Pence in Memphis to discuss Operation Warp Speed

Vice-President Mike Pence was in Memphis Thursday for a roundtable discussion of Operation Warp Speed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine distribution program and Tennessee’s plan to operationalize vaccinations once approved. Gov. Bill Lee...
Metro Nashville Council and School Board Districts. (Nashville Planning Department)

Metro Nashville to redraw council and school board district lines in 2021

The Metro Nashville Planning Department will soon embark on redrawing the Metro Council and school board district boundaries although the process likely won’t come with the political fanfare or controversy of state redistricting. The Metro...
On Tuesday, Ben Shapiro critiqued Vanderbilt University football and soccer player Sarah Fuller's kicking skills. (Photo: YouTube)

Editor’s column: Welcome to Tennessee! Now y’all go home.

In my Tennessee home town, every time there’s a move towards something progressive — removing the Confederate flag from the county seal, for instance, imposing a mask mandate or changing the name of a...
Maria Hernandez at Davidson County General Sessions Court in November, waiting to see if she can work out a deal with her landlord to stay in her apartment. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Immigrants face unique challenges in staving off evictions

For Maria Hernandez, 36, this has been a stressful year. Her husband was deported in February due to domestic abuse and although it was for the best, she hasn’t recovered financially. After months of...
Gov. Bill Lee and Sen. Lamar Alexander at an October event recognizing the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee, Facebook)

Commentary: Lee’s inept governing show lack of preparedness for job

It is hard to imagine a worse start to a governorship than Bill Lee’s.  Elected in 2018 as an exemplar of evangelical Christian values and bipartisan criminal justice reform, Lee has become quite the...
Tennessee House of Representatives Chambers (iStock Editorial/Getty Images)

Legislators could undercut governor’s emergency orders

Amid questions about Tennessee’s elongated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators are planning to cut drastically into a future governor’s ability to declare extended states of emergency. “If this state of emergency we’re in right...

State Chief Medical Examiner: ‘I have looked at every single (COVID) death certificate’

Dr. Adele Lewis has spent her career documenting death. As Tennessee's Chief Medical Examiner — and a former deputy chief medical examiner in Nashville — Lewis works out of a downtown Nashville state office building...
New Chief of Police: John Drake, seen here speaking an August 8th Women & Girls Against Racism and Violence/Black Lives Matter protest rally in Legislative Plaza, has been named Metro Nashville Chief of Police.

Nashville native John Drake named new police chief Monday

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced on Monday the hiring of interim police Chief John Drake to the full-time job, ending a months-long search that pitted highly regarded external candidates against the homegrown talent. Drake is...

How Nashville will pay for its sports venues amid pandemic

Bridgestone Arena entered 2020 as one of the preeminent sports and entertainment venues in the nation, routinely nominated for the prestigious Pollstar Award for best arena in North America and generating in excess of...
A shot from the Tennessee Public Service Announcement "Choices" (Tennessee.gov)

Commentary: Tennessee PSAs Underplay COVID Crisis

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) have a long and noble history on U.S. television.  Smokey the Bear taught campers to extinguish fully their campfires.  In one famous “Keep America Beautiful” PSA the audience sees a character in...

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