Sam Stockard

Sam Stockard

Sam Stockard is a veteran Tennessee reporter and editor, having written for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, where he served as lead editor when the paper won an award for being the state's best Sunday newspaper two years in a row. He has led the Capitol Hill bureau for The Daily Memphian. His awards include Best Single Editorial from the Tennessee Press Association.

Top Tennessee lawmakers start push to reject billions of dollars in federal education funds

By: - September 26, 2023

Tennessee could be on the verge of rejecting nearly $1.9 billion in federal education funding with House and Senate leaders creating a group to study the potential impact. The idea is drawing opposition already, though, from key Democrats, including Sen. Raumesh Akbari of Memphis, who said the money is “essential to ensure educational equity and […]

Tennessee lawmakers boot school shooting mothers while gun reform looks doubtful

By: - August 23, 2023

The Tennessee Senate passed four bills Wednesday, including a $30 million spending measure, but found itself in a standoff with House leaders before this week’s special session can end, according to Lt. Gov. Randy McNally. House leaders want the Senate to make concessions enabling it to pass more than the three bills the upper chamber […]

Tennessee House GOP moves to expel three Democrats over floor protests about Nashville shooting

By: - April 4, 2023

Republican lawmakers sponsored resolutions Monday to expel three Democrats who led a protest on the House floor last week as hundreds of people rallied outside the chamber for tighter gun laws before the session devolved into a fracas. The bills are aimed at state Reps. Justin Jones of Nashville, Justin Pearson of Memphis and Gloria […]

Tennessee governor’s special session ends in House scrum

By: - August 31, 2022

A special session of the General Assembly designed to improve public safety in the wake of the Covenant School mass shooting wrapped up with violence and anger. The House and Senate agreed to spend $110 million on an array of safety measures. But pushing, shoving and shouting ensued shortly before noon Tuesday as the House […]