Armstrong's unindicted co-conspirator a long-time Knox County school board member

Sam Anderson — a 34-year veteran of Knoxville city government and the longest-serving member of the Knox County school board — is the unindicted co-conspirator of Rep. Joe Armstrong, his attorney confirmed.

Jun 24, 2015 6:57 AM

Haslam favors removal of Confederate flag from license plates

The governor says he'd back a move to remove the Confederate flag from license plates (a Sons of Confederate Veterans plate is available at surcharge; the SCV, based in Columbia, has fought numerous court cases to preserve the flag on speciality plates and the Supreme Court ruled recently states have the right to ban same).

Jun 23, 2015 11:57 AM

Push begins to block view of Forrest with...a forest

Megan Barry and Jerry Maynard seperately said they'd sponsor resolutions asking the state to restore trees and brush in front of the cartoonish Nathan Bedford Forrest statue on I-65.

Jun 23, 2015 7:07 AM

TNGOP, TNDP agree: remove Forrest bust

Both TNGOP chair Ryan Haynes and TNDP chair Mary Mancini think it's time for the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest to get out of the Capitol.

Jun 23, 2015 7:02 AM

Alexander agrees with Corker on Confederate flag

Lamar Alexander has joined the call to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State Capitol.

Jun 22, 2015 1:58 PM

ABC set to upgrade enforcement systems

The state has struggled with enforcement of various and sundry things because of outdated computers; the Alcoholic Beverage Commission is getting an upgrade thereto.

Jun 22, 2015 10:48 AM

Corker 'see(s) no reason' to keep flying the Confederate flag

Tennessee's junior senator was born in South Carolina and he thinks the flag oughta come down. Meanwhile, a vexillologist makes a pretty big reach to suggest that Tennessee's flag calls to mind the Confederate flag.


Note: The original headline on this post read "American flag," which was obviously an error.

Jun 22, 2015 9:00 AM

Feds took look at Armstrong's campaign finances

The TREF confirmed it was contacted by federal agents back in 2013 about Rep. Joe Armstrong's campaign-finance disclosures.

Jun 22, 2015 7:09 AM

Trademark for new TN logo rejected

The USPTO has ruled against the trademark application for the state's controversial new logo:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused to accept Tennessee's attempt to register the logo for a trademark. The refusal, dated Tuesday, is due to the fact the logo is "primarily geographically descriptive," according to the federal office.

Essentially, that means the main significance of the logo is geographic. This type of symbol or item can't be trademarked, according to the federal office.

"It's to prevent someone from claiming exclusive rights to use a term that other people need to use to communicate that their product comes from Tennessee," said Wayne Beavers, shareholder with Nashville-based Patterson Intellectual Property Law.

Jun 19, 2015 6:23 AM

State rep, former GOP chair candidate Littleton indicates support for minimum wage increase

Republican State Rep. Mary Littleton, a former candidate for state GOP chair, showed some support for a minimum wage increase in an interview with the Dickson Herald:

Littleton was later asked about Tennessee increasing its minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.

“I think it will eventually happen. I think we need to do it gradually,” Littleton said. “Maybe even this next session.”

Sen. Kerry Roberts, also a Republican, didn't exactly say he was against the increase himself, but said it would have tough sledding in the Senate:

“The House and Senate truly do operate very differently from each other. The bodies truly do have their own personalities,” Roberts said. “I don’t think it would pass the Senate. I don’t see the support in the Senate. It might move forward in the House.”

Jun 17, 2015 1:09 PM