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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 …

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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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The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus on Monday renewed its call for action to be taken against a Republican state lawmaker who they say made a racist Facebook post. The group wants Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia to apologize and for GOP leaders to remove Butt from her leadership position as House majority floor leader. Butt, however, has …