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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.

A house in Mayfield, Kentucky, photographed by John Partipilo on Dec. 12, 2021.

Tornadoes devastate West Tennessee and Kentucky

By: and - December 13, 2021

At least four people in Tennessee are dead after tornadoes ripped through northwest Tennessee and Kentucky early Saturday morning. The National Weather Service confirmed seven tornadoes touched down in Tennessee but haven’t confirmed if the same tornado damaged Tennessee and Kentucky. In Weakley County, Dresden was hard hit, as was Newbern in Dyer County. Tornadoes […]

Renderings of a revitalized Second Avenue, complete with sustainability features like drought resistant plants in street planters. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Environmental sustainability gains ground in Nashville redevelopment

By: - December 13, 2021

When Nashville Mayor John Cooper gave an update Wednesday on the redevelopment of historic Second Avenue following the Christmas 2020 bombing, he talked of revitalization plans that wouldn’t have happened were it not for the incident — a making of lemonade from life’s lemons scenario. Among the improvements Cooper discussed were creation of an integrated […]

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Holiday Wonders at the Garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Editor’s column: A Christmas list for Tennesseans

By: - December 10, 2021

The holiday season, we often hear, is for children, a magical time of lights and jolly elves and fancy cookies and gifts.  But the older I get, the more I realize that adults need magic in our lives as much or more than kids. Given the last couple of years — tornadoes, a pandemic, multiple […]

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: The new book by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story" is displayed at a New York City bookstore on November 17, 2021 in New York City. First published in The New York Times Magazine, "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story" was written to center the effects of slavery and the achievements of Black people in the history of the United States. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Editor’s column: 1619

By: - December 1, 2021

You’d have to be completely out of the political loop—and I suspect you aren’t, if you are reading this—to not have heard of “The 1619 Project” and the brouhaha surrounding it.  A publication of journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times, “1619” first appeared in an August 2019 issue of the New York Times […]

Artist Michael McBride with his mural at the corner of Commerce Street and 5th Avenue in downtown Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Artist McBride drew inspiration from John Lewis

By: - November 23, 2021

Michael McBride and the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis had much in common. Both grew up similarly, in rural Southern farming communities: McBride in Medon, Tennessee, in Madison County, and Lewis in Troy, Alabama.  Both were members of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. McBride, a Nashville-based Black artist and professor at Tennessee State University, never had […]

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U.S. Capitol. Photo by Russ Rohde/Getty Images

Editor’s column: Grading congressional newsletters

By: - November 17, 2021

I spend a lot of time thinking and talking and writing about the Tennessee General Assembly because too few news outlets in our state have the resources or capacity to do the same, and I figure, larger outlets than this one do have the means to check on our federal delegation.  But a few months […]

Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville mayor names transportation director

By: - November 16, 2021

Nashville Mayor John Cooper has named Diana Alarcon, currently director of transportation and mobility for Tucson, Ariz., as director of the new Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure. Cooper launched NDOT in July and Faye DiMassimo, his senior advisor for transportation and infrastructure, has served as interim director. NDOT was formed after Cooper reorganized […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 21: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on September 21, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)

Editor’s Column: Tennessee’s GOP representatives blew infrastructure vote

By: - November 10, 2021

There’s no secret that Tennessee’s infrastructure is in woeful condition.   The most notable recent example came in May, when a routine inspection of the Hernando de Soto Bridge in Memphis prompted frantic calls to 911: Inspectors found a crack in the bridge so large the waters of the Mississippi River below were visible through it.  […]

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Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Rudd’s concern for unruly DAs needs to begin at home

By: - November 3, 2021

(Editor’s note: This column incorrectly stated Bret Gunn, former Assistant District Attorney in Putnam County, was forced to resign. Gunn self-reported to the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee and was cleared of any ethics violation in Jan. 2021. We apologize for the error.) Much ink has been spilled over last […]

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Community members re-enacting roles as members of the United States Colored Troops stand by "March to Freedom" in downtown Franklin. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: A Southern town evolves

By: - October 26, 2021

Saturday morning, I got up and had coffee as usual before donning my Stetson and walking from my house to downtown Franklin for a Civil War-themed event. The last gasp of the Confederacy in Tennessee came in fall 1864, so there’s no surprise that the weekend featured two Civil War-themed events and it’s not a […]

First draft of new Metro Council districts. (Map: Metro Planning

Nashville redistricting to change Metro Council, school board districts

By: - October 15, 2021

East Nashville resident Adam Vollrath has concerns about new redistricting maps released by the Metro Nashville Planning Department on Friday morning.  “I have specific concerns about splitting McFerrin Park between Districts 5 and 6,” said Vollrath, who served as president of the McFerrin Park Neighborhood Association in 2018-19. “There are obvious logistical concerns about splitting […]

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Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott Davenport, in green judicial robes, pictured with other members of the juvenile court staff. (Photo: RutherfordCountyTN.gov)

Editor’s column: Sickening systemic abuse in Rutherford County calls for action

By: - October 12, 2021

I love Tennessee. I’m a native and no matter where I’ve gone, I always thought my home state is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.  But for the last few days, I’ve felt sad and sick to be a Tennessean for once again, Tennessee has achieved a place in the national consciousness and once […]