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Confederate statues removed after Memphis sells public parks

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A private group headed by a county commissioner and fueled by anonymous donations bought two parks from the city of Memphis at little cost this week, allowing for the swift removal of two Confederate statues that had sparked conflict for years. Shelby ...

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Tennessee judge rules gay couples have equal parental rights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination, a judge ruled. Four married lesbian couples sued after the state passed a law that requires using the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words in state law. Gay ...

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New law will increase seat belt fines in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — Motorists who don’t buckle up in Tennessee will soon face a stiffer fine. A new law passed by state lawmakers and signed by the governor takes effect on Jan. 1. State law enforcement officials held a news conference on the steps of the state Capitol this week to ...

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Significant wage gaps exist among academic departments

The Tennessee Board of Regents reports the highest paid educator at APSU is President Alisa White, who makes $252,409, followed by Head Basketball Coach Dave Loos, who makes $208,603 annually. Assistant Professor of Allied Health Shelley Latchen and Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning Vicky Smith make the lowest teaching ...

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Haslam to promote free-tuition plan for Tennessee adults

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam will travel across the state this week to highlight an initiative for adults to attend a Tennessee college of applied technology free of tuition and fees. Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship program that was part of Haslam’s Tennessee Promise legislation passed last year. It ...

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Gloves coming off in fight over ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ law

NASHVILLE — The gloves are coming off in a legislative fight over efforts to repeal state guidelines about which spirits can be labeled as “Tennessee Whiskey.” Opponents of the 2013 law passed at the behest of Jack Daniel’s want key committees to vote Tuesday, April 7 to repeal the rules ...

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