politics and Government


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Tennessee can begin outlawing abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

The ruling Friday also said Tennessee can prohibit an abortion if it’s based on the race or gender of the fetus.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee enacted the so-called “reason bans” earlier this year as part of a sweeping anti-abortion measure. The law was automatically blocked from being implemented by a lower court.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would no longer prohibit parents from refusing vaccinations of their children under a newly filed proposal as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Tennessee law currently allows parents to cite several exemptions to not immunize their children as long as the state isn't in an epidemic. Two Republican lawmakers want those exceptions removed, allowing parents to opt out of school-required vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill also would allow parents to cite “right of conscience” as a reason not to immunize their children.


(Associated Press) -- Federal regulators have fined the nation’s largest public utility more than $900,000 for violating procedures during the startup of a Tennessee nuclear reactor and subsequently misleading investigators.

Two managers and a plant operator who worked at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Barr Nuclear Plant in Spring City were also issued violations by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — The conservative group working to repeal Nashville’s 34 percent tax increase is writing a new referendum petition.

This second repeal effort comes just one week after a Davidson County judge scuttled the first referendum.

Some 20,000 Nashville residents signed the petition, but Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle called document “defective in form” and “facially unconstitutional.”


  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Senate Republicans have declared the presidential election far from over and announced their support of President Donald Trump’s baseless accusations of fraud and voting irregularities that he says caused him to lose the election.

The state GOP's letter, published Tuesday, also cited what it called voter “irregularities” in a handful of critical states but did not give any examples.

Instead, the letter encouraged the situation to be “thoroughly investigated” in the courts.