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1. Public health v. freedom of choice -

When the sun came up on the last Saturday in October, the Tennessee legislature had voted overwhelmingly along party lines to say that the state – not the federal government – will call the shots in dealing with COVID-19.

2. Gov. Lee plans to sign bill to limit COVID rules -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday he plans to sign a wide-reaching bill strictly limiting what governments and companies can require to address the COVID-19 pandemic, despite opposition from prominent business interests.

3. TN business groups want some COVID legislation reversed in '22 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee business leaders unhappy with recent efforts by the Republican-led Legislature to unravel COVID-19 prevention requirements hope to convince lawmakers to revisit some changes when they reconvene in January.

4. Tennessee considering $900M Ford incentive package -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is poised to spend approximately $900 million of its tax revenues on incentives, infrastructure projects and more under an agreement with Ford Motor Co., which has announced plans to build an electric vehicle and battery plant near Memphis.

5. Legislative leaders want COVID addressed at special session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The top two leaders of Tennessee's General Assembly announced Friday that they are working to address legislation regarding COVID-19 topics during the upcoming legislative session that will be held later this month.

6. Tennessee House Speaker unveils redistricting panel members -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton announced the members selected to serve on the House's redistricting committee.

7. Tennessee House speaker announces new chief of staff -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton has hired Sammie Arnold as his new chief of staff.

8. Nashville DA won't prosecute for governor's student mask opt-out order -

NASHVILLE (AP) — An order by the Tennessee governor letting parents opt their children out of following mask rules at school has drawn defiance from officials in Memphis and Nashville, including a pledge Tuesday from Nashville's district attorney not to prosecute teachers and school officials for flouting the carveout during the COVID-19 pandemic.

9. Gov. Lee allows opt-out of student mask requirements -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order Monday letting parents opt their children out of coronavirus-related mask mandates in K-12 schools, after a few school districts issued mask requirements for students and others.

10. Tennessee House GOP urges session to curb local COVID powers -

NASHVILLE (AP) — All 73 Tennessee House Republicans signaled their support on Wednesday for a special session to limit the authority of local officials to make rules aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, as lawmakers fumed over mask requirements in a handful of school districts.

11. Nashville school officials agree to implement mask mandate -

Nashville's top school officials on Thursday agreed to enforce an universal mask mandate for the upcoming school year as part of an effort to protect children too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccine while the pandemic resurges across the state.

12. Confederate bust to be removed from Tennessee Capitol -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A decadeslong effort to remove a bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the Tennessee Capitol cleared its final hurdle Thursday, with state leaders approving the final vote needed to allow the statue to be relocated to a museum.

13. Tennessee lawmakers seek answers on shelter for migrant kids -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of a Chattanooga shelter for immigrant children after state officials confirmed that an unaccompanied migrant child reported being abused there.

14. Tennessee eyes $44M more for businesses in federal relief -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee state panel is proposing another $44.6 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid to increase the payouts businesses can receive for their losses due to the pandemic.

The proposal announced at a meeting Wednesday of the state's Financial Accountability Stimulus Group drew backlash from critics, who note that businesses will see an additional boost as the state begins cutting off extra payments to unemployed people through federal pandemic aid starting next month.

15. Tennessee eyes water, sewer work with federal recovery money -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee state panel is considering using federal coronavirus recovery money for big investments in water and sewer system upgrades.

At a meeting Wednesday of the state's Financial Accountability Stimulus Group, state Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers estimated a request of more than $1 billion for water and sewer projects, which are among the spending categories allowed under President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan.

16. Teacher training bill enacted but gov won't sign; cost cited -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has let legislation expanding school district training program options for current teachers become law without his signature, saying it's only due to cost discrepancies.

17. Tennessee Rep. Mike Carter dies of pancreatic cancer at 67 -

OOLTEWAH (AP) — Mike Carter, a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 67.

18. Bill passes to stop executions of intellectually disabled -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Monday passed legislation designed to prevent death row inmates with an intellectual disability from being executed.

The action sends the bill to Republican Gov. Bill Lee's desk, with implications for the case of a current death row inmate. Pervis Payne's attorneys have argued he is intellectually disabled as they fight to prevent the state from executing him. He received a temporary reprieve from the governor last November due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that relief has since expired.

19. Tennessee closer to banning executions of intellectually disabled -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are inching closer to advancing legislation designed to prevent death row inmates with an intellectual disability from being executed.

The proposal has gained a groundswell of support from disability advocates, legal experts and death penalty critics who argue Tennessee is long overdue in addressing the matter.

20. New State Library and Archives hosts opening ceremony -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Library and Archives celebrated the opening of its new 165,000-square-foot building Monday in Nashville, with several Tennessee governors and other top figures in state government on hand for a ribbon cutting.

21. New State Library and Archives to host opening ceremony -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new 165,000 square foot building.

According to a news release, former U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Gov. Bill Lee, former Gov. Bill Haslam, Senate Speaker Randy McNally, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill and others will take part in the event Monday.

22. Top Davidson County residential sales for February 2021 -

Top residential real estate sales, February 2021, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

23. Tennessee panel votes to move Confederate bust from Capitol -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel on Tuesday overwhelming voted to remove the state Capitol's bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader.

However, while the decision marks a key win in a decades-long effort to oust the Nathan Bedford Bust from the second floor of the Capitol building, it remains unclear how soon that will actually happen.

24. Push to oust Nashville judge over absentee vote ruling sparks outcry -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-dominated Tennessee House is sparking fears of an unprecedented breach of judicial independence by moving forward with a proposal to remove a judge for expanding absentee voting in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

25. Lawmakers can't cite local examples of trans girls in sports -

Legislators in more than 20 states have introduced bills this year that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls' sports teams in public high schools. Yet in almost every case, sponsors cannot cite a single instance in their own state or region where such participation has caused problems.

26. Tennessee Senate OKs anti-trans athlete bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's GOP-dominant Senate advanced legislation Monday that would ban transgender athletes from participating in girls' sports.

The bill has been heavily criticized by Democrats and civil rights advocates, who have warned that Tennessee will likely face costly legal challenges if signed into law, pointing to a similar measure in Idaho that's currently blocked from being enacted as opponents argue it's unconstitutional in court.

27. Gay GOP lawmaker urges defeat of anti-trans athlete bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls' sports would likely result in vulnerable students being marginalized while also harming Tennessee's ability to recruit athletes and businesses, the state's only openly gay Republican lawmaker recently warned his fellow GOP colleagues.

28. Tennessee moves vote on Confederate bust in Capitol to March -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Due to severe winter weather, a Tennessee panel won't vote until next month on whether to remove the bust of a Confederal general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the state Capitol.

29. After Gov. Lee blasts trans athletes, Senate GOP tepid on ban -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A day after the governor said transgender athletes would "destroy women's sports," Tennessee's Senate GOP leaders on Thursday offered tepid support for legislation that would ban them from participating in girls' sports.

30. Tennessee lawmakers return for session amid pandemic, FBI probe -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers gathered to start their annual session Tuesday in Nashville amid a pandemic and an FBI probe that drew searches of multiple legislative offices by federal agents last week.

31. US Attorney: FBI agents search lawmakers' offices and homes -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Tennessee said Friday that FBI agents have searched the homes and offices of several state lawmakers.

U.S. Attorney's Office of Middle Tennessee spokesman David Boling confirmed the searches included the homes of former GOP House Speaker Glen Casada, state Rep. Robin Smith and Casada's former chief of staff, Cade Cothren, Boling confirmed. The office of Republican Rep. Todd Warner was also searched, according to House Speaker Cameron Sexton.

32. Urging mask use, Lee says mandate 'controversial' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Monday he delivered a weekend address on the pandemic to "cut through the politics" and implore those who shun masks to wear them without him imposing a "controversial" state requirement, bidding to end the nation's worst new COVID-19 infection surge per capita.

33. Tennessee House GOP closes off its meetings, keeps leaders -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans have voted to close off their caucus meetings to the public and the media and keep their current slate of legislative leaders in place.

According to The Tennessean, the caucus voted 56-11 on Tuesday to close off their future meetings.

34. Lawmakers: Extra step to move state Capitol Confederate bust -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's top Republican lawmakers contend efforts to remove the bust of an early Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate general from the Capitol require a third level of approval.

35. Gibson offering $59K for pieces of history -

Gibson is launching a global search this summer for missing shipping ledgers from 1959-1960. The ledgers contain the shipping records of all the Gibson guitars created during that year, and documents the “Golden Era” of the company’s 126-year old history.

36. Tennessee lawmakers adjourn without addressing race, reform -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Black lawmakers came back to the Capitol earlier this month with a request for their white colleagues: Advance public policy to send modest signals that say, "Yes, Black lives do matter."

37. Trading racism claims, Tennessee House stays in tense divide -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House continued to simmer Wednesday after Republicans spiked a resolution the night before for a young black woman shot and killed this year. Speaker Cameron Sexton even kicked off the morning session by telling leaders of both parties to meet with him afterward.

38. Trading racism claims, Tennessee House stays in tense divide -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House continued to simmer Wednesday after Republicans spiked a resolution the night before for a young black woman shot and killed this year. Speaker Cameron Sexton even kicked off the morning session by telling leaders of both parties to meet with him afterward.

39. Tenn. GOP spike resolution honoring black teen shot, killed -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tensions erupted Tuesday on the Tennessee House floor after Republican lawmakers refused to advance a resolution memorializing a young a black woman shot and killed in her car earlier this year.

40. 21 detained during peaceful protest outside state Capitol -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced that troopers detained more than 20 people at the state Capitol during a peaceful protest.

According to a news release, troopers removed the protesters after issuing a warning Monday evening that anyone remaining on Capitol grounds after 11 p.m. would be arrested. The crowd declined, and instead locked legs and arms while sitting down.

41. Bill would increase penalties for illegal camping, graffiti -

NASHVILLE (AP) — As protests continue to pop up across the nation over George Floyd's death, Tennessee's House is seeking to significantly increase penalties against demonstrators who violate certain state laws.

42. Tennessee rep: Loud protests near chamber may warrant arrest -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Bruce Griffey's hearing is iffy and getting worse with age.

Seated in the back of the echo-prone House, the 57-year-old Republican said he struggles to hear proceedings when protests get loud outside the chamber. He said he's had particular trouble hearing over a protester out there who loudly calls for removal of the Capitol's bust of a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader.

43. Tennessee OKs sports betting rules -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has ended months of work setting up its rules for an online-only sports betting law that passed last year and has yet to see its first wager.

The Tennessee Lottery board's vote Wednesday via teleconference due to the coronavirus pandemic highlights a bigger question: Will there be any games to bet on once sportsbooks are ready to go?

44. Accused Tennessee lawmaker reverses, will seek reelection -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago has reversed course and says he will now seek reelection after all.

In a statement this week announcing his reelection bid, Republican Rep. David Byrd did not mention the accusations of sexual misconduct by three women when he was their high school basketball coach and a teacher, before being elected.

45. Tennessee governor backs permitless carry legislation -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday came out in full support of allowing most people in the state to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training.

Lee says his administration will soon introduce legislation allowing "permitless carry" to take effect in Tennessee.

46. Delay of game: Still no rules for online sports betting -

What were the odds it would take more than a year to implement online betting in Tennessee?

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation has hit a standstill in the adoption of rules for online sports betting. Nevertheless, hope remains that sports fans in Tennessee will be able to legally bet online in time for the 2020 football season.

47. Tennessee lawmakers won't 'revisit' voucher contract -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislative leaders say they have concerns over how the Department of Education selected its vendor to administer Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program, but they have no plans to halt the contract from moving forward.

48. Lee backpeddling on offering 12 weeks of paid family leave -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is backpedaling on a promise to offer up to 12 weeks of annual paid family leave for state workers through an executive order.

Instead, the Republican announced Wednesday he will pursue the idea through legislation inside a skeptical GOP-dominated Statehouse.

49. Disgraced former speaker Casada to run for reelection -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Disgraced former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada confirmed Tuesday that he will run for reelection this year.

"After much prayer and consultation with family and friends, I have decided to run for re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives," Casada said in a statement posted on social media.

50. IRS notifies Tennessee legislator of $19K in unpaid taxes -

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service filed a federal tax lien against a Tennessee state legislator notifying the lawmaker that he failed to pay just over $19,000 in in federal income taxes over two years.

51. Lee to pitch sweeping anti-abortion bans in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he wants to enact some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, which would include banning women from undergoing the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

52. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

53. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for December 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, December 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

54. Tennessee lawmakers kickoff 2020 legislative session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers begin the 2020 legislative session on Tuesday, kicking off a busy next couple of months expected to be full of debates on criminal justice reform, abortion and other hot-button issues.

55. Legislators have plenty of ideas for $700M in unused funds -

If you ask a Tennessee lawmaker an open-ended question about priorities for 2020, the subject might immediately go to what to do with the TANF funds.

Some might say the lawmaker has 700 million reasons to be concerned since the state could draw on more than $700 million in unspent federal matching funds to support programs for needy families.

56. Health care, education & the usual hot buttons -

After a raucous, partisan 2019 session that delivered historic health and education measures, Tennessee lawmakers return to Nashville on Jan. 14 for the second half of the 111th General Assembly.

Health and education will continue to occupy lawmakers. Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s administration has applied to the federal government to receive TennCare funding through a block grant.

57. Faith, service drive Tennessee gov to keep taking refugees -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fartun Abdi last saw her father face-to-face when she was about 1 year old living in Somalia, just before her family separated to flee fighting in the country.

For most of her life, she wasn't sure her father was alive.

58. Gov. Lee says state will keep resettling refugees -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee won't stop resettling refugees, Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday, rejecting the option offered to states by President Donald Trump's administration.

The issue forced Lee, who campaigned on his Christian beliefs, to consider his own experience helping refugees and weigh it against the will of fellow Republicans in the Legislature. GOP lawmakers had sued the federal government over its refugee resettlement program and legislative leaders hoped Lee would accept Trump's offer.

59. Tennessee House GOP won’t pursue rep’s expulsion -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee’s House speaker says his chamber’s GOP supermajority will not move forward with a possible expulsion vote of a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago.

In a statement Wednesday, Speaker Cameron Sexton cited an attorney general’s opinion that says “historical practice, sound policy considerations, and constitutional restraints counsel against” expulsion in the case of Republican Rep. David Byrd, whose alleged conduct happened before he was elected.

60. Democratic leaders call for review of $4M grant fund -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling on top Tennessee agency heads to address questions surrounding a contentious $4 million grant fund.

Glen Casada helped push the grant fund through as House Speaker before he resigned from the top leadership post in August amid a scandal over explicit text messages.

61. Lee taps 38 to serve on census panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.

Lee's office announced a wide variety of appointees to the Tennessee Complete Count Committee on Wednesday.

62. Lee taps 38 to serve on census panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has appointed 38 people to a panel that will work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census.

Lee's office announced a wide variety of appointees to the Tennessee Complete Count Committee on Wednesday.

63. Embattled former speaker Casada defends grant fund -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Disgraced former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada says a $4 million state grant fund should not be frozen despite questions raised by legislative leaders surrounding the intention of the taxpayer dollars.

64. Tennessee speaker floats cutting state funds to Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton is warning Nashville officials that he might attempt to withhold state funding due to the city's recent executive order discouraging local cooperation with immigration officials.

65. Report: Consolidating elections may not boost voter turnout -

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Tennessee grapples with how to improve its consistently dismal voter turnout, a newly released state government report warns that requiring cities to move their local and school elections to coincide with statewide elections wouldn't necessarily address the problem.

66. GOP lawmaker who voted no on voucher bill faces attack ad -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A group that helped advance Tennessee's newly enacted voucher law is targeting a lawmaker who voted against the contentious plan.

The American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy group, recently released an online ad criticizing Republican Rep. Mark Cochran for voting against expanding Tennessee's education savings accounts.

67. Tennessee House replaces speaker, delays action on lawmaker -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee state representatives elected a new House speaker Friday, following months of chaos inside the GOP-dominated chamber as the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving sexually explicit text messages.

68. Tennessee AG asked to weigh in on possible lawmaker ousting -

NASHVILLE(AP) — A Tennessee legislative leader is asking the attorney general for guidance on whether the House of Representatives can expel a member for conduct that occurred decades ago.

Rep. Cameron Sexton, who has been appointed by his Republican caucus to become the next House speaker, submitted the request Wednesday.

69. Embattled Tennessee speaker resigns from leadership role -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker has officially resigned from his leadership role after being plagued for months by multiple scandals involving explicit text messages.

Rep. Glen Casada agreed to step aside as speaker on Friday. The GOP caucus had voted in May that they no longer had confidence in the Republican's leadership, but Casada only agreed to resign in August.

70. Tennessee House GOP nominates new speaker after scandal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans nominated a new leader Wednesday as part of their latest attempt to calm the mounting controversies surrounding the GOP-controlled chamber, which has been plagued by scandals involving its outgoing speaker.

71. Tennessee speaker hopefuls, new lawmakers meet before vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee speaker candidates are meeting with freshman House lawmakers in order to drum up support as the caucus prepares to nominate a new leader later this month.

Embattled House Speaker Glen Casada is scheduled to resign from the leadership post on August 2 following a series of scandals involving explicit text messages. Before that, however, the GOP House caucus will nominate a new speaker on July 24 ahead of a planned special legislative session later in August.

72. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for May 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, May 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

73. Legislators want Casada gone, so why the wait? -

Are we there yet? Not exactly, as the question relates to Williamson County Republican Rep. Glen Casada’s resignation as Tennessee House Speaker.

For the record, Casada has resigned the speakership, effective at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2 – the day after Metro Nashville votes for a mayor, vice mayor and Metro Council members. When he announced the Aug. 2 exit date, Casada also asked Gov. Bill Lee to hold a special session of the legislature that same day for lawmakers to choose a new speaker.

74. Life after Casada: A ‘kinder, gentler’ TN House -

Tennessee House members can expect a lower-key, collegial atmosphere when they return in January without Glen Casada as their speaker, several members say.

It’s also possible the number of House committees and subcommittees, 43, will return to the pre-Casada level of 28.

75. House advances bill seeking to overhaul Medicaid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would dramatically overhaul how it provides health care to its lower-income and disabled residents under a proposal the House advanced Thursday.

The bill cleared the GOP-dominated chamber on party lines, with 68 Republicans in favor and 21 Democrats against.

76. Lawmaker apologizes, denies investigation amid claims -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Democratic Tennessee lawmaker on Thursday apologized for having his behavior possibly misinterpreted after being accused of sexual misconduct, but denied he was under investigation.

77. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

78. Tennessee House GOP elects Casada as next speaker -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans on Tuesday elected Majority Leader Glen Casada as the chamber's next speaker, reconfiguring another level of state government leadership as GOP Gov.-elect Bill Lee prepares to take office.

79. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for May 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, May 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

80. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for April 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, April 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

81. Look ahead to 2019 session: New faces, unfinished business -

The Tennessee Legislature took steps toward combating opioid abuse and reforming juvenile justice in the 2018 session but fell short of what many lawmakers hoped to achieve, setting the stage for renewed action in 2019 when a new General Assembly will convene.

82. Opioid committee on right track, obstacles remain -

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

“Of course, my reaction immediately was, ‘I thought that went away in the late 70s.’ But we’re seeing it. In fact, we are averaging approximately five heroin overdoses a month just in the town of Smyrna,” adds Arnold, whose city about 10 miles southeast of Nashville has a population of nearly 48,600.

83. $100M wind project suspended following Tennessee moratorium -

CROSSVILLE (AP) — A $100 million wind farm project in Tennessee has been put on hold after state lawmakers passed a yearlong moratorium on new turbines being installed in the state.

The Crossville Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2rnhuwJ) developer Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia, cited "current market conditions" for suspending the project.

84. Senate punts on Nashville-only short-term rentals bill -

A day after the House targeted Nashville with a tough bill on short-term rentals, the Senate deferred action on legislation blocking the Metro Council from enacting any prohibitions.

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee postponed a bill by Sen. John Stevens until January 2018, ending the debate this year on a measure singling out Davidson County efforts to restrict short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

85. IMPROVE Act fight an insight into testy election ahead -

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.

Whether this is a forerunner to a Republican gubernatorial primary remains to be seen as Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and House Speaker Beth Harwell weigh decisions. It’s not as if they’d be facing off against each other, though, since businessman Bill Lee and former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd are definitely in the race and not hurting for money.

86. Bill would limit local jurisdiction of Airbnb-type rentals -

Legislation filed Thursday would stop bans on short-term rentals and vacation homes while setting up basic guidelines for local governments and a state tax-collection system.

Supporters said they have been talking with Memphis and Nashville officials in advance, but it is unclear how the legislation might affect those cities.

87. Tax hikes, cuts both eyed as Legislature reconvenes -

The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate. Here’s a look at some of the hottest topics expected to arise.

88. Democrat state representative learns to work with majority -

Bipartisanship forms the backbone of state Rep. Karen Camper’s legislative philosophy. The Memphis Democrat from Whitehaven recently received the honor as one of the 2016 Elected Women of Excellence, an award established by the National Foundation for Women Legislators to recognize hard work and legislative efforts.

89. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for July 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, July 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

90. Task force’s health plan promising, includes many ‘ifs’ -

A 3-Star Healthy Task Force appointed to propose a method for catching Tennesseans in a health-care coverage gap is taking a politically safe road to reach the same goal as Insure Tennessee.

Yet the route, a TennCare expansion with “triggers” and “circuit breakers,” holds so much uncertainty it’s hard to figure out if the panel will find its destination.

91. GOP lawmakers present alternative to Insure Tennessee plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) - GOP lawmakers on Thursday for the first time presented details of a more limited approach to Medicaid expansion than was envisioned by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed Insure Tennessee proposal.

92. Health care funds leaving Tennessee for other states -

Adam Nickas, the new executive director of Tennesseans for a Responsible Future, is looking for a sweeping plan to catch some 280,000 people who fall into a health-care coverage gap across the state.

93. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for April 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, April 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

94. Tennessee leads the nation in bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

95. Insure Tennessee: In like a lion, out with a committee -

What started with a roar is ending with a whimper. On the first day of the 2016 legislative session, dozens of Insure Tennessee supporters rallied, shouted and sang songs outside the House chamber.

96. Harwell touts health care initiative; Dems call it 'charade' -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell on Tuesday touted a new initiative to improve health care access in the state, but Democrats quickly derided it as an election-year "charade" to deflect criticism of lawmakers who rejected the governor's Insure Tennessee proposal.

97. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for September 2015 -

Top commercial real estate transactions, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

98. Tennessee AG: Proposal to tax out-of-state trucks unconstitutional -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says a proposal to boost Tennessee's road fund by raising taxes and fees on out-of-state trucks would be unconstitutional.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1Ht8oPR) that the bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Bailey of Sparta and fellow Republican Rep. Cameron Sexton of Crossville would violate both the commerce and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

99. Lawmakers pass Haslam free tuition plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk after passing the House on Tuesday.

100. Youth concussion policy bill headed to governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Coaches and school athletic directors would be required to complete a concussion safety education course under legislation that's headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure, which would require schools and other organizations with youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies, was overwhelmingly approved 93-3 in the House on Thursday. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate 30-0 last month.