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Sen. Heidi Campbell, D-Nashville, in her legislative office at the Cordell Hull Building. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Campbell poll shows lead in the 5th District Congressional race against Republican Ogles

By: - August 22, 2022

A poll released by State Sen. Heidi Campbell’s congressional campaign shows the Democratic nominee leading Republican nominee, Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles, by a 51%-48% margin.  Campbell and Ogles are vying for the open 5th Congressional District seat, vacated by veteran Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper after the district was redrawn by the legislature.  The poll, […]

A man displays a shirt celebrating the freedom of enslaved Black people during the Juneteenth celebration on June 19. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Corker leads Tennessee group urging ‘yes’ vote on anti-slavery amendment

By: - August 8, 2022

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will lead a statewide, bipartisan coalition of elected leaders urging Tennesseans to approve a measure that would remove language permitting a form of slavery from the Tennessee Constitution. The Constitution is currently worded: “That slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime, whereof the party shall have been […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Event in June 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Hagerty responds to criticism of PACT Act vote

By: - July 30, 2022

Tennessee’s Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagery voted no this week in the Senate on a bill that would help the needs of soldiers exposed to burn pits.  The PACT Act — or the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act — received blowback from 41 Senate Republicans after the bill passed overwhelmingly in the […]

Two men protest outside Nashville's Planned Parenthood Clinic in 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Four arrested at Nashville Planned Parenthood clinic

By: - July 29, 2022

Metro Nashville Police officers arrested four people Thursday for misdemeanor trespassing at Planned Parenthood.  Authorities charged Rickey Williams, Bevelyn Williams, Edmee Chavannes and Brea Crum. Three of them were physically arrested at the property except for Crum, who was arrested by citation as she had her infant child with her at the time.  “Today’s extremist […]

Women at a Nashville protest for abortion rights on June 24. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee’s abortion ban to be codified into law in 30 days 

By: - July 27, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its judgment Tuesday to formally reverse Roe v. Wade and the clock is ticking for a total ban on abortion to take effect in Tennessee. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery notified the Tennessee Code Commission of the ruling, saying the Tennessee Human Life Protection Act will become law on August […]

Hope Clinic in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

FBI releases photographs of suspects in vandalism at Nashville crisis pregnancy center

By: - July 26, 2022

Federal officials released on Tuesday photographs of a suspect sought in connection with an act of vandalism at a Nashville crisis pregnancy center in June.  On July 1, a week after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, officials with Hope Clinic for Women reported a window at the Midtown facility was broken, a […]

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Metro government sues FEMA over 2010 Nashville flood relief

By: - July 25, 2022

Metro Nashville is suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency over $11 million in federal assistance it never received after the 2010 flood.  In May 2010, 13.57 inches of rain was measured during a 36-hour period in the city, according to the Nashville Weather Service. The Cumberland River crested at 52 feet, the highest level on […]

Rep. Torrey Harris, D-Memphis, at left, photographed by John Partipilo at the Tennessee Capitol.

Memphis Rep. Torrey Harris arrested on domestic violence charges

By: - July 19, 2022

State Rep. Torrey Harris was arrested Friday in Nashville on allegations of domestic assault and theft by a former romantic partner.  In a story first reported by Scoop Nashville, an online news outlet, Harris went to the apartment of his ex-boyfriend, Terence Nealy, to return a dog he had been watching for Nealy.  Once there, […]

Matt Wiltshire in a photo taken at Nashville's Cayce Homes. (Photo: Matt Wiltshire for Mayor)

Economic development, housing official Wiltshire announces Nashville mayoral campaign

By: - July 13, 2022

Matt Wiltshire, former Nashville director of economic and community development, announced his plans to run for Nashville Mayor on Thursday morning.  “We need a long-term vision to tackle our biggest challenges, and we need city services like trash pickup and pothole repair to work right now,” Wiltshire said. “I have heard from people across the […]

A protest of a Tennessee law criminalizing camping on public property kicks off Friday. (Photo: John Partipilo)

New Tennessee laws take effect, with protests accompanying

By: and - July 4, 2022

Dozens of new laws passed in the last session of the General Assembly took effect on Friday, most of which haven’t captured the public’s attention. There’s little controversy about a law that requires utility companies to provide the estimates of connection fees to potential customers, for instance, for instance, or one that allows defendants for […]

Actor and Chattanooga native Leslie Jordan served as Grand Marshal of the Nashville Pride parade on Saturday. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Pride 2022

By: and - June 27, 2022

Members of Middle Tennessee’s LGBTQ community, friends and supporters gathered Saturday and Sunday in Nashville to celebrate Pride Nashville. The event came just a day after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 law legalizing abortion at the federal level, and has raised concerns the court could overturn Obergefell v. Hodges. […]

A sign marks the entry to the Music City Freedom Fest Sunday at Nashville's Hadley Park. (Photo: John Paritpilo)

Juneteenth 2022

By: and - June 20, 2022

Tennesseans across the state celebrated Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the date in 1865 when enslaved Texans learned they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, over the weekend. Photojournalist John Partipilo covered the Music City Freedom Fest in Nashville, which, like other events, featured speakers discussing the history of Juneteenth, food trucks and […]