Wed May 28, 2014

Ads Opposing Tenn. Abortion Amendment Criticized



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Newspaper ads opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to give state lawmakers more power over abortions in Tennessee are drawing criticism for their depiction of a man in a turban trampling on a woman.

The ads placed in newspapers around the state by a group called Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy urge votes against the ballot measure, calling it the "Tennessee Taliban Amendment."

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Wed May 28, 2014

Tennessee Bar Association Members to Rate Justices



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Bar Association is asking its members to rate three Supreme Court justices who are subject to a retention election this year.

The poll asks members of the bar whether they recommend Chief Justice Gary Wade, Justice Cornelia Clark and Justice Sharon Lee for retention.

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Tue May 27, 2014
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Tennessee's Use of Electric Chair Target of Protesters

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Representatives of the Nashville based United Methodist Church were on Legislative Plaza Tuesday to protest the State of Tennessee’s decision to reinstate use of the electric chair in capital punishment cases.

The Reverend Mark Kelly of Arlington United Methodist Church helped organize the event. He said Methodists from all over the mid-state and from Memphis planned to attend. He said participants will be praying and signing petitions to be sent to the governor and legislators.

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Fri May 16, 2014

Has Tennessee Employment Turned a Corner?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, the state's lowest rate in six years.

According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the state's unemployment rate has decreased a full two percentage points in the last 12 months.

Department spokesman Jeff Hentschel says there's good reason for cautious optimism.

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Thu May 1, 2014

Haslam, Bredesen Kick off Constitutional Campaign

Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —Gov. Bill Haslam has kicked off a campaign in support of an amendment to the Tennessee constitution that would change the way State Supreme Court justices and appeals judges are appointed and retained.

Haslam was joined at a kickoff event Wednesday in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the State Capital by a number of dignitaries, including his Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen.

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