Entries by Center Hill Sun

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Upper Cumberland Lawmaker Set to Become TN House Speaker

Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton has been nominated by the GOP caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives to serve as the chamber’s highest ranking officer. The House’s supermajority-strong Republican bloc met in Nashville Wednesday to select a replacement for Glen Casada, who is stepping down as a result of a sex, drugs and racism texting […]

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Haslam Not Running for U.S. Senate

Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has decided he won’t seek to replace retiring United States Sen. Lamar Alexander in the 2020 election. An op-ed written by Haslam appeared on the Tennessean’s website Thursday announcing the decision not run. Both Haslam and Alexander are Republicans, and each served two terms as the Tennessee state government’s highest […]

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New ‘Business Development’ Division Created in Tennessee Ag Department

The state Department of Agriculture is renaming one of its divisions, and in the process restructuring it under the hopes of better helping agriculture- and forestry-related businesses grow and prosper in Tennessee. The Agriculture Advancement Division of the department will now be known as the Business Development Division. A press release issued from the department […]

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‘Constitutional Carry’ Taking Effect in Kentucky

Tennessee lagging behind neighbors in gun-rights protection This past winter, the Kentucky Legislature approved a new provision allowing any law-abiding citizen in the state to carry a concealed firearm without first having to obtain a government permit. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in March, takes effect this week. The refashioned statutory language […]

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State Reaches Settlement with TVA Over Gallatin Coal Plant Waste

Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, June 13, 2019: TVA must move material from coal ash ponds to a lined landfill or recycle it NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III today announced a settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) […]

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Toddler Drowns at Cummins Falls

The body of a 2-year-old boy was recovered Monday morning from the Blackburn Fork River at Cummins Falls State Park. J.R. Tinch, assistant chief ranger with the Tennessee Park Service, said during a press conference Monday morning that the boy and members of his family were attempting to exit the gorge Sunday afternoon as waters […]

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State Adjusts Rules on TN Hemp Growers

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has announced that updated rules and modified permitting requirements are being applied to the state’s budding hemp-growing industry. In a department press release issued Monday, state ag commissioner Charlie Hatch said hemp regulations have been changing at the federal level, and as a result Tennessee is “updating our program rules […]

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TN Promise Students Can Pick Up Community Service Hours at State Parks

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, June 3, 2019: Most Tennessee Promise Saturday events are on June 22 NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events at 54 of the 56 state parks for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours. Most of the events are on Saturday, June 22. “This […]

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Casada Announces Plans to Step Down as House Speaker

Following a no-confidence delivered by the Republican caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives yesterday, Speaker Glen Casada has announced he will no longer serve as the the lower-chamber’s top legislative officer. Casada, R-Franklin, issued a statement Tuesday saying he wants to “facilitate a smooth transition” to a new speaker. Gov. Bill Lee, who said […]