Andy Sher, Times Free Press

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Nashville, TN, United States

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Past articles by Andy:

Tennessee Lt. Gov. McNally accused of hypocrisy after posting heart and fire emojis on gay performer’s Instagram

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, is coming under criticism for posting encouraging comments and emojis on racy photos posted on Instagram by a 20-year-old aspiring gay performer from Knoxville at a time when Republican lawmakers are passing legislation targeting the LGBTQ community. → Read More

Two Bradley County school board members to step down over residency issue

Two Bradley County school board members said Tuesday they will resign their posts at next week's meeting. → Read More

Former Trump appointee Beavers launches bid for Tennessee Senate District 9 race

Athens, Tennessee, businessman and farmer Dennis Beavers, who worked on Republican Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and went on to serve as the executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farms Services Agency in Tennessee, said he is running for the state Senate in District 11. → Read More

Tennessee's $15 million license plate change-out will start in January

Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday unveiled Tennessee's new standard license plate, scheduled to hit the roads in January. → Read More

Tennessee Gov. Lee names defeated lawmaker, voucher proponent Deberry to Cabinet advisory post

Former Tennessee state Rep. John DeBerry, a socially conservative lawmaker who lost his Nov. 3 re-election bid after being barred by the state Democratic Party from running again under the party's label, has joined Republican Gov. Bill Lee's cabinet as a senior adviser. → Read More

Hamilton County fires elections administrator amid investigation

The Hamilton County Election Commission voted Wednesday to terminate Administrator Kerry Steelman after a brief leave of absence. → Read More

Tennessee votes: At least 90,540 cast ballots during 1st two days of early voting; 4,700 in Hamilton County

Early voting resumed Monday in Tennessee's Aug. 6 primary elections after at least 90,540 people cast early votes or by mail-in absentee ballot last Friday and Saturday, according to to Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office. → Read More

Auditors: Cleveland-based nursing home chain 'improperly' submitted $1 million in Medicaid expenses, including alcohol, parties, trips abroad

NASHVILLE — State auditors say a Cleveland, Tennessee-based nursing home chain "improperly" submitted $1 million in unallowable home office expenses, a list that included marketing charges as well as alcohol, "parties" and overseas trips on company cost reports used to calculate Medicaid reimbursement rates. → Read More

Gov. Lee tells Southeast Tennesseans 'we are with you' after deadly storm damage, extends COVID-19 'stay at home' order

Gov. Bill Lee vowed full-fledged support for Hamilton and Bradley counties in the week of deadly tornadoes and storms that sweep Southeast Tennessee early Monday, saying "we pledge our full support to the residents of Bradley and Hamilton ... We are with you every step of the way." → Read More

Tennessee, local governments to see $2.7 billion under federal CARES Act

Tennessee and some local governments will receive a combined $2.7 billion under Congress' recently approved CARES Act, which provides relief to embattled states, the head of the state's Unified Command, Stuart McWhorter, told legislators Wednesday during a telephone conference call. → Read More

Tennessee Lottery temporarily closes in-person prize claim centers, offers alternatives due to COVID-19

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Lottery is temporarily closing its in-person prize claim centers at its Nashville headquarters as well as its district offices across the state amid the COVID-19 crisis. → Read More

Tennessee health officials confirm 4th case of coronavirus in unidentified Middle Tennessee county

Another Tennessee case of coronavirus has been confirmed, state health officials announced today, → Read More

Hamilton County early voting off to strong start thanks to heated Democratic contest

State figures show 65,491 Tennesseans last week took advantage of the first four days of early voting as they began casting ballots in the March 3 Super Tuesday presidential primary, as well as a smattering of local contests across the state. → Read More

Hamilton County's WWTA getting $10.67 million low-interest state loan for water improvements

Hamilton County's Water & Wastewater Treatment Authority is getting a $10.67 million low-interest loan from the state to fix infrastructure problems at WWTA's East Ridge Rehabilitation Basin, Gov. Bill Lee and state Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers announced Tuesday. → Read More

Georgians seeing political change before first 2020 ballot even cast

Georgia politics are getting shaken by departures before voters cast their first ballots in 2020. → Read More

Where do Tennesseans stand on President Trump's impeachment?

Only about a third of Tennesseans say in a new Vanderbilt University poll that President Donald Trump broke the law → Read More

What Tennessee's lawmakers said on the first day of impeachment hearings

As the Democratic-led U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday began historic public impeachment hearings to determine whether President Donald Trump used military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate political opponents, political passions played out among some Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama congressmen and senators on social media. → Read More

Gardenhire says he's a no vote on Gov. Lee's voucher-style education bill

NASHVILLE — He's sponsored any number of his own school voucher bills over the years, but Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga says he intends to vote no this week on Gov. Bill Lee's controversial, voucher-like "education savings account" proposal. → Read More

UTC weighs options for alcohol sales at non-sports events at McKenzie as public college booze bill becomes law.

Alcohol sales at Tennessee public higher education sports stadiums and arenas are now legal after Gov. Bill Lee last week signed into law a bill passed last month by state lawmakers. → Read More

Tennessee Republicans resurrect 'trigger' bill banning most abortions, after Senate says no to 'fetal heartbeat' measure

Tennessee House Republicans this morning resurrected an anti-abortion "trigger" bill. → Read More