Holly McCall

Holly McCall

Holly McCall has been a fixture in Tennessee media and politics for decades. She covered city hall for papers in Columbus, Ohio and Joplin, Missouri before returning to Tennessee with the Nashville Business Journal. She has served as political analyst for WZTV Fox 17 and provided communications consulting for political campaigns at all levels, from city council to presidential. Holly brings a deep wealth of knowledge about Tennessee’s political processes and players and likes nothing better than getting into the weeds of how political deals are made.

Nashville, Tenn. - Hanging a banner on the former statue of Edward Carmack designating the space "Ida B. Wells Plaza." (Photo: Alex Kent)

Photo Gallery: Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

By: - June 15, 2020

The weeks of demonstrations against police brutality that began when George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis began a new phase in Tennessee with the creation of an ‘autonomous zone’ just outside the Tennessee State Capitol Friday. Dozens began occupying the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) Friday afternoon, hangin hammocks and erecting tents for […]

Entry to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park in West Tennessee. Language on the Tennessee State Parks website ( says: "Although a controversial figure, Forrest is remembered by some as a noted military tactician of the Civil War." (Photo: Tennessee State Parks)

Commentary: Wanted – a contributor to justify honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest

By: - June 12, 2020

Wanted: One contributor to write a single column for the Tennessee Lookout that justifies the presence of busts, statues or honorifics of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Look: I am sick of hearing about Forrest. The debate over his bust in the Tennessee State Capitol – between those who want it gone and those who think it […]

House Judiciary Committee hearing, from Corey Strong email, June 10. (Photo: Jim Watson/Getty Images)

From the 901: Cohen opponent characterizes congressman as “embarrassment”

By: - June 12, 2020

Memphis attorney Corey Strong, who is running in the Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, characterized Cohen as an “embarrassment” in a fundraising email Wednesday. Titled “Are you embarrassed?”, the email read, in part: “When the nation looks at us, what do they see? Our esteemed representative leering over a bucket of chicken? They see […]

Man at Nashville rally, June 4. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Commentary: The tyranny of racism

By: - June 6, 2020

June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day, the event in which Allied forces took on the Nazi army in France and began the march to Berlin that culminated in VE – Victory in Europe – Day May 8, 1945. I’ve always been attuned to the date, likely because my dad was a veteran of WWII. […]

The Black Lives Matter march starting the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Sixth night of protests in Middle Tennessee stay peaceful

By: and - June 5, 2020

Protests stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25 continued in Middle Tennessee for the sixth night in a row.  In Nashville, thousands gathered at Bicentennial Mall for a rally organized by teenagers with the Black Lives Matter movement. The diverse group moved through downtown streets chanting and accepting bottles of water […]

A view of the crowd at a Nashville vigil for George Floyd. (Photo: Alex Kent)

National Guard lays down shields at peaceful Nashville vigil

By: - June 2, 2020

A Nashville vigil for George Floyd, the Minneapolis man killed by police last week, drew more than 200 people and culminated with members of the Tennessee National Guard laying down their riot shields in a gesture of solidarity with the crowd. The group met at the Tennessee State Capitol, where they prayed and sang songs […]

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Nashville budget chair says lack of body cameras result of poor planning by former mayors

By: - June 1, 2020

Nashville’s last two mayors hold responsibility for the city’s failure to purchase body cameras for police, a Nashville councilmember said over the weekend. Councilmember at Large Bob Mendes, chair of the Metro Council of Nashville and Davidson County’s budget committee, made the remarks in a Facebook live conversation about the city’s $2.45 billion budget with […]

Metro Police at a recent protest. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Weekend protests, riots rock state

By: - June 1, 2020

  Peaceful protests over the weekend in Tennessee cities, including Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro turned violent in several instances, with police dispersing tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowds and public and private property suffering damage. The Knoxville event remained calm, while both Memphis and Nashville had peaceful organized protests that […]

Nashville, Tenn. - A crowd outside Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse looks at fires inside the building. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville riots: Historic Metro Courthouse burns

By: - May 31, 2020

  An afternoon of peaceful protests organized by social justice groups to protest the killing on Minneapolis man George Floyd by police devolved into a night of riots in Nashville. Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse was defaced and set on fire and downtown tourist district businesses being broken into and robbed. Award-winning and two time Pulitzer […]

Fires in Minneapolis during protests, May 28. (Photo: Minnesota Reformer)

Commentary: The more things change, the more they stay the same

By: - May 29, 2020

1968 was a hell of a year.  My memories of the year are few, but powerful, as they are some of the earliest ones I have.  I turned four that year, and that may have been the year I got a pink birthday cake but I only know that from old photos. I don’t need […]

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Tennessee wants nice things, too

By: - May 22, 2020

Tennessee needs nice things, too Recently, I sat in on a virtual panel discussion hosted by ThinkTennessee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that conducts research on civic and economic opportunity. The topic? Voting by mail.  You’ve probably already heard discussion about voting by mail, as it’s become a hot item nationally and with good reason. […]

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Leaders of civic group give detailed economic recommendations to Cooper

By: - May 21, 2020

Leaders with The Equity Alliance, a statewide non-profit focused on the civic and economic empowerment of the black community have released a detailed set of recommendations for Nashville’s spending of the $121 million of federal CARES Act funding  for economic recovery. Charlane Oliver, co-founder and co-executive director of The Equity Alliance  is a member of […]