Alex Harris

Tennessee tobacco farmers will see taxes on their products rise because of legislation passed this year by the General Assembly, mirrored by a provision in the federal highway bill passed in July. Although the highway bill has been touted by Washington politicians as supporting or creating around a million jobs, the provision taxing roll-your-own tobacco […]

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State Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, says he will review the law that allowed the state Department of Revenue to go after $500 in sales and use taxes on a homemade boat.

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A Texas man has been indicted for threatening to bomb a planned Muslim community center in Murfreesboro. Law enforcement say Javier Alan Correa, 24, of Corpus Christi, called the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on Sept. 5, 2011, and said there was a bomb in the building that would explode on the anniversary of Sept. 11. […]

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Customers who roll their own cigarettes would get hit with higher taxes under a bill approved by both the state House and Senate. Lawmakers still have to settle on an implementation date.

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Lawmakers want to punish young adults who cause a commotion in liquor stores.

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Tennessee veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological problems stemming from military service could soon have their own special courts should they find themselves facing prosecution in the state’s criminal justice system. The House unanimously passed a bill today, HB3394/SB3222, which directs the Administrative Office of the Courts to study whether it’s feasible for […]

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Churches and nonprofits would have an easier time setting up parenting classes for school districts under a bill that passed the Senate Monday 30-0. The bill, SB3606, encourages school districts to develop and provide these programs for parents by partnering with a range of organizations, such as nonprofit and for-profit groups and community and faith-based […]

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Tennessee has the lowest tax burden in the country, according to a Tax Foundation report that compares income to taxes paid by state.

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Gov. Bill Haslam addressed why he hasn’t vetoed any bills and his opposition to the guns-in-parking-lots bill as it stands now, and said reporters in the state cover issues that “grab headlines” at the expense of meatier issues that have more impact on Tennesseans. Haslam was speaking with reporters Tuesday in Cool Springs.

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Lawmakers are considering new requirements on schools that offer classes online for K-12 students. Meanwhile, a forum held this week by the Beacon Center looked at the potential benefits of virtual schools.

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The plan requires seniors to have photo driver’s licenses, just as people under 60 are already required to do.

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In honor of “Ag Day on the Hill,” Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell faced off in a goat-milking contest Tuesday, with Harwell, a first-time milker, besting Ramsey, 700 ml to 350 ml. Ramsey, who said that he grew up on a dairy farm, accused Harwell, a city-dweller, of cheating after watching […]

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