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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.

School shooting at Knoxville high school leaves one dead

By: - April 12, 2021

A student is dead and a Knoxville police officer is wounded following a shooting at Austin East Magnet High School for the Arts in Knoxville on Monday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into the incident, which occurred when Knoxville Police were summoned to Austin East for a report of an armed […]

Several hundred people gathered at East Tennessee State University to show support for basketball players who took a knee during the National Anthem at a February game and subsequent resignation of Coach Jason Shay. (Photo: Kate Craig)

Legislature has pattern of harassing Black Tennesseans, says Democratic leadership

By: - April 8, 2021

Democratic legislative leaders said on Thursday the controversy that began when East Tennessee State University basketball players knelt during the playing the National Anthem is part of a pattern of harassment of Black Tennesseans.  The remarks came during a weekly press conference held by the Democratic House and Senate Caucus leadership. Republican legislative leadership holds […]

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Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives mill about in House Chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: Republicans need to lose the crazy

By: - March 30, 2021

Thursday, I was speaking to a bipartisan group about the current political environment and giving a recap on all that’s happened since the Nov. 3 Election Day. As the resident progressive, I was joined by a well-known Republican consultant who has carved out a solid career in Tennessee and national politics.  For the last question […]

First shots: an early arrival at Nashville's mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic pulls up to get inoculated against the novel coronavirus. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville COVID-19 clinic vaccinates 10,000 in one day

By: - March 22, 2021

Even before the sun rose over Nissan Stadium Saturday, the first day of Spring was brimming with the renewal that comes after a long winter. By 6 a.m., volunteers stood ready to direct the traffic backed up not for a Tennessee Titans game but for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.  The Nashville Department of Health offered […]

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Inside the Tennessee Senate chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s Column: Kelsey’s defense of slavery exception fails Four-Way Test

By: - March 19, 2021

A good friend of mine joined her local Rotary Club several years ago when she wanted to become more involved in the community. I was skeptical at first, knowing little about the organization. I’ve learned more about it and Rotary is a fine civic organization that outlines its mission as a group of “friends, leaders, […]

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

Editor’s Column: Slatery and Hargett protest too much about voting rights act

By: - March 12, 2021

Tuesday, reporter Sam Stockard reported Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Attorney General Herbert Slatery have both joined their peers in signing letters that announce their disapproval of the “For the People” Act, a voting rights package that passed in the U.S. House March 4.  The package, which passed along party lines — 220 […]

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Two members of the Tennessee National Guard carry one of the three original Tennessee Constitutions to a waiting vehicle for transport to the new Tennessee State Library and Archives. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Editor’s Column: Tennessee’s Constitution should be handled with care

By: - March 3, 2021

On Monday, Tennessee officials staged a parade to move three physical versions of the Tennessee Constitution to their new home in the freshly completed Tennessee Library and Archives building. The Tennessee National Guard color guard turned out in smart uniforms, the Tennessee State University drumline high stepped along the downtown parade route, and the constitutions […]

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Store shelves are empty of milk and water at Kroger Trinity Commons in Cordova, Tennessee. Memphis Light Gas and Water has issued a first ever boil order alert due to low water pressure problems related to the recent winter storms that have passed through the area. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Editor’s Column: The Tennessee-Texas connection extends to emergency in Memphis

By: - February 22, 2021

The first line of “Blue Yodel #1,” by one of the pioneers of country music, Jimmie Rodgers, goes, “T for Texas, T for Tennessee.” The pairing of the two states is appropriate. There’s long been a kinship between the pair, dating to the 1846 Mexican War. When the United States called for 2,800 Tennesseans to […]

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Gov. Bill Lee ending his third State of the State address. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s Column: Altered state

By: - February 12, 2021

Monday night, I switched on Facebook to watch Gov. Bill Lee’s third State of the State address. There’s much which I disagree with Lee on but having read a preview of the speech, I felt confident I at least knew what to expect going in.  Sure — we are mid-COVID-19 pandemic and Lee had already […]

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Gov. Bill Lee speaking before the Tennessee General Assembly in January. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s Column: Bill Lee at the midterm

By: - January 29, 2021

Just over two years ago, Bill Lee became governor of Tennessee. So at this midway point in his first term, it’s fair to review his inaugural promises and assess what’s been successful since his election and what has failed. To make a fair assessment, I watched his 15-minute inauguration speech from Jan. 19, 2019. In […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: The U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as American flags are placed in the ground on the National Mall on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Commentary: Giving gratitude for the lessons of Trump

By: - January 22, 2021

On Wednesday, as I joined millions of other Americans who tuned in to watch the inauguration of President Joe Biden, I simultaneously scrolled my social media feeds. Many of my friends and acquaintances expressed feelings of joy and relief. Many said they shed tears of emotion.  And more than a few had words for former […]

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In historic vote, Hendrell Remus becomes first Black chair of Tennessee Democratic Party

By: - January 16, 2021

The Tennessee Democratic Party took a historic step Saturday, voting to elect Hendrell Remus as the first Black chairman of the party.  Remus won on a second ballot vote against longtime Democratic activist Wade Munday.  Munday, who serves on the Democratic National Committee, has also worked at the TNDP as communications director and served as […]