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

Gardenhire bill to end 'brownfield' tax incentive program for redevelopment projects in Chattanooga, other Tennessee cities

Published Feb. 19 2019

A bill introduced by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, that would end a "brownfield" tax incentive program for new economic development...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announces plan to repeal amusement tax on gym memberships

Published Feb. 19 2019

Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced his legislative package of bills will include legislation repealing an amusement tax on many...

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...

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...

All tri-state area U.S. senators vote in favor of border security funding

Published Feb. 14 2019

All six U.S. senators from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama voted in favor of the bipartisan border bill passed overwhelmingly Thursday...

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. 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 House Democrats renew Medicaid expansion call, pan GOP block grant effort

Published Feb. 11 2019

In a state where nine rural hospitals have already shut their doors and a 10th one plans to close March...

Lawmakers seek to address state-ordered ban on new Hamilton County sewer authority hookups in Ooltewah

Published Feb. 11 2019

NASHVILLE — A moratorium in Ooltewah banning new sewer connections to Hamilton County's wastewater system is overflowing into issuance of...


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Tennessee lawmakers push comprehensive bill to legalize medical marijuana

Published Feb. 7 2019

Two Tennessee Republican legislators say their colleagues should put away their fears when it comes to their comprehensive bill that...

Tennessee Republicans explore federal Medicaid block grants, possible health care expansion

Published Feb. 7 2019

Republican legislative leaders are eyeing a plan they hope could eventually boost health care coverage to more of Tennessee's working...

Chattanooga lawmaker's bill would require police to take annual diversity training courses

Published Feb. 6 2019

Concerns over recent local police incidents involving excessive force in encounters with minorities have spurred a state lawmaker from Chattanooga...

Gov. Bill Lee proposes lottery-funded plan to boost vocational, tech training for Tennessee high school students

Published Feb. 5 2019

Gov. Bill Lee's first legislative proposal calls for generating more public-private partnerships for his goal to create more vocational and...

Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission taps Russell Thomas as new executive director

Published Feb. 4 2019

Tennessee's main agency in charge of alcoholic beverage licensure, regulation and enforcement has a new chief, a former Davidson County...

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann 'optimistic' his panel will reach agreement on federal security funding

Published Feb. 1 2019

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, the only Tennessean on a 17-member House and Senate conference committee charged with hammering out...

Rep. Fleischmann invites Tennessee Gov. Lee to attend Trump's State of the Union address

Published Jan. 31 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will be attending President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee weighs state funding for $17.75 million proposed McMinn County Higher Ed Center

Published Jan. 30 2019

A proposed $17.75 million McMinn County project that would co-locate the state's Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Athens with...