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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.

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Gov. Bill Lee at a plant dedication Humboldt, Tennessee in March, pictured with plant workers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

2021: The year in photos

By: , and - December 28, 2021

Great writing and excellent photojournalism go together like peas and carrots, and the Tennessee Lookout has the good fortune to work with excellent writers and photographers. 2021 was a lesser sibling to 2020, our launch year. If the latter gave us the opportunity to cover Black Lives Matter protests, COVID test sites and bombings, the […]

Metro Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Game changer: Metro Council members propose $70 million for city’s economic development office

By: - December 20, 2021

Three members of Nashville’s Metro Council are proposing a $70 million infusion into the Office of Economic and Community Development, to be appropriated from American Rescue Plan funds.  The funds would be used for economic development in disadvantaged communities with an emphasis on North Nashville and to provide resources for the Nashville Small Business Recovery […]

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Halyn McKnight, 26, sits on the front porch of what was left of her home. She had only lived there for nine months before the tornado destroyed her home. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: This Christmas, be a Who

By: - December 17, 2021

The Christmas season can be an emotional and introspective time of year for many, those of us who miss family or loved ones, for instance.  In spite of the bright lights and festive parties, it can be too easy to dwell on the negative. But a couple of days ago, John Partipilo made me reconsider […]

Two Amish men continue their routine of delivering milk, while an American flag flies at half staff. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Biden inspects Western Kentucky tornado damage

By: and - December 16, 2021

President Joe Biden visited Dawson Springs, Kentucky on Wednesday as part of a tour of areas damaged by powerful storms over the weekend. Photojournalist John Partipilo was also in Dawson Springs, documenting the devastation. Former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear, father of current Gov. Andy Beshear, hails from the small town, where 12 people died in […]

Dresden Methodist Church was destroyed early Saturday morning. (Photo: Rick Herron)

Slow recovery begins from West Tennessee, Kentucky storms

By: and - December 15, 2021

Formerly known to most Tennesseans as the home of the late governor Ned Ray McWherter, Dresden, Tennessee joins the roster of towns known by name nationally for the devastation caused by tornadoes: Xenia, Ohio. Greensburg, Kanas. Joplin, Missouri. Mayfield, Kentucky and now, Dresden. The north side of the town’s Main Street was flattened, including City […]

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 […]