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 — A top official said Monday that Tennessee is “changing the culture” at its three state-operated youth development centers, including a Nashville facility where teen felons rioted, assaulted staff and staged two mass escapes in September.

NASHVILLE -- A top official said Monday that Tennessee is "changing the culture" at its three state-operated youth development centers for teen felons.

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NASHVILLE — As Gov. Bill Haslam kicks off his first round of public budget hearings Monday, he finds himself caught between some fellow Republicans who want to reduce taxes and critics who say previous spending reductions have harmed some state services.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was chosen as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association Thursday afternoon, state Republican Party officials said.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was chosen as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association this afternoon, state Republican Party officials say.

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