Pictured in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Building in Nashville are (seated) Chief Justice Gary R. Wade (standing left to right) , Justice Janice M. Holder, Justice Sharon G. Lee, Justice William C. Koch, Jr. and Justice Cornelia A. Clark
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has declined to overturn the state's voter identification law after it was challenged by the city of Memphis and two voters.
Shelby County residents Daphne Turner-Golden and Sullistine Bell sued the state last year, arguing that the law requiring voters to present government-issued photo ID in order to vote in state or federal elections was unconstitutional.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero says she’ll add domestic partner benefit coverage for city workers, making Knoxville the second municipality in the state to offer such benefits.
Knoxville will become the first large city in Tennessee to offer city benefits to same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners. Commissioners in the Chattanooga suburb of Collegedale offered health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees in August.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A Tennessee Army National Guardsman enrolled at a mid-state university says the budget impasse in Washington has a lot of his fellow student soldiers wondering whether it’s time to drop out of school.
Malcolm Stallard is a member of the Bravo student soldier support group on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Stallard says there’s a lot of anger in the on-campus military community over the federal budget and debt ceiling crisis.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against the State of Tennessee after it imposed strict, new certification requirements for people who advise others about how to sign up for health insurance using the new health care exchange.
Nashville Public Library employee Exie Harrington and Metro social worker Trumeko Foxx were joined in the federal lawsuit by their union. They say the new state rules interfere with free speech rights.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An East Tennessee mayor is asking the federal government to allow Blount County to take on the financial responsibility of reopening portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
October is one of the busiest times of the year for the park, which was closed during the partial government shutdown.
Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell says he sent the request to the Department of Interior, but hasn’t yet received a reply. He says the park's closure is having a "tremendous impact" on county residents and businesses.