Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press.

A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications.

Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, politics and general assignment beats.

He was won public service, investigative, deadline and project awards from the Tennessee Press Association, Common Cause of Tennessee, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists and Remove Intoxicated Drivers.

Andy grew up in Chattanooga. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Andy is a past chairman of the Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps and served as an acting director of the Regional Reporters Association while in Washington.

Contact Andy at 615-255-0550 or asher@timesfreepress.com

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NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials say the state's School Bond Authority has just completed the sale of $345 million in higher education facilities bonds at historically low rates.

NASHVILLE — Scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Monday was finally able to bring his Aug. 7 GOP primary election to a successful close after state Sen. Jim Tracy announced he won't challenge the razor-thin results and conceded defeat.

NASHVILLE — Proponents say 12,403 people have so far signed Chattanooga petitions seeking a November referendum on wine sales in grocery stores.

NASHVILLE — Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will endorse 4th Congressional District Democratic nominee Lenda Sherrell next week, the Sherrell campaign says.

NASHVILLE — Lakesite and Red Bank have joined the list of Tennessee cities that have collected enough petition signatures to let voters decide in November whether retail food stores may sell wine, proponents say.

NASHVILLE — With all but one provisional vote counted in last week's 4th Congressional District GOP primary, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has at least a 38-vote lead over challenger Jim Tracy.

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam this afternoon announced he has created a 27-member Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of his administration's overall effort to cut crime and improve public safety.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Jim Tracy to concede their 4th Congressional District Republican primary race after reviews of provisional ballots in most counties showed DesJarlais with an insurmountable 37-vote lead.

NASHVILLE — Republican Jim Tracy has nearly run out of counties to pick up provisional ballot votes needed to change the outcome of his 4th Congressional District GOP primary squeaker of a contest with incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says he plans to seek reappointment by the state Supreme Court after three Democratic justices survived efforts by Republicans to defeat the judges.

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