Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd raises concerns to Tennessee legislators on septic tank bill

Published Feb. 18 2019

A Hamilton County commissioner is urging Tennessee lawmakers to have a "balanced discussion" when considering a bill brought by two...

Hamilton County legislators still struggling with details on septic tank bill

Published Feb. 18 2019

NASHVILLE — Hamilton County legislators are trying to figure out how to plug problems with their bill to let Ooltewah...

Tennessee lawmakers eye their own certificate-of-need changes

Published Feb. 17 2019

Search the term "certificate of need" on the Tennessee General Assembly website, and 15 various House and Senate bills pop...


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Some Tennessee legislators attempting to make even more official records off limits to the public

Published Feb. 17 2019

As Tennessee lawmakers, news organizations and open government advocates try to reduce the types of government records exempted from Tennessee's...

California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

Published Feb. 15 2019

California is likely to sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border,...

Sen. Lamar Alexander calls Trump's national emergency declaration to build border wall 'unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution'

Published Feb. 15 2019

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today released a statement in the wake of President Donald Trump's declaration of a national...

Georgia bill would replace state's outdated voting machines

Published Feb. 15 2019

Three months after a much-disputed election for Georgia governor, lawmakers have filed a bill to make the state use voting...

Report: Nearly half of Tennessean students not college ready

Published Feb. 15 2019

New state data shows that nearly half of Tennessee students enrolled in higher education during the 2016-2017 school year needed...

Bill wants more online retailers to charge Georgia patrons a sales tax

Published Feb. 15 2019

Georgia's new law making more online retailers collect taxes on their sales to state residents just took effect Jan. 1,...

AG: Sentencing law applies to transgender hate crimes

Published Feb. 15 2019

A new Tennessee attorney general opinion says judges can apply hate crime enhancements when sentencing cases that target transgender individuals.

Top Tennessee House Republicans open to easing voting rights barriers for many ex-convicts

Published Feb. 14 2019

A legislative push to make it easier for many of Tennessee's former felony offenders to restore their voting rights once...

Georgia lawmakers debate bills aimed at Confederate monuments

Published Feb. 14 2019

A committee did not take action on Georgia state Sen. Jeff Mullis' monuments-protection bill Thursday after a debate about a...

String of anti-abortion bills proposed in Tennessee

Published Feb. 14 2019

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced a wide range of anti-abortion legislation following newly elected Gov. Bill Lee's promise to...

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation ousts deputy commissioner after probe into complaints of 'workplace misconduct'

Published Feb. 14 2019

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Parks and Conservation, Brock Hill, is out...

Groups, Republican lawmakers seek to restore voting rights for Tennesseans with felony convictions

Published Feb. 13 2019

In a state where an estimated 323,354 felons have completed their criminal sentences, two Republican lawmakers and a coalition of...

Rep. Yusuf Hakeem named Tennessee House Democrats' deputy minority whip

Published Feb. 13 2019

Freshman Rep. Yusuf Hakeem, D-Chattanooga, has been named House Democrats' deputy minority whip for the 111th General Assembly, leaders announced...

Chattanooga Presents! and Friends of the Festival in competition for riverfront management contract

Published Feb. 13 2019

After a deadlocked vote earlier this month, the Chattanooga City Council will revisit a proposed management contract for the Tennessee...

Virginia politician's accuser speaks about issue of sexual assault

Published Feb. 13 2019

A college professor avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she was not...

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann awaiting details on border funding deal 'before drawing a conclusion' on vote

Published Feb. 12 2019

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tennessee., said Tuesday he will await the release of full details from the bipartisan border spending...

Septic tank bill on hold as Chattanooga legislators work out kinks with Tennessee regulators

Published Feb. 12 2019

A state-level effort to address complications arising from a Hamilton County moratorium on new sewer connections in Ooltewah is on...

Tennessee Board of Education members re-elect Lillian Hartgrove as chairwoman

Published Feb. 12 2019

State Board of Education members re-elected Lillian Hartgrove chairwoman of the governing and policy-making body for Tennessee elementary and secondary...


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Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

Published Feb. 12 2019

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot...

Rep. Graves casts doubt on spending bill deal to avoid another government shutdown

Published Feb. 12 2019

Despite announcements from leaders in both parties that they have reached a spending deal "in principal" to avoid a government...