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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), photographed in Washington, DC, on June 8, will speak at the January 16 Spencer Fane Bone McAllester MLK Fellowship Breakfast in Nashville. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Spencer Fane Bone McAllester to host 22nd MLK Fellowship Breakfast in Nashville

By: - December 29, 2022

Spencer Fane Bone McAllester will hold its 22nd Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast on January 16 with featured speaker, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, at the Tennessee State Museum.  The event is held each year on the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. The law firm’s website says that the event “celebrates […]

Women march in Nashville on June 24, the day the U.S, Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stories of 2022: Redistricting, legislators’ legal issues and a Black town fights government

By: - December 28, 2022

Mason, Tennessee Last March, Tennessee Comptroller Jason Mumpower issued an unusual appeal to residents of Mason, Tenn., a small majority-Black town in West Tennessee whose finances were in complete disarray. Jason Mumpower’s suggestion that the town cede its charter, ending more than 150 years of self-governance, drew national attention after local Black leaders fought to […]

Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Metro Councilmember O’Connell proposes taxpayer protections as Council votes on Titans funding terms

By: - December 20, 2022

Metro Nashville Council Member Freddie O’Connell is proposing an amendment to legislation approving a $4 billion financial framework for a new Tennessee Titans stadium that will include a slate of taxpayer protection measures.  O’Connell, who is running for Nashville Mayor, announced his plan on Tuesday prior to Metro Council’s vote at the night meeting.  “Without these […]

Tennessee State Capitol. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Yager earns Tennessee Chamber of Commerce award

By: - December 15, 2022

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry has named its 2022 Champion of Commerce award winners, including Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.  The annual awards recognize legislators who demonstrate extraordinary support for business and manufacturing in the Volunteer State and is based in part on lawmakers’ voting record on key business issues.  “It is an honor […]

From left: Rob Watkins, COO of the Tennessee Justice Center, Executive Director Michelle Johnson, Chanda Freeman, health advocacy program manager. Keith Caldwell, pastor of Seay-Hubbard United Methodist Church, and Janet King, social services coordinator for the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency.(Photo: Submitted)

Tennessee Justice Center, Metro Nashville housing agency hold community partnership event

By: - December 13, 2022

The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) and  the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) in Nashville capped a year of partnership with a lunch and awards ceremony Thursday to recognize leaders in the Napier-Sudekum community and organizations active in the community. A TJC building is under construction in the neighborhood, just south of Downtown Nashville, and staff […]

The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. (Facebook)

University of Tennessee Health Science Center expands options for pharmacy students

By: - December 7, 2022

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center plans to expand options for first year pharmacy students on its Nashville and Knoxville campuses beginning in Fall 2023.  Presently, all pharmacy students must spend their first semester on the flagship Memphis campus and have the option of transferring to either the Nashville or Knoxville campuses.  Courses will […]

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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis catches flak from ACLU for transgender policies

By: - December 2, 2022

(Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include response from Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare.) The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee is taking Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) in Memphis to task for canceling gender affirmation surgery for a 19-year-old patient. According to the ACLU, Chris Evans was notified days before a scheduled surgery that […]

The White House South Lawn. (Photo: Getty Images)

Biden appoints Nashville businessman Bill Freeman to Fulbright Board

By: - November 22, 2022

President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday the appointment of Nashville businessman William H. “Bill” Freeman to the board of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Awards. Freeman co-founded the Freeman-Webb Co. with the late Jimmy Webb. The company is a private real estate investment firm specializing in multi-family and commercial properties. In 2018, the pair bought […]

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Election Day 2022: Tennessee coverage

By: - November 8, 2022

The Tennessee Lookout will bring you live coverage through Election Day 2022 of the gubernatorial race, the campaign for the new 5th Congressional District between Democratic Sen. Heidi Campbell and Republican Andy Ogles, plus the contest in the 7th Congressional District as Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Green faces opposition from Democrat Odessa Kelly. We’ll also […]

Voters stand in line on the first day of early voting in Nashville at Casa Azafran. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Davidson County Election Commission announces plan to rectify early voting errors

By: - November 5, 2022

After more than 200 Davidson County voters were given incorrect ballots during the early voting period, the Davidson County Election commission announced on Saturday procedures for Election Day intended to give those voters the opportunity to cast votes in their correct electoral districts.  “We have posted important information on our website nashville.gov/vote for all Davidson […]

Full house: Former U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander sit adjacent to their replacements, U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty and U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro.)

Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse dedicated in Nashville

By: and - October 22, 2022

The Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Nashville was dedicated Friday afternoon, capping a quarter century effort to replace the aging Estes Kefauver Federal Building. Photographer Ray Di Pietro lives near the courthouse in downtown Nashville and documented the event. A host of state and local political luminaries were there, including former […]

Former Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has been named Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Photo: (Submitted)

Former Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke gains Biden appointment

By: - October 7, 2022

President Joe Biden has appointed former Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke as Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Throughout his career, Andy has demonstrated a clear and constant vision to improve the lives of rural Americans,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Andy’s advocacy for better services, safer streets and improved […]