Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to boost transportation funding through Tennessee's first gas tax hike since 1989 has survived a key House committee.

The House Transportation Committee voted 11-7 for the bill that would also cut sales taxes on groceries, corporate taxes on manufacturers and taxes on earnings from stocks and bonds.

Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton of Bean Station voted against the bill because it raises drivers' taxes. In his words: "When you go to the pump, Republicans did it to you. Don't blame the Democrats."


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The conservative group Americans for Tax Reform is informing Tennessee lawmakers that a vote for Gov. Bill Haslam's road funding proposals will not violate their pledges to not raise taxes.

The Republican governor's plan would include the state's first gas tax hike since 1989, but would also make a variety of tax cuts in other areas.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee want to examine an African-American man's social media accounts weeks after he was fatally shot in the back by a white police officer following a traffic stop.

The Tennessean ( ) reports it has obtained copies of search warrants that show Nashville police are investigating the social media accounts of 31-year-old Jocques Scott Clemmons.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from three Tennessee death-row inmates who say they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled.

The justices on Monday left in place state court rulings upholding the death sentences of inmates Pervis Payne, Michael Sample and Vincent Sims.

The three men said Tennessee has refused to apply a 2014 Supreme Court ruling that affects inmates with borderline cases of intellectual disability.

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third commercial poultry breeding operation in Tennessee has tested positive for avian flu.

State agricultural officials on Thursday said the latest chicken breeding facility to be infected is in Lincoln County, close to a farm that was diagnosed with bird flu less than two weeks ago. Officials say the chickens at both facilities have the same strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza.