# Bill lee
TN Pastors Oppose Gov. Lee's School Voucher Plan
A group of Tennessee pastors expressed opposition to a school voucher plan announced by Gov. Bill Lee yesterday. The pastors, affiliated with the advocacy group Southern Christian Coalition, said the plan would harm the state's public education system and called instead for Lee and lawmakers to fully fund public schools.
DCS Crisis: Children Go Hungry
Group says kids in state custody shouldn't go hungry. A group of Tennessee pastors is calling on the State of Tennessee's Department of Children's Services (DCS) to take action to ensure all children in state custody have adequate food.
TN Pastors: Fund Schools Now!
Advocacy group calls on state leaders to accept $1.8 billion in federal funds for schools. A group of Tennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalitionis calling on state policymakers to continue accepting federal funding for the state's schools.
Pastors Challenge Gov. Lee's Performative Christianity
Christian advocates call for policies that match proclaimed faith. A group ofTennessee pastors affiliated with the Southern Christian Coalition are challenging Gov. Bill Lee to adopt policies that are in alignment with the faith he professes.
Democrats Slam Empty Gun Safety Session
Democrats claim there's been no "real debate" on substantive gun safety reforms. The leader of the Tennessee Senate's Democratic Caucus is blasting what she says is a special legislative session on public safety that so far has been devoid of any serious debate on gun reform.
Democrats Respond to Lee's Call for Special Legislative Session
Lawmakers express frustration that gun safety is not included in session's focus. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee this week issued an official call for a special legislative session focused on public safety. The session will begin on August 21st.
Lee Plans Promotional Tour to Tout Transporation Initiatives
Events will focus on key infrastructure improvements resulting from recent legislative session. Gov. Bill Lee has announced he'll be traveling the state this month to promote key transportation projects funded by the state budget approved by the Tennessee General Assembly. Lee says the new projects will encourage businesses to locate and grow in Tennessee.
Lee Promotes Tennessee as Nuclear Energy Leader
Governor says nuclear power is key to America's clean energy future. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is taking steps to promote the state as a potential leader in providing clean energy by way of accelerating the development of nuclear power here.
Lee Signs Bills Representing $400 Million in Tax Cuts
Measures represent largest single-year tax cut in state history. Gov. Bill Lee this week signed a series of bills into law that represent a total of $400 million in tax cuts for Tennessee families and businesses. The most significant is a three-month grocery tax holiday beginning August 1st.
Senate Democrats Pledge to Push Comprehensive Gun Safety Reform
Lawmakers welcome August special session on guns, public safety. As Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has set the date for a special legislative session on gun violence for late August, Senate Democrats are suggesting a comprehensive package of reform bills to help prevent mass shootings.
Lee Commends Legislators for Passing His Policy Agenda
Lawmakers backed Lee's $56 billion budget and approved key policy goals. Gov. Bill Lee is celebrating the passage of his 2023 legislative agenda, including a $56.2 billion state budget. Lee put forward his key policy initiatives early this year and as the legislature's session concluded, saw passage of each of them - from roads and infrastructure improvement to education.
Lee Calls on Legislature to Pass "Red Flag" Law for Guns
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee today called on the Tennessee General Assembly to pass a so-called "Red Flag" law to limit access to guns for people who pose a threat to themselves or others. Lee also signed an executive order he says will strengthen the state's background check system.
Gov. Lee, Legislative Democrats Offer Policy Proposals for School Safety
Move comes following a school shooting in Nashville last week. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has offered a number of proposals he says will increase security at Tennessee schools while legislative Democrats are calling for more regulations on guns in the wake of a shooting that killed three students and three faculty members at a Nashville elementary school.
Meet The Kappa Alpha Order, the fraternity that shaped Bill Lee
The Kappa Alpha Order is a fraternity that the Governor participated in four decades ago. It still haunts him to this day. Founded in 1865 by James Wood, William Scott, William Walsh, and Stanhope Scott, the KA positions itself as a "moral compass for the modern gentleman." Their motto is "Dieu et Les Dame" (which translates into "God and women"), and there is a 6-item list that briefly explains their values. The fraternity also explains its controversial ties to Robert E. Lee as its "spiritual" founder.
Lee Proclaims March "Literacy Month," Highlights Achievements in Reading Education
Tennessee Governor shines spotlight on early literacy. Gov. Bill Lee recently declared that March is "Literacy Month" in Tennessee and announced that his Administration will be placing continued emphasis on reading, particularly in the early grades.
Pride parade becomes Pride march in retaliation of drag show ban
Since TN governor Bill Lee banned drag shows held on public property, a lot has changed. Tennessee has received worldwide criticism for the governor's transphobic legislation; many celebrities and locals have spoken out about the harm the bill causes; and many local organizations have changed their events to include drag performers--including Knoxville Pride.
1977 "Hard Luck" photo of Governor Bill Lee in drag expected to be put on billboards
The governor who was found to have dressed in drag after banning public drag shows will soon have his picture highlighted on Tennessee billboards. Through TikTok and GoFundMe, a Tennessean man named Zachary Stamper raised $54,067 for an electric billboard in Nashville (and on the governor's personal route to his church and home) that will showcase the 1977 Franklin High powderpuff photo that has gone viral.
1977 photo of TN governor Bill Lee in drag surfaces after endorsing a bill that makes drag illegal
Just days after criminalizing drag in Tennessee, Bill Lee was confronted with a 1977 Franklin High yearbook photo in which the governor wore drag. The photo--as confirmed by Lee's spokesperson--is, in fact, of the governor in 1977; however, the spokesperson referred to it as a "lighthearted school tradition," saying:
What happened after arson destroyed Knoxville's Planned Parenthood?
On December 31st, 2022, an anti-abortion extremist committed arson against one of the only two Planned Parenthood clinics in Knoxville, Tennessee. It's been over a year since that time, with plenty changing along the way. Here are some of the most impactful changes Tennessee has experienced since that time.