politics and Government


WASHINGTON, DC. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is expressing support for Dr. Anthony Fauci after President Donald Trump berated the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.

The president attacked Dr. Fauci on Twitter Monday in response to comments the doctor made Sunday night on the TV news program 60 Minutes.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Lee intends to extend an executive order that allows the majority of Tennessee’s counties the option to require face coverings in public as the state has seen coronavirus case counts grow.


Gillum Ferguson, Lee’s spokesman, confirmed Monday the executive order will be extended until the end of the year. The order — which applies to 89 out of the state’s 95 counties — was scheduled to expire at the end of the month.


Kristen Welker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — President Donald Trump has attacked the reporter who will moderate this week’s Nashville debate between the Republican president and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.


In a twitter post Saturday, Trump called NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker, “terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters.”


The president’s comment came on the same day Welker released the debate topics she’s chosen for Thursday’s face off at Belmont University.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a failed challenge of the federal refugee resettlement program by Tennessee’s Republican-led Legislature.

The court filed its denial earlier this week, letting a lower court ruling stand.

The Legislature asked the court to consider their challenge, which claimed the state shouldn’t be forced to spend money on Medicaid and other services for refugees.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The White House quietly told Tennessee early this week that a statewide mask mandate “must be implemented” to curb its growing spread of COVID-19.

The White House and Republican Gov. Bill Lee did not discuss the recommendations publicly before a report emerged in a records request and was first reported by WUOT-FM.

Lee has let counties decide whether to require masks in public.