TN Republican, Democrat party chairs say age 'isn't a concern' for Trump or Biden
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by Blake Eason
17h ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Tennessee party chairs found common ground in age not being a concern for President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump as the two prepare to go head-to-head in the 2024 Presidential Election. Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden and Democratic Party Chairman Hendrell Remus joined Good Morning Nashville for a joint interview about the current state of politics in Tennessee, and the upcoming presidential election. While both differ on many opinions and policy, the two found common ground on if their party's candidate was too old for office, and if they have th ..read more
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Tennessee moms form political action committee to advocate for gun reform, other issues this election season
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by Tori Gessner
4d ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee MomPAC, a new, grassroots political action committee announced its formation through a series of election-cycle advertisements focused on gun reform in hopes of pushing people to the polls. The TN MomPAC ads borrow headlines and video, including one from News 2, regarding guns, and arming teachers in schools. "We're fighting issues that most all Tennesseans agree about," Heather Thomas, TN MomPAC's founder and executive director said. Thomas told News 2 the group was formed to fight back against "anti-family politicians and policymakers." In addition to gun ..read more
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New state law to protect entities under cyber attack from class action suits amid Ascension Health hack
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by Tori Gessner
1w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Another healthcare system is under a cyber attack, and while it's unclear what, if any information has been accessed, a soon-to-be law will prevent those whose information may have been exposed from filing a class action lawsuit against entities that are hacked as long as the organization wasn't grossly negligent. According to a spokesperson for Ascension Health, the organization noticed "unusual activity" May 8, which they determined was due to a ransomware attack. As a result, ambulances are being diverted in some cases, non-emergency procedures, tests, and appointm ..read more
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2 Tennessee state representatives discuss legislative session, push for more bipartisan work
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by Blake Eason
1w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two Tennessee state representatives from opposing parties joined Good Morning Nashville to discuss a wide range of topics from school vouchers, the grocery tax, and a push for more bipartisan work. State Rep. Todd Warner (R-Chapel Hill) was quick to double down on his distain for Governor Bill Lee's failed school voucher program.  After casting vision for the bill back in November, the bill quickly became the governor's signature proposal, which sparked conversation from both sides. Read the latest from the TN State Capitol Newsroom HB 2533, led by Warner and Beh ..read more
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Law to require GPS monitors for domestic violence offenders named after Lebanon victims
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by Tori Gessner
1w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A law will soon go into effect requiring domestic violence offenders who use a weapon or strangle their victims during an assault to wear a GPS monitor while out on bail. The Debbie and Marie Domestic Violence Protection Act is named after mother, Debbie Sisco, and daughter, Marie Varsos, who were killed by Varsos' estranged husband, Shaun Varsos in Lebanon in April 2021. The legislation, which passed this past session, will require the GPS monitoring company to alert law enforcement and the domestic violence victim if the offender is close by. "I've actually champion ..read more
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Security consultant suggests alternative to arming teachers in Tennessee
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by Nikki McGee
2w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) -- The last month has been filled with debate after a controversial measure, now signed into law, allowing Tennessee school districts to arm teachers. One local security expert feels there are better ways to help protect schools.   As a Nashvillian, JC Shegog remembers the Covenant School shooting well. As a security consultant, with experience in the Army and as a contractor with the Department of Defense, he still has questions over school security more than a year after the deadly mass shooting.  "We just had children and adults get killed, and they're ..read more
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TN state senators share perspective on chaotic legislative session
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by Blake Eason
2w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) —  Two state senators shared their perspective on Capitol Hill after a tense legislative session came to an end. Sen. Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville) and Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) joined Good Morning Nashville to discuss everything from arming teachers, school vouchers, and finding common ground. After a flurry of bills crossed the finish line at the end of the 2024 legislative session, notably absent was Governor Lee's months-long push for school vouchers. WATCH: State senators react to bill that allows teachers to carry guns Johnson said he wa ..read more
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‘I will not be signing off on this’: Wilson County Director of Schools responds to teachers carrying guns law
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by Kendall Ashman
2w ago
WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — For the first time, the Wilson County Director of Schools is speaking out publicly about his refusal to arm teachers. So far, no school district in Middle Tennessee has said they are on board. Nearly two weeks after lawmakers passed a bill allowing armed teachers, News 2 has reported on school districts across Middle Tennessee coming out with their disapproval. "I will not be signing off on this in Wilson County schools,” said Jeff Luttrell, Wilson County Director of Schools. Luttrell said it's because Wilson County Schools was one of the first in the state t ..read more
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Gov. Bill Lee signs social media age verification bill into law
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by Erin McCullough
2w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — All social media companies operating in Tennessee will soon be required to get parental permission for those under 18 years old to use their platforms. Friday afternoon, Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill, passed by the Tennessee General Assembly this term. The bill requires social media companies like Meta, X, Snapchat and more to "verify the age of an individual who attempts to become an account holder, at the time the individual attempts to become an account holder" and prohibit minors from signing up for the social media account unless they have the "express written pe ..read more
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DEA proposal to reclassify marijuana could impact Tennesseans, lawmaker says
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by Tori Gessner
2w ago
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will move to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, and the potential change could create a ripple effect in Tennessee. The federal government currently classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, along with heroin and LSD, which means it has a high chance of being abused or causing addiction. However, the DEA wants to change marijuana to a Schedule III drug, and one Tennessee lawmaker told News 2 that could give Tennesseans access to medical cannabis in states that allow it ..read more
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