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Flanked by legislative leaders, Gov. Bill Lee signs - for the second time -a law permitting permitless gun carry. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Governor goes “back to the future” with Memphis Megasite push

BY: - June 11, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee sent out a press release this week hailing a renewed effort to market the Memphis Regional Megasite in Haywood County and – at long last – build a wastewater line needed to attract a major manufacturer. It’s a tactical change of sorts because not too long ago, state officials were saying Tennessee […]

In December, a group of parents rallied in Nashville to get their kids back in the classroom. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Senate takes school openings out of health officials’ hands, gives school boards, governor authority

BY: - February 23, 2021

Local school boards instead of public health boards would make decisions governing the return of students to in-classroom learning under legislation that passed the Senate in a 27-5 vote Monday. In addition, the legislation would give the governor free rein to order school districts to bring students back to classrooms, a shot at Shelby County […]

A site plan of the Memphis Megasite. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)

Governor budgets $15M for Memphis Mega-site

BY: - February 16, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee has put $15 million in his fiscal 2021-22 spending plan for construction of a wastewater utility line from the Memphis Mega-site in West Tennessee to the Mississippi River. If approved by the state Legislature, the funds would bring Tennessee’s total investment to $189 million in the 4,100-acre mega-site in Haywood County, some […]

A site plan of the Memphis Megasite. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)

Senator: Memphis Mega-site tweaked to create economic development corridor

BY: - February 9, 2021

Momentum is building for a redesign of the Memphis Megasite wastewater line that would allow for an economic development corridor all the way from the 4,100-acre site in Haywood County to eastern Shelby County, a state senator said. The West Tennessee legislative delegation is working with House and Senate leadership to move the plan forward, […]

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Memphis races feature hot contests

BY: - October 29, 2020

The presidential race and U.S. Senate races  traditionally earn the most analysis and coverage, but all state representatives are up for reelection in Tennessee and half of the General Assembly’s state senators. Shelby County features several hotly contested state house races. The most notable is the one between Democrat Torrey Harris and incumbent Rep. John […]