Chas Sisk

Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter.Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons

A pair of Tennessee lawmakers are proposing letting the operators of ticketed events ban guns — even if their venue is in a government-owned park.

Suzanne Ford hadn't planned to see Donald Trump speak this weekend. But when the Springfield, Illinois, woman heard the Republican frontrunner would be in Nashville at the same time she was visiting relatives, she couldn't pass up the chance.

Ten years after it started construction on a giant industrial site halfway between Memphis and Jackson, the state of Tennessee still hasn't found anyone to move into it. 

  A state lawmaker wants to protect Tennessee National Guard members from lawsuits if they try to use their own handguns to stop a terrorist attack.

Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, plans to introduce the measure by January. He says he's developing it in consultation with Major General Max Haston.

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee raised the possibility Wednesday of placing more regulations on abortion providers.

At a hearing called in response to hidden-camera videos released over the summer, state health officials told lawmakers they have no evidence that any Tennessee clinics deal in fetal tissue. Commissioner John Dreyzehner said it would be illegal under state law to buy or sell any part of a fetus.

Gov. Bill Haslam is defending an effort to outsource more of state government.

He says it will cut costs and that's an essential part of what he does.

Some Democrats are saying the debate over guns in parks is far from over.

At a roundtable discussion Thursday at the Tennessee Capitol, the new law was held up as an example of hastily passed legislation.

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, put together the event. He says lawmakers listened only to gun rights supporters during debate over the bill last spring.

A top ally of Bill Haslam is telling Tennessee's governor to forget about increasing the state's gas tax next year.

State lawmakers scrutinized a plan to let members of the Tennessee National Guard carry their own guns and shared their own fears about terrorism in the second day of hearings on last month's shooting in Chattanooga.

Maj. Gen. Max Haston, the commander of the Tennessee Guard, defended a decision to let soldiers and airmen with state handgun permits carry their own weapons while on duty in state armories and other Guard facilities. And Haston told a panel made up of primarily state senators that there will be limits on what they can carry.

A commission that's been reviewing Tennessee's sentencing laws will release its final recommendations Thursday morning.

The group has drawn scrutiny because working documents have shown it might recommend longer sentences for some crimes.

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