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Tennessee’s education chief is leaving state government to lead a nonprofit organization focused on attracting, developing, and keeping high-quality educators. Candice McQueen, 44, will become the CEO of National Institute for Excellence in Teaching in mid-January. Gov. Bill Haslam, whose administration will end on Jan. 19, announced the impending departure of...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – William (Bill) Dean Johnson, president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, announced his retirement from the federal agency today (Nov. 14). Johnson, who joined TVA in 2013, will turn 65 in January. He is TVA’s second CEO. The TVA Board is actively conducting an internal and...
A Tennessee Democrat is under fire for making controversial comments saying that the state is racist and its Republican base is uneducated. But where is the lie? —Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah— Democrat London Lamar, who was newly elected and ran unopposed in House District 91, posted a Facebook...
Shelby County voters nixed all three proposed referendums on Tuesday’s ballot, including the controversial Instant Runoff Voting measure that would have eliminated the need for separate runoff elections. That question, marked question number two, was defeated with 104,431 voting against and 62,316 voting for the measure, according to complete but...
NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn won a grueling, expensive contest Tuesday to become the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee, keeping a key midterm seat under GOP control. The congresswoman defeated Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen by closely aligning her bid with President Donald Trump, who drummed up...
Spending some of his last hours before Election Day at one of Memphis’ most popular barbecue spots, Phil Bredesen said the race to become Tennessee’s newest senator is “on a knife’s edge.” The former governor and Democratic Party standard-bearer told a packed house at Jim Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Q on Third...
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Five days before Election Day and within a few hours of the last day for Early Voting, Karl Dean arrived outside the polling place at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church to keep - as he described it - "plugging away." The former Nashville mayor knows he needs a big show of...
With an event dubbed “Our Country, Our Future,” former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s senatorial campaign tapped the energy of two Grammy Award-winners at the Orpheum Theatre on Monday night. Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr., Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and a host of other elected officials and supporters joined Bredesen for...
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press KNOXVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in...
The candidates for governor differ on whether the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation should probe all police-involved shootings as has been advocated after last month’s shooting of Martavious Banks by a Memphis Police Department officer. Democratic Party nominee Karl Dean and Republican Party standard-bearer Bill Lee faced off in a televised...