Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty were married three years ago in New York, a state where their same-sex marriage is legally recognized. Then they moved to Tennessee, a state where it’s not. Their legal challenge to Tennessee’s gay marriage law is part of a national movement changing the conversation about
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Mark O'Connor is widely regarded as one of the most versatile musicians of modern times. He is a violinist, fiddle champion, composer, educator, and, at least in the 70's, a rock star (as heard in The Dixie Dregs). His playing styles encompass virtually all genres, including bluegrass, jazz, classical, and country...to name just a few. But he also fuses those styles together in his own compositions and improvisations to create music that's entirely new, but distinctly American.
Two years ago, an audit found that Tennessee Department of Corrections officers were turning in paperwork showing that they were conducting regular check-up visits to 82 parolees under their supervision.
The problem? The 82 parolees in question were dead.
Auditors also found that regular visits to living parolees weren't being conducted regularly, and there was no strong system for supervisors to keep tabs on officer parole visits.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just released its fourth edition of a report on education effectiveness and Governor Bill Haslam said though the state’s status in academic achievement is improving, there’s a significant amount of work still to come.
The national report uses 11 areas to analyze effectiveness, including academic achievement for low-income and minority students and workforce readiness.
Though they come from different political backgrounds, Bill Haslam and Phil Bredesen have a few things in common. They both know what's like to run the state of Tennessee. Both are considered moderate representatives of their respective parties. And both of them support a proposed amendment to Tennessee's constitution that would alter the way appellate court judges are selected.
City planners in Chattanooga say a commuter light rail system would connect its downtown center with the airport and some of the area’s underserved neighborhoods. The result, they claim, is a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city with lower emissions and more access to jobs.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the city’s Hispanic population more than tripled in years between 2000 and 2010; finance network WalletHub ranked the city third among the nation’s 150 largest cities for that growth.
But the city ranked much lower in purchasing power and business friendliness towards Hispanics: 116th for purchasing power and 90th for business friendliness.
Recent court rulings have given candidates belonging to the Green and Constitution parties a spot on Tennessee's election ballots. But libertarians are still looking for similar luck.
The Libertarian Party of Tennessee recently filed a suit seeking ballot access, according to the Associated Press. Attorneys representing the party argued Tennessee's ballot-access rules, crafted half a century ago, create an unnecessarily tough standard. That infringes on the party's rights of free speech and association, the lawsuit contended.