MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — A new report shows Tennessee students are leading the nation in academic growth.
Commonly known as "The Nation's Report Card," the National Assessment of Educational Progress assesses students in fourth and eighth grade reading and math. The report released today shows Tennessee students had the largest growth of any state from 2011-2013, with a 22-point growth across all subject areas. The next closest state in growth was Indiana with 15.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nissan plant in Tennessee that makes the all-electric Leaf stands to benefit from an announcement this week that eight states will work together to dramatically increase the number of zero-emission cars on the nation's roads.
Tennessee isn't among the states signing the agreement, and Republican leaders say they have no plans to do so.
Meanwhile, a state program offering a $2,500 incentive for electric vehicles purchases expired in January and Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has made no moves to revive it.
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee couple charged with selling their children to a sex film ring has waived their right to a detention hearing and will remain in custody until the case is completed.
The Citizen-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1gpUvFF ) that 40-year-old Connie Sue McCall and her husband, 61-year-old Ronnie Lee McCall bypassed a hearing in Greenville on Tuesday.
A federal grand jury charged the McCalls with selling children for the purpose of creating child porn and other sex-related charges.
Pictured in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Building in Nashville are (seated) Chief Justice Gary R. Wade (standing left to right) , Justice Janice M. Holder, Justice Sharon G. Lee, Justice William C. Koch, Jr. and Justice Cornelia A. Clark
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has declined to overturn the state's voter identification law after it was challenged by the city of Memphis and two voters.
Shelby County residents Daphne Turner-Golden and Sullistine Bell sued the state last year, arguing that the law requiring voters to present government-issued photo ID in order to vote in state or federal elections was unconstitutional.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero says she’ll add domestic partner benefit coverage for city workers, making Knoxville the second municipality in the state to offer such benefits.
Knoxville will become the first large city in Tennessee to offer city benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners. Commissioners in the Chattanooga suburb of Collegedale offered health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees in August.
The Passat is one of the car models currently being built at the VW plant in Chattanooga.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Four workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga have filed complaints saying the company is coercing employees into approving the United Auto Workers as their bargaining agent.
The complaints were filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
Volkswagen's top labor official, Bernd Osterloh, says that Chattanooga would need to organize in order to compete for a new SUV that VW hopes to build in the U.S., requiring 800 new workers.