NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WNOT) —Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam are hosting the 10th annual "Tennessee Season to Remember" this evening, commemorating victims who lost their lives to violent crime. The ceremony begins tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />
Friends and families of victims are invited to attend and hang ornaments in memory of their loved ones on memorial wreaths. After the ceremony, the wreaths will be displayed at the Tennessee Tower.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A task force appointed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has skipped over the question of whether to create a school voucher program. Instead, the panel's most spirited debate earlier this week was about how soon vouchers could begin to be offered in Tennessee.
Jerry Winters is a spokesman for the state’s largest teacher’s union, the Tennessee Teacher’s Association. He’s attended four of the task force meeting and says it’s clear the panel members have already made up their minds to recommend a voucher program.
NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Two county chapters of the Tennessee GOP say Governor Haslam isn’t conservative enough and have passed resolutions calling on state party leaders to sanction him.
The groups condemned the Republican governor for hiring gay individuals and Democrats to serve in his administration..
Here in Middle Tennessee, the Williamson County Republican Party recently passed a resolution calling on the governor to reconsider his appointment of a Muslim-American lawyer to his economic development staff.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will begin his review of the state's college and university systems next week.
The Commercial Appeal reports Haslam will assemble business, legislative and higher education leaders for a meeting at the governor's residence on July 10.
An invitation sent from the governor's office to members of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, Board of Regents and others says the meeting will also feature presentations by three leading higher education policy experts and that Haslam will moderate discussions after each presentation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees have approved tuition hikes that range from 8 percent at the Knoxville campus to 3.5 percent at the university's College of Law.
UT President Joe DiPietro told reporters after the vote Thursday that nobody wants tuition hikes, but there’s little alternative.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Middle Tennessee State University broke ground on its new $147 million dollar science building Thursday afternoon.
Governor Bill Haslam, Speaker of the Tennessee House, Beth Harwell, and a large delegation of state legislators joined MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee in turning ceremonial shovels of dirt on the construction site.
MTSU’s enrollment has more than quadrupled in the years since the school’s current science buildings were constructed. The new building has been at the top of Tennessee higher education’s wish list for years.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee House has passed Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to require mandatory jail time for people with repeat domestic violence convictions.
The chamber voted 98-1 to approve the bill. The lone vote against the measure came from Democratic Rep. Eddie Bass of Prospect. Bass says the bill shouldn’t be passed until the state agrees to pay local governments the entire increased costs of putting more abusers in jail.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The 38th annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast was held Tuesday morning on the campus of Lipscomb University.
The state’s top leadership was scheduled to attend, including Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.
The keynote speaker for this year’s breakfast was Phil Vischer, best known as the creator of the award-winning animated Christian video series VeggieTales. Christian artist Lawrence Thomison was set to provide the musical entertainment along with the Nashville Choir.