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1. With no real rival, state Republicans attack their own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

2. Special action on same-sex nuptials a waste of time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking “equality.”

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville says, “Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history.”

3. Southern heritage defined differently across Tennessee -

Tennessee’s loyalty was divided in the Civil War, and 150 years later, little is changed as the debate over Confederate symbols arises in the wake of the racist-fueled South Carolina church massacre.

4. Capitol Commission to review which historical figures should be honored -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.

“From time to time, it is appropriate for the State of Tennessee to review which Tennesseans are honored and in what location and manner,” states a letter from Ramsey and Harwell, both Republicans, to the commission.

5. Capitol Commission to review which historical figures should be honored -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell are encouraging the Tennessee Capitol Commission to evaluate the characteristics of Tennesseans honored in the Capitol Complex.

“From time to time, it is appropriate for the State of Tennessee to review which Tennesseans are honored and in what location and manner,” states a letter from Ramsey and Harwell, both Republicans, to the commission.

6. Feds charge state Rep. Joe Armstrong with fraud, tax evasion -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been indicted on federal fraud and tax evasion charges connected to an increase in the state's cigarette tax in 2007.

7. Garrett, Himes named co-legal directors of Tennessee Legislature -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee General Assembly has named two new directors of legal affairs following the retirement of attorney Joe Barnes.

8. Senate calls on House to do flag salute amid Tennessee logo flap -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A flap over a new logo being introduced by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is providing an opportunity for the state Senate to renew calls that the House recite a special pledge to the Tennessee flag.

9. Records show $8M spent on lawmaker health premiums since '92 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Newly released records show that Tennessee taxpayers have paid more than $8 million since 1992 for health insurance premiums for sitting lawmakers.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1Ba8V2j) reports those records show that the state has paid out the most for Johnson City Republican Sen. Rusty Crowe and his family. Records obtained by the newspaper through a public information request show the state paid out $200,000 for Crowe's premiums since he enrolled in the plan in 1992.

10. Top residential real estate transactions for April 2015 -

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

11. Cannabis oil bill could lead to more ‘evil weed’ wins -

Logan and Stacie Mathes were on “pins and needles” as they waited for Gov. Bill Haslam to sign legislation into law allowing cannabis oil to be used to treat seizures and similar medical problems in Tennessee.

12. Speakers disavow any 'mandate' for Tennessee security group -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A private group called the Tennessee Task Force on National and Homeland Security is marketing itself with an official-looking logo and a claimed "mandate" from state lawmakers. But legislative leaders say the group has no official endorsement from the General Assembly.

13. Too much Mr. Nice Guy? Haslam struggles to exert influence -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was riding high. He swept all 95 counties in his re-election bid, then his peers picked him to be chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

But that momentum came to a crashing halt just days into a special legislative session he called in February, when lawmakers unceremoniously rejected Haslam's signature proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.

14. Will Tennessee Republicans ever be truly happy? -

Why aren’t Tennessee Republicans happier? With the GOP so dominant in the Tennessee General Assembly and losses so rare – on the Hill or in elections – the party’s lawmakers should be jubilant with this year’s session. But it’s never enough.

15. Defeat of Insure Tennessee proposal set tone in 2015 session -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The defeat of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans set the tone for the 2015 session of the state Legislature.

Lawmakers adjourned the first session of the 109th General Assembly on Wednesday night that also featured the defeat of a proposal to offer in-state tuition to non-citizens, the passage of a bill to remove local power to ban guns in parks and the latest rejection of a perennial effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.

16. Defeat of Insure Tennessee proposal set tone in 2015 session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The defeat of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans set the tone for the 2015 session of the state Legislature.

Lawmakers adjourned the first session of the 109th General Assembly on Wednesday night that also featured the defeat of a proposal to offer in-state tuition to non-citizens, the passage of a bill to remove local power to ban guns in parks and the latest rejection of a perennial effort to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.

17. Lawmakers mull move into building once set to be razed -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers are mulling a move out of their underground office complex to a building next to the Capitol that until recently was designated for demolition.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration last year reversed course on an earlier decision to raze the Cordell Hull office building, and this year included $40 million in the state budget to renovate it.

18. Lessons of Bible lost in lack of health care debate -

Tennessee’s legislators spent hours this session arguing over guns and whether to pass a law making the Bible the state book of Tennessee.

In fact, the Bible bill took two days of debate in the House, where it passed, and thorough discussion in the Senate, before it died – at least until next year.

19. Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Bible usually unites Republicans in conservative Tennessee, but lately it is proving to be - as an epistle writer put it - more powerful and sharper than a double-edged sword.

Legislators here are deeply divided over a proposal to make the holy text an official state book, with some saying it's far too sacred to be trivialized like the state fruit (tomato), the state amphibian (Tennessee cave salamander) and several state songs ("Tennessee Waltz" and "Rocky Top").

20. Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns — and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse— in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.

21. Tennessee lawmakers to restart debate on Bible as official book -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House members are preparing for another run today at making the Bible the official book of Tennessee.

Time ran out on a sometimes raucous debate Tuesday about whether the measure would run afoul of the state and federal constitutions by endorsing a religion.

22. Protesters call on House speaker to revive Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are calling on House Speaker Beth Harwell to bring the measure to a full vote on the House floor.

23. Effort to make the Bible Tennessee's official book bogs down -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal from a Republican lawmaker and former pastor to declare the Bible the official book of Tennessee is running into stiff opposition from top members of his own party, while the state attorney general is calling it unconstitutional.

24. Tennessee lawmakers can't agree on guns bill drafted as NRA gift -

NASHVILLE (AP) — It was supposed to be a welcoming gift from Tennessee lawmakers to the National Rifle Association and the more than 70,000 gun enthusiasts expected to attend the group's annual convention in Nashville this weekend.

25. Legislators not moved by hymns, prayer or reason -

The words of “We Shall Overcome” and “Wade in the Water” resonate through the halls as Insure Tennessee supporters descend on the Legislative Plaza for a key vote on the plan to provide coverage to 280,000 working Tennesseans.

26. Haslam not among army of speakers at NRA event -

NASHVILLE (AP) — When more than 70,000 gun enthusiasts descend on Nashville for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting this week, they won't be hearing from one prominent Tennessean: Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

27. GOP leader: 1-time school use enough to ban guns in parks -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A top Republican supporter of a bill to strip local governments of the power to bar handgun carry permit holders from being armed in parks, playgrounds and ball fields said Thursday that even if a school uses a park, playground or ball field for just one event per year, that would enable the school to ban guns there.

28. Anti-abortion legislation finds little resistance -

Buoyed by passage of Amendment 1 last fall, legislation restricting abortions is starting to roll – with relative ease – through the General Assembly.

Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, and Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, began the push recently with measures backed by Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and the Republican ranks. Their bills couldn’t even draw enough resistance to require a roll-call vote.

29. What better place for an NRA convention? -

When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.

In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

30. Harwell to again co-chair national leadership initiative -

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell will once again co-chair the Republican State Leadership Committee's Right Women, Right Now initiative.

31. Haslam encouraged by Insure Tenn. revival; Ramsey skeptical -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he's pleased to see his Insure Tennessee proposal revived in the Legislature, but the top Republican in the Senate called it unlikely that the measure will reach an up-or-down vote by the full chamber.

32. Tennessee House speaker calls for 'pre-meeting' transparency -

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell on Wednesday called for transparency in legislative "pre-meetings," a day after the state's four largest newspapers and The Associated Press reported about the growing trend of secret committee discussions about pending legislation.

33. Secret 'pre-meetings' become commonplace in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret "pre-meetings" to discuss pending legislation. The public isn't informed or invited.

34. Battle of the band(width): Fast, available Internet more important than state vs. FCC game in legislature -

Joyce Coltrin’s business is wandering in Bradley County’s technological wilderness. And it’s likely to remain there – because of legal threats – until the General Assembly changes state law.

35. Black Caucus renews call for apology from state GOP lawmaker -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus is continuing a call for action to be taken against a Republican state lawmaker they say made a racist Facebook post.

The group wants Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia to apologize and for GOP leaders to remove her from her leadership position as House majority floor leader.

36. Tennessee public television stations to air legislative show -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee public television stations are airing a new show about the happenings in the state Legislature.

The first of four 30-minute episodes of the "Tennessee Capitol Report" are scheduled to air Sunday morning on public TV stations in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Lexington-Jackson and Cookeville. The next episodes are scheduled to air on March 29, April 26 and May 31.

37. Tennessee Black Caucus seeks apology from GOP lawmaker -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus on Thursday called on Republican Rep. Sheila Butt to apologize for what they said was a racist Facebook post, and said she should be removed from her leadership position.

38. Top January 2015 residential real estate transactions -

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

39. Insure Tennessee fails to win sound bite test -

Fresh off a resounding November re-election victory, Gov. Bill Haslam ran smack dab into the reality of Tennessee politics: The Republican Party abhors anything connected to President Barack Obama.

40. 6 of 7 who killed Insure Tennessee are on state health plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Six of the seven Republican senators who voted to kill Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are enrolled in the state government health plan.

41. 6 of 7 who killed Insure Tennessee are on state health plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Six of the seven Republican senators who voted to kill Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are enrolled in the state government health plan.

42. House speaker says Tennessee gas tax increase unlikely this year -

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell says that Tennessee lawmakers are unlikely to take up a gas tax increase during this year's legislative session.

43. Senate panel could vote on Haslam Medicaid plan today -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The fate of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans could be decided on Wednesday.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe said the panel may vote on the measure then. He said the Insure Tennessee plan has five favorable votes and only needs one more to advance out of his committee.

44. Harwell will allow committee chairs to prepare alternate Medicaid plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that she has offered to have her committee chairmen draw up an alternate proposal for Gov. Bill Haslam if his Insure Tennessee plan appears to be headed for defeat in the ongoing special legislative session.

45. 5 lawmakers to watch in Insure Tennessee special session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal to cover 280,000 low-income people heads into a special legislative session Monday, here are five lawmakers who are playing key roles in the debate.

46. Speaker Harwell shuffles House committee assignments -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two chairmen and an internal challenger have been moved out of leadership positions by Republican state House Speaker Beth Harwell.

47. Branches of state government join in anti-hunger campaign -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials from all branches of Tennessee government are joining in a campaign against hunger.

Members of the Tennessee General Assembly, the governor's cabinet, the Tennessee Supreme Court and the state's constitutional officers will help pack about 50,000 meals for food banks across Tennessee today.

48. Fellow Republicans reluctant about Haslam's health proposal -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to offer health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans is getting a tepid response from fellow Republicans in the Legislature - so much so, that he has yet to find a Senate sponsor for his proposal.

49. Tennessee lawmakers convene 109th General Assembly -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers convened the 109th General Assembly on Tuesday amid abortion rights protests inside the state Capitol.

Republican Rep. Beth Harwell of Nashville and Sen. Ron Ramsey of Blountville were re-elected as speakers of the House and Senate, while about 60 protesters outside the chambers shouted into a bullhorn, banged drums and chanted.

50. Haslam calls Tennessee lawmakers into special session on Feb. 2 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday issued a call for a special legislative session to take up his proposal to offer medical coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

51. Harwell defeats tea-party challenge for speaker -

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell decisively defeated a tea-party challenge from Rep. Rick Womick on Wednesday to win the Republican nomination for another term in charge of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.

52. Devaney wins 4th term as Tennessee GOP chairman -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney on Saturday turned back a tea party-styled challenge to win a fourth term in charge of the state GOP.

Devaney defeated former state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro in a 47-17 vote by the party's executive committee meeting on the floor of the state House.

53. Haslam addresses public safety summit in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - While there's been progress in making Tennessee a safer state, much remains to be done, particularly on domestic violence, Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday.

The Republican governor kicked off a public safety summit that also focused on Tennessee's sentencing laws, homeland security concerns, drug abuse and trafficking and other issues.

54. Womick to challenge Harwell for House speaker -

MURFREESBORO (AP) - A state representative who recently decried fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam a "traitor to the party" says he will run for speaker of the state House next month.

The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro reports (http://on.dnj.com/1tOatyF ) that Rep. Rick Womick plans to challenge Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville when the House Republican Caucus elects its leadership on Dec. 10.

55. AG: Local caucus meetings subject to open meetings -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Attorney General Herbert Slatery says local legislative bodies like county commissions can establish partisan caucuses but that they would likely be subject to Tennessee's open meetings law.

56. Criminal charges recommended for Ramsey, Harwell -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A grand jury in Nashville on Friday recommended criminal charges be filed against the Republican speakers of the Tennessee House and Senate for failing to appoint an adequate number of women and minorities to a commission that decides whether Tennessee's appeals judges keep their jobs.

57. Haslam, legislative speakers call education summit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are convening a summit to discuss education changes in Tennessee.

58. Suspicious mail to Legislative Plaza not hazardous -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A suspicious substance sent to House Speaker Beth Harwell's office caused the Legislative Plaza to be closed off briefly.

59. Supermarket wine supporters begin petition drive -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A coalition that advocated for supermarket wine sales has kicked off a statewide campaign to gather signatures in an effort to get the measure on the November ballot.

Under a law that passed this year, wine can be sold by grocery and conveniences stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

60. Parent trigger legislation fails this session -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill seeking to make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools failed in a House subcommittee on Tuesday even though its sponsor says it's another tool to reform education in Tennessee.

61. Haslam voucher proposal fails this session -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a program that gives parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school has once again failed to pass.

The school voucher legislation was withdrawn from the House Finance Committee on Tuesday because the lawmaker carrying the measure for the governor said there weren't enough votes.

62. UAW subpoenas Haslam, Corker in VW challenge -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The United Auto Workers has issued subpoenas to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and 18 other officials as part of a challenge of a vote rejecting union representation at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

63. Senate votes for open gun carry without permit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.

The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

64. Haslam free tuition plan garners praise, concern -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however - including how to pay for this perk in the years to come - remain scattered.

65. For-profit charter schools bill fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.

The Calendar and Rules Committee voted 10-7 against the bill after House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville raised what she called "grave reservations" about it.

66. For-profit charter schools bill fails in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit entities has failed its last committee vote before reaching the House floor.

The House Calendar and Rules Committee on Thursday voted 10-7 against the bill after Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville spoke out against the measure.

67. Students stage silent protest in Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A student group that opposes Tennessee's voter ID law has staged a silent protest in the gallery of the House chamber.

Members of the Nashville Student Organizing Committee stood in three rows overlooking lawmakers for more than an hour Monday. They stuck black tape over their mouths and held hands while the chamber went about its business.

68. Haslam signs supermarket wine bill into law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Folks waiting for the neighborhood grocery store to stock their favorite merlot or chardonnay may have to wait a little longer even though Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a law to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee.

69. Jeb Bush: Follow through on Common Core standards -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.

70. Haslam signs supermarket wine bill into law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - After years of legislative debate, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a law to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee.

Haslam was joined by the measure's sponsors, as well as the Senate and House speakers, who helped the passage of the legislation by bringing different parties to the table to discuss it.

71. GOP leaders meet in Tennessee amid Common Core discord -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and two top Tennessee Republicans are meeting at an upscale Nashville hotel Wednesday to discuss education policies that have caused divisions within the GOP around the country — including within the Tennessee General Assembly located across the street.

72. Haslam agenda hits hard times in Legislature -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's agenda is falling on hard times with fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly.

A House vote last week to delay school curriculum and assessment standards was the latest defiance of the governor's wishes. The GOP supermajority in the Legislature this session has also:

73. Bill to block Nashville Amp project worries Haslam -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.

The governor told reporters after a speech to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that although he has not formed an opinion about whether the project - called the Amp - is a good idea, he's worried about the possible precedent of legislative committees deciding over individual transportation projects in the state.

74. School voucher bill advances in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is advancing in the House despite concerns from some lawmakers that the legislation would be detrimental to public schools.

75. Haslam stands by own anti-meth proposal in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday he is standing by his anti-meth proposal despite the bill being sidetracked in a House subcommittee earlier this week.

The Republican governor told The Associated Press that his proposal to limit sales of cold and allergy medicines used to make the illegal drug will do more to combat meth production in Tennessee than a rival measure with lesser restrictions.

76. State Rep. Mike Turner retiring after 14 years -

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said Thursday that he will not seek re-election because he wants to spend more time with his family and explore a run for Nashville mayor.

77. Tennessee House passes supermarket wine sales bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.

78. Tennessee House passes supermarket wine sales bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle on Thursday when the state House overwhelmingly approved the measure.

79. Guns-in-parks: A local or state issue? -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A measure to do away with local government's power to decide whether to allow firearms in public parks overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Thursday despite concerns expressed by the governor.

80. Bass, Berry & Sims names new leadership -

W. Brantley Phillips, Jr. has been elected to serve on the executive committee of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

Phillips serves as chair of the firm’s Securities & Shareholder Litigation Group, and his practice focuses on class action defense, derivative actions and other complex business litigation. Phillips has, for the past three years, served as chair of the firm’s Marketing & Business Development Committee.

81. Coley becomes national voice in fight against sex trafficking -

You may not know it, but human trafficking is a problem in Tennessee. It’s such a problem that Rep. Jim Coley (R-Bartlett), chairmen of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, has dedicated his career in office to fight against the crime in his home state.

82. Tennessee lawmakers: VW incentives threatened by UAW -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Tennessee on Monday threatened that the state could turn off the spigot of incentives for Volkswagen if workers at the German automaker's plant decide this week to approve union representation.

83. Tennessee Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Voters would decide whether their cities or counties allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Thursday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week.

84. Tennessee Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8 -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Local governments could hold votes on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets and convenience stores, under a bill the state Senate passed on Thursday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week. Five Republicans voted against the measure, along with three Democrats.

85. Wine in supermarkets bill advancing in House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House committee that killed last year's version of a bill to allow wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of giving cities the ability to hold referendums on the proposal.

86. Republicans discuss new voucher bill with governor -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican state lawmakers have proposed a school voucher bill they hope will be acceptable to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has repeatedly said he favors a more limited version of the program that gives parents another option for educating their children.

87. Supermarket wine bill up for key votes next week -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that derailed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.

88. Grocery wine bill negotiations near breakthrough -

NASHVILLE (AP) - After years of bitter legislative fights over efforts to allow Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, groups representing liquor stores and supermarkets are nearing an agreement that would give the measure its best ever chances of becoming law.

89. Lawmakers reconvene for 108th General Assembly -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State lawmakers on Tuesday reconvened the 108th Tennessee General Assembly in a legislative session that is expected to feature debates over creating a school voucher program and whether to allow supermarkets to sell wine.

90. Haslam to decide on school vouchers next week -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam won't announce his decision about whether to support school voucher legislation until next week, when state lawmakers return into session.

The Republican governor last year supported a voucher program limited to students from low-income families attending failing schools. Haslam had that measure withdrawn when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.

91. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Nov. 2013 -

Top November  2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

92. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Sept. 2013 -

Top September 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

93. J. Alexander’s promotes Hagler to AVP, controller -

J. Alexander’s LLC, operator of J. Alexander’s restaurants and Stoney River Legendary Steak restaurants, has promoted Jessica Hagler to assistant vice president and controller.

94. Former GOP chairwoman appointed to women's council -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former state Republican Party chairwoman Robin Smith has been appointed to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.

95. Tennessee Republican group seeks to put more women in office -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The nation's largest caucus of Republican state leaders plans to spend $6 million to recruit 300 women to run for office in the next election cycle, women GOP leaders said Tuesday.

96. Former Speaker Williams to retire from Tennessee House -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Kent Williams, whose 2009 election as House speaker shocked and infuriated fellow Republicans, announced Thursday he won't seek a fifth term to instead run for Carter County mayor next year.

97. House GOP caucus chairman Casada draws opponent -

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada has drawn his first primary opponent in a decade.

The Tennessean newspaper reports (http://tnne.ws/18WrmOK) that Cherie Hammond, a member of the Williamson County school board, plans to challenge Casada next year.

98. Speakers seek review of no-bid outsourcing deal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The speakers of the state House and Senate said Thursday that they will seek a review of no-bid elements of an outsourcing deal with a real estate firm that has counted fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam as one of its investors.

99. Haslam unswayed by celebrities opposing 'ag-gag' -

SMYRNA (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he was not swayed by celebrities opposing a bill that would make it a crime to video record animal abuse if it isn't turned over to law enforcement authorities within 48 hours.

100. TN GOP says infighting typical of supermajority -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republicans, positioned to make major changes to state law with the governorship and a supermajority in the General Assembly, ended the session with some high-profile measures derailed by infighting.