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Photo courtesy of Flickr Story by Andrew Wigdor / Assistant News Editor and  Brinley Hineman /  Co-News Editor Nashville became the first city in Tennessee to lessen the penalty for small amounts of marijuana Tuesday night. The Metro Council approved a bill that allows officers to fine someone $50 with community service if they are in …

Story by Ashley Coker / Contributing Writer | Photo courtesy of Flickr  Voters across the United States are preparing to elect a new president, and every candidate is rallying for the youth vote. Millennials have caught up to baby boomers as the largest generation of eligible voters, according to a Pew Research Center study released …

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold

The Rutherford County Commission unanimously approved a resolution asking Sheriff Robert Arnold to resign Thursday night. Arnold along with his uncle, John Vanderveer, and Joe Russell, the Sheriff’s Office chief of accounting and administration, face a 14-count federal indictment alleging that the three illegally profited off inmates through the sale of electron cigarette through a …

This article was published in cooperation with the Seigenthaler News Service. Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to make the Bible its official state book if Gov. Bill Haslam signs legislation recently passed by the General Assembly. Haslam has raised questions, as has Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, about the constitutionality of such …

Story by Erik Schelzig  // Associated Press | Photo by Bing-Nan Li // Sidelines Archive Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to spin off four-year public universities from the Tennessee Board of Regents system gained final approval in the state Legislature on Monday. The Senate voted 31-1 in favor of the measure, sending Haslam’s top legislative initiative for his …

Photo courtesy of Peretz Partensky Earlier this year, Tennessee House Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) and Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) proposed a bill that would allow full-time employees of Tennessee state colleges and universities to carry guns on campuses with a valid permit. Since then, the bill has received protest from state university student governments, as well as criticism from proponents and …