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White House

(Mike Osborne)  --  Gov. Bill Lee fired off a letter to Washington D.C. on Thursday, requesting Senate hearings concerning what he calls “the current border crisis.”

The governor also wants those hearings to “address the Biden Administration’s failure to provide notice and transparency in their movements of unaccompanied migrant children into states.”

Davidson County Courts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Tennessee judge who drew backlash from Republican lawmakers for ordering an expansion of absentee voting during the COVID-19 pandemic won’t seek reelection next year.

This week, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle informed members of the Nashville Bar Association that this will be her last term after 27 years in office. She also noted that she made the decision last year, before Republican lawmakers tried, but failed, to remove her from office.


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

Officials announced the proposal at a meeting Wednesday of the state’s Financial Accountability Stimulus Group. The state group is proposing to lift the cap on payments per business from $30,000 to $100,000, saying more than 1,100 businesses showed that they lost more than $30,000 during the pandemic.


  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court will listen to arguments over whether to uphold a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions in Tennessee.

The court is scheduled to listen to the arguments on Wednesday.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the waiting period earlier this year amid a lengthy battle challenging a 2015 Tennessee law that required women to make two trips to an abortion clinic.

The first trip was for mandatory counseling and then another for the abortion at least 48 hours later.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Workers in Memphis, Tennessee have begun the process of digging up the remains of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The remains of the former slave trader and his wife are being moved to a museum hundreds of miles away.

The park in Memphis used to bear the name of the early Ku Klux Klan leader.

The Forrests' remains were already disinterred once, in 1904, and reburied under an equestrian statue of the calvalryman.