Photo of the one of the "placards" at the center of a lawsuit alleging Hamblen County Commission Chair Howard Shipley denied residents their First Amendment rights. (Photo: Submitted)

Hamblen County Commission chair denied residents free speech rights, suit alleges

BY: - June 24, 2022

Hamblen County Commission Chairman Howard Shipley admitted he violated the free speech rights of citizens, apologized for it, and promised never to do it again. But less than a year later, court records allege, he did it again. Now, Hamblen County taxpayers are on the hook for the cost of defending him in federal court. […]

Gov. Bill Lee speaking after the legislature voted to approve an incentive package for Ford Motor Co. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Gov. calls Jan. 6 “lawlessness” but congressional committee missing mark

BY: - June 24, 2022

Gov. Bill Lee stopped short of calling the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on the U.S. Capitol an insurrection but said it was “lawlessness” and that the perpetrators should be punished. On the other hand, Lee said the congressional committee showing evidence that former President Trump tried to use bogus electors to change the election’s outcome […]

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Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress are pushing to increase access to abortion for members of the military, concerned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could end the constitutional right will harm troops.  The U.S. House’s annual funding bill for the Defense Department would require the Pentagon to provide leave to troops and civilian employees seeking […]

Former GOP state representative and current candidate for county mayor Sheila Butt with her husband, Stan. (Photo: Sheila Butt for Mayor Facebook)

Former state lawmaker Sheila Butt sued for defamation

BY: - June 23, 2022

(Story updated June 24 with comment from Butt added.) Former Republican state representative Sheila Butt, now a candidate for Maury County mayor, has been sued for defamation of character by another mayoral candidate.  David Baker, a minister and former volunteer chaplain at the Maury County Jail, filed suit in Maury County Circuit Court on Wednesday, […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020 -A supporter of Donald Trump yells at a Black Lives Matter supporter during a "Stop the Steal" rally, the same day President-elect Joe Biden clinched his win. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

BY: - June 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […]

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Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress and state legislatures to provide a temporary reprieve from gas taxes —but members of his own party and Republicans appeared opposed, making it look likely on the federal level. In addition, many state legislatures are out of session for the year and aren’t expected to […]

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Memphis Light, Gas and Water suspends disconnections through heat wave

BY: - June 22, 2022

As Tennessee residents endure the second week of a heat wave, Memphis’ utility provider announced the agency will not suspend services for residents who fail to pay their bills.  On Tuesday, Memphis Light, Gas and Water’s president and CEO J.T. Young addressed Memphis City Council members’  concerns and added that MLGW had already suspended disconnection […]

testify during the fourth hearing held by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol on June 21, 2022 in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence related to the January 6, 2021 attack at the U.S. Capitol for almost a year, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building in an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for Joe Biden. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump led pressure campaign on state election officials, Jan. 6 panel says

BY: - June 21, 2022

Former President Donald Trump was directly involved in efforts to pressure state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 election results in their states, according to evidence the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack presented Tuesday at the panel’s fourth hearing this month. Trump and his attorneys knew that […]

Secretary of State Tre Hargett, photographed by John Partipilo on June 21, 2022.

Hargett was driving state vehicle when charged with DUI

BY: - June 21, 2022

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office confirmed Tuesday he was driving a state vehicle when charged with DUI after attending Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. In response to questions about whether he was using his state-issued vehicle when arrested, Hargett spokeswoman Julia Bruck sent out a statement saying, “As the Tennessee Secretary of State, […]

A Pride parade on iconic Beale Street June 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. Gay people and the people who love them came out to celebrate Pride month. (© Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht/Tennessee Lookout)

Madison County “culture war” is a fight worth having

BY: - June 21, 2022

Since the beginning of time, relationships between humans have existed in many other forms and fashions other than monogamous, heterosexual affiliations.  Until recently, however, those relationships were not equally recognized from a legal perspective or carried the same weight of acceptance from a broad portion of society.  The strides that have been made over the […]

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett testifies before the U.S. Senate Rules Committee on Absentee Voting. (Screenshot of Senate Rules Committee.)

Lawmakers won’t seek Hargett’s resignation following DUI arrest

BY: - June 21, 2022

Tennessee’s legislative leaders might have been caught off guard by Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s DUI charge after Bonnaroo Friday night, but they aren’t calling for his head. None of the state’s General Assembly leaders are asking him to resign from the constitutional officer position in the aftermath of his arrest by Tullahoma Police […]

Gabriel Sterling, voting systems implementation manager for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, criticized President Donald Trump and then-Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler for not publicly condemning threats of violence after a technician working in Gwinnett County received death threats. (Photo: Stanley Dunlap/Georgia Recorder)

Georgia, Arizona GOP officials to testify before Jan. 6 panel

BY: - June 20, 2022

The fourth Jan. 6 hearing on Tuesday will focus on pressure put by President Donald Trump and his allies on state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The U.S. House hearing will include live testimony from Republican officials in those states, committee aides said Monday. It begins at […]