns inside Tennessee state Capitol

Published Nov. 7 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he has no intention of changing his administration's stance on barring handgun-carry permit holders from...


Opioid crisis tied to budget request for case managers for Tennessee children

Published Nov. 6 2017

Tennessee's opioid crisis is helping fuel a state government agency's budget request for 30 new case managers to handle the...

Haslam: Policy allowing guns in new Tennessee legislative complex doesn't extend into state Capitol

Published Nov. 2 2017

Tennesseans with valid, state-issued handgun carry permits will be able to take their weapons into the General Assembly's new home...

Tennessee comptroller audit finds lack of documentation on state corporate tax incentives

Published Nov. 2 2017

Tennessee comptroller watchdogs said they found in a new audit major problems involving the awarding of some tax credits used...

TN House, Senate speakers: Permit holders can bring weapons into General Assembly's new building

Published Nov. 1 2017

Tennessee handgun-carry permit holders will be allowed to bring their firearms into the General Assembly's new home, Lt. Gov. Randy...

Three UT campuses opt out of state's facility management deal with for-profit company

Published Oct. 31 2017

In a major blow to the Haslam administration, chancellors at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and two of the...

Corker hasn't ruled out challenge to Trump in 2020

Published Oct. 27 2017

Retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Friday wouldn't rule out a possible 2020 challenge to President Donald Trump, but stressed...

Haslam names Ashley as new director of legislation

Published Oct. 25 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam announced today that Katie Ashley will become his new director of legislation as well as chief advisor...

Tennessee officials, vendor vow no more mistakes on TNReady tests

Published Oct. 25 2017

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and a vendor sought to reassure Tennessee lawmakers Tuesday that a testing problem involving digital...