An outgoing state lawmaker is headed back to the Tennessee State Capitol. Gov. Bill Lee announced today that Memphis’s John DeBerry will join his administration as a senior advisor.
Tennessee schools are starting to shift back to virtual learning after months of mostly managing small outbreaks of the coronavirus. The state was one of the first to reopen schools, but is now taking the lead in COVID-19 infections.
Tennessee set a new record for daily coronavirus cases Monday, with nearly 8,000 positive tests reported in the past 24 hours. The previous one-day high was just under 6,000 new infections.
Like many other Republicans across the country, Gov. Bill Lee is not recognizing Joe Biden as the president-elect. At least for now. Talking to reporters Monday, Lee said there are some processes that have not concluded, like recounts in some states and legal challenges.
The state of Tennessee will not execute Pervis Payne next month, as planned.
A month before his resignation, Tennessee’s Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Hodgen Mainda was investigated for sexual harassment — including allegations of unwelcome sexual advances and touching.
The heads of the state Department of Commerce and Insurance and the state Department of Human Services have stepped down from Gov. Lee’s administration. Lee’s office confirmed Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Hodgen Mainda’s decision on Tuesday afternoon.
Gov. Bill Lee will remain in quarantine for another week and is defending times when he has been seen in public without a mask in public, amid a new ad campaign to encourage mask-wearing.
The Tennessee Historical Commission won’t consider removing the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state capitol until early next year. But some Tennesseans weighed in with public comments at the commission’s meeting Friday.
Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn are calling for the tests to be administered as usual but that the results not be used to judge the education system.