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1. Legislature votes to reduce, eventually eliminate Hall tax -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Legislature on Friday passed a measure that would reduce and eventually eliminate the Hall tax on investment income.

The Hall tax imposes a general levy of 6 percent on investment income, with some exceptions. Lawmakers agreed to reduce it down to 5 percent before eliminating it completely. They intend to pass future legislation reducing it by 1% each year before eliminating it completely by 2022.

2. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for February 2016 -

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

3. Citizens want fewer obstacles to information -

Nearly 40 new bills have been filed in the Legislature in recent weeks that would make changes to citizen access to government records or meetings.

As lawmakers head deep into the session, with literally thousands of bills to consider, they would do well to remember a message sent last summer through a series of public hearings and surveys: Citizens do not want more obstacles to finding out what their government is doing.

4. Cutting taxes, school choice, tort reform drive Sen. Kelsey -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey calls himself “a proud conservative who likes to get results.”

Based on his legislative record as a Republican state representative and senator from Germantown, he is doing both without exactly toeing the tea party line but bolstered by a GOP supermajority in the House and Senate.

5. Still-persecuted Durham surrenders leadership post -

The boys in the newsroom had a running bet on whether the reasons for “media persecution” of Rep. Jeremy Durham had little, if anything, to do with a spate of revelations about his odd behavior over the last few years.

6. Bid to adjust Tennessee Senate schedule leads to grumbling -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some state Senate Republicans are grumbling about an effort to have the upper chamber's committees meet on an additional day during the upcoming legislative session, saying the change would allow less time to attend receptions and to prepare for other meetings.

7. Refugees, higher education, privatization on tap for new session -

State Sen. Ken Yager isn’t quite ready for the state of Tennessee to reclaim the Refugee Resettlement Program from Catholic Charities.

“I’m not advocating that. I am advocating a little bit more accountability and closer review of the funding,” says Yager, a Kingston Republican who chaired a December joint meeting of Senate and House State and Local Government committees.

8. School choice bills to highlight next legislative session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Supporters of school choice say they plan to push for proposals that they argue allow parents to play a stronger role in how their children are educated in the legislative session that begins in January.

9. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for November 2015 -

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

10. Civil asset forfeiture: 'It's a state license to steal’ -

The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.

11. Kasich makes fundraising stops in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Tuesday that his visit to Tennessee is aimed at avoiding having to scramble for support in the state's March 1 primary if he emerges as a strong contender from the earliest contests.

12. 8 Tennessee lawmakers sign on as Marco Rubio delegates -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's list of Tennessee delegates includes former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, state House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick and state Sens. Brian Kelsey and Jack Johnson.

13. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for October 2015 -

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

14. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for September 2015 -

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

15. Lawmakers to give school voucher bill another shot -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The co-sponsor of a Senate proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee said Monday that lawmakers will try again to pass the measure in the next legislative session — despite failures in the last three.

16. Tennessee lawmakers urged to keep asset forfeiture law intact -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Law enforcement officials on Monday urged Tennessee lawmakers not to join other states in dialing back police powers to seize cash and vehicles without first gaining criminal convictions.

17. Haslam: Hall tax break competes with other budget priorities -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam agrees with fellow Republicans' criticism of the Hall income tax on earnings from stocks and bonds in Tennessee, but argues that the state must balance efforts to do away with the levy with other funding needs in areas like education, roads and health care.

18. Stites & Harbison taps Taylor to lead new entertainment group -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC has announced the launch of a new entertainment law practice with the addition of member Stephanie R. Taylor to its Nashville office. Taylor will lead the team with help from current Stites & Harbison attorney Jeremy Brook.

19. Ramsey clear in push to politicize Supreme Court -

Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a penchant for igniting flames of partisanship, and the retirement of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade is no exception.

In this case, Ramsey elicited criticism for injecting politics where some believe political colors shouldn’t be unfurled.

20. Officials: Timing of vote on Supreme Court justice unclear -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new judicial amendment to the state constitution has left an open question about when voters will get a chance to decide on a new Supreme Court justice.

Justice Gary Wade is retiring from the Tennessee Supreme Court to become dean of the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University, he told WBIR-TV. He leaves the bench in September, just one year into an eight-year judicial term.

21. House, Senate can't agree on mechanism to reject judges -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state House and Senate have failed to agree on a method for rejecting the governor's nominations for judicial vacancies.

In one of the final acts of this year's legislative session on Wednesday night, the Senate voted 4-1 with 27 abstentions on the measure sponsored by Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown. That means the Legislature won't be able to act on the bill until next year.

22. Top residential real estate transactions for first quarter 2015 -

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

23. Parent trigger proposal fails this session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools has failed this session.

Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown, the sponsor of the measure, asked Monday for the Senate Finance Committee to place the legislation on its calendar for next year. It failed last year, and the year before.

24. Top February 2015 residential real estate transactions -

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

25. Is ‘getting rid of public schools’ Legislature’s goal? -

Are Tennessee’s public schools headed for extinction? Not if it’s up to Memphis teachers.

A group from Shelby County recently packed a House committee meeting room at the Legislative Plaza in an effort to turn back bills they consider damaging to their profession and the future of public education.

26. Nashville DA to pay back state for controversial job -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk says he will reimburse the state of Tennessee for a controversial part-time job he was given before becoming D.A. that allowed him to get a good deal on the state's pension plan and health insurance for him and his family.

27. Eliminating Hall income tax raises new problems -

Republican lawmakers are lining up legislation to reduce or phase out Tennessee’s Hall income tax on investments, even though Gov. Bill Haslam is concerned about losing revenue amid the state’s economic ups and downs.

28. Bid to block health exchange in Tennessee seen as 'overkill' -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.

29. Kelsey’s new voucher plan looks a lot like Haslam’s -

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

But it is hardly etched in stone.

30. House majority leader says Tennessee voucher plan has a shot -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A top state House lawmaker says he believes a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee may pass this year after failing in the past two legislative sessions.

Republican House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, a day after legislation that gives parents the option to move a child from a failing public school to a private school passed the Senate Education Committee on a 5-1 vote. Two committee members were present but didn't vote.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. Haslam makes Insure Tennessee case to lawmakers -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam told lawmakers Monday evening that his proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans is needed to improve lives and fix a "broken health care system."

34. 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.

35. Haslam makes Insure Tennessee case to lawmakers -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam told lawmakers Monday evening that his proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans is needed to improve lives and fix a "broken health care system."

36. AG: Tennessee has right to cancel Medicaid expansion -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal Medicaid officials and the state's attorney general on Tuesday confirmed that Tennessee could end Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cover 200,000 low-income people without penalty.

37. Tennessee AG: Ban on beer signs unlikely to survive challenge -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal Medicaid officials and the state's attorney general on Tuesday confirmed that Tennessee could end Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cover 200,000 low-income people without penalty.

38. Bill would require racial profiling ban in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — All of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies would have to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling, under legislation introduced in the General Assembly.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis.

39. Bill would require racial profiling ban in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would require all of the state's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis. Kelsey said in a release Thursday that the measure comes in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the demonstrations that have followed a grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

40. Haslam, lawmakers prep for judge selection change -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republicans in the General Assembly are putting forward plans for how to select Tennessee Supreme Court justices under a constitutional amendment ratified by voters this week.

41. Haslam, lawmakers prep for judge selection change -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republicans in the General Assembly are putting forward plans for how to select Supreme Court justices under a constitutional amendment ratified by voters this week.

42. Tennessee voters pass abortion, other amendments -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee voters Tuesday approved a constitutional change that will give state lawmakers more power to regulate abortion and also gave a nod to three other amendments on the ballot, including one that will give the Legislature more power over the selection of judges.

43. Changing state constitution no easy task -

Amending Tennessee’s Constitution isn’t as rare as it was in the state’s first 200 years, and yet it remains a tough, drawn-out task, even if the most popular process, the legislative method, is used.

44. Why are Tennesseans so afraid of a state income tax? -

The odds of an income tax becoming a reality in Tennessee – one of the nation’s lowest-taxed states – are slim to none.

Yet Murfreesboro resident Ethel Hawkins says she plans to vote against Amendment 3 when she goes to the polls in the Nov. 4 election.

45. Top September 2014 residential real estate transactions -

Top September 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

46. Haslam presses ahead on Medicaid expansion talks -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still in talks over finding a way to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite pushback from fellow Republicans in the state Legislature.

The governor said in a conference call with reporters after meetings with bond rating agencies in New York on Thursday that he wants to find a solution that is acceptable both to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to largely skeptical lawmakers in Tennessee, who must approve any deal under a law passed earlier this year.

47. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions August 2014 -

Top August 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

48. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions July 2014 -

Top July 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

49. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transaction for June 2014 -

Top June 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

50. Bill passes that would help felons get jobs -

NASHVILLE (AP) - It took five weeks, dozens of applications and one rejection after another for convicted felon Jennifer Cunningham to find a low-paying job in a restaurant. The Spencer, Tenn., woman is hoping that a bill that was just passed in the legislature might give her the opportunity for a better job in the future.

51. Panel advances parent trigger bill in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school is advancing in the Senate.

The so-called parent trigger legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was approved 8-1 in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

52. Bill to allow AG to investigate corruption fails -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation that would allow the state's attorney general to investigate public corruption has likely failed this session.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was defeated 13-12 on Monday when it failed to get the 17 votes needed for passage.

53. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for February 2014 -

Top February 2014 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

54. Panel member: Politics affect decisions on judges -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A leading conservative member of the commission that evaluates Tennessee's appellate judges says the panel was influenced by partisan politics in deciding whether a judge on the state's highest court was fit to serve.

55. With no Democrats to irritate, legislators turn on Haslam -

While the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly is taking away powers from local governments, they are also trying to take away some executive powers from the governor. Not even Gov. Haslam is safe from the power grab.

56. Senate passes Medicaid legislative approval bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate on Thursday voted to require Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite the Republican governor's repeated assurances that he would first seek their OK for any arrangement.

57. Senate passes Medicaid legislative approval bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that requires Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee has passed the Senate even though the Republican governor has already said he would consult with lawmakers.

58. Lawmakers seek compromise on school voucher bill -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers trying to decide on a limited school voucher program in Tennessee or a broader one say they're close to reaching an agreement on legislation.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville is carrying a proposal for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam that's limited to students from low-income families attending the bottom 5 percent of failing schools. He had that measure withdrawn last year when Senate Republicans sought to expand to a larger number of children.

59. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for January 2013 -

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

60. Senate school voucher bill delayed -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate version of a bill to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has been delayed to allow sponsors of the measure and a competing version to try to work out differences.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. Judge rules judicial evaluation commission invalid -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Nashville judge ruled on Tuesday that the panel that evaluates Tennessee's appellate judges is invalid because it does not have enough female members.

According to state law, the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is supposed to have about the same percentage of women and minority members as the state's population as a whole. But while Tennessee's population is roughly 52 percent women and 48 percent men, the commission is made up of two women and seven men, meaning women make up only about 22 percent of the panel.

66. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Dec. 2013 -

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

67. 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.

68. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for Oct. 2013 -

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

69. 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.

70. Tennessee Republicans at odds over shutdown blame -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly appear to be at odds about who will be blamed for the shutdown of the federal government.

The Republican caucus in the state Senate on Tuesday sent a letter to President Barack Obama, claiming that the president and his Democratic allies in the U.S. Senate are behind the move to close down parts of the federal government to protect the new health care law.

71. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for August 2013 -

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

72. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for July 2013 -

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

73. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for May 2013 -

Top May 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, 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.

74. Carrie Underwood takes video of year at CMT Awards -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Carrie Underwood's awesome week got off to a roaring start at the CMT Music Awards.

Underwood won top honor video of the year Wednesday night for "Blown Away," capping the evening with an emotional tribute to Oklahoma tornado victims before taking the fan-voted award for the second year in a row. Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line were the night's top winners with two awards apiece.

75. Republicans push amendments to reshape constitution -

The Tennessee Constitution is designed to be difficult to change.

But that doesn’t stop legislators from trying.

More than a dozen constitutional amendments were introduced by lawmakers at the just-completed session of the state legislature.

76. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for March 2013 -

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

77. Most top issues decided as session hits final lap -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The path may have been rocky at times for the new Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, but leaders are pleased that many of the most contentious issues have been decided as lawmakers enter the final few weeks of the session.

78. Haslam voucher bill dead this session -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican leader carrying Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create school vouchers in Tennessee said he's decided to let it die this session because he's tired of the "gamesmanship."

79. GOP lawmakers seek to back away from 'fringe' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Before a House vote to give final approval to a contentious firearms bill last week, Speaker Beth Harwell implored her Republican colleagues to ignore demands from what she deemed "fringe" groups to make major changes to the measure.

80. Senate rejects ban on feds enforcing gun laws -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill seeking to make it a crime to enforce federal firearms laws in Tennessee has failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet received a 4-4 vote on the panel Wednesday. Bills must earn a majority to advance.

81. Senate approves judicial selection amendment -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to refuse the governor's appointments to appeals courts in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 29-2 in favor of the resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown. If the measure passes the House by a two-thirds margin, it will go on the ballot in next year's general election.

82. Senate approves judicial selection amendment -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give lawmakers the power to refuse the governor's appointments to appeals courts in Tennessee.

The chamber voted 29-2 on Thursday in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown. If the resolution passes the House by a two-thirds margin, it will go on the ballot in next year's general election.

83. Voucher plan is gearing up in Tennessee Legislature -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tiffany Clay says she wants to give her sons the best education possible, and that's why the Memphis mother favors a proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.

84. Senate votes to place income tax ban on ballot -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to place proposed constitutional amendments to ban a state income tax before Tennessee voters.

The chamber approved the measure on a 26-4 vote, and if the House concurs, it would be placed on the ballot in next year's general election.

85. Senate votes to place income tax ban on ballot -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to place a proposed constitutional amendment to ban a state income tax before Tennessee voters.

The chamber approved the measure on a 26-4 vote, and if the House concurs, it would be placed on the ballot in next year's general election.

86. Votes expected today on constitutional amendments -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state Senate is expected to vote on two constitutional amendments today.

Both measures are sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown.

87. Bill shielding anonymous commenters passes Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A measure to block courts from granting subpoenas for identities of anonymous commenters on news websites has passed the Senate.

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown was unanimously approved 32-0 on Wednesday. The companion bill was also scheduled to be heard Wednesday in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

88. Time in D.C. helps shape Kelsey’s political philosophy -

State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Memphis) came to politics young, specifically as a second-year law student.

Today, at age 35, he sits in a unique position, sponsoring not one but two amendments to the Tennessee Constitution that appear likely to pass the legislature.

89. Ramsey: Senate delays bill to ban Medicaid growth -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican lawmakers are putting the brakes on a bill seeking to bar Tennessee from expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville announced the move at a legislative preview session Thursday hosted by The Associated Press and the Tennessee Press Association. He said he persuaded fellow Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown to park his bill to block the expansion.

90. Ramsey: Senate delays bill to ban Medicaid growth -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says fellow Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey has agreed to delay consideration of a bill seeking to ban the state from participating in Medicaid expansion under the federal health care overhaul.

91. Bill to allow governor to select appellate judges -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to amend the state constitution to allow the governor to appoint appellate judges is headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Brian Kelsey, a Germantown Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, passed the committee 8-1 on Tuesday and is being scheduled for a full Senate vote.

92. Senate panel sends income tax ban to floor vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment to explicitly ban a state income tax to a full floor vote.

The panel voted 9-1 on Tuesday to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown that would also ban a state or local payroll tax.

93. Proposal seeks to block state Medicaid expansion -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Senate Republicans are proposing legislation that seeks to prevent expansion of the state Medicaid program under provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law.

The measure, called the "TennCare Fiscal Responsibility Act," was filed Thursday by Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and has 15 Senate co-sponsors. A similar version of the proposal was filed last week in the House.

94. Brewers call for freezing Tennessee beer taxes -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The brewing industry wants Tennessee lawmakers to declare last call on the state's ballooning beer taxes.

A bill unveiled Wednesday wouldn't cause the state to lose its ranking as having the highest-taxed beer in the country, but it would halt future increases tied to rising costs and inflation.

95. Committee shakeups seen as bad omen for wine-in-groceries proponents -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Thursday replaced the chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee with a key ally, while some opponents of a proposal to allow wine sales in grocery stores lauded committee assignments in the lower chamber.

96. Top chairwoman out in Senate committee shakeup -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has replaced the chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee with a key ally, while assignments to House panels have cast doubt on the prospects of the latest effort to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores.

97. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for November 2012 -

November 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

98. Top residential real estate transactions for September 2012 -

September 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

99. Top residential real estate transactions for August 2012 -

August 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

100. Top residential real estate transactions for June, 2012 -

June 2012 real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, 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.