Tennessee News

House Approves Changes to Injured Workers’ Claims

Tennessee’s House of Representatives has approved Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s bill to change the way the state considers injured workers’ claims after defeating several attempts by Democrats to dial back the proposal. The chamber voted 68-24 to approve the bill. …

Small Earthquake Rolls Through Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee

Parts of southeastern Missouri, western Tennessee and western Kentucky got a little bit of a shake. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.7 earthquake rumbled through the area that the epicenter registered southeast of Portageville, Mo. That area is …

Firefighters Contain Damage to 2 Boats at Tennessee Marina

Two boats have burned at a state park marina on the Tennessee River, but firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to others. WRCB-TV in Chattanooga reported the flames were spotted about 6 a.m. Tuesday at Harrison Bay State Park. Firefighters …

Senate OKs Bill to Change Injured Workers’ Fund

Legislation that seeks to change the way injured workers’ claims are considered passed the Senate Monday evening despite opponents who say it would reduce benefits and remove impartiality from the judgment process. The measure, which is part of Republican Gov. …

Tennessee Officials Want Sinkhole Assessment

Officials in East Tennessee say they want to assess the risk of more sinkholes opening up near one that damaged a school and led to its closure. Unicoi County Commissioner Doug Bowman told The Johnson City Press that he and …

Structure Loss, Damage Set at $12M in Tennessee Wildfire

Sevier County, Tenn., authorities estimate the loss in a wildfire earlier this month at about $12 million. The Mountain Press reported the figure includes only the value of the cabins destroyed or damaged in the March 17 fire at Black …

Insurance Expected to Cover School Relocation Due to Sinkhole

Unicoi County Schools Director Denise Brown says she’s confident the cost of relocating a Tennessee elementary school threatened by a sinkhole is covered by insurance. Brown told the Johnson City Press the contract through Risk Management Trust specifies the carrier …

Tennessee High Court Doubles Down on Questionable Future Credit Decisions

For four decades, a workers’ compensation carrier’s right to a future credit in Tennessee has been chipped away at and limited in its scope. On January 16, 2013, the Tennessee Supreme Court was given a chance to correct its own …

Concussion Policy Bill Will Be Heard in Tennessee Senate

As the nation continues to debate increasing safety in contact sports, Tennessee lawmakers are looking at legislation that would require schools and other organizations conducting youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies. The measure is scheduled to be heard in …

Severe Weather Awareness Week to Focus on Safety

As spring weather approaches in Tennessee, emergency officials and weather forecasters will launch a statewide campaign during the Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week to provide important weather safety information. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, along with the National Weather Service …