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Gov. Bill Lee is calling for the temporary suspension of negative consequences for Tennessee schools and teachers related to student tests for the current school year due to adjustments and disruptions to learning caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is working from home after a member of his security detail tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor’s office announced the news in a statement this afternoon. It says Lee tested negative and will quarantine until further notice.


New guidance from President Donald Trump’s administration declares teachers to be “critical infrastructure workers.” It could give the green light to exempting teachers from quarantine requirements after being exposed to COVID-19 and instead send them back into the classroom. 

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Tennessee lawmakers are heading back to the Capitol to address legislation that would provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits.


This week the Tennessee General Assembly will start a special session, and it’s expected to last at least three days.

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Not only will Tennessee now track the cases of COVID-19 in schools across the state, but it is expected to make the information public.

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Tennessee’s newest restriction on abortions saw two major — and opposing — developments Monday.

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Gov. Bill Lee says Tennessee has the fewest economically distressed counties since 2007, arguing that development signals improved economic conditions for those county residents. 

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  Calvin Bryant has had a busy year and a half. He’s launched a nonprofit, become a dad. He even testified at the Tennessee State Capitol. That’s because Bryant’s catching up from time lost during the decade he spent in prison on a first-time drug offense. And he hoped his story would sway legislators to reform the state’s strict drug-free school zones sentencing laws.

Members of Nashville's immigrant community sign in to attend a forum hosted by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition before the pandemic.Credit TIRRC via Facebook / WPLNEdit | Remove


The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, along with more than a dozen other community groups, are calling on Gov. Bill Lee and local government officials to establish a plan to address COVID-19 disparities in the state’s Latino community.