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 -- On its face, it would appear to be the least controversial of the four proposed changes to Tennessee's Constitution on the November ballot.

NASHVILLE -- The battle over a proposed abortion amendment to the Tennessee Constitution took to the airwaves Tuesday as opponents began running their first television spot attacking the proposal.

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee-based nonprofit groups -- churches, schools, hospitals, civic service clubs and others -- collectively grossed $23.5 million over the past three years from charitable fundraisers featuring raffles, cakewalks and similar games of chance, figures show.

NASHVILLE - The campaign to defeat the proposed Amendment 1 on abortion begins airing its first television ad in the Nashville market today.

NASHVILLE -- Conservative Christian reality TV stars Jim Bobb and Michelle Duggar threw their support behind Amendment 1 on abortion Monday, with Michelle Duggar charging the provision is needed to stop a "baby holocaust" taking place in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and his Democratic challenger, Gordon Ball, finally share something in common.

NASHVILLE - While Democrat Gordon Ball continues to push Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander for a full-fledged debate, six other Senate hopefuls running as independents or under less well-known party banners say they've agreed to hold one of their own. debate.

NASHVILLE - Herbert H. Slatery III will be sworn in as Tennessee’s first Republican attorney general in 144 years on Wednesday with his soon-to-be ex-boss Gov. Bill Haslam and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee administering the oath of office.

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam has ordered state agencies to slash discretionary spending by up to 7 percent as his administration builds the new budget it will present to legislators early next year.

NASHVILLE -- Some 22,800 students have registered so far in Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise program, which offers "last dollars" scholarships to high school graduates wanting to attend two-year state community colleges or colleges of applied technology, officials say.

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