The state Department of Education is withholding $3.4 million in funding from the public school system in Nashville over a rejected charter school. The Metro Nashville school board last week defied an order by the state Board of Education to approve the application from Phoenix-based Great Hearts Academies.
For the first month of the budget year, tax collections in Tennessee have fallen short of projections. Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes issued a release, stating that the weak revenues reflect a slow economic recovery on the national level.
Davidson County election officials have backed away from using electronic poll books in the November election. The Tennessean reported the decision Thursday came despite Davidson County Election Commission members expressing confidence in the reliability of 60 of the devices used in the Aug. 2 primary.
State Rep. Curry Todd's arraignment on drunken driving and weapons charges has been delayed until next week. The Collierville Republican was arrested in October after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed in a holster between the driver's seat and center console.
Effective September 1st, anyone claiming unemployment benefits in the state of Tennessee will be required to show that they are actively looking for work. A work search log must be maintained to verify the job-seeking activity.
The road ahead will be clear of highway construction over the Labor Day weekend across Tennessee. Transportation Commissioner John Schroer has ordered that construction stop by noon on Friday and not resume until 6 a.m. Tuesday.