Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam hosted governors from all over the nation. The focus of discussions was limited to collecting state taxes on Internet sales; the Marketplace Fairness Act that’s pending before Congress would authorize states to collect sales tax on online sales. Tennessee US Senator Lamar Alexander said the issue is expected in the US House in the next few weeks.
Six Tennessee communities have collected enough petition signatures to place wine referenda on their respective ballots in November.
All six are in East Tennessee.
According to the advocacy group Red, White and Food, residents of Clinton, Morristown, Church Hill, Rogersville, Loudon and Newport have all collected the minimum number of signatures required to force a ballot referendum on whether their local grocery stores should be able to offer wine.
The National Senior Spelling Bee was held for 18 years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but the competition is now coming to Knoxville. More than 20 people will compete tomorrow at the Knoxville Convention Center.
The United Auto Workers union announced plans Thursday to open a local chapter aimed at attracting workers from Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant. The announcement is already generating polarized opinions reminiscent of the initial debate over union involvement at VW.
Governor Bill Haslam hasn't yet given up on his plan for a compromise healthcare measure, and he plans to bring it up when he meets with the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary this week in Nashville.
The National Governors Association meeting opened Thursday in the Music City. Chief executives from the fifty states are in town to exchange ideas on policy and governance. Gov. Haslam planned to sit down with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell for a conversation on the "Tennessee Plan," a compromise measure that Haslam prefers to expanding the state's Medicaid rolls.
The city of Chattanooga has filed a challenge to a judge's ruling on the wording of a contentious ballot measure slated for an August vote.
The referendum will ask Chattanooga voters to decide whether the domestic partners of city employees -- gay or straight -- should be eligible for benefits, as is the case with spouses of city employees. If approved, Chattanooga would be the fourth local-level government in Tennessee to extend benefits to domestic partners.