politics and Government


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Belmont University’s President Bob Fisher has announced that the school is still on track to host the third and final presidential debate later this month.

Fisher said in a statement Monday that the school is “fully committed” to working the Commission on Presidential Debates and will “follow their lead and guidance.”

The event is scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville.

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. The next debate is scheduled Oct. 15.

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Alumni at Barrett's undergrad school sign letter of concern

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court hopeful Amy Coney Barrett graduated with honors in 1994 from a small liberal arts school — Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

But more than 1,500 alumni are not proud of their school's ties to the conservative lawyer and judge.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  State officials have distributed $185 million in pandemic relief aid to Tennessee businesses, but Gov. Bill Lee’s Administration has declined to provide details.

Officials will say that some 25,000 companies received Tennessee Small Business Relief Program assistance. Seventy percent of the funding reportedly went to companies with annual gross sales of half-a-million dollars or less.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee law that required women undergoing drug-induced abortions be informed the procedure could be reversed.


The statute was about to go into effect Thursday after the GOP-dominant General Assembly advanced a sweeping anti-abortion measure earlier this year.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  Gov. Bill Lee has lost another legal round in his effort to launch a school voucher program.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a lower court decision declaring the voucher program unconstitutional. The lower court ruled against the plan because it only applies to Memphis and Nashville.

The Tennessean reported a three-member panel of the appellate court upheld that ruling Tuesday.

Under the plan, students in Davidson and Shelby school districts could use taxpayer dollars to pay for private education.