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University of Tennessee plans to maintain tuition for another year

Facing the climb inflationthe University of Tennessee at Knoxville will recommend maintaining its tuition and fees for the third year in a row. Thanks to a $90 million investment in Tennessee universities and colleges across the state included in Governor Bill Lee’s budget, UT Knoxville won’t have to charge its students more when they return in the fall. The campus ...

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Archives raise new questions about Oscar Franklin Smith’s execution plan

Governor Bill Lee halted the execution of Oscar Franklin Smith in late April, citing an oversight. Recently released recordings, including text messages, provide more information on what went wrong. Lee suspended all executions until this year and ordered an independent review. Public records released Friday raise new questions about the now-stayed execution of Oscar Franklin Smith and whether the Tennessee ...

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Tenn. expects changes in lethal injection protocol, staffing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee officials say they anticipate an independent investigation into the state’s lethal injection methods will lead to changes in how these executions are carried out, including how the proceedings are handled. . State corrections officials made the statement last week in a filing in federal court, and a judge agreed on Tuesday to stay litigation challenging ...

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Horowitz: Tennessee governor opposes bill requiring murderers to serve full sentences

One of the most remarkable dynamics in American politics is that the majority of Republican governors are more pro-criminal than most average Democratic voters and even some local Democratic politicians. You see, at some point, the crime could get serious enough that even Democratic voters are asking for help. But the GOP elites, controlled by Koch-funded NGOs and big business ...

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Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Strictly Regulating Medical Abortions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon strictly regulate the distribution of abortion pills, including imposing stiff penalties on doctors who violate them, under legislation recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee. The measure, which Lee signed on Thursday, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. Once signed into law, a medical clinician will have to be physically ...

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Tennessee Governor Signs Ban on Collegiate Transgender Athletes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Friday approved legislation banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s varsity sports. Last year, no other state enacted more laws targeting transgender people than Tennessee, as GOP lawmakers consistently dismissed concerns that they discriminate against an already at-risk population. These measures included banning transgender athletes from playing public girls’ sports in ...

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ARC Manchin Federal Co-Chair, Governors and Tourism

Washington, DC, May 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On May 3, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) hosted the second in a series of five virtual events (titled the Roadshow planned in Appalachia) to show how ARC strategic investment priorities come to life in the 13 states of Appalachia. The event featured engaging discussions with Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina, ...

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Tennessee governor signs public education funding formula into law

Governor Bill Lee signed his plan to change the way Tennessee funds public education and promised that every parent will soon know exactly how much the state is spending on their child’s K-12 education. Lee also said he intends to sign another bill to allow the Tennessee Textbook Commission to override local school board decisions and ban certain school library ...

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Family of man killed in DUI accident reacts to tougher Tennessee DUI law tied to child support payments

The state of Tennessee is cracking down on drunk drivers by costing them dearly, and drivers charged with a DUI won’t like it. The new law that makes drunk drivers pay child support for killing a relative. Bradford Fair of Clarkesville, Tennessee says he won’t soon forget the night he learned his cousin, Myron Fair, 49, had died in a ...

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Tennessee school library bill would let state veto books

The Tennessee Textbook Commission could veto local school board decisions and ban certain school library books statewide under 11 a.m. legislation approved by state lawmakers Thursday. Senate and House negotiators reached a deal to sweeten a House bill passed a day earlier to require librarians to submit their book inventory to the politically appointed commission for review and possible veto. ...

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Governor Bill Lee should veto harmful bill

Written by over 200 Tennessee religious leaders. Find the list of signatories on this link. A letter to Governor Bill Lee: This is one more request 300 Tennessean religious leaders and organizations urging you to veto Senate Bill 1610/House Bill 0978 – also known as the bill that criminalize homelessness. As religious leaders and faith-based organizations across Tennessee, we urge ...

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Tennessee governor signs penalty bill for transgender athletes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon add tough penalties against public schools that allow transgender athletes to participate in women’s sports, under legislation recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee. Lee quietly signed the proposal last Friday without comment. The governor had already signed a measure last year requiring student athletes to prove their gender matches that ...

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No new details from Tennessee governor on canceled execution | News

oscar franklin smith Tennessee Department of Corrections NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is declining to provide further information about his decision Thursday to call off the state’s first execution since the pandemic began. However, the Republican said Friday that more information will likely be provided next week. On Thursday night, the Republican issued a statement saying there ...

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Bill to make drunk drivers who kill their parents pay child support to TN governor’s office

Missouri grandmother aims to create law forcing DUI offenders to pay victims’ orphan children A Missouri grandmother is working with her state representative to create a law that would seek financial restitution from DUI offenders whose actions resulted in the death of a parent or guardian. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Tennessee bill that aims to hold drunk drivers accountable by ...

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Tennessee prohibits paying less than minimum wage to people with disabilities

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a law banning people with disabilities from being paid below minimum wage, making it the ninth state to end the practice. Under the federal Fair Work and Standards Act, employers can apply for a certificate to pay disabled persons “whose earning or productive capacity is impaired by a physical or mental disability, including those ...

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TN Senate passes bill allowing immigrants to obtain business license

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — On Thursday, the Tennessee State Senate voted 20 to 7 to pass the Workforce Expansion Bill, sponsored by Sen. Shane Reeves, RT.N. with bipartisan support. The bill, once in force, will allow certain immigrants to obtain a license in the specialty or trade they wish. The vote to pass the bill follows the passage of its ...

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Bipartisan bill to fix Tennessee litter fines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — While driving in Tennessee, some think they’re seeing something more and more: garbage. “We’re seeing a slight uptick, it seems,” Rep. Mike Sparks told R-Smyrna. “I have more constituents asking what we can do about illegal dumping. Sparks said he hated seeing litter around the state, which prompted him to draft legislation – HB2424/SB2070 — for ...

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Ron DeSantis sparks nationwide wave of ‘Don’t Day Gay’ bills

Several Republican-led states are considering their own “don’t say gay” bills prompted by Florida’s controversial law. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the legislation last month, which prevents the teaching of subjects such as sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s youngest students. The law has provoked a major backlash from LGBTQ advocates, who argue it aims ...

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Governor Lee will not veto Tennessee bill giving the legislature majority control of State Board of Education appointments

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is allowing to become law without his signature a bipartisan bill he opposed that gives House and Senate Speakers control of two-thirds of appointments to the State Board of Education. Lee’s director of communications, Laine Arnold, confirmed to The Times Free Press in a brief text on Friday that the governor intended to let ...

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The Institute of American Civics at the University of Tennessee meets

An academic unit reshaping American civics at Tennessee’s largest public university is moving from a long-discussed idea to a codified entity. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the Institute of American Civics at the University of Tennessee during his annual state of the state address, saying it will create more “informed patriots” and be “a beacon celebrating intellectual diversity in our ...

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If this bill is signed into law, other MS lawmakers would also receive raises

If Governor Tate Reeves signs House Bill 1426 in law, raising salaries for statewide elected officials and other elected officials beginning in 2024, the governor of Mississippi would be the second-highest-paid governor in the Deep South, second only to the governor of Georgia. If the bill becomes law, the Mississippi governor’s annual salary would rise from $122,160 to $160,000 — ...

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Three days left to qualify for municipal and national primaries on August 4

April 4, 2022By: Dwayne Page People have just three days left to get their names on the ballot in the Aug. 4 municipal elections and Tennessee’s Democratic and Republican primaries for state and federal office. The deadline to qualify for the races is noon on Thursday, April 7. Municipal elections will be held in Smithville, Alexandria, Liberty and Dowelltown. Eighteen ...

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This Week with Bob Mueller: April 3, 2022

Man linked to missing Florida woman arrested in… 6 hours ago Police search for missing Lebanese teenager 6 hours ago Emergency Paving Projects 6 hours ago Pancakes and Politics in Nashville 22 hours ago Primate exhibit at the Nashville Zoo 22 hours ago Lebanese police search for a teenager on the run 23 hours ago Stolen and damaged car in ...

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Bill to tighten book bans in school libraries in Tennessee

Days after Governor Bill Lee signed a law requiring school libraries to screen their materials for “age appropriate,” Tennessee lawmakers introduced a tougher bill that could slap school librarians with criminal penalties for books that some might call obscene. the invoice under consideration would also require districts or charter schools to remove books from library shelves if a parent or ...

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Cookies or Bratwurst: GOP weighs its convention choices | Tennessee News

By SCOTT BAUER and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press In Milwaukee, one of two cities vying to host the Republican presidential convention in 2024, Democrats were pilloried by would-be visitors after predawn election results handed Wisconsin to Joe Biden during the 2020 White House race. Rival Nashville, Tennessee, is led by a mayor whose Democratic brother was effectively redistributed from his ...

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Tennessee Representative Jim Cooper will not seek re-election – The Vanderbilt Hustler

Cooper’s decision to retire at the end of his current term comes after Tennessee’s redistricting plan was signed into law by Governor Bill Lee on Feb. 6. Sam Davis Tennessee State Capitol, photographed January 9, 2019. (Hustler Multimedia/Sam Davis) Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper announcement on January 25 that he will not run again in the 2022 election cycle. He has ...

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Utah governor vetoes transgender sports ban, rescinds faces

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox vetoed a ban on transgender female students playing sports for girls on Tuesday, becoming the second Republican governor this week to overrule state lawmakers who crack down on youth sports amid broader culture wars as LGBTQ visibility rises. However, leaders in the GOP-dominated Legislature quickly called a veto waiver session and indicated they had enough support ...

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Going against Republican leanings, Indiana governor vetoes transgender sports bill

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday vetoed a bill that would have banned transgender girls from participating in school-sanctioned girl’s sports, taking a radically different approach to the issue than 11 other Republican governors. who have signed similar measures in recent years. . Mr. Holcomb said that the invoice, known as HEA 1041, would likely have been challenged in court. ...

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Tennessee lawmakers take 6 nominations to Governor Lee’s state board of education

March 19 – NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Senate has approved a bill stripping Governor Bill Lee of his sole power to appoint members to the State Board of Education, ceding two-thirds of the nine nominations to House and Senate Speakers. The measure, which had previously passed the House as the 1838 bill, was approved by the GOP-led Senate in a ...

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Tennessee GOP uses Texas as model, introduces anti-abortion bill

Nashville, Tennessee. Despite having already enacted one of the toughest abortion bans in the United States, Republicans in Tennessee on Tuesday began proposing another anti-abortion measure strategically drafted to avoid challenges in federal courts. The proposal is almost a direct copy of legislation currently enacted in Texas, which not only prohibits doctors from performing abortions before most people know they ...

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Ohio Governor Signs Concealed Firearms Bill Removing License Requirement

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine sign a bill on Monday that will allow anyone 21 and older who is legally authorized to own a weapon to carry a concealed weapon without a license. Our thought bubble: DeWine faces a multi-pronged challenge for the Republican gubernatorial primary. His signing of the permit-free carry bill comes just weeks before early voting begins. Between ...

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The new Paul LePage looks a lot like the old one

They say if you live long enough you’ll see it all. Sometimes we even see it twice, Maine gets another campaign from former Florida resident and former Maine governor Paul LePage, who is running to get his old job back and promises that this time it will be different. “I’ll tell you, the one thing you’ll see about Paul LePage ...

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Why state laws have local leaders fearing the next pandemic | Best States

As local mask mandates quickly fall by the wayside, public health officials worry that restrictions placed on them during the pandemic by state officials could hamper future efforts to contain the next virus to hit the America. A case in point is Tennessee, where the state passed a law last year that bans mask mandates in public buildings and schools ...

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Governor dodges questions about charter schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Should children in Tennessee be taught that civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination are a bad thing? On Wednesday, Governor Bill Lee dodged those questions. This follows a NewsChannel 5 investigation of a college in Michigan that Lee personally urged to start charter schools across Tennessee. This survey revealed that Hillsdale College’s 1776 curriculum is rewriting the ...

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TN bill would allow drivers to remove speeding ticket points from their records | WJHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — State lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow drivers to remove points added to their driving record from a speeding ticket if they take a defensive driving course. Like many states, Tennessee has a system where points are accumulated on a person’s driving record for traffic violations and accidents. If a certain number of points ...

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Why Tennessee State and Local Governance is the Gold Standard

John Knubel is the author of several books and currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee. We moved to Tennessee in 2013 to follow a 55-year career in federal government and the financial services industry – in addition to my passion for passing on responsible, accountable, sustainable and transparent federal government and a prosperous America to my children. and my grandchildren. It ...

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APSU Women’s Basketball defeats Tennessee State in OVC Tournament, 67-53

Evansville, IN – For the first time since 2012, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s basketball team earned a win at the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Championship, breaking an eight-game drought with a 67-53 win over No. 8 Tennessee on Thursday at Ford Center. Austin Peay (19-10, 11-7 OVC) was trailed by Yamia Johnsonwho scored a game-high 17 ...

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A reader writes an open letter to Senator Blackburn

Dear Senator Blackburn: Referring to your Feb. 17 online essay, “Democrat-Led Policies Jeopardize Tennessean Safety,” I agree that Tennessee families have every reason to be concerned for their safety, but not for the reasons you give. Yes, Tennessee ranks third in violent crime, with gun deaths now surpassing car accidents. Tennessee ranks fourth in the number of women killed by ...

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Partnership with Hillsdale College brings Tennessee closer to theocracy

Buzz Thomas is a retired minister and attorney and the former acting superintendent of Knox County Public Schools. Ancient Israel was a theocracy. America is not. Again. We had a semblance of theocracy in Massachusetts Bay when the Puritans were in charge. When they hanged blasphemers and burned witches. If my Baptist ancestor Roger Williams hadn’t been saved by the ...

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Tennessee lawmakers introduce another reform that could be seen as a model for other states to follow

Tennessee State Capitol Getty NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee is a state where, despite an already relatively low tax burden and no state income tax, lawmakers have continued to find new ways to improve the tax code in recent years, with reforms that provide additional relief to individuals, families and employers. New legislation recently introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly, if ...

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Memphis Parents Take Action for a Quality Education

“It’s important that this work be led by parents, because we’re closest to the problem,” said Dianechia Fields, Memphis Lift’s Chief of Staff. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – There is a lot of talk after Wednesday Memphis-Shelby County Schools“District State. Some celebrate the slight increase in student performance levels, but others say, “how can people celebrate when so many others still need ...

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David Perdue proposes term limits for Georgian elected officials

We are looking at who the proposal would affect ATLANTA, Ga. (WDEF) – David Perdue, in his run for governor of Georgia, is proposing term limits for elected Georgia state officials. The former US senator is running against current Governor Brian Kemp in the Republican primary. His proposal is to limit statewide offices to a total of 8 years. “As ...

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The wheels are in motion to repave Foothills Parkway

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park received its first funding under the Great American Outdoors Act championed by the former US senator. Alexander Lamarand they will be used to repave Foothills Parkway West in Blount County. The park received $31 million to rehabilitate the 17-mile road between Lake Chilhowee and Walland. Some full lane closures will take place beginning March ...

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Alabama Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan Approved – Elmore-Autauga News

By David Rainer WFF Fisheries Biologist Nathan Aycock holds a huge silver carp caught in Lake Pickwick. (photo ADCNR) Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources The recent approval of Alabama’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan opens federal funding opportunities for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Division of Wildlife and Fisheries in Freshwater (WFF) and Marine ...

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Willow Ridge Garden Center named Small Business of the Month

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Willow Ridge Garden Center its Small Business of the Month designation for February 2022. Pictured are Christine Michaels, Greg Steele, Kelley O’Dell, Scott Russell, Chris Johnson, April Fugate , Lora Barker, Florenda Howard and Norm Nelson. (photo sent) The Willow Ridge Garden Center was named Small Business of the Month for February ...

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to make places of worship safer

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee wants to make places of worship safer. Faith leaders say the idea sounds appealing, but there are some caveats. Lee announced during his state of the state address on Jan. 31 that he was tasking the Department of Safety and Homeland Security with developing a plan to enhance security at places of worship. Religious leaders said ...

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It’s time for the governor to go back to school – Tennessee Lookout

Memo to Governor Bill Lee and staff: Read your sources before citing them in a state of the state address. The governor, invoking President Ronald Reagan, called on Tennessee students to be “informed patriots” during his recent state of the state, saying it’s important “we teach real American history, unbiased and apolitical. And he noted approvingly, “The Fordham Institute recently ...

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Bill would strip Tennessee Governor Bill Lee of some board of education appointments

NASHVILLE — A GOP-led legislative effort to bring lawmakers under the operational control of the Tennessee State Board of Education with six of the panel’s nine voting member nominations moving to the state House despite the opposition from Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who now makes all the appointments. House Bill 1838, sponsored by Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka, was approved by ...

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Governor voices support for small Oak Ridge nuclear reactor

In his State of the State Address, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee spoke of his desire to revive a project at Oak Ridge, the Clinch River site, for a small modular reactor fleet. “We are working directly with TVA to formalize a long-term strategy so that the Clinch River site can be part of America’s diet,” Lee said. “If we’re going ...

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Tennessee governor signs bill for congressional map giving GOP big advantage

RState Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee has signed legislation establishing a congressional map that favors Republicans in the state. Lee signed SB 781 effective Sunday, according to Bloomberg Government. The map is expected to give Republicans an advantage in eight of Tennessee’s nine congressional districts, which will prevent some incumbent Democrats from running for re-election. “Today I am announcing that ...

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The Governor of Tennessee is pushing for a Super Bowl in Nashville? | Newstalk Florida

Tennessee municipalities spend on professional sports. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is set to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure Nashville and Memphis maintain their major league standings. To that end, Lee would be interested in talking to the National Football League about hosting a Super Bowl in Nashville. The NFL is no longer auctioning the game. If a ...

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Lawmaker wants ‘deaf and dumb’ removed from Tennessee code

NASHVILLE, Tenn, (WKRN) — New legislation passed by the House Health Subcommittee aims to use more inclusive language in the state of Tennessee. State Rep. Darren Jernigan introduced House Bill 1670, which calls on Tennessee to replace the term “deaf and dumb” with “deaf or hard of hearing” in the Tennessee Code Annotated, which describes vocabulary used in laws States. ...

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Tennessee proposes moving 3 schools from Memphis due to potential flooding

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing to relocate three schools from Memphis due to the possibility of flooding, a school building change not currently part of a new facilities plan. Schools in Memphis-Shelby County was unveiled last spring and started in earnest during a recent round of council votes on school closures, mergers, school building additions and HVAC upgrades. Inspired ...

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Tennessee governor must veto Republican Gerrymander

Memphis, TN –JB Smiley, Jr. released the following statement regarding the recently passed gerrymander of Tennessee’s congressional and legislative districts recently forced by Republican members of the Tennessee General Assembly. “When elections are free and fair, voters have the opportunity to shape the direction of their cities, states and nations. Our elders sacrificed so much to get the right to ...

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Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe announce that Fiberon will establish operations in Maury County

Composite decking, railing and cladding company to create 310 new jobs in Colombia NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Fiberon officials announced today that the company will establish new manufacturing and distribution operations in Columbia, Tennessee. . Fiberon, a subsidiary of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., will create ...

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Lawmakers revisit school vouchers related to COVID-19 – Tennessee Lookout

Three years after a school voucher bill crippled the Legislative Assembly, lawmakers are being asked to choose sides again, but this time with COVID-19 as the primary factor. With dozens of school districts across the state asking the Department of Education for permission to offer virtual classes in the event of omicron’s surge, lawmakers will be pressured to choose between ...

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Maury County, Tennessee, Elections 2022: Voter’s Guide to Columbia

This year marks a transition point for Maury County as many elected community positions, including county mayor, county commissioners and odd-numbered school board seats, will once again be on the ballot when of the 2022 elections. County general elections held on August 4 and city and state elections on November 8, including seats for city mayor, state officials and governor, ...

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Governor visits Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WDEF) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is making appearances statewide, taking time Thursday to tour the Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Spring Hill. His first time at the factory became less of a photo opportunity and more of a state-of-the-state address. While the Governor got to see all of the services provided by Watts Bar, he ...

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Tennessee Pioneer Teacher Apprenticeship Program

We struggle to recruit enough quality teachers in the United States. After all, even if every graduate of every selective college chose to become a teacher next year, that wouldn’t even replace natural attrition in a country with 3.5 million educators. Although it has been a long time concerns of a staffing shortage a recurring theme in K-12 schooling, perhaps ...

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Aurora mayor kicks off GOP campaign for governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) — Richard Irvin is the latest Republican to announce a campaign for Illinois governor. Aurora’s first black mayor could end up being the frontrunner in a crowded GOP primary with the financial backing of the state’s richest man, Ken Griffin. Irvin hopes to become Illinois’ first black governor. Of course, Irvin’s announcement was symbolic as he kicked ...

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2022 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Stewardship process begins | Sunday stories

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation invites Tennessee residents to submit nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Stewardship. “We are proud to recognize organizations that stand out in protecting our precious natural resources in Tennessee,” Governor Bill Lee said. “These awards honor those who go above and beyond to responsibly protect and preserve Tennessee’s beauty ...

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University of Memphis cancels grant for social justice program

The University of Memphis canceled a recent grant for its social justice program, formed in August 2020, after Governor Bill Lee expressed concerns about the latest initiative, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The program has 14 groups focused on improving educational outcomes for students of color, retain the faculty of color and improving pay equity, as well ...

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Governor Lee announces appointees to major boards and commissions

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced appointments to a series of key boards and commissions. “Tennessee’s success depends on engaged citizens, and I’m proud to announce these people who will ensure our state continues to thrive,” Governor Lee said. “I salute their leadership and willingness to serve.” The appointees will fulfill a variety of roles to ensure ...

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University cancels plan to pay professors to create CRT programs

The University of Memphis has dropped plans for a social justice program that allegedly paid some professors $ 3,000 to add critical race theory principles to their programs, according to a new report. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee told the Washington Free Beacon that he contacted the public university after reading reports about the program, which would have encouraged the addition ...

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Lawmakers Tackle Budget, Taxes and School Funding

The Tennessee General Assembly will meet again at noon on January 11. Below are several topics that will be reviewed. Budget The budget is always a priority issue, but it will be especially important given the strong tax collections, excess revenue and the flow of federal stimulus funds into Tennessee. The state is in the best financial position in recent ...

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Roy Exum: Omicron is getting worse

Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, declared a 30-day “state of emergency” on Tuesday after seeing predictions that the COVID flu could see more than 5,000 people hospitalized in the coming weeks in his state. The same could soon happen in a state near you – 34.4% of corona tests in Tennessee now come back positive. This means that one ...

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Winter storm warnings, Tennessee Valley advisory in effect Sunday night

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / A truck drives down a snow covered Davidson road in East Brainerd on February 8, 2020. The wild start to 2022 will continue as rain turns to snow late tonight into the night. The transition will occur from west to east between 9 p.m. and midnight, according to our news partner WRCB Channel 3. ...

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Newly expanded to Chattanooga, Project Return is in the second chances business

Each year, Tennessee penitentiaries release nearly 300 people a week who have served their sentences. Nearly half of them are back behind bars within three years, according to the Tennessee Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism. Project Return, started in 1979 by two ministers from Nashville, expanded to Chattanooga this fall with support services, vocational training and placement for ...

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Can Tennessee School Districts Be Far Away During COVID-19 Peaks?

Coronavirus cases are again due to omicron variant, which has raised concerns about the spread of the deadly virus in public schools. But are schools allowed to switch to distance education? The answer is complicated. Under current guidelines, classrooms or individual schools can temporarily switch to distance learning for up to seven days, but school districts cannot. Classrooms and schools ...

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MTSU uses Bahamas Bowl appearance to recruit international students

Through ANDREW OPPMANN Nashville, Tennessee (TN Tribune) –Middle Tennessee State Universitys senior administrators used his time in this island Commonwealth leading to the Bahamian Bowl to recruit potential students from abroad and meet the best leaders in the country. MTSU took full advantage of the visibility offered by its football team’s invitation to play against the University of Toledo to ...

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UT Report: Strong Consumer Spending Pushes Tennessee GDP To Pre-pandemic Levels | Rogersville

Tennessee people are going out and spending money again, a trend signaled by an increase in the state’s inflation-adjusted gross domestic product, which rose 5.6% in 2021. Real GDP is expected to continue growing in 2022 at 4.2%, according to a report released today by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Consumers ...

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Impact of Covid-19 affected most of Carter County news in 2021 | News

ELIZABETHTON – COVID-19[female[feminine Many of the year’s best reporting in Elizabethton and Carter County had something in common with the many reporting from the rest of the world: the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the community. Carter and Elizabethton County had many offices that were restricted to public access or closed for part of the year. Many businesses and ...

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Tennessee Supreme Court Hears School Voucher Law Arguments Again

In a rare move, the Tennessee Supreme Court will revisit arguments over Gov. Bill Lee’s controversial scholarship program. The ruling hints at a deadlocked high court that doesn’t just wait for a new judge appointed by Lee to join the bench. The High Court lost a member after the sudden death of judge Cornelia A. Clark earlier this year. Judge ...

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and fisherman Bill Dance announce Bill Dance Signature Lakes initiative

Nashville, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and fishing icon Bill Dance have announced a new initiative to enhance and showcase the lakes of Tennessee, increase visitation and honor Dance’s legacy with the creation of Iconic lakes from Bill Dance. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the State of Tennessee to invest $ 15 million in above and below ...

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New Tennessee poll shows some slippage in support for Governor Lee, strong divisions over abortion law

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gouv. Bill lee has lost ground with voters since May, according to a new Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday that suggests the 10-point drop may be linked to the Republican governor’s enactment of a set of laws limiting health measures public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 17,000 Tennesséens. The survey of 1,002 registered ...

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20211214 Governor Ron DeSantis offers support to states affected by tornado outbreak

12/14/2021 This week, Governor DeSantis and Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Director Kevin Guthrie offered Florida support in response to deadly tornadoes that affected nine states in parts of the Midwest and Valley. Tennessee. The State of Florida stands ready to assist the response efforts of all affected states. Over the weekend, FDEM coordinated with the emergency management offices ...

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Florida father and son among victims killed in weekend tornadoes, report says

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Two of the victims killed by the inclement weather that ravaged several states over the weekend were a father and son from Florida, according to family members. WCTV in Tallahassee reports that the governor of Tennessee confirmed two deaths after a tornado hit the Cypress Point Resort in Tiptonville on Friday night. Six dead in Amazon ...

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Kentucky tornadoes: At least 50 dead in Kentucky alone, governor says after tornadoes hit central and southern United States

Among the most significant damage: Tornadoes or high winds brought down an occupied candle factory in Kentucky, an Amazon warehouse in western Illinois, and a retirement home in Arkansas, killing people at every site and leaving responders scrambling to save others. The extent of the destruction won’t be fully known for hours, but a video emerging from just these three ...

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Panel appeals to two appeals judges and Associate Solicitor General for consideration by Governor Bill Lee

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments Thursday appointed two Tennessee appeals judges and the state’s deputy solicitor general for consideration to fill a vacant seat on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Tennessee Court of Appeal Judge Kristi Davis, Associate General Counsel Sarah Campbell and Court of Appeals Judge William Neal McBrayer were appointed after a two-day interview process with nine candidates. ...

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Lawmakers Approve $ 8 Million More for Education Contract Amid Commissioner’s Potential Conflict – Tennessee Lookout

The Legislative Assembly Budget Review Committee on Tuesday extended a $ 16 million contract with New York-based TNTP Inc. despite a potential conflict of interest for the state’s education commissioner. At the request of the Department of Education, the Budget Review Committee approved a two-year extension for an additional $ 8 million through 2024, on top of an $ 8 ...

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