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1. State election office aided push to oust Judge Lyle over voting ruling -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's elections coordinator helped Republican lawmakers as they crafted an effort to get rid of a judge who ruled last year to expand absentee voting, raising ethical concerns about separation of powers.

2. Tennessee: 28 of 95 counties now have paper trail for voting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say 28 of 95 counties now have voting machines that leave a paper trail, and more are planning to buy them.

Tennessee Elections Coordinator Mark Goins told a state Senate panel Tuesday the number is up from just three counties in 2010.

3. Tennessee's 11 electors cast ballot for Trump, Pence -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's 11 representatives to the Electoral College on Monday cast their vote for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

4. Suit: Tennessee makes it too hard to restore voting rights -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's path for those convicted of a felony to restore their right to vote has not only silenced Black voters but also contains constitutional and federal law violations, a newly filed federal lawsuit alleges.

5. Tennessee: Record 3 million votes cast in general election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say Tennessee has easily broken the 2008 record for voter turnout with more than 3 million ballots cast in this year's November general election.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office says the turnout represents more than 68% of registered voters.

6. Tennessee offers post office absentee drop-offs until Nov. 3 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee voters now can drop off completed absentee ballots until Election Day afternoon at one post office location in every county, according to a list recently posted on the secretary of state's website.

7. Tennessee draws 19,000 applicants to be poll workers -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has drawn more than 19,000 applicants willing to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic as poll workers.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office says the response was so overwhelming that some county election administrators filled all their positions and haven't yet had the chance to follow up with additional applicants.

8. District Attorneys General Conference names deputy director -

Former Davidson County prosecutor Zoe K. Sams has been named deputy director of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference. Most recently, she served as the director of legislation and Safe Baby Court statewide coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Children Services.

9. Judge: Decision on voting rights suit may come after primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Thursday cast doubt on an attempt to allow people to participate in the state's upcoming primary election if they've had their voting rights restored after being convicted of a felony out of state.

10. Felons convicted out-of-state fight to restore voting rights -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Voter rights advocates filed a lawsuit in Tennessee on Wednesday demanding that top election officials allow people to participate in elections if they've had their voting rights restored after being convicted of a felony out of state.

11. Groups: Absentee ruling didn't exclude new Tennessee voters -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Voting rights groups argue that Tennessee's continued enforcement of a state law barring many first-time voters from casting absentee ballots doesn't comply with a judge's ruling that all eligible voters can vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

12. State: Tennessee counties all have updated mail voting info -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's elections coordinator says all 95 counties have updated their websites or written materials to reflect a judge's ruling that every eligible voter can choose to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

13. State: Tennessee counties all have updated mail voting info -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's elections coordinator says all 95 counties have updated their websites or written materials to reflect a judge's ruling that every eligible voter can choose to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

14. Counties told to use new mail voting info, per court order -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee election officials on Monday distributed guidance required by a judge for counties to update their absentee voting information to reflect a court-ordered voting-by-mail option for all eligible voters during the coronavirus pandemic.

15. Tennessee makes mail voting form changes ordered by judge -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee election officials on Thursday made changes to the absentee voting application, a move ordered when a judge scolded them for making their own edits after she required a universal mail-in voting option during the coronavirus pandemic.

16. State, groups clash over compliance in vote-by-mail ruling -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Attorneys for voting rights groups want Tennessee officials held in contempt of court over claims they have not immediately let all Tennessee voters get ballots to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic as ordered.

17. Tennessee official: Fear of virus not reason to vote by mail -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fear of contracting the coronavirus doesn't meet the criteria to vote by mail due to illness in Tennessee, state officials said Tuesday, as they recommended preparing as though all 1.4 million registered voters who are at least 60 will cast ballots by mail in the August primary election.

18. Will Tennesseans go to the polls or the mailbox? -

Will this year’s voters chat with neighbors and familiar poll workers before they press on computer screens to make their choices?

Or will they stand 6 feet apart and sanitize their hands before entering a room where people in masks, gloves and possibly gowns show them how to vote while touching as little as possible?

19. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for 2019 -

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

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for the 2010s -

Top residential real estate sales during the 2010s 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.

23. Judge blocks Tennessee voter signup penalties, citing harm -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Tennessee's new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1, saying Thursday that any benefit of the law won't likely outweigh its potential harm.

24. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for second quarter 2019 -

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

25. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for May 2019 -

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

26. New Tennessee law punishes voter signup missteps; suit filed -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's governor signed GOP-backed legislation Thursday that would likely make his state the first to fine voter registration groups for turning in too many incomplete signup forms, prompting a federal lawsuit and protests by critics who said it would suppress efforts to register minorities and other voters.

27. Tennessee Senate OKs bill to punish voter signup missteps -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee could penalize paid voter registration groups with fines for too many incomplete signup forms and criminal penalties for submitting registration forms too late, under legislation passed Thursday by the state Senate.

28. Tennessee House OKs bill to penalize voter signup groups -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee could penalize some paid voter registration groups with fines for too many faulty signups and criminal charges for violating new requirements under a proposal passed by the House on Monday.

29. Tennessee bill penalizes paid voter signup groups' problems -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislation backed by Tennessee Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett has been amended to provide for fines or misdemeanors only if voter registration groups violating the proposal's new restrictions pay their workers.

30. Tennessee bill would allow some local instant runoff voting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to let Tennessee's four biggest cities decide whether to allow instant runoff voting in local nonpartisan contests is advancing.

A House panel approved Republican Rep. Michael Curcio's bill Wednesday, with a yet-to-be-completed amendment pending.

31. Tennessee bill stiffens penalties on voter signup group woes -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Groups that help register Tennessee voters could face fines or misdemeanors under new restrictions in a bill advancing through the Legislature.

Republican Rep. Tim Rudd's bill calls for class A misdemeanors if, knowingly or intentionally, workers are paid based on voter-signup quotas; state training isn't completed; or completed voter registration forms aren't shipped within 10 days of registration drives.

32. Tennessee counties eye vote paper trail; state stays neutral -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Amid growing national concerns about election security, Tennessee's three largest counties plan to begin using voting machines that produce a verifiable paper trail in time for the presidential primaries in March 2020, whether the Republican-led state requires it or not.

33. Bill would require election officials to resign before running -

Democrats in the state legislature are pushing a bill that would force the secretary of state to vacate the office if that official decides to run for public office.

The move follows several recent contests in which secretaries of state have been accused of gaming the electoral systems they oversee while running for office. The most notable controversy was in the Georgia governor’s race, when Democrat Stacey Abrams lost her bid last year to become the state’s first African-American governor. She ran against then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

34. Judge dismisses Tennessee instant runoff voting lawsuit -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to deem instant runoff voting legal in Tennessee, noting that an administrative challenge on the topic remains unresolved.

This week, Davidson County Chancellor Anne Martin dismissed the lawsuit by several prospective Memphis city council candidates and IRV Memphis, Inc. against state elections coordinator Mark Goins and Shelby County's Election Commission.

35. Tennessee lawsuit wants instant runoff voting ruled legal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawsuit urges a judge to deem instant runoff voting legal in the state.

Several prospective Memphis city council candidates and IRV Memphis, Inc. sued state elections coordinator Mark Goins and the Shelby County Election Commission earlier this month.

36. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for September 2018 -

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

37. McCormick: No scandal, at least no evidence of any -

Mercurial Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick went from kicking ass to kicking back. Only three days after saying his now-former Democratic opponent, David Jones, would realize how little he has in common with District 26 in Chattanooga “when he gets his ass beat in November,” McCormick abruptly announced he would not seek re-election this year and would be leaving the House effective Oct. 1.

38. Tennessee House speaker contender won't seek re-election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A longtime Tennessee lawmaker who had expressed interest in running for House speaker says he won't seek re-election.

Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press he will withdraw from his House race Monday and will resign Oct. 1 to take a full-time job with Asa Engineering and Consulting in Nashville.

39. 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.

40. State voters have more to fear than Russian meddling -

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.

After we had some Mexican grub, we went to Kroger to find a flick. As we perused the selections, my friend said, “What about a Russian spy movie?” To which his girlfriend (future wife, now ex-wife) whined, “John, you know I don’t speak Russian.” (His name is changed to protect the innocent.)

41. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for August 2017 -

Top residential real estate sales, August 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

42. Tennessee bill outlawing sanctuary cities dead for year -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill that would outlaw and block funding for immigrant-protecting sanctuary cities is dead for the year.

On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Tilman Goins of Morristown delayed consideration of the bill until 2018.

43. Tennessee bill outlawing sanctuary cities dead for year -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee bill that would outlaw and block funding for immigrant-protecting sanctuary cities is dead for the year.

On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Tilman Goins of Morristown delayed consideration of the bill until 2018.

44. Tennessee electors unanimously vote for Trump for president -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's 11 presidential electors on Monday cast their ballots for Republican Donald Trump amid protesters demanding they stray from their legal obligation to support the candidate who carried the state.

45. Did ‘people back home’ really sway no votes on Bible? -

I thought about skipping church Sunday and playing golf. After listening to the House of Representatives’ debate on the Bible bill, I could probably skip church for a month and still be in good standing.

46. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for February 2016 -

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

47. Students challenge Tennessee over voter identification law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A group of Tennessee college students wants a federal court to require the state to accept their school identification cards as valid voter identification.

The out-of-state students attending Fisk University and Tennessee State University say in the lawsuit filed in Nashville on Wednesday they would like to vote in Tennessee but lack proper ID. Tennessee will not accept identification cards from other states nor will it accept student identification cards from Tennessee colleges and universities.

48. Libertarian candidate will appear as independent -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Libertarian Party of Tennessee's candidate for governor has lost a bid to have his party affiliation appear next to his name on the ballot, according to court records. Instead, those wishing to vote for Daniel Lewis will see him listed as an independent.

49. 'I Voted' stickers feature GOP name in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - No matter how Tennessee voters cast their ballots, they'll be offered "I Voted" stickers featuring the name of a key Republican who's not running for office - yet.

The stickers - red and shaped like Tennessee - prominently display the words "Secretary of State Tre Hargett." They'll be handed out beginning with the start of early voting next week for the Nov. 4 election.

50. Diversified Trust expands Nashville leadership team -

Diversified Trust, an employee-owned, southeast-based comprehensive wealth management firm that manages more than $5 billion in client assets, has announced the hiring of three senior professionals in its Nashville office: Adam Dretler, senior vice president, Lamar Stanley, vice president, Katie Williams, vice president

51. Review of Nashville voting says 2 races marred -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A state review of election problems in Davidson County has concluded the outcomes of two 2012 primary elections could have been influenced by voting technology bungling.

After the problems came to light, the State Election Commission asked state election coordinator Mark Goins to conduct an investigation.

52. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for March 2013 -

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

53. Bill to ban cameras in polling places withdrawn -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill seeking to ban cameras in polling places has died for the year amid concerns that voters wouldn't be able to document problems.

Republican Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster withdrew the bill Tuesday after lengthy debate spanning several meetings of the House State Government Committee.

54. Review finds few potential non-citizen voters -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Davidson County Election Commission member's statement that the motor voter law had let thousands of non-residents register as voters locally hasn't held up in a state review.

At a March 24 meeting of the election commission, Steve Abernathy said there could be 3,000 to 10,000 non-citizens on the voter rolls in the county.

55. Campfield defiant, unapologetic in deposition -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Sen. Stacey Campfield has given a deposition in which he is unapologetic for posting false information about a Democratic candidate on his blog, dismissive of the possibility of paying damages for that and belittling of the technological skills of fellow lawmakers.

56. Top commercial real estate transactions for 2012 -

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

57. 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.

58. Court to reconsider Tennessee 3rd party ballot access -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A lower court must reconsider whether Tennessee law makes it too difficult for third parties to get on the ballot, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

In February, U.S. District Judge William Haynes Jr. struck down state rules requiring third-party candidates for high-level offices to be selected through a primary. He also struck down a requirement that the parties and candidates collect about 40,000 signatures and turn them in seven months before the election.

59. Thursday is last day for early voting in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee election officials are hoping to break another record when the early voting period ends on Thursday, but they acknowledge remnants of superstorm Sandy could affect voter turnout in the northeastern part of the state.

60. Nashville judge upholds photo voter ID law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge in Nashville has held Tennessee's voter identification statute constitutional.

The Tennessean reported the ruling by Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Carol McCoy came Wednesday.

61. Metro Council members want ballot audit -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Four members of the Metro Nashville Council will ask that the city withhold $400,000 for more electronic poll books after a several prominent Democrats were given Republican ballots in the primary.

62. State will check Davidson County voter histories -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee election officials will review the voting histories of Davidson County residents as they look into how primary ballots were provided to voters.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/NWJa2d ), state election coordinator Mark Goins said the comparison could help determine whether some voters who did not express a party preference were provided with the Republican ballot on Aug. 2.

63. Judge won't void US Senate Democratic primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday refused to void the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed.

District Judge Kevin Sharp cited among the reasons for his refusal that the plaintiff, Larry Crim, was lacking certain filings and that there were errors in others. For instance, the Tennessee Division of Elections was named as a defendant instead of an individual, which should have been the election coordinator.

64. Judge won't void US Senate Democratic primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday refused to void the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed.

District Judge Kevin Sharp cited among the reasons for his refusal that the plaintiff, Larry Crim, was lacking certain filings and that there were errors in others. For instance, the Tennessee Division of Elections was named as a defendant instead of an individual, which should have been the election coordinator.

65. Judge asked to stop Tennessee vote certification -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal judge will consider Thursday whether to stop Tennessee from certifying the vote in this month's U.S. Senate Democratic primary election.

Fourth-place finisher Larry Crim sued the Tennessee Democratic Party, its executive committee and state chairman, Chip Forrester, plus the Tennessee Division of Elections in federal court on Wednesday and asked for an emergency ruling. Federal Judge Kevin Sharp set a hearing for Thursday morning to consider whether to stop the vote certification.

66. Democrats seek details on Tenn. voting problems -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrats in the state House have written a letter to elections officials seeking to find out how many people were given improper ballots or were otherwise prevented from voting in the Aug. 2 primary.

67. Election coordinator: No time for new Democratic primary -

NASHVILLE (AP) - There isn't enough time to hold another primary following the state Democratic Party's disavowal of its U.S. Senate nominee, State Election Coordinator Mark Goins said Tuesday.

The state party has said it rejects the vocally anti-gay platform of nominee Mark Clayton, who received nearly 50,000 votes, or twice the number of his nearest competitor in a field of seven little-known candidates to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Bob Corker in November.

68. TBI probing whether voters turned away in Rhea -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is probing whether Rhea County election officials illegally turned away voters they thought were Democrats.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, county election administrator Theresa Snyder said 10 voters with a history of voting in Democratic primary elections were barred from casting ballots in the Republican primary during early voting. Snyder claimed there is an orchestrated crossover voting campaign to back GOP challenger Ron Travis, who is running against state Rep. Jim Cobb in the 31st District.

69. GOP leaders brace for possible voter problems -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican leaders say they expect some problems may arise from recent changes in electoral procedures when early voting starts Friday in Tennessee, but they hope to have the wrinkles ironed out by the general election in November.

70. GOP leaders brace for possible voter problems -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican leaders say they expect some problems may arise from recent changes in electoral procedures when early voting starts Friday in Tennessee, but they hope to have the wrinkles ironed out by the general election in November.

71. Special master sought in missing voter files case -

NASHVILLE (AP) - State elections officials and lawyers for Democratic plaintiffs in a voter purge lawsuit have agreed to ask a federal judge to appoint a special master to look into missing voter files.

72. Top commercial real estate transactions for April 2012 -

Top commercial sales for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson 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.

73. Effort to repeal voter ID law fails in Tenn Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to repeal Tennessee's new voter ID law has stalled in the Legislature after being killed by a Senate panel on Tuesday.

Members of the Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 3-6 against the measure sponsored by Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Lowe Finney of Jackson. The companion bill was to be heard in a similar committee later in the House.

74. House panel advances effort to repeal voter ID law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A House panel on Wednesday advanced a Democratic proposal to repeal Tennessee's new voter ID law, though Republican leaders and state election officials expressed confidence that the measure soon will meet its demise.

75. Former congressman files voting rights lawsuit -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis filed a federal class-action lawsuit Monday against Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and two other top state officials seeking voting rights restored to him and others he says were wrongfully purged from the rolls.

76. Judge considers suit over third party ballot rules -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal judge is considering a request for a ruling that favors two political parties that say Tennessee laws make it unconstitutionally hard for third parties to get their names on the ballots.

77. New Tenn. photo ID law could face challenge -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A requirement that Tennessee voters show photographic identification could be challenged in a lawsuit.

Unless or until there is legislative or court action to change the statute that took effect Jan. 1, it remains the law. Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goins said his office anticipates voters will be required to show a photo ID when they go to the polls for the March primary elections, according to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/vDVhs9).

78. AARP to help raise awareness about voter ID law -

NASHVILLE (AP) — AARP Tennessee is collaborating with the state's coordinator of elections to help people meet the requirements of a new law requiring photo identification to vote.

The two will hold a series of question and answer sessions around the state starting in Knoxville on Oct. 18. Elections Coordinator Mark Goins says he's grateful to AARP for its help in raising awareness about the new law.

79. State to purge noncitizen voters from its rolls -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new law designed to curb illegal voting by noncitizen residents has gone largely unnoticed, overshadowed by Tennessee's new voter identification law.

But the state elections office will soon compare the names of more than 20,000 noncitizens who hold Tennessee driver's licenses with voter registration records. Anyone listed as a noncitizen and registered to vote will be given 30 days to present proof of citizenship or be purged from the rolls.

80. Durbin: Tenn. voter ID law hampers ballot access -

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Jim Cooper are urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to take steps to ensure ballot access under Tennessee's new law requiring a photo ID to vote.