Democrats in the Tennessee House of Representatives have written a letter to elections officials asking how many people were given improper ballots or were otherwise prevented from voting in the August 2 primary. Twenty-five House Democrats signed the letter yesterday saying it is "unacceptable" to deny registered voters full participation in elections. The lawmakers want Secretary of State Tre Hargett to respond to questions about how many voters received the wrong ballot, whether there is a uniform procedure to make voters aware of how to obtain the correct ballot and how many people w
For burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee, an average crop being forecast is a big relief. A few weeks ago, the crop was on the brink of ruin from extreme heat and drought.Now, tobacco specialists say much of the burley has gone through a growth spurt, thanks to recent rains.Farmers are just beginning to harvest tobacco.University of Kentucky agricultural economist Will Snell says that with a decent curing season, this year's burley crop could fetch higher prices than a year ago.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says it’s too early to tell whether the defeat of House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart in last week’s primary will cause lawmakers to usher through a gun bill championed by the National Rifle Association. The NRA poured more than $86,000 into the Maggart race, claiming she was instrumental in blocking legislation to guarantee employees the right to store weapons in vehicles parked at work, regardless of the business owner’s wishes. Haslam has said he supports the measure, but only with exceptions built in for large employers.
A 5 percent increase in electricity sales from hot weather this summer has boosted the Tennessee Valley Authority’s profits this quarter. But it wasn’t enough to offset the 5.9 percent drop that came with last winter’s mild patterns. TVA officials couldn't say whether they'd increase power rates at the start of the new fiscal year in October until after its board meets later this month.
Tennesseans doing back-to-school shopping have the opportunity to stretch their dollars during this weekend’s annual sales tax holiday. It started at 12:01 this morning and ends at one minute before midnight Sunday. Sales tax-exempt merchandise includes computers, clothing and an array of school supplies. The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s website has details for merchants and shoppers on exactly what items are tax-free.
Six congressional incumbents defeated their challengers in Tennessee's primary election. Republican Representatives Chuck Fleischmann and Diane Black won their races, following some of the state's toughest campaigns. The other winners were Republican Representatives Jimmy Duncan in the 2nd District, Stephen Fincher and Timothy Dixon in the 8th District and Scott DesJarla is in the 4th District. Democratic Representative Steve Cohen prevailed in the 9th District.
Tennessee's primary election is Thursday. Voters in west Tennessee head to the polls to narrow the field in many state and local races. In the 8th District Congressional Race, incumbent Republican Stephen Fincher's primary opponent is Annette Justice of Memphis. Democrats Wes Bradley of Cottage Grove, Timothy Dixon of Germantown, and Christa Stoscheck of Jackson are seeking their party's nomination. In the Tennessee State House both candidates for the 75th District, republican Tim Wirgau of Buchanan and Democrat Steve Wright of Springville, are unopposed.
School nurses in Tennessee are urging parents to have their children vaccinated against meningitis before the school year starts. Half of the state’s teens aren't vaccinated. Meningitis can be spread through contact such as sharing water bottles and drinking glasses. Ten percent of people who contract the disease die, sometimes within 24 hours. State Department of Health immunization program director Dr. Kelly Moore said the shots are not required in Tennessee, but are recommended.
A federal lawsuit to allow voters to use photo ID's issued by Memphis’ public library has been denied. U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp originally denied the city’s request for a temporary injunction ordering the election commission to accept the library ID's. At a second hearing in Nashville yesterday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ruled the library identification cannot be used as valid voter ID's. Trauger said ID's are only valid if they are issued by the state, not county or cities. Trauger did express frustration with the law.