June 12, 2003 |
The governor on Wednesday approved a lottery to fund college scholarships as Tennessee joined 47 other states with some form of legalized gambling. Only Utah and Hawaii do not permit any form of gambling. Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the legislation after months of debate in the General Assembly and a statewide referendum in November. "It's like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae," said state Sen. Steve Cohen, who campaigned almost two decades for the lottery.
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October 30, 2002 |
Federal authorities in Tennessee said Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty against three reputed Los Angeles gang members accused of killing seven people and wounding a 3-year-old girl, allegedly to protect a vast drug enterprise. It was the latest development in an ongoing investigation in which 40 people have been indicted for gang-related drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offenses in Los Angeles, Nashville, Oklahoma and Memphis.
February 10, 2008 |
C. Barton Crattie, a Georgia land surveyor, did not expect to start a border war when he penned a newspaper article about a flawed 1818 survey that placed his state a mile below the Tennessee River. The mistake in calculating Georgia's northern corner, he figured, was just an odd historical footnote, an interesting digression for those who fret that the drought-stricken state will soon run out of water. "Unfortunately for . . .
February 7, 2004 |
Camilla Meek is the worst nightmare of the candidates chasing John F. Kerry in the Democratic presidential race. Until recently, she didn't think much of the senator from Massachusetts, whom she had seen up close as a Boston native who moved to Nashville in the fall. She still doesn't find him particularly warm or charismatic. But his victories in Iowa and New Hampshire persuaded her that Kerry represented the Democrats' best hope of beating President Bush.
May 5, 2007 |
A federal judge in Nashville on Friday blocked the execution of a man who has been on Tennessee's death row for more than 20 years, based on a challenge to the state's new lethal injection procedure. Attorneys for Philip Ray Workman demonstrated a likelihood of success on their claim that the protocol exposes their client "to a foreseeable and likely unnecessary risk of unconstitutional pain and suffering in violation of the Eight Amendment," U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell wrote.
July 28, 2008 |
A gunman opened fire at a church youth performance Sunday, killing two people, including a man witnesses said had shielded others. Seven adults were injured but no children were harmed at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Members said they dove under pews or ran from the building when the shooting started. Congregants tackled the gunman. Jim D. Adkisson, 58, was charged with first-degree murder and held on $1-million bail, according to city spokesman Randy Kenner.
October 22, 2006 |
In his paint-splattered sweatshirt and battered baseball cap, Chris Foust stopped by on his lunch break last week to listen to Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., the Democratic Senate nominee, at a downtown rally. Foust, a soft-spoken regular churchgoer who worries about illegal immigration and opposes gay marriage, usually votes Republican and backed President Bush in 2004. But he's grown disillusioned with Bush, especially over the Iraq war.
November 3, 2005 |
Nissan Motor Co. is likely to announce as early as next week that it will move its North American headquarters, and 1,300 jobs, from Gardena to Tennessee as a cost-cutting measure, according to sources inside and outside the company. About a dozen people, including Nissan managers, auto consultants and government officials, all of whom asked not to be identified, said the automaker had set things in motion to move its headquarters to the Nashville area, where Nissan's largest U.S.
July 2, 2002 |
Residents hoping to get driver's licenses and summer tourists looking for information ran into "closed" signs Monday, the first day of a partial government shutdown while the Tennessee Legislature tries to resolve the state's budget. For weeks, lawmakers have haggled over proposed taxes to help resolve an $800-million deficit in the budget that was to take effect Monday. Their negotiations were continuing. But because lawmakers missed a deadline, Gov.
March 18, 2005 |
Tennessee voters will decide next year whether to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage after the state's House of Representatives on Thursday approved putting the question on the ballot. The House voted 88 to 7 for the resolution; the Senate approved the measure 29 to 3 last month.