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

Senate panel lowers amount of Haslam gas tax proposal, cuts grocery tax by 20 percent

Published Mar. 13 2017

The Tennessee Senate Transportation Committee today approved a retooled version of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's roads program, shaving off the...

Persistence may pay off for Bo Watson on insuror/provider contract bill

Published Mar. 11 2017

About this time last year, state Sen. Bo Watson's bill making insurers let health providers know up front about contract...

Finance commissioner says Tennessee is 'intellectually and morally' obligated to look at Fall Creek Falls outsourcing

Published Mar. 9 2017

State Finance Commissioner Larry Martin on Wednesday zealously defended the Haslam administration's continuing push to outsource services, suggesting to state...

Tennessee's rural electric cooperatives can offer video services under amended broadband bill

Published Mar. 9 2017

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's rural electric cooperatives will be allowed to offer video to customers as well as broadband services under...

Haslam's rural broadband bill amended, moves in House panel

Published Mar. 8 2017

Tennessee's rural electric cooperatives will be allowed to offer video to customers as well as broadband services under an amended...

Gov. Haslam's transportation funding bill left spinning in Tennessee House panel

Published Mar. 8 2017

House Transportation Committee members fought Tuesday over funding of Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation improvements bill and fretted over potential second-guessing...

Tennessee attorney general says proposed Fall Creek Falls privatization process legal

Published Mar. 7 2017

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a new legal opinion that the state's proposed privatization of operations at Fall...

Haslam transportation plan clears Senate panel short a load of funding

Published Mar. 7 2017

A Senate Transportation subcommittee unanimously approved Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed road improvement plan but without his recommended gas and diesel...

Tennessee civil asset forfeiture law is under legislative microscope

Published Mar. 5 2017

Legislative critics of Tennessee's civil asset seizure law are renewing their push to alter the statute, which allows police to...

Senate speaker says building commission will retain control over new Fall Creek Falls inn work

Published Mar. 3 2017

Haslam administration officials will have to take a retooled version of their proposed plan to privatize Fall Creek Falls State...

TN Attorney General: Fetal-hearbeat abortion bill 'constitutionally suspect'

Published Mar. 2 2017

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a new legal opinion that a bill seeking to outlaw abortions if a...

Tennessee postpones deadline for companies' Fall Creek Falls outsource plans

Published Mar. 2 2017

Amid rising questions from critics, the Haslam administration abruptly postponed today's deadline for private companies interested in running Fall Creek...

Haslam transportation bill maneuver leaves opponents in its exhaust

Published Mar. 2 2017

Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's transportation funding bill zigzagged past opponents in a key House panel Wednesday and emerged with...

Haslam administration postpones Fall Creek Falls State Park's deadline for would-be hospitality services outsourcing

Published Mar. 1 2017

The Haslam administration has abruptly postponed a Thursday deadline for companies interested in running Fall Creek Falls State Park responding...

Haslam concedes difficulty of getting 33 GOP governors to agree on Obamacare replace and repeal

Published Mar. 1 2017

With President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans set on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam...

State Sen. Bell: Tennessee lawmakers should consider travel boycott of California

Published Mar. 1 2017

Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, says state lawmakers should weigh boycotting next year's National Conference of State Legislatures in California as...

Bell resolution condemning California over TN travel ban over LGBT law clears Senate panel

Published Feb. 28 2017

A state resolution that condemns Calfornia's ban on state-funded travel to Tennessee and urges Gov. Bill Haslam and top House...

Tennessee lawmakers Norris, Gardenhire push bills to battle elderly abuse

Published Feb. 27 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R- Chattanooga, and other lawmakers have unveiled a trio of bills...

Tennessee House passes bill requiring stricter income verification for welfare recipients

Published Feb. 27 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Tennessee adults who are on TennCare, food stamps and/or welfare would undergo an enhanced income-verification process...

Fall Creek Falls outsourcing largely bypasses State Building Commission oversight

Published Feb. 26 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is stirring up another political hornet's nest with its ongoing privatization plans for Fall Creek Falls...