Tennessee News Minute
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's governor says he will call for a special session to replace the state's House speaker, who plans to step down amid a scandal over explicit text messages. News outlets report that Gov. Bill Lee made the announcement to reporters Saturday night. House Speaker Glen Casada had been dogged by calls to resign since it was revealed he exchanged text messages containing sexually explicit language about women with his former chief of staff several years ago, among other controversies.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The board that oversees Tennessee's community and technical colleges is set to consider increases in tuition and fees at its upcoming meeting. The Board of Regents said it will hold a quarterly meeting at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. Committees will meet Thursday and the full board will meet the next day. Earlier this month, the Committee on Finance and Business Operations recommended combined tuition and fee increases averaging 2.45% for the 2019-20 academic year.
JAMESTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - The only hospital in Tennessee's rural Fentress County has closed. News outlets report that Jamestown Regional Medical Center closed Thursday after it stopped receiving Medicare and Medicaid payments for new patients. The hospital's CEO said the funding loss and supply issues led to the closure.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have voted against forming a union. A win would have offered the United Auto Workers its first fully organized, foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the traditionally anti-union South. The vote of about 1,700 hourly workers began Wednesday and concluded Friday. Gov. Bill Lee and other top Republicans urged a "no" vote, saying a union could cause economic harm. Volkswagen has union representation at all of its other major plants worldwide.
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