NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee records show that there are more former lawmakers enrolled in the health insurance plan for state employees than current lawmakers.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( cited records from the state office of benefits administration in reporting that 148 former lawmakers are enrolled compared to 116 current lawmakers.

The newspaper reports that state law allows those elected to the state Legislature to remain on the taxpayer-subsidized state employee health plan for life, though they are required to pay premiums.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Eighteen states and the District of Columbia prohibit high cost payday lending, but the short-term lenders are thriving in Tennessee.

Currently, lenders can charge as much as 375-percent interest.

A bill that would have capped the interest rate charged by payday lenders at 28-percent was considered during the just ended legislative session, but never made it out of committee. Andy Spears with Tennessee Citizen Action says payday loans are targeting people who’ve run out of options.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new Vanderbilt University poll finds an overwhelming majority of Tennesseans support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income residents.

The results of the survey released Wednesday also finds that about two in three voters find the state Legislature does not spend enough time on issues they care about, though the General Assembly's 55 percent popularity rating remained unchanged from the university's last poll in November.

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals has heard arguments over whether to change the controversial Civil War names of three Memphis parks.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) three judges met with the attorneys involved in the legal battle on Tuesday.



NEW YORK (AP/WMOT) — The number of Christians in America continues to decline, but Tennessee seems to be bucking that trend.


The Pew Research Center released its annual religious affiliation survey this week. The survey tabulated responses from more than 35,000 Americans.