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Thursday Apr 17 | Daily Kos

Great News! Tennessee Agrees To Give High School Grads Two Years Of Free College Tution

Yes, yes! In a rare and grand bi-partisan move, Tennessee legislature approved an educational measure called the Tennessee Promise .

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Related Topix: Tennessee Government, Tennessee, US News, US Governors, Bill Haslam, Liberal Political News

Thursday Apr 17 | Nashville Scene

Has Karl Dean missed his chance to shape Nashville public education?

Public education resurfaced this week as our most important local issue. At press time, the mayor and top schools officials were headed into a potentially contentious face-to-face session: the annual budget hearing between the city's chief executive and his largest department.

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Related Topix: Nashville, TN, Bill Haslam, US Governors, Standardized Testing, Education

Wed Apr 09, 2014

The Jackson Sun

Open carry bill presents Haslam campaign flashback

<![CDATA[MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that his administration is carefully examining the ramifications of a bill passed by the Senate that would allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without state-issued permits. The Senate a day earlier voted 25-2 in favor of a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet that would remove the permitting requirement to for people to carry their weapons openly. The measure would keep the current training and background check requirements to carry concealed firearms. For Haslam, the bill presents a flashback to the 2010 governor's race. The final days of that campaign were dominated by the furor created by candidate Haslam after he told the Tennessee Firearms Association that he would sign legislation into law to eliminate Tennessee's requirements for carrying handguns in public. Haslam quickly went into damage control over those comments, stressing in campaign appearances around the state that he wouldn't introduce any such measure and noting that a governor's veto can easily be overridden by the Legislature. Haslam at the time stressed that he was "in favor of leaving the handgun permit requirements the way they are now." Haslam's stance on the measure was heavily criticized by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, who argued that such a law could hurt the state's ability to attract business. "Just because the Legislature does something stupid doesn't mean the governor has to go along with it," Bredesen said at the time. Haslam, who faces no serious opposition for his re-election bid this year, told reporters on Wednesday that he had no major concerns that the open carry law would do harm to the state's image. "I think there's 12 states that have that now, and another 12 that have some form of that, so it's actually not that unusual," he said. "But from our standpoint, it's more of let's talk through safety and security concerns and see where that takes us." The House version is awaiting a vote in a subcommittee of the House Finance Committee. The 2010 question to Haslam was posed by a gun rights advocate who identified himself in an audio recording of the meeting as Leonard Embody. Embody has had a series of run-ins with law enforcement over carrying firearms in public. He was arrested last year for walking around downtown wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle. That case has been bound over to the grand jury. In 2009, Embody was detained while walking in Radnor Lake State Park with an AK-47-style pistol. In 2010, he was detained in the upscale Nashville suburb of Belle Meade while walking with a .44-caliber black powder revolver in his hand. He also has been stopped in at least three similar incidents, although he was never convicted of a crime. The state of Tennessee revoked Embody's handgun carry permit in 2010.

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Related Topix: Bill Haslam, US Governors, Murfreesboro, TN, Mount Juliet, TN, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Thu Apr 03, 2014

Norwalk Citizen News

Appellate judge appointed to Tenn. Supreme Court

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.

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Related Topix: Bill Haslam, US Governors, Tennessee Government, Tennessee, East Tennessee State University

The Daily News

Museum Milestone

When the National Civil Rights Museum formally reopens Saturday, April 5, it will be with the "breaking" of a ceremonial chain at the new entrance to the building that was once the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

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Related Topix: Bill Haslam, US Governors, Memphis, TN

Wed Apr 02, 2014

Metropulse.com

More TVA Names Surface

Two other names have emerged as potential TVA board members, both with ties to board member Mike McWherter.

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Related Topix: US Governors, US Politics, US News, Al Gore, Tennessee Government, Tennessee

WTVF Nashville

Rep. Barrett Rich to retire from Tenn. House

State Rep. Barrett Rich says he won't run for another term representing his rural West Tennessee district in the House this year.

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Related Topix: US News, US Governors

Fri Mar 28, 2014

The Jackson Sun

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey: Pay raises, higher ed funding face cuts

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.

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Related Topix: Bill Haslam, US Governors

Wed Mar 26, 2014

Lebanon Democrat

Governor eyes school funding formula

Gov. Bill Haslam says his task force studying Tennessee's school funding formula will focus primarily on whether the money is distributed fairly under prior court rulings and not whether an injection of new cash is needed.

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Related Topix: Bill Haslam, US Governors, Hamilton County, TN

Metropulse.com

Using Brownfield Gets Tax Break

The Walmart and Publix complex on the old Fulton Bellows site, just west of the Cumberland Avenue Strip, may be the first project to enjoy state tax credits for locating on a brownfield.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Tennessee Government, Tennessee

Tue Mar 25, 2014

The Jackson Sun

State briefs: Panel studies school funding formula; N.D. airshow...

The panel held its first meeting on Monday. It was formed amid criticism that the Basic Education Program, or BEP, is not adequately funding districts statewide.

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Related Topix: Bill Haslam, US Governors, Vonore, TN

Mon Mar 24, 2014

WTVF Nashville

Panel Begins Study Of State's Funding Formula

The panel held its first meeting on Monday. It was formed amid criticism that the Basic Education Program, or BEP, is not adequately funding districts statewide.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Tennessee Government, Tennessee

Sun Mar 23, 2014

Knoxville News Sentinel

Court: Felons can't serve as bondsmen in Tennessee

A state appellate court is using a Campbell County case to confirm felons cannot serve as bondsmen - despite an opinion to the contrary by the Tennessee Attorney General's Office.

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Related Topix: Campbell County, TN, Criminal Defense Law, Law, US Governors, Sports

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