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Tennessee House GOP Nominates Sexton for New Speaker Term
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Tennessee House GOP Nominates Sexton for New Speaker Term

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans have nominated Speaker Cameron Sexton to serve a third term in the chamber’s top leadership position.A news release from the House Republican Caucus says leadership elections took place Tuesday at Paris State Landing Park.Republican House members also voted to keep Rep. William Lamberth as majority leader and Rep. Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman. They voted to fill several other positions as well.The speaker role requires the full House's vote when lawmakers reconvene in January for a monthslong legislative session. Republicans maintained legislative supermajorities in both chambers during the November elections.Sexton, a banking professional from Crossville, was first elected as speaker in August 2019. The terms typically last two ye...
Anti-Transgender Legislation Resonates on Day of Remembrance
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Anti-Transgender Legislation Resonates on Day of Remembrance

By HANNAH SCHOENBAUM, Associated Press/Report for AmericaRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Persistent efforts by North Carolina's legislature to restrict transgender lives cast a shadow over Callum Bradford as he grew up in Chapel Hill, following him through his journey of self-discovery, coming out and obtaining the gender-affirming health care the 16-year-old credits as lifesaving.After Republicans swept most state-level elections this month, Bradford and other trans and gender-nonconforming residents are bracing for the possibility of new or reintroduced legislation targeting LGBTQ people, and especially trans people, that could survive Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto if Republicans wrangle enough supporters.“Before I came out, I was thinking about those laws, and I was like, I know I’m male, b...
Tennessee Elementary Teacher Is Recipient of Milken Award
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Tennessee Elementary Teacher Is Recipient of Milken Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A fifth-grade teacher in Tennessee is the recipient of the Milken Educator Award, which carries a $25,000 cash prize.Alexa Guynes of Dogwood Elementary School in Germantown Municipal Schools was chosen “for modeling excellence in education,” Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said in a news release Thursday.Germantown is a suburb of Memphis.“Ms. Guynes makes learning fun and has a heart for students,” said Jason Manuel, director of schools for the Germantown district. “She helps to challenge young minds, but also helps to grow her students as people.”The Milken National Educator Awards were created in 1987. Tennessee joined the Milken Educator Award program in 1992, and 68 Tennessee educators have been awarded a total of $1.65 million, the state Educati...
Starbucks Workers Strike at More Than 100 US Stores
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Starbucks Workers Strike at More Than 100 US Stores

By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Business WriterStarbucks workers at more than 100 U.S. stores are on strike Thursday in their largest labor action since a campaign to unionize the company’s stores began late last year.The walkouts coincide with Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day, when the company gives free reusable cups to customers who order a holiday drink. Workers say it’s often one of the busiest days of the year. Starbucks declined to say how many red cups it plans to distribute.Workers say they're seeking better pay, more consistent schedules and higher staffing levels in busy stores. Stores in 25 states planned to take part in the labor action, according to Starbucks Workers United, the group organizing the effort. Strikers are handing out their own red cups with union logos.Starbucks, which o...
35 Historical Preservation Grants Announced in Tennessee
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35 Historical Preservation Grants Announced in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Historical preservation officials have announced 35 grants totaling nearly $900,000 for projects throughout Tennessee.The State Historic Preservation Office said Wednesday that the federally funded matching grants provide 60 percent of project funds from the Federal Historic Preservation Fund with 40 percent of project funds from the grantee. Project funding requests totaled nearly $1.2 million, more than the amount of funding available, the office said.An archaeological conference, design guidelines for historic districts, rehabilitation of several historic buildings and surveys of historic resources are among grant recipients.For instance, in Giles County, $25,000 will help fund stabilization of the Matt Gardner Homestead Museum; in Hamilton County $25,000 will...
Campaign Helps Military Members Get Home for Holidays
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Campaign Helps Military Members Get Home for Holidays

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee-based Jack Daniel Distillery is continuing a more than decade-long tradition of helping military service members and their families get home for the holidays.The distillery producing Jack Daniel’s whiskey is again teaming with the military support group Armed Services YMCA for the project.Their joint “Operation Ride Home” program will help nearly 2,000 junior-enlisted service members and relatives travel home this holiday season, distillery officials said.Since its founding in 2011, Operation Ride Home has provided financial assistance to active-duty, junior-enlisted military and their families to travel from their base of duty to homes across the country. More than 10,000 people have traveled by airplane or car through help from the program, the di...
Council to Consider Applicants for Tennessee Appeals Vacancy
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Council to Consider Applicants for Tennessee Appeals Vacancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nine people have applied for a vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals.The vacancy in the court's Western Section occurred when John Everett Williams died Sept. 2.The Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments will consider the candidates at a public hearing on Nov. 22 in the Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Jackson, the Supreme Court said.The applicants are Joshua B. Dougan, assistant district attorney in the district that covers Chester, Henderson and Madison counties; Union City attorney John Morris Miles; Assistant U.S. Attorney Hillary Lawler Parham; Jeffrey William Parham, circuit court judge in the district that covers Obion and Weakley counties; Matthew F. Stowe, former district attorney for the district that covers Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin ...
WVa Group Begins Monkeypox Education Efforts in Appalachia
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WVa Group Begins Monkeypox Education Efforts in Appalachia

By JOHN RABY, Associated PressCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia nonprofit group said Monday it has been awarded $100,000 in grants for monkeypox vaccination and education efforts among LGTBQ individuals in 13 Appalachian states.The Community Education Group received $50,000 grants each from Gilead Sciences and ViiV Healthcare to develop and distribute materials, offer grants and hold meetings aimed at reducing cultural stigmas and barriers related to the virus, the group said in a statement.CEG will create and distribute monkeypox digital resource guides to more than 300 Appalachian health departments, along with rural healthcare associations and LGBTQ groups.CEG also will accept applications for mini-grants from organizations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi,...
Memphis Airport Adds Exhibit From Civil Rights Photographer
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Memphis Airport Adds Exhibit From Civil Rights Photographer

By ALICIA DAVIDSON, The Daily MemphianMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and Memphis International Airport will co-host an exhibit depicting the civil rights movement in Fayette County through the photographs of freelance photographer Art Shay.The photographs will be displayed in the airport’s terminal for departing flights, across from the TSA office, from Oct. 20 through next October.The public will be able to view the exhibit without purchasing a ticket or going through the TSA security checkpoints.Established in 1996 by civil rights activist and former NAACP Executive Director Benjamin L. Hooks, the Hooks Institute seeks to promote civil rights and social change through multiple avenues, including education, research ...
Appalachian Regional Commission Awards $47M for Projects
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Appalachian Regional Commission Awards $47M for Projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission is granting $47 million to 52 projects aimed at economic diversification in communities affected by job losses in the coal industry.The funding, which comes from the commission’s POWER Initiative, will reach 181 counties. The funding is the largest to date since the initiative was launched in 2015, the commission said Monday in a statement. It is aimed at creating jobs, expanding skills training and attracting private investments to support industries such as agriculture, food and tourism.“Our coal-impacted communities are a vital part of Appalachia’s 13 states and 423 counties — when our coal communities thrive, our entire region is uplifted,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin.The POWER Initiative is funded by Congress ...