Tennessee

April 12, 2021

Tennessee Governor Lee on Return to In-Person Learning

NASHVILLE, TN (STL.News) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued the following statement regarding the return to in-person learning: “In-person learning is safe and it’s the only way our students will get back on track after significant learning loss.  I support the State Board of Education’s work to ensure that in-person learning is again...

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March 30, 2021

37 Charged in Multi-Year Investigation

Reign Of Violence And Drug Distribution Orchestrated From Tennessee Prison Results In Federal Indictments 37 Charged in Multi-Year Investigation After TDOC Sought Federal Assistance Nashville, TE (STL.News) March 30, 2021 – A federal indictment unsealed Friday charged 27 individuals with a host of federal crimes relating to a large scale...

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March 29, 2021

Tennessee Governor Lee: Mental Health Trust Fund

$250 million to support services in K-12 schools NASHVILLE, TN (STL.News) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee re-introduced the Mental Health Trust Fund in a renewed proposal to assist K-12 families who are facing significant mental health issues in the wake of COVID-19.  This proposal allocates $250 million in available funds to create...

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March 22, 2021

Middle Tennessee Investors To Pay $200,000 To Settle

Middle Tennessee Investors To Pay $200,000 To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Regarding HUD Program NASHVILLE, TE (STL.News) March 22, 2021 – Laziza Abdullaeva and Aziz Ashurov of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, agreed to pay $200,000 to settle False Claims Act allegations involving misrepresentations in their purchases of certain properties from...

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March 16, 2021

Tennessee: Transparency in Foreign Influences on Colleges

NASHVILLE, TN (STL.News) Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee introduced legislation to require greater transparency for foreign investments on college and university campuses and prohibit the establishment of Confucius Institutes. “Colleges and universities are a place for the robust debate of ideas – not a place for foreign governments to operate in...

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March 5, 2021

Tennessee Governor: $15 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

NASHVILLE, TN (STL.News) Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today $14.9 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand service to support 17,800 unserved Tennesseans in 7,120 homes and businesses. “Every Tennessean should have access to the same high-speed broadband, no...

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February 26, 2021

Bank Robbers Indicted In The Eastern District Of Tennessee

Multi-State Bank Robbers Indicted In The Eastern District Of Tennessee KNOXVILLE, TE (STL.News) Charles Pingley, 52, of North Carolina, and his sister, Loretta Johnson, 50, of Maryville, Tennessee, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on February 17, 2021, for one count of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery and two...

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February 22, 2021

U.S. Attorney Don Cochran Announces Departure

U.S. Attorney Don Cochran Announces Departure NASHVILLE, TE (STL.News) February 22, 2021 – U.S. Attorney Don Cochran announced today that he is leaving his post at the end of the month, as requested by the White House and the Department of Justice.  Cochran submitted his resignation to the White House...

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February 8, 2021

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee State of the State Address

NASHVILLE, TN (STL.News) Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee released the following speech excerpts ahead of his third State of the State Address that will be delivered tonight at 6 p.m. CST.  The Governor’s Office also premiered the following video on YouTube to mark a significant year in Tennessee history and...

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January 13, 2021

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Announces Judicial Appointments

NASHVILLE, TN (STL.News) Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced appointments to judicial positions across the state. “I am proud to announce the appointment of these highly qualified individuals, and I value the experience they will bring to their respective judicial districts,” said Gov. Lee.  “I’m confident they will serve Tennessee with...

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January 4, 2021

The United States And Tennessee Resolve Claims

The United States And Tennessee Resolve Claims With Three Providers For False Claims Act Liability Relating To “P-Stim” Devices For A Total Of $1.72 Million NASHVILLE, TN (STL.News) January 4, 2021 – Don Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, and Herbert Slatery III, Attorney General for the...

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