The Tennessean (Reporter, Photographer)

Same-sex couples say Tennessee bills are aimed at them

Published Feb. 22 2017

If you're a man living in Tennessee, state law says you can claim paternity by performing what reads like a...

Mark Lovell violated legislative sexual harassment policy, state investigation finds

Published Feb. 17 2017

An investigation by a special Tennessee House committee determined former lawmaker Mark Lovell violated the legislature's new sexual harassment policy,...

'Bathroom bill' returns to Tennessee legislature

Published Feb. 9 2017

A controversial piece of legislation has returned to Tennessee's legislature that would force public school students to use the bathroom...


Jeremy Durham spent campaign funds on suits, sunglasses and spa products

Published Feb. 8 2017

Jeremy Durham had possibly as many as 500 individual violations of state campaign finance law, including spending more than $10,000...

Haslam makes broadband pitch to state Electric Cooperative Association

Published Feb. 1 2017

One day after Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam pitched lawmakers on the need for increased access to broadband internet service in...

Tennessee bill could require 'alien' on non-citizen ID cards

Published Feb. 1 2017

A Republican lawmaker introduced a bill Tuesday that would require the state Department of Safety to put 'alien' or 'non-U.S....

Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers takes on porn: It's a 'public health crisis'

Published Jan. 25 2017

A resolution filed in the state Senate on Tuesday aims to officially recognize pornography as a "public health crisis" and...

Trump administration places horse 'soring' ban on hold

Published Jan. 24 2017

A federal regulation finalized in the waning days of the Obama administration to end the abusive practice of horse soring...

Task force to study Episcopal diocese's same-sex marriage ban

Published Jan. 21 2017

Instead of appealing to the national Episcopal church or the bishop to lift his own ban on priests officiating same-sex...

Hundreds turn out in Nashville to protest Donald Trump

Published Jan. 20 2017

Protests, silent and loud, took place Friday across Nashville as President Donald Trump spoke for the first time to the...

Tennessee bill proposes to define mother, father, husband, wife by biology

Published Jan. 17 2017

Two Republican lawmakers want to strictly define what it means to be a mother, father, husband or wife in Tennessee.

'John Lewis a saint' Andrew Young tells Donald Trump in surprise call

Published Jan. 16 2017

Activist Andrew Young defended Nashville civil rights leader and Georgia lawmaker John Lewis during a surprise Monday afternoon phone call...

Bill introduced to eliminate permit requirement to openly carry handguns in Tennessee

Published Jan. 13 2017

A bill that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry handguns without first obtaining a permit was introduced this week by...

Proposed bill would require all Tennessee license plates to carry the phrase 'In God We Trust'

Published Jan. 12 2017

A bill filed Wednesday in the House would require all state license plates to carry the phrase 'In God We...

Tennessee House lawmakers must disclose political junkets

Published Jan. 12 2017

First the first time, House lawmakers will be required to disclose any out-of-state travel valued more than $100 that is...

Deer killed in Sumner County to be certified a world record

Published Jan. 11 2017

It's official — Gallatin resident Stephen Tucker shot a world record whitetail deer in November in Sumner County.

Woman, denied abortion while in jail, sues Tennessee sheriff

Published Jan. 11 2017

A Tennessee sheriff is named in a civil lawsuit after he denied a 29-year-old inmate access to an abortion, saying...

U2 will headline Bonnaroo 2017

Published Jan. 9 2017

Rock giants U2 will headline the 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Trump to name Nashville's Bill Hagerty ambassador to Japan

Published Jan. 4 2017

Nashville businessman Bill Hagerty is President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be ambassador of Japan, according to a source close to...

TDOT worker struck on I-40 on Christmas Eve dies

Published Dec. 29 2016

A Tennessee Department of Transportation worker struck along Interstate 40 on Christmas Eve has died, hospital authorities said Thursday.