Lee signs 3 executive orders on ethics, transparency

Business 01/24/19, 18:33

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's newly signed executive orders show that he will largely follow his Republican predecessor's footsteps when it comes to ethics disclosure, transparency and non-discrimination employment practices.Lee announced Thursday that the executive orders both underscore the state's current approach to all three issues, but also expand state policies ...

Clemency decision on Cyntoia Brown sparks praise, political questions

U.S. 01/08/19, 18:17

The Tennessee governor's decision to grant clemency to a woman who killed a man when she was 16 had the potential to pit political interests against widespread support for her cause. Yet the governor says the decision came down to doing the "right thing." Outgoing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday ...

Clemency granted to woman sentenced to life at age 16

U.S. 01/07/19, 14:00

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency on Monday to a woman serving a life sentence for murder who says she was a victim of sex trafficking.The outgoing Republican governor, whose term ends in just two weeks, chose to show mercy to the now 30-year-old Cyntoia Brown by releasing her Aug. ...

State lawmakers urge clemency for woman convicted as teen

U.S. 12/14/18, 16:16

Several Democratic Tennessee lawmakers are urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to grant clemency to a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.Newly elected Nashville Sen. Brenda Gilmore led a group Friday calling for 30-year-old Cyntoia Brown's freedom.Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and other celebrities have supported ...

Electric chair builder worried Tennessee execution will fail

U.S. 10/30/18, 15:58

If Tennessee electrocutes Edmund Zagorski, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system. Fred Leuchter (LOOT'-cher) fell out of favor with corrections departments nationwide after he claimed there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. It also came ...

Out of power for years, Tennessee Democrats see some hope

Politics 10/24/18, 12:06

Tennessee Democrats know something about disappointment. The last time voters chose a governor, the party pinned its hopes on a longshot punchline named Charlie Brown, who was trounced by 30 percentage points.Two years before that, the Democrat who unexpectedly bested a weak primary field for a U.S. Senate seat was ...

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