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Photo courtesy of TN.gov Story by Michael Aldrich / Contributing Writer  Gov. Bill Haslam delivered his final State of the State address on Monday night, touting his administration’s record on job creation, education, the proposal of state funding to address the opioid crisis and lobbying to raise teachers’ salaries for a third straight year. The …

Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines Archive Rep. Jeremy Faison and Sen. Steven Dickerson, two Tennessee Republicans, introduced legislation on Thursday that would allow for the legalization of medical marijuana in the state. Specifically, the bill would only allow for the legalization of oil-based and manufactured products and would not authorize the sale of …

Photo by Greg French / Sidelines Archive On Wednesday, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the Tennessee Reconnect Act, which would allow adults in the state to attend community college tuition-free. The act is now on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk for approval. Tennessee Reconnect was first introduced in Haslam’s 2017 State of the State …

Photo by Erik Schelzig / AP According to an MTSU press release, Governor Bill Haslam announced the eight appointees to the new MTSU local governing board on Thursday. The press release states that the governor announced the board members as follows: Andrew Adams, former chairman and CEO of National Healthcare Corporation. J.B. Baker, owner and …

After months of negotiations and political wrangling, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans comes down to a 451-word resolution. The Republican-controlled Legislature convenes in a special session on Monday to decide whether to OK the governor’s Insure Tennessee plan — or to or leave $2.8 billion in federal …