J. Holly McCall

J. 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. 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.

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE - JULY 15: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee gives the command to start engines prior to the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 15, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Commentary: A guy named Bill

By: - July 31, 2020

When I was growing up in Franklin, there was this guy, a few years older than me, who I sure looked up to. His name was Bill. He was a paragon: Smart. Nice-looking. Excelled at everything he put his hand to. In 4-H, he and his siblings dominated every project in which they competed, from […]

(Photo by John Partipilo for the Tennessee Lookout)

Life in Church Street Park

By: and - July 27, 2020

Church Street Park, a pocket park on downtown Nashville’s Church Street, has long been a gathering spot for the area’s homeless. It’s across the street from Nashville Public Library, where homeless individuals can access bathrooms and computers and easily accessible by bus for those who have fare money. Recently, the park seems more crowded than […]

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett testifies before the U.S. Senate Rules Committee on Absentee Voting. (Screenshot of Senate Rules Committee.)

Hargett to U.S. Senate: Georgia cat’s application to vote proof of voter fraud

By: - July 23, 2020

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett cited an alleged instance of a voter registration form being mailed to a cat in Georgia as rationale for Tennessee’s continuing emphasis on in-person voting during a Wednesday hearing of the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee.  Among other instances of alleged voter fraud by mail Hargett cited were […]

A customer at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque. Recent mass shootings have reignited the debate over gun legislation, including red flag laws and expanded background checks. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Bloomberg, Getty Images)

Poll: Majority of Tennesseans more likely to vote for candidate supporting background checks

By: - July 20, 2020

A poll just out from former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords’s  gun violence prevention organizations shows eight out of 10 Tennesseans polled approve of background checks before a buyer can purchase a weapon

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 19, 2016: Congressman/Civil Rights Icon John Lewis views for the first time images and his arrest record for leading a nonviolent sit-in at Nashville's segregated lunch counters, March 5, 1963. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Column: They shall not pass this way again

By: - July 20, 2020

Words are hardly sufficient to describe the pain and loss of Friday. First came the news that the Rev. C.T. Vivian had died at the age of 95. Less than 12 hours later, the news that U.S. Rep. John Lewis had died was a gut-punch of an exclamation point to what has become a surreal […]

South Main Street in Memphis with few tourists out and about. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

From the 901: Beale Street Blues

By: - July 14, 2020

Bar owners are having it tough across the state but some are giving as good as they get. In both Memphis and Nashville, bar owners have resorted to legal action after leaders for their respective cities have closed them or limited crowd size. Monday, 16 bar owners in Memphis sued the city, citing “significant economic […]

Butch Eley, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, leads Thursday's meeting of the Tennessee Capitol Commission. (Photo: Tennessee Capitol Commission video)

Commentary: Forrest debate has wasted time, marred Tennessee’s reputation

By: - July 10, 2020

Thursday was a momentous day in Tennessee, more momentous than it should have been, for a decision was reached that should never have been difficult.  The Tennessee Capitol Commission voted to remove the bust of Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest from its perch on the second floor of the Capitol.  Much pain and drama […]

The Beacon Center of Tennessee.

Beacon Center releases study of city freedoms

By: - July 2, 2020

In conjunction with the July 4 Independence Day, the Beacon Center of Tennessee released a report Wednesday ranking Tennessee’s 30 most populous cities on a series of measures of freedom. The inaugural Freedom Index examined 25 metrics in four categories, free enterprise, private property, individual liberty, and cost of government, with LaVergne in Rutherford County […]

Equity Alliances staffs up

By: - June 29, 2020

The Equity Alliance, a statewide non-profit focused on the civic and economic empowerment of the Black community, announced today the addition of seven new staff members to assist the organization as it expands its operations. The staff additions will add capacity to The Equity Alliance’s community organizing, voter outreach and Covid-19 response efforts. Charlane Oliver, […]

Nashville, Tenn., June 28 - Back the Back demonstrators face off with Black Lives Matter protesters. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Back the Badge, Black Lives Matter groups meet in Nashville

By: - June 29, 2020

A group of law enforcement advocates held a Back the Badge demonstration in Nashville Sunday, coming face to face with Black Lives Matter protesters who have occupied War Memorial Plaza for over two weeks. Cars, many of which apparently supported the BLM group, circled the block, blowing horns and holding signs that read “Blue Lives […]

Williamson County seal.

Commentary: Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

By: - June 26, 2020

The Civil War ended 155 years ago but controversy about its ramifications continues across the country and nowhere is it more prevalent than in the South, the area that – let’s be honest – started the war of insurrection.  Before continuing, I’ll share my own history. My McCall ancestors moved to Williamson County in the […]

Tennessee House of Representatives Chambers (iStock Editorial/Getty Images)

Commentary: Legislature lacks basic human decency

By: - June 19, 2020

Let’s cut right to the chase.  There’s a lack of basic common, human decency in the legislature.  For the last five or six years, Tennessee political watchers have observed the General Assembly devolve. Members have been expelled for campaign finance malfeasance, accused of sexual harassment or assault and too often laws pursued have focused less […]