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U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tennessee, is one of hundreds of congresspeople permanently banned from Russia. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Watchdog coalition files complaints against ALEC in 15 states

By: - July 27, 2021

A coalition of watchdog organizations is filing complaints in15 states this week against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC,) a nonprofit group of conservative state legislators and private organizations that draft model legislation to share with states across the country.  Tennessee is one of the states included in the action. The Center for Media and […]

Visit Franklin names new President and CEO

By: - June 28, 2021

The board of directors for Visit Franklin, the convention and visitors bureau for Williamson County, has named Maureen Haley Thornton as president/CEO.  Thornton replaces Ellie Westman Chin, who left the role in February to take over as president/CEO of Destination Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. Andy Marshall, chair of the Visit Franklin Board and CEO of […]

A site plan of the Memphis Megasite. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)

Gov. Lee Announces Next Steps for Memphis Regional Megasite

By: - June 8, 2021

On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Lee announced he’s planning to complete major infrastructure investments at the Memphis Regional Megasite, as well as addressing workforce and quality of life issues in the region. “The Memphis Regional Megasite offers tremendous opportunity for West Tennessee, and I am committed to building out infrastructure and supporting area workforce as we […]

On Friday, a group of pro-Palestine demonstrators moves down Nashville's 7th Ave. en route to the Tennessee Capitol. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Pro-Palestine demonstrators hit streets in Nashville

By: and - May 24, 2021

Hundreds of Tennesseans marched through the streets of downtown Nashville on Friday night to support Palestine and protest treatment of Palestinian civilians in the recent Israel-Palestine conflict. Many of the approximately 800 attendees were of Palestinian descent. “We will sacrifice our blood and souls for Palestine,” was a refrain chanted by marchers in Arabic through […]

Tennesseans on the move: who to keep an eye on in 2021

By: - December 30, 2020

A year like 2020, replete with drama in politics, health care, education and civil rights, gives public leaders the chance to shine or flop. With the year near to passing in our collective rear view mirrors, the staff of the Tennessee Lookout brings your attention to a handful of Tennesseans in politics, education, health care […]

The year in photos: September-December

By: - December 30, 2020

Politics and pandemic consumed our photojournalists for the latter portion of the year. When President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Memphis photojournalist Karen Pulfer Focht went to Barrett’s alma mater, Rhodes College, to get images from Justice Barrett’s college years. Focht also got what may will be one of […]

Nashville, Tenn., May 30 - A protestor sets fire to Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse while bystanders ignore him. (Photo: John Partipilo)

The year in photos: May-August 2020

By: - December 29, 2020

No matter how well-crafted a written story, superb art work always makes the story better and in 2020, there have been no shortage of opportunities for our talented crew of photojournalists to show off their professional chops. Less than a month after the Tennessee Lookout launched in May, John Partipilo attended the May 30 “I […]

Agents from the FBI and ATF converge at a residence in South Nashville looking for evidence in the Christmas Day RV bombing. (Photo: John Partipilo)

FBI, ATF search Antioch house of bombing suspect

By: and - December 26, 2020

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives converged on an Antioch house named as the residence of a person of interest in the Christmas Day RV bombing on Nashville’s Second Avenue. Neither local nor federal agencies have named the suspect, but agents were seen entering a house […]

Christmas morning bomb devastates Downtown Nashville block

By: , , and - December 25, 2020

At around 6:27 on Christmas morning, what appears to be an intentionally-set bomb detonated on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville just outside an AT&T infrastructure building. The Metro Nashville Police Department reports the bomb was inside a vehicle, believed to be a recreational vehicle (RV.) No one was killed and three people were reported injured. FBI […]

Tidings of Joy: West Tennessee gets lit

By: and - December 24, 2020

The December holiday season of Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa, is typically anticipated with joy. This year has been epically hard, filled with pandemic, recession, calls for racial justice and election strife. The holiday parties we look forward to? Gone this year. Big church celebrations? Not recommended. But holiday light displays are always accessible. Mask-clad Tennesseans are […]

Former Vice President Mike Pence greets Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland (left) at a 2020 event. Strickland has said he will run for a third term if a charter amendment permitting third terms passes in the Aug. 4, 2022 election. (Photo by © Karen Pulfer Focht)

Pence in Memphis to discuss Operation Warp Speed

By: - December 3, 2020

Vice-President Mike Pence was in Memphis Thursday for a roundtable discussion of Operation Warp Speed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine distribution program and Tennessee’s plan to operationalize vaccinations once approved. Gov. Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee greeted Pence at Memphis International Airport. The roundtable was held in Air National Guard 164th […]

Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 14 -A supporter of President Donald Trump holds a Trump flag in one hand and rosary beads in the other. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Trump supporters converge in Nashville for second week

By: - November 17, 2020

For the second weekend in a row, supporters of President Donald Trump converged on the Tennessee State Capitol and the Legislative Plaza in Nashville for a “Stop the Steal” protest of the election of President-elect Joe Biden. Several hundred people gathered the same day thousands gathered in Washington, DC for what was alternately known as […]