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

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.