NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A special legislative committee has voted not to allow Tennessee handgun-carry permit holders to be armed at the state Capitol complex.

The Capitol provision was part a proposal that seeks to allow permit holders to be armed in all of the state's parks — including greenways, playgrounds and sports fields.

However, the so-called conference committee was called after the House and Senate couldn't agree on the Capitol amendment.

No surprise: Tenn. the nation's allergy capital

Apr 15, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee is, once again the nation’s allergy capital, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Each spring the foundation releases a list of the worst places to live if you suffer from seasonal allergies. This year all four of Tennessee’s major cities made the list, with two in the top five.

Memphis came in at fourth, Knoxville at fifth, Chattanooga at 14th and Nashville at 23rd. Tennessee had more cities in the top 25 than any other state in the nation.

Gang activity in Murfreesboro gets ATF attention

Apr 14, 2015

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency says it’s efforts to curb violent crime in Murfreesboro has “surged” in the past year.

The ATF is partnering with Murfreesboro Police to investigate gang activity in the city. Agent Michael Knight with the Nashville ATF office says they are focusing in particular on a gang called the Gangster Disciples.

Knight says gang members have been implicated in a number of local crimes, including home and auto burglaries, shootings, narcotics trafficking, and weapons trafficking.



WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Congress is headed for another showdown with President Obama over a bill proposed by Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will Tuesday take up the Corker bill that would require President Barack Obama to give Congress a voice in any nuclear deal with Iran. Corker now heads the committee

“I’m very concerned about where we are. I think we’re headed to a place where we’re gonna lose leverage and not get much. We used to talk about dismantlement and now we’re talking about unplugging.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers anticipate a special committee will be needed to work out differences in a proposal that would allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed in all of the state's parks.

The so-called guns-in-parks bill is scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor again on Monday.

When it passed overwhelmingly earlier this month, a change was made to add the state Capitol complex to the areas where handgun carry permit holders could be armed.