Knox Central High School instructor named Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Byron Booker stands out not only for his classroom successes in helping students learn English, but because he helps evaluate other teachers and encourages them to embrace accountability.
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A state association of trial judges voted this week to hire a lobbyist, as lawmakers consider reforms to the panel that disciplines judges. Circuit Court Judge Randy Kennedy of Nashville said judges are being targeted by “a misinformed, malevolent, agenda-driven bunch of folks.”
A proposed constitutional amendment by Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, would revamp Tennessee’s judicial selection process so that Supreme Court and appellate judges would be “appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.” Undoubtedly, the House would want in on the confirmation process, too, says the lower chamber’s presiding lawmaker.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday he sees how presidential candidate Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” tax plan would be attractive to voters looking for simplicity, but Haslam is not identifying his favorite Republican candidate in the race yet. Cain has proposed a tax plan that would include a tax of 9 percent on income, 9 percent […]
The Shelby County lawmaker, arrested last week for DUI, reportedly acknowledged to Gov. Haslam that he “made a bad mistake” and he’s sorry. The governor, who reiterated the conversation for reporters, said he ran into Rep. Todd at a charity golf tournament Monday held by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and Rep. Gary Odom.
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said last week that if a so-called “national solution” isn’t found for collecting sales taxes from online retailers it threatens to push Tennessee toward an income tax, which he strongly opposes. Amazon has avoided collecting sales taxes in Tennessee until a recent agreement was announced calling for collections beginning in 2014. […]
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says there’s nothing illegal about his “Red Tape” initiative, and points to an Ethics Commission letter in backing his claim. But Democrats say Ramsey is avoiding the real issue of whether he is using his public office to promote a website funded by his political-action committee.
The lieutenant governor says he’s unsure why they were ever exempted from having a pic issued by the DMV to begin with. Ramsey said he’s in the process of looking at the history of the provision.
Democratic lawmakers heard ideas around taxpayer funding to promote Tennessee, a museum focused on African-American music, and the state’s education system during their jobs tour Tuesday in Middle Tennessee.
The Senate Finance Committee chairman says he hopes this will settle the matter of Amazon’s tax status and suggests that the overall online sales tax issue should go through the courts to be resolved nationally, because he believes Congress is unlikely to act to bring uniformity to the collection of state sales taxes.