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By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican Tennessee House speaker's chief of staff resigned Monday amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit and racist text messages, and after admitting he used cocaine inside a legislative office building when he held a previous job. Cade Cothren stepped down...
By JONATHAN MATTISE and KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Over the last four months, Tennessee lawmakers pushed through bills that would create a two-county expanded education voucher program, seek federal permission to overhaul TennCare through block grant funding and allow online sports betting in the state. The Republican-supermajority...
Luberta Elliott Smith, the widow of the first African American elected mayor of Holly Springs, Miss., and a long-serving teacher in the Marshall County Schools system, passed on Monday at Christopher’s Personal Care Home in Holly Springs. She was 84. The homegoing celebration will be at Asbury United Methodist Church, 225...
NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers have signed off on legislation that would prevent the state from revoking or suspending driver’s licenses over unpaid court costs. The Senate on Tuesday advanced a proposal allowing people to still have a restricted driver’s license while they pay off their court fines using a payment...
by Jonathan Mattise NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee plans to let legislation to allow sports betting become law without his signature, putting a state that has largely shied from expanding gambling in position to become the first to offer an online-only sportsbook. The bill is headed to the Republican governor...
By TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Jason Scott wanted to attend community college in Seattle, he needed a high school transcript, and he couldn't get that without a birth certificate. The only problem was that Scott is transgender and his Tennessee birth certificate lists him as...
Local organizers are calling a new bill moving through the Tennessee General Assembly a direct attack on minority voters. “It’s preposterous and intended to disenfranchise minorities from voting,” said Ian Randolph, a local organizer who also serves as a committee member for the Shelby County Democratic Party. “It could definitely...
In a February 2011 file photo, the U.S. and Arkansas flags blow in the wind in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas has decided to remove two Confederate-era statues representing it in Statuary Hall, but the state still has refused to change the meaning of a star on the state’s flag that...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving. House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill still...
By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday. The vote bucked some voting rights groups, who have voiced fear...