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The application deadline for the Tennessee Promise was November 1, and nearly 45,000 students had applied for the program since its announcement in January of 2014. The state anticipated that roughly 20,000 students in the high school graduating class of 2015 would apply when the program was initially presented by Gov. Bill Haslam at his State of …

Gov. Bill Haslam took his re-election easily, amassing 70 percent of the vote in both the state and in Rutherford County. His Democratic opponent, the largely unknown Charles V. “Charlie” Brown, got 23 percent of votes around the state and 21.34 percent in the county. Of the five candidates running as independents or under minor …

Despite precincts in the city center voting down the abortion regulation measure, Amendment 1 passed in Rutherford County. [iframe src=”https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?q=select+col2%3E%3E1+from+1oDRkMcguM8AWSN-KJK4YuUTC_QSsl6_5mquRCWUw&viz=MAP&h=false&lat=35.85996391832701&lng=-86.4210205&t=1&z=10&l=col2%3E%3E1&y=2&tmplt=2&hml=KML” width=”50%” height=”580″]

Rutherford County Voters overwhelmingly chose to support legislation that will bring wine to area grocery stores. [iframe src=”https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?q=select+col2%3E%3E1+from+1RmVY-GmrjwytgNk9fduosgIRtDDAEnUoUeY2hlQo&viz=MAP&h=false&lat=35.85996391832701&lng=-86.4210205&t=1&z=10&l=col2%3E%3E1&y=2&tmplt=2&hml=KML” width=”50%” height=”580″]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee voters OK constitutional amendment enshrining merit selection for appellate judges. The constitution has said that Supreme Court justices “shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state.” But since 1994, they have been appointed by the governor. Voters then decide whether to keep or replace them in uncontested retention …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Voters have approved a change to the Tennessee Constitution that would prohibit lawmakers from imposing a state income tax. The last serious attempt to impose a state income tax failed in 2002 amid raucous Capitol protests that included a brick thrown through the window of the governor’s office. The public backlash …