NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Gov. Bill Lee has added well over half-a-billion dollars in new spending to his state budget plan for the coming fiscal year.

In a press statement released Tuesday, Lee says $580 million in additional spending has been made possible by higher than expected tax collections.


LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee woman and her mother were fatally shot by the woman’s estranged husband, who was later found dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound.

Lebanon police say 31-year-old Marie Varsos and 60-year-old Deborah Sisco were found shot to death inside Sisco’s home around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Police say Marie Varsos’ estranged husband, Shaun, broke into Sisco’s home armed with a shotgun. Police say one of the women shot and wounded Shaun Varsos before he killed both women.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans are backing a bill that would remove background checks and training requirements for people seeking to carry a handgun.

The push comes over objections from law enforcement advocacy groups, including the Tennessee Sheriff's Association and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Republican lawmakers' support for the bill reflects an uncomfortable tension between GOP leaders’ tendency to effusively praise law enforcement at almost every turn while ignoring criticism those same officials have lodged against the legislation.

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee and several other states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous.

Fifteen states already allow concealed carry without a permit, and lawmakers in nine others have proposed allowing or expanding the practice.

Most states require people to do things like get weapons training and undergo a background check to get a permit to carry a gun hidden by a jacket or inside a purse.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  At least five Tennesseans have now been arrested in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Nashville resident  Blake Austin Reed* was arrested by the FBI Sunday. The agency says it has a social media photo of the 35-year-old Reed inside the capitol.

Gallatin resident Jack Griffith was arrested Saturday. Authorities say a tip helped them tie Griffith to social media photos under a different name taken inside the capitol.