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

Tennessee Senate approves $37.1 billion budget; sends it to governor

Published May. 8 2017

The Tennessee Senate voted 28-2 Monday night to send the state's $37.1 billion Fiscal Year 2018 budget on to...

Tennessee lawmakers hope to make this the last week of legislative session for 2017

Published May. 8 2017

Like exhausted boxers nearing the end of a 15-round bout, Tennessee lawmakers return to the state Capitol today in hopes...

Lt. Gov. McNally says Senate will accept House's change to Tennessee budget bill

Published May. 6 2017

A spokesman for Lt. Gov. Randy McNally says the Republican Senate speaker supports a House budget compromise passed Friday to...


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Trump's pick for Army post, Tennessee state Sen. Green, drops out amid growing criticism [video]

Published May. 5 2017

Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, announced today he is withdrawing his nomination for Secretary of the Army.

Tennessee House passes $37 billion budget

Published May. 5 2017

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee House today passed the state's $37 billion spending plan today after patching up Thursday's blow up...

Tennessee House hopes to get budget back on track after Thursday blowup

Published May. 5 2017

Tennessee's $37.1 billion annual spending plan was left in limbo Thursday after rebellious House Republicans and Democrats joined together to...

Rep. Favors pulls mandatory school bus seat belts bill off notice for year

Published May. 4 2017

Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, on Thursday took her mandatory school bus seat legislation off notice for further consideration this year.

Action on Tennessee's $37.1 billion budget left in limbo until Friday following House rebellion

Published May. 4 2017

Tennessee's $37.1 billion annual spending plan had been left in limbo after the House recessed until Friday following a rebellion...

Gov. Haslam faced with decision after Tennessee House passes bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks

Published May. 4 2017

A bill aimed at banning most abortions after 20 weeks is headed to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam after the state...

Tennessee Gov. Haslam's $37.1 billion budget to hit House, Senate floor today for final approval

Published May. 4 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed $37.1 billion annual spending plan heads to the state House and Senate floors today for what...

Tax change was key to landing tire plant in Tennessee

Published May. 4 2017

When the makers of Little Debbie snacks announced plans three years ago to boost their snack production with a plant...

Nokian Tyres project is largest foreign investment in Rhea County history

Published May. 4 2017

A Finnish tire maker plans to build a $360 million plant in Dayton, Tenn., to expand its sales across North...

House approves Tennessee needle-exchange programs to be run by nonprofit group

Published May. 3 2017

The state House today approved a bill allowing the operation of nonprofit groups interested in offering needle-exchange programs for opioid...

Tennessee House sends 20-week abortion ban bill to governor

Published May. 3 2017

Following a sometimes-emotional debate, the Tennessee House today voted to send a proposed 20-week abortion ban law Republican Gov. Bill...

Finnish tire manufacturer to locate new 400-worker plant in Dayton, Tenn.

Published May. 3 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam and manufacturer Nokian Tyres say the Finland-based company will spend $360 million to build a tire-manufacturing facility...

Tennessee lawmakers could vote Thursday on spending bill

Published May. 3 2017

Tennessee legislative leaders hoped Wednesday to move the state's spending plan for the upcoming year out of House and Senate...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam indicates he may sign controversial bill denounced by LGBT advocates

Published May. 1 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday indicated he's likely to sign a controversial bill that LGBT advocates charge is designed to...

Tennessee lawmakers urge Gov. Haslam to delay outsourcing

Published May. 1 2017

A bipartisan majority of Tennessee senators and representatives are calling on the Haslam administration to halt the planned outsourcing of...

'In God We Trust' license tag bill passes Tennessee Senate

Published May. 1 2017

Religious-minded Tennesseans would be able to display their views on state-issued license plates under a state Senate bill that passed...

Tennessee House votes to repeal law that threatens Hamilton County's sewer authority

Published May. 1 2017

The state House Monday night voted unanimously to repeal a 2016 law that wound up threatening $13 million in state...