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Vice President Joe Biden addressed thousands of city leaders from across the country as part of the National League of Cities’ annual meeting at Nashville’s Music City Center Thursday afternoon. Biden, who spoke for about 45 minutes, reflected on his early start in local government as a county councilman in Delaware and acknowledged the duties of local officials, who he said often go unrecognized for …

Dawn Wyatt//Contributing Writer  Religious leaders and elected officials from across Tennessee converged in downtown Nashville Thursday for “Stand in the Gap for Truth,” a rally on religious freedoms sponsored by the Tennessee Pastor’s Network. Among many of the day’s speakers, the common theme was Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to …

Two Tennessee lawmakers say they are working on a bill designed to protect clergy and houses of worship that refuse to perform or host same-sex marriages. The announcement comes in response to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. In a news release, State Rep. Bryan Terry says …

The new logo for the state of Tennessee, as announced by Channel 4 WSMV, has spurred debate amongst Tennessee residents and led to the creation of the hashtag #savethetristar on Twitter. Since the news broke earlier today, Tennesseans have taken to social media to voice their complaints and even began a petition to strike down the …

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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 …