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KNOXVILLE — An elementary school teacher has become the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Tennessee. Miss Greene County Brianna Mason won the pageant at the University of Tennessee on Saturday night in her fourth attempt. The 23-year-old Mason is a Nashville native who was second-runner-up in last year's pageant,...
NASHVILLE — More than 140 Tennessee laws kick in today, including measures to crack down on drivers using hand-held cellphones on the roads; strip one court's review of death sentences; and bar ministers ordained online from administering marriages. July 1 also marks the start of a new fiscal year, with...
JACKSON, TN, June 13 – Housing providers and planners are invited to join regulators and researchers to learn about the current status of the state’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The training is set for June 21 at the offices of the Southwest Tennessee Development District, from 10...
It's no secret that a major key to Memphis' economic revival will be reducing unemployment – specifically, among those with felony convictions. And Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is putting his signature where his speech is. On Tuesday, after participating in a forum aimed at de-stigmatizing the idea of hiring an...
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Board of Regents will consider combined tuition and fee increases at the state’s community and technical colleges averaging 2.45 percent at its June 21 quarterly meeting, under recommendations approved today by the board’s Finance and Business Operations Committee. The committee’s recommendations would raise tuition by $102...
Issues related to school vouchers, a new law some consider “voter suppression” and the federal government’s “real ID” statute dominated the agenda during the first Town Hall meeting that London Lamar hosted as the first-term state representative for District 91 on Tuesday. With Democrats in the minority and Republican Party...
NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – When Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover traveled to her hometown of Memphis on Wednesday, she had one goal in mind:  Bring back Tupac Moseley. Moseley had recently graduated valedictorian of his class at Raleigh-Egypt High School, and received $3 million in scholarships, all while homeless...
The Shelby County Democratic Party has called a special meeting to determine the fate of its recently elected chairman. The decision was made Thursday during the executive committee’s first meeting since Michael Harris was elected chairman in April. Party member Sanjeev Memula motioned for a meeting in 20 days to reconsider...
by Kimberlee Kruesi  and Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s House speaker pushed back Wednesday against calls to abandon his top legislative leadership post from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, releasing a plan intended to restore trust in his office. House Speaker Glen Casada has faced increased scrutiny after his...
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...