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Tennesseans on the move: People to watch in 2022

By: - December 27, 2021

As one year passes and another begins, the staff of the Tennessee Lookout brings your attention to a handful of Tennesseans on whom to keep your attention on in the coming year. Politicians, activists and healthcare professionals will stay in the spotlight as we enter our third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and an election […]

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Metro Nashville Schools contract, Ford deal top annual Pork Report

By: - December 15, 2021

A $18 million no-bid contract awarded to a Meharry Medical College offshoot by Metro Nashville Public Schools took the top spot in the Beacon Center of Tennessee’s annual Pork Report.  Titled “2021 Pork Report: 12 Recipes for Government Waste, Fraud, and Abuse,” the report is formatted to look like a cookbook that offers “recipes” from […]

A man pushes his daughter in a stroller through a tornado-ravaged neighborhood. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Governor requests federal emergency aid, issues executive order for storm-stricken areas

By: - December 13, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee sought federal emergency assistance Monday for nine counties struck by tornadoes Friday and early Saturday killing four people and doing millions of dollars in damage. The governor also issued an order giving counties flexibility to deal with the disasters. For example, individuals will be allowed to help in storm damage cleanup and […]

Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, pictured at right with Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, defends herself against questions about possible "Schwinnanigans."(Photo: John Partipilo)

Schwinn to hold final funding town hall Tuesday

By: - November 29, 2021

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn will hold a town hall meeting in Gainesboro on Tuesday, the final of eight meetings to discuss a revision of the state’s funding strategy of public schools. Jackson County Public Schools will host the meeting at Jackson County Middle School in Gainesboro. Event cohosts include White County Middle […]

Two women kiss during the Nashville Pride 2021 parade. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Human Rights Campaign Equity Index scores Jackson, Nashville highly for LGBTQ equity

By: - November 26, 2021

An annual survey that evaluates American cities on measures of equality for members of the LGBTQ community ranked Jackson the highest of the state’s six largest cities.  The Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index released its 10th edition, which rates 508 cities across the county on 49 criteria including whether they offer employee benefits to […]

"Absent friends." Photo by John Partipilo.

Labor leader Eddie Bryan dies at 88

By: - November 16, 2021

Edward Lyle “Eddie” Bryan, longtime Tennessee labor leader, died Sunday at the age of 88. A Nashville native and graduate of Hume Fogg High School, Bryan began his career as an installer and repairman for South Central Bell, joining Communication Workers of America Local 3808 before working his way into labor leadership. He served as […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020 -A supporter of Donald Trump yells at a Black Lives Matter supporter during a "Stop the Steal" rally, the same day President-elect Joe Biden clinched his win. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Group hosts discussion on the First Amendment and disinformation

By: - November 15, 2021

A Nashville-based civic engagement group will host a panel discussion on Thursday to probe the line between First Amendment rights and tensions arising from disinformation, called “Protected Speech and Fear in America.” As part of its “Conversationalist Series,” Millions of Conversations will share information from global conflict mediation expert Andrew Ladley and Deborah Fisher, director […]

Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Kelly picks up endorsements from national progressive groups

By: - November 10, 2021

Odessa Kelly, Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, has picked up two endorsements from national progressive organizations, her campaign announced on Tuesday.  Indivisible, which was founded after former President Donald Trump’s 2016 election and Working Families Party (WFP,) endorsed Kelly. WFP, founded in New York City in 1998, is a progressive grassroots political party […]

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: Senator-elect Bill Hagerty (R-TN) meets with the media on November 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Senate is reconvening for the first time after the 2020 presidential election and a coronavirus relief package is high on their list of priorities. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Michael Sullivan named Hagerty state director

By: - October 29, 2021

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty has named Michael Sullivan as state director for his U.S. Senate office, based in Nashville. Sullivan replaces Jim Henry, who is retiring.  “Michael Sullivan has been by my side since I began this journey to have the honor of representing my fellow Tennesseans in the U.S. Senate, and I am pleased […]

Supporters of Planned Parenthood in the gallery of the Tennessee House of Representatives. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Coalition hold events for abortion justice in nine Tennessee cities

By: - September 30, 2021

A coalition of progressive groups and organizations that work for reproductive rights is holding a rally for abortion justice in nine Tennessee cities on Saturday, with Murfreesboro serving as a central site. The “Bans off our Bodies” event is part of a Nationwide Day of Action for Abortion Rights which will feature more than 600  […]

Tennessee House of Representatives (Photo: John Partipilo)

Education committee drops discussion of Black history education

By: - September 17, 2021

Chattanooga Democratic Rep. Yusef Hakeem says he is “surprised and disappointed” the Joint Legislative Education Committee won’t be discussing a bill he introduced during legislative session to provide the study of Black history to public school students.  In April, HB1460 was deferred to summer study, which typically means a bill has little traction. Hakeem wrote […]

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Metro Nashville Council defers vote on license plate readers

By: - September 8, 2021

Two competing ordinances allowing for the use of License Plate Readers (LPR) in Nashville’s public right of ways were deferred at Tuesday’s Metro Council meeting.  Councilmember Courtney Johnston brought her ordinance back for consideration after indefinitely deferring it in April to get through the annual budget process. Her ordinance calls for LPRS to be affixed […]