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Haslam eyes downsizing UT board, changing leader selection process

Gov. Bill Haslam is considering reducing the number University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, reports Nashville Ledger. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally  says the governor is also eyeing changes in the process for selecting a new UT president or the chancellors who head individual UT campuses.

Haslam spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals declined to address specifics Friday but said “the governor is having conversations about ways to help the UT Board of Trustees operate more efficiently and effectively.”

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School voucher bill DOA for 2018 legislative session?

State Sen. Brian Kelsey, a leading crusader for school voucher legislation that has failed in past years, says he won’t push the issue in the 2018 session, reports Clakbeat Tennessee.

“I listen to my community. Right now, there’s not enough parental support,” the Germantown Republican lawmaker told Chalkbeat after sharing the news with Shelby County’s legislative delegation.

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Judge’s law license suspended; legislator says no impeachment plans ‘at this time’

State Rep. Gary Hicks, R-Rogersville, tells the Kingsport Times News he has no plans “at this time” to launch impeachment proceedings against Hawkins County Juvenile Court Judge Daniel Boyd, whose license to practice law has been suspended because of acknowledged “dishonesty.”

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Blount County Commission chair succeeds Swann in House District 8

Blount County Commission Chairman Jerome Moon was chosen to succeed former state Rep. Art Swann in House District 8 with 16-2 vote by colleagues on the commission Tuesday, reports the Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times.

Swann had resigned the House seat after the commission earlier appointed him to fill the Senate District 2 seat vacated by former Sen. Doug Overbey, who resigned after being appointed U.S. Attorney for East Tennessee.

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Judge dismisses Durham lawsuit seeking pension and insurance benefits

U.S. District  Court Judge Aleta Trauger dismissed Friday a lawsuit filed by former state Rep.  Jeremy Durham seeking to restore lifetime health care and pension benefits he lost when the state House voted to expel him last year, according to The Tennessean. Continue reading

ALEC meeting brings conservative legislators from across nation to Nashville

Conservative activists and state legislators from across the country will gather in Nashville for a summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council that runs from Wednesday through Friday, reports WPLN. Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to address the group Thursday.

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State Rep. Shelia Butt won’t seek reelection, plans full-time Christian ministry work

State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, announced Tuesday that she will not run for re-election in House District 64 next year, reports the Columbia Daily Herald. She plans to work full time for a Christian “women’s ministry” called “Sisters, Servants and Soldiers.”

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Politicians cheer appointment of Fulmer as UT athletic director

Tennessee politicians are generally praising the appointment of former head football coach Phil Fulmer as athletics director at the University of Tennessee, reports the News Sentinel, but some are also voicing concerns about the future of the state’s flagship campus in Knoxville.

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Art Swann picked as interim successor to Sen. Doug Overbey

The Blount County Commission voted today to name state Rep. Art Swann of Maryville to temporarily fill the state Senate District 2 seat vacated by Doug Overbey, who resigned to become U.S. Attorney for East Tennessee.

Swann received 14 votes from commissioners to three for Scott Williams, who lost to Overbey in the 2016 Republican primary, according to County Clerk Gaye Hasty. Four commissioners were absent at the meeting.

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Overbey sworn in as U.S. attorney, resigns state Senate seat

Former state Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, resigned his Senate seat effective 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee at 3:30 p.m., reports the Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times.

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