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Tennessee’s Supreme Court Clears Gov. Bill Lee’s School Voucher Program

Tennessee’s Supreme Court Clears Gov. Bill Lee’s School Voucher Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s highest court has ruled that Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher program does not violate the state’s constitution. The Tennessee Supreme Court’s ruled 3-2 Wednesday on the issue. Its decision overturns several lower court rulings that had previously determined the program violated the Tennessee Constitution’s “home rule.” That rule says…MORE

Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law Struck Down by Federal Judge

Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law Struck Down by Federal Judge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge has struck down Tennessee’s first-of-its-kind law requiring businesses to post special signs if they allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger on Tuesday makes permanent her previous decision from July 2021 that blocked enforcement of the law…MORE

Tennessee Attorney General will not seek another term

Tennessee Attorney General will not seek another term

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, the first Republican to hold the office since Reconstruction, says he will not seek another eight-year term as the state’s top legal counsel. Slatery, 70, announced his decision Tuesday in a letter to the Tennessee Supreme Court, which was provided to The Associated Press by request.…MORE

Changes Expected in Tennessee Lethal Injection Protocol

Changes Expected in Tennessee Lethal Injection Protocol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they anticipate that an independent investigation of the state’s lethal injection methods will result in changes to how those executions are carried out, including how the procedures are staffed. State corrections officials made the statement last week in a federal court filing and a judge on Tuesday agreed…MORE

Former Eastman Chemical Employee Sentenced to 14 Years in China Trade Secrets Case

Former Eastman Chemical Employee Sentenced to 14 Years in China Trade Secrets Case

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A chemical engineer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison over what prosecutors say was a scheme to steal trade secrets about materials used in cans for soda and other drinks to benefit the Chinese government and a Chinese company. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Xiaorong “Shannon” You…MORE

Maryville Couple Dead at Bahamas Resort

Maryville Couple Dead at Bahamas Resort

A Maryville couple is among the three Americans dead at a Sandals Resort in the Bahamas. Michael Phillips, 68, and wife Robbie Phillips, 65, of Maryville, Tennessee, and Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, of Florida. The bodies were found Friday morning in Villas, according to Bahamas officials. Chiarella’s wife, Donnis Chiarella, was airlifted to a hospital…MORE

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Signs Transgender Athlete Legislation

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Signs Transgender Athlete Legislation

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed legislation that will add harsh penalties against public schools that allow transgender athletes to participate in girls’ sports. Lee quietly signed the proposal last Friday without comment. The bill will go into effect July 1. The governor had previously signed a measure last year…MORE

KFP Finds Body at East Knoxville Hotel Fire

KFP Finds Body at East Knoxville Hotel Fire

The Knoxville Fire Department says a body was found following a fire in an East Knoxville hotel this morning. After receiving a 911 call around 11:30 a.m., KFD arrived at the Regency Inn on Magnolia Avenue when officials say they saw a small amount of smoke coming from an upstairs unit.  After putting out the small…MORE

Mask Mandate Lifted In Knox County Schools

Mask Mandate Lifted In Knox County Schools

Knox County Schools students are no longer required to wear a mask in the classroom.   Both sides of the lawsuit that led to the mandate agreed to temporarily suspend it while mediation is underway in the case.  The CDC recently downgraded Knox County’s COVID threat level to “medium.”   The lifting of the mandate…MORE

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Join us for Game On Against Cancer!

Join us for Game On Against Cancer!

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