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A corporate tax attorney is suing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration for refusing to produce documents under the Tennessee Open Records Act. Brett Carter of the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings filed the lawsuit alleging a “willful violation” of open records laws in chancery court in Nashville on Wednesday. Carter is seeking information used by …

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An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as “Tennessee Whiskey” could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery. The state Legislature in 2013 excluded Kelso-based Pritchard’s Distillery from …

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House Speaker Beth Harwell is calling for an end to secrecy in legislative ‘pre-meetings.’ According to a memo obtained by The Associated Press, the Nashville Republican urged committee chairs to establish an “open door policy” to the meetings about pending legislation. Harwell’s memo comes a day after the AP and the state’s four largest newspapers …

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation has launched a massive mission to patch the plethora of potholes across the state. TDOT officials said in a statement that the agency plans to make use of the forecast for warmer temperatures over the next few days by using all available manpower to make repairs …

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for a home-grown, high-technology workforce to will help boost higher-wage employment at a time of stagnant incomes. Obama announced a $100 million federal government grant program to improve training and hiring of high-tech workers. He says the U.S. needs to position itself for a constantly changing global …

Emergency management officials say the latest winter storm has claimed three lives in Tennessee. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener says all three victims died in weather-related traffic accidents. One in Wilson County killed a 35-year-old woman on Wednesday. On Thursday, an accident in Dickson County killed a 46-year-old man and one in Campbell …