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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The dust may have settled on legislative elections and leadership votes, but Republican Gov. Bill Haslam doesn't appear any closer to divulging his plans for boosting transportation funding in Tennessee.

Haslam tells reporters he's meeting with lawmakers and local elected officials to address what he has described as a $6 billion backlog in road projects. Meanwhile, a wide-ranging transit plan for the greater Nashville area alone is projected to cost about $6 billion over the next 25 years.

WASHINGTON, Tenn. (WMOT) --  A Tennessee lawmaker says he has just the plan President-Elect Donald Trump needs to repeal the Affordable Care act, better known as Obamacare. 

The Tennessean says U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, a Johnson City physician, wrote the plan nearly four years ago. It was hailed then by conservatives but stalled in the House.

The plan would create bigger insurance tax deductions, include coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, allow consumers to purchase policies across state lines, and eliminate all federal funding for abortions.

House Speaker Beth Harwell Faces Challenge For New Term

Nov 17, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell is facing a challenge from fellow Republican Rep. Jimmy Matlock as she seeks another term in charge of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Republican House members are scheduled to meet on Thursday afternoon to hold their leadership elections. As the GOP controls 74 of 99 seats in the House, the caucus nomination likely makes the formal for speaker vote among all members in January a formality.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Firearms Association is denouncing Tennessee's first female House speaker as the "pink elephant in the room" in calling for Beth Harwell's replacement as the chamber's leader.

Harwell is seeking the Republican nomination for a fourth term as speaker when the House GOP caucus meets on Thursday. She is being challenged by Rep. Jimmy Matlock of Lenoir City.

U.S. Senate

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Sewanee professor's chance encounter with Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker during a weekend hike gave him a chance to vent his frustrations about the former Chattanooga mayor's support for President-elect Donald Trump.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports David George Haskell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2012 book "The Forest Unseen," says Corker responded by saying, "If you don't like it, leave."