NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new study found more than 60 percent of low-income Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need.
According to a news release from the Tennessee Supreme Court, respondents cited conflicts with creditors and landlords, problems obtaining or paying for health care, and difficulties with government benefits.
Unlike criminal legal matters, people with civil legal needs are not entitled to public attorneys. And according to the study, only 25 percent of respondents were aware of resources to help find a lawyer.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will begin his annual budget hearings at the state Capitol on Monday.
Five agencies are scheduled to make presentations, including the Department of Children's Services, which oversees a troubled Nashville youth detention facility that recently made national headlines because of rioting and escapes.
Critics have said previous budget cuts contributed to problems at the Woodland Hills facility, such as staff reductions and low pay to workers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended one of the defense attorneys in the Vanderbilt rape case.
Media report John Herbison was suspended Thursday after three complaints alleging misconduct.
Herbison is part of the defense team representing Brandon Vandenburg, who is one of four former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping a woman in a campus dorm. Vandenburg's trial is set to begin Jan. 12.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A year after Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have discouraged undercover citizen investigation of animal abuse, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant.
The group released a video online Wednesday that it says was taken at a Koch (KUK') Foods slaughterhouse. The video show chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Republican state senators have filed legislation to repeal the state's Common Core standards.
The measure would set up a so-called Tennessee Standards Commission that would recommend to the State Board of Education standards to be used in the state's K-12 public schools.
Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham and Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell say the move is designed to ensure Tennessee students continue to improve by applying the highest standards, while exerting state control over education.