Joel Ebert, The Tennessean

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The Tennessean

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Recent articles by Joel:

Gov. Bill Lee set to announce support for permitless carry legislation in broad expansion of Second Amendment rights

The governor is expected to make the announcement Thursday morning. → Read More

Hamblen County jail inmates faced with poor clothing, unsanitary conditions, new federal lawsuit contends

A new federal lawsuit was filed against Hamblen County over jail conditions. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 88: Talking with candidates, surrogates while looking ahead to Super Tuesday

On this episode, you'll hear from former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, businessman Tom Steyer and actress Ashley Judd, who is supporting U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee changes course, will pursue legislation to extend paid family leave to 38,000 state employees

Gov. Bill Lee made the announcement Wednesday. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 87: A fiery committee meeting over ESAs and a rash of lawsuits over new laws

This week, we sit down with The Tennessean's education reporter Jason Gonzales as he provides context about the House hearing. → Read More

'He's not going to bully me': Bloomberg focuses on Trump in his return to Nashville

Throughout his roughly 12-minute speech, Bloomberg peppered in several local references while making his pitch to an audience of an estimated 1,100 people. → Read More

'He's not going to bully me': Bloomberg focuses on Trump in his return to Nashville

During his speech, Bloomberg noted his unconventional campaign, which has taken him to 60 cities in 25 states over 11 weeks. → Read More

Top Republican leaders signal willingness to delay additional spending on Memphis Regional Megasite

The project is currently awaiting the construction of a 36-mile wastewater pipeline and water treatment facility. → Read More

Former U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley to headline fundraiser for Bill Hagerty's U.S. Senate bid

Nikki Haley will stump for Republican nominee BIll Hagerty on Feb. 18, according to an invitation obtained by The Tennessean. → Read More

The Bible the official book of Tennessee? Four years after a failed effort, a Republican lawmaker tries again

A Republican lawmaker has introduced a measure to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee. → Read More

In US Senate bid, Manny Sethi wants Tennessee Republicans to 'buck the establishment'

Many Sethi is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, is not seeking reelection. → Read More

Tennessee bill would let students have concealed handguns on public college campuses

Two Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that would give students the ability to carry a concealed weapon on campus. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 85: Analyzing Gov. Bill Lee's second State of the State and proposed $40 billion budget

On this episode, we break down the governor's speech from State of the State and analyze his proposed $40.8 billion budget. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee's budget proposal hits record $40.8 billion: Here's what's in it and what it means for Tennessee

Tennessee's proposed state budget hits a record $40.8 billion. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee will host donors during 'friends and family' reception at State of the State

The event will take place in the governor's executive suite at the Capitol on Monday night. → Read More

House leadership introduces bill to undo Gov. Bill Lee's refugee resettlement decision, require future oversight

Rep. Ron Gant, R-Rossville, who serves as assistant majority leader, introduced a bill that would require the Tennessee General Assembly to authorize refugee resettlement decisions → Read More

Donald Trump Jr. touts father's accomplishments, slams media and Democrats while stumping for Bill Hagerty

Trump Jr.'s appearance made him the first high profile speaker to visit Tennessee on behalf of Hagerty's campaign/ → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 84: Another go at voter rights restoration

This week on the podcast, Tori Venable, the state director of AFP-TN, breaks down the ongoing efforts for criminal justice reform. → Read More

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty's first TV ad highlights Trump endorsement, impeachment

Ex-U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty released his first television ad Monday, focusing on the ongoing impeachment effort of President Donald Trump → Read More

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs controversial adoption bill, becomes effective immediately

Advocacy groups, including the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Human Rights Campaign, said the legislation targeted members of the LGBTQ community. → Read More