Politics

12:28pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Politics

Group Supporting Incumbent Justices Raises $600K

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group supporting the retention of three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices says it has raised $600,000.

The campaign called Keep Tennessee Courts Fair is supporting Justices Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade, who face yes-no votes on the ballot in August.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville has been spearheading efforts to persuade voters to reject the justices, each of whom was appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.

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12:14pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Politics

Haslam To Announce Prescription Drug Abuse Initiative

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Gov. Bill Haslam has a plan to quell prescription drug abuse, which has become a scourge across the state.

The Tennessean reports Haslam intends to announce details of the seven-point plan Tuesday. The state estimates that nearly 70,000 residents have serious addictions to controlled substances.

Addiction experts say they fear drug users will just turn to heroin, which has been making a comeback across the nation.

Dr. Terry Alley with Cumberland Heights says addicts will need access to effective treatment for the state strategy to work.

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9:07am

Fri May 30, 2014
Politics

Haslam: Tenn. Back in Talks with VW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration is talking again with officials from Volkswagen.

Haslam told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that discussions include state incentives and other programs that could be used to encourage the German automaker to build a new SUV in Chattanooga.

VW is close to making a decision on where it will build the new vehicle.

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8:53am

Fri May 30, 2014
Politics

Tenn. State Employees Association Gets New President

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — The Tennessee State Employees Association has named former Nashville Councilman John Summers as its new executive director.

Summers was the executive director and lobbyist for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association from 1980 to 2000, and has since worked as a political consultant.

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5:38am

Thu May 29, 2014
Politics

Haslam Defends Decision to Delay Assessment Scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says state education officials were simply being cautious when they initially decided to delay the release of students' assessment scores.

The Department of Education had informed school superintendents that the delay in TCAP scores was needed because of a change in assessments. The scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8.

However, the department decided to release scores last Friday after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results.

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