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.

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Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy maintained his campaign fundraising lead over incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in the first three months of 2014, according to the candidates' latest disclosures.

Gov. Bill Haslam this week signed legislation by two Hamilton County lawmakers that ends Tennessee cities' ability to annex by ordinance.

NASHVILLE -- The House took final action today on a measure expected to save local governments money on some jail inmate medical costs, sending the bill to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE -- No fuss, no muss, no debate: in one fell swoop, the state House this morning passed a measure overhauling Erlanger Health System's board along with 68 other local bills and resolutions.

A last-minute bill scheduled for a vote today in the General Assembly could overhaul Erlanger Health System’s board and remove Chattanooga city government’s long-held seats on the panel.

NASHVILLE — State legislators from Hamilton County are moving a bill in the General Assembly that strips appointments by Chattanooga as well as Hamilton County’s two Chancery Court judges to Erlanger Health System’s board of trustees.

NASHVILLE -- A bill that makes it easier for parents to decide the future direction of a struggling school is dead for the year.

NASHVILLE -- The State Board of Education will be able to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards under a bill headed to Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE — With no discussion, the House today sent to Gov. Bill Haslam a bill authorizing a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures.

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee House gave final approval this afternoon to a controversial bill that allows the State Board of Education to approve charter schools rejected by local school boards.

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