Tennessee Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Revealing Execution Team

Tennessee Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Revealing Execution Team
Members of Tennessee's Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday over the identities of those who conduct executions. Credit: Reading Tom, via flickr

Justice Sharon Lee asked Smith: What if a pharmacist doesn't have a license, or had some criminal convictions, don't death row inmates have a right to know if the lethal injection team is qualified? And why should they take the state's word for it?

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Metro Council Gives Final Sign-Off On Incentives To Build Bridgestone Headquarters

Metro Council Gives Final Sign-Off On Incentives To Build Bridgestone Headquarters
Bridgestone executives and politicians announced the headquarters relocations Nov. 11. Bridgestone Americas' incentive package passed its third and final vote in Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday. Credit: TN Photo Services

Officials at Bridgestone are projecting 600 new jobs and promising that their 30-story headquarters to be an economic engine for downtown Nashville.

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Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Joins Haslam In Call For Gas Tax Hike

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Joins Haslam In Call For Gas Tax Hike
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says one can argue the prescription requirement either way. Apart from meth, Tennessee also has a serious issue with prescription painkillers. So Ramsey doubts requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine will fix the meth problem. “That’s the reason I’ve been going back and forth on this. What I’m gonna tell you is law enforcement, everybody says this needs to be (done). Again, I am just shocked by the poll that says 65 percent of the people think that needs to be done.” Image: WPLN/Daniel Potter

Ramsey said one proposal being weighed by state lawmakers would calculate a tax based on weight, making truckers, especially those passing through the state, contribute heavily.

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Tennessee Republican Party Rebuffs Tea Party Challenge For Leadership, Again

Tennessee Republican Party Rebuffs Tea Party Challenge For Leadership, Again
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell bested a tea-party opponent on Wednesday to again take the help of the legislature's lower chamber. Credit: Governor's Office

House Speaker Beth Harwell easily beat her opponent on Wednesday for over control of the state’s lower chamber, marking the second time in a week that the Tennessee Republican Party overwhelmed a tea party effort to get into leadership.

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Tennessee’s GOP Re-Elects Chairman Despite Tea Party Challenge

Tennessee’s GOP Re-Elects Chairman Despite Tea Party Challenge
State representative Joe Carr addressing Republican Party executive committee during a chairman election on Saturday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Devaney’s opponent was state representative Joe Carr --- who notched 41 percent of the Republican vote against Lamar Alexander during the August primary --- and he painted the state's Republican party as a fractured body in need of repair.

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