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NASHVILLE -- State auditors are moving "as quickly as they can" to complete an investigation whose outcome could threaten Chattanooga State President Jim Catanzaro's future at the community college.

NASHVILLE — A top official said Monday that Tennessee is “changing the culture” at its three state-operated youth development centers, including a Nashville facility where teen felons rioted, assaulted staff and staged two mass escapes in September.

NASHVILLE -- A top official said Monday that Tennessee is "changing the culture" at its three state-operated youth development centers for teen felons.

NASHVILLE — In Tennessee’s incredible shrinking state Senate Democratic Caucus, it seems almost everybody can be a leader.

NASHVILLE — As Gov. Bill Haslam kicks off his first round of public budget hearings Monday, he finds himself caught between some fellow Republicans who want to reduce taxes and critics who say previous spending reductions have harmed some state services.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was chosen as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association Thursday afternoon, state Republican Party officials said.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was chosen as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association this afternoon, state Republican Party officials say.

Koch Foods on Wednesday denied its Chattanooga processing plant is inhumanely treating chickens by scalding the birds alive and shackling them upside-down before slicing open their throats, wings and chests while still conscious.

NASHVILLE — State Rep. Rick Womick, who hopes to unseat Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell in Dec. 10 leadership elections, is disavowing anonymous email images portraying Harwell and two key legislative allies as puppets on a string controlled by the House clerk.

NASHVILLE - State Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, is disavowing anonymous emails portraying Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell and two key legislative allies as puppets on a string controlled by the House clerk.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam is raising questions about plans by two state Senate Republicans to repeal Tennessee's controversial Common Core education standards and create a new panel to make recommendations on their replacement.

NASHVILLE — Shunned by much of the Tennessee and Washington GOP establishment, given up for politically dead by most observers, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais triumphed over his opponents this year despite the odds.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced the government has awarded $325 million to build two next-generation massive supercomputers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says he knew coming into Tennessee that as Gov. Bill Haslam's personally recruited "change agent" in education he would "upset the apple cart" and encounter "push back" from the state's education establishment.

NASHVILLE — Lenda Sherrell, who recently ran in the 4th Congressional District, is seeking the chairmanship of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, under whose tenure students made large gains in achievement but who nontheless became a lightning rod for criticism from teachers and many local school superintendents and some state lawmakers, is leaving, Gov. Bill Haslam announced this afternoon.

NASHVILLE - Lenda Sherrell, who recently ran in the 4th Congressional District, said today she is seeking the chairmanship of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

NASHVILLE — State campaign regulators on Wednesday dismissed one of two complaints against a controversial political action committee that spent $27,467 helping candidates in 29 contested August races for the state Republican State Executive Committee.

NASHVILLE -- Supporters of tougher abortion regulations on Monday accused plaintiffs challenging the just-adopted Tennessee constitutional amendment in a federal lawsuit of seeking to undermine the majority of voters who approved it.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam has some advice for eager fellow Republicans in the state Legislature who plan to push tax cuts in the session that begins in January.

NASHVILLE - Opponents of the Tennessee Constitution's new abortion amendment acknowledged today that if their federal challenge of its legality based on the method of counting votes is successful, the same logic might be applied to gut existing amendments under the right circumstances.

NASHVILLE — Three months after Tennessee Republicans’ fractious summer primaries, the state GOP’s civil war between establishment and hardline conservative factions is again in full swing.

NASHVILLE — While some Republican state legislators want to eliminate one tax that affects about 125,000 individual Tennesseans and some 21,000 entities, two top GOP leaders say lawmakers should instead consider lowering one that would help millions.

NASHVILLE — State House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga filed legislation that would cut Tennessee’s sales tax rate from 7 percent to 6.75 percent.

NASHVILLE -- Two Tennessee Republican congressmen are hailing the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement today that justices will hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law that could unravel Obamacare.

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee lawmaker, whose constitutional amendment banning a nonexistent state income tax won easy voter approval this week, now wants to kill a tax that actually is on the books.

NASHVILLE - After 16 years of serving as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Richard G. Rhoda is stepping down at the end of the year.

NASHVILLE — Proponents of Tennessee's just-passed abortion amendment say they hope to keep state lawmakers focused on passing just a handful of new laws next year and avoid breaking new legal ground that could land the state in federal court.

NASHVILLE - Fresh off Tennessee Republican victories in Tuesday's election, state GOP Chairman Chris Devaney of Lookout Mountain says in a letter he is running for another two-year term and asking for their support.

Republican incumbents in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th congressional districts easily beat back Democratic challengers Tuesday.

Congressman Scott DesJarlais made his victory speech in South Pittsburg, Tenn., less than two hours after the polls closed in Tennessee.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was all smiles as he came bounding off the campaign bus Friday, surrounded by a bevy of GOP stars getting ready to rumble with Democrats over a very tight race on Tuesday's ballot.

NASHVILLE — Proponents of wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores spent $1.16 million in October to persuade voters in 78 towns and cities to vote yes in Tuesday's election.

NASHVILLE — In a Halloween news release, state Republicans say Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball has egg on his face after raffling off chances to don a chicken suit on the campaign trail.

NASHVILLE — A newly released poll shows passage of a proposed anti-income tax amendment in the Tennessee Constitution is by no means a slam dunk for passage with only 30 percent of registered voters saying they intend to vote yes on it.

NASHVILLE — Allegations of an "illegal" raffle for a chance to wear a chicken costume and complaints about Republicans blocking appointment of a U.S. Surgeon General are the topics of the day in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander and Democratic challenger Gordon Ball.

NASHVILLE — A new poll shows "uncertain" chances for a proposed constitutional amendment to ban an income tax in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — Opponents of the proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment on abortion have outspent supporters this month by more than 3-to-1, according to new financial disclosures.

Opponents of the proposed Tennessee constitutional amendment on abortion have outspent supporters this month by a nearly than 3 1/2-to-1 margin, to the tune of $3.43 million.

NASHVILLE — With a week to go until Election Day, Democrat Lenda Sherrell on Tuesday released a new television ad that seeks to counter Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ efforts to link her to President Barack Obama and also challenges the congressman to “come clean” about his voting record.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that although state officials continue to monitor the situation, his administration has no immediate plans to go beyond federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines with regard to quarantines for possible Ebola cases.

NASHVILLE - Democrat Lenda Sherrell is up with a new television that seeks to counter Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' efforts to link her to President Barack Obama and challenges the congressman to "come clean" about his voting record.

NASHVILLE - With Tennessee Democrats getting whopped upside the head by Republicans with images of President Barack Obama, a Democratic state legislator from Nashville has seized upon another figure to whack his GOP opponent.

NASHVILLE - With a new tracking poll showing him comfortably ahead of Democrat Gordon Ball, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today began running a new ad promising to put "Tennessee common sense to work" in a "new majority" to "fix our broken system."

NASHVILLE — Democrat Lenda Sherrell's campaign plunked down nearly $200,000 for television ads during the 15 days leading up to early voting in her Nov. 4 challenge to Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, filings show.

NASHVILLE — Spurred by reports that some poll workers in Monroe County have provided "misleading" information to voters on the proposed abortion amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has demanded state officials make it clear to all 95 local election commissions that such activity is unacceptable.

NASHVILLE — Spurred by reports that some poll workers in Monroe County have provided "misleading" information to voters on the proposed abortion amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has demanded state officials make it clear to all 95 local election commissions that such activity is unacceptable.

NASHVILLE - While Democrat Gordon Ball says the federal government "should repeal any prohibition concerning marijuana," his rival, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is offering a more nuanced approach.

NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said Thursday the federal government has no business regulating pot.

NASHVILLE -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball said today the federal government should get out of the pot regulation business.

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