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Abby Lee Hood

Abby Lee Hood

Abby Lee Hood is a queer Nashville-based writer covering justice, LGBTQ issues and more. They are an amateur roller-skater and live with their hedgehog, Noodle, and three-legged cat, Tom. They are writing a debut novel and have published poetry and sci-fi/fantasy short stories.

Photographer Alex Kent was is in the middle of Wednesday's melee as Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Tennesseans play role in mob scene at U.S. Capitol

By: and - January 7, 2021

As photo and video of Wednesday’s rioting at the U.S. Capitol spread across social media, Tennesseeans began recognizing friends and neighbors, with prominent elected officials and local leaders among the mob who entered the federal building and temporarily halted certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s win. NashvilleResist, a popular political Twitter account, reported that at least […]

Gina Coleman has lived in Haynes Park for 39 years and she and neighbors raised $4,500 for 2 security cameras in the neighborhood. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Haynes Park neighbors organize for safer neighborhood

By: - December 15, 2020

After a rash of disconcerting crime in North Nashville’s Haynes Park, neighbors were tired of feeling like “sitting ducks,” according to community activist Gina Coleman. Coleman and her fellow Haynes Park Neighborhood Association board members are doing something about it—fundraising for security cameras, hosting fish fries and other community efforts to reduce crime and change […]

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1946 Tennessee election parallels 2020

By: - November 24, 2020

Election season in Tennessee has been a microcosm of the nation’s problems: social media videos of voter intimidation in Knoxville, massive protests led by teens, alleged hate crimes by right-wing instigators and implications of voter fraud by the president, but voters’ memories are short: they may have forgotten that in at least one rural Tennessee town, violence […]

DRAKETOWN, GA - APRIL 21: Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning after a rally on April 21, 2018 in Draketown, Georgia. Community members had opposed the rally in Newnan and came out to embrace racial unity in the small Georgia town. Fearing a repeat of the violence that broke out after Charlottesville, hundreds of police officers were stationed in the town during the rally in an attempt to keep the anti racist protesters and neo-Nazi groups separated. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Election chaos and violence possible in Tennessee, experts say

By: - October 20, 2020

Mere minutes after President Donald Trump told the Proud Boys to “stand by,” during the first presidential debate the group started posting merchandise and graphics online bearing the phrase. Based on their posts, the “western chauvinist” group that marched with the KKK at the “Unite the Right” Charlottesville riot in 2017 heard Trump’s call to […]

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In Rutherford County, incumbent and challenger face off for second time

By: - September 16, 2020

In 2018, the Tennessee House of Representatives race in District 49  was decided by just 1,041 votes. Rep. Mike Sparks, the Republican incumbent first elected in 2010, beat Democrat Chris Mayor by five percent. In 2016, Sparks, who was first elected in 2010, beat Democrat Brandon Thomas by a margin of 61%-39%. Sparks and Thomas […]

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In-person voting rule challenges Rutherford County voter ill with COVID-19

By: - August 14, 2020

On July 29, Brittney Whidden received a phone call from the Rutherford County Election Commission. While her husband’s absentee ballot had been approved, hers would not be. Whidden pushed back, and the election commission made an exception. Whidden, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering, received her ballot via mail July 31, but reached […]

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Students work to better Black history and slavery education in TN

By: - August 6, 2020

When Mariah Toennies was temporarily on crutches and sitting out of gym class, she said she was able to speak with her teacher at Nolensville High School a little more than usual. During one conversation her teacher learned Toennies was adopted by a white family, and that her birth father was black. Toennies said her […]

Tennessee Animal Safari. (Photo: Matt Bastin)

Living conditions at Tennessee drive-through safari raise red flags

By: and - August 3, 2020

On any given day at the Tennessee Safari Park in Alamo, visitors in vehicles line the gravel driveway for several hundred yards, snaking past the entrance, down the road, and doubling back again to finally enter the park. Once inside the park visitors can drive through 5.5 miles of safari trail and feed a variety […]

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Foster care organization for LGBTQ youth launches

By: - July 13, 2020

Just months after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a new bill prohibiting gay couples from adopting, the state is getting a new foster care organization exclusively serving LGBTQ+ homeless youth. True You TN is in the beginning stages of opening, having just acquired their 501(c)3 and preparing to fundraise. The group, founded by Executive Director […]