NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee magistrate who ordered a baby's name changed from Messiah to Martin because she believes Messiah is a title held only by Jesus Christ has been replaced.
Lu Ann Ballew was a child support magistrate, serving at the pleasure of the chief judge of Tennessee's fourth judicial district. Judge Duane Slone terminated Ballew on Friday and appointed a new magistrate. He didn’t return calls seeking comment, and his order does not explain why he ended Ballew's appointment.
NASHVILLE , Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would ban new health insurance exchanges established under President Barack Obama's signature law has been delayed after a fiscal analysis projected the measure would cost the state more than $6 billion.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet was delayed until next week in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Tuesday.
Beavers says she plans to talk with state officials to find out why the cost is so high.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Education has changed its stance on rules effecting the licensing of teachers.
In August, the board voted for the policy brought by the state Education Department to use student growth measured through standardized test scores, or value-added data, to determine renewing teaching licenses.
The board voted at the time to delay implementation of the new rules until 2015.