Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville’s Alive Hospice to remain nonprofit

BY: - June 6, 2023

Alive Hospice will remain a nonprofit, the Nashville hospice organization announced through its board of directors on Tuesday. Following is the announcement, sent in an email from its director of communications and marketing, Liz Haas:  “The Alive Board of Directors has determined that Alive will remain a not-for-profit, independent organization providing hospice, palliative care and […]

Rep. Bill Beck, D-Nashville, Metro Councilmember Nancy VanReece, late community leader David McMurry, Sen. Brenda Gilmore, D-Nashville and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper. (Photo courtesy of Nancy VanReece)

Nashville Democratic Rep. Bill Beck dies

BY: - June 5, 2023

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the cause of death. Nashville Democratic state Rep. Bill Beck died on Sunday at the age of 61 after suffering heart attack. Beck was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2014 and was currently serving on the House Ethics, Civil Justice, Transportation and State Government […]

A day after a mass shooting at The Covenant School, a woman is overcome with emotion in front of an impromptu memorial. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessean sues Metro Nashville government over Covenant shooting records

BY: - May 18, 2023

The Tennessean, a Nashville-based regional newspaper, has sued Metro Nashville government in a bid for release of documents related to the March 27 shooting at Covenant School. In addition to the Gannett-owned news outlet, plaintiffs include Tennessean reporter Rachel Wegner and state Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga. According to the complaint, The Tennessean has filed multiple […]

U.S. Rep.-elect George Santos (R-NY) photographed in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 04, 2023 (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Democratic attempt to expel Santos from U.S. House handed over to ethics panel

BY: - May 18, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday agreed on a motion to refer to the Ethics Committee a Democratic-sponsored resolution to expel New York Republican Rep. George Santos from Congress. The motion led by Republicans was approved 221-204, with seven Democrats voting present. The expulsion resolution introduced by freshman California Democratic Rep. Robert Garcia was […]

Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Supporters of nonprofit Alive Hospice file complaint with Tennessee Attorney General

BY: - May 9, 2023

Community members supporting Nashville’s Alive Hospice remaining a nonprofit have filed a complaint with the Tennessee attorney general, saying any sale of Alive’s assets would thwart the purpose of the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation law. A group of about 20 people, including former members of the hospice board and a founder, held a news conference Tuesday […]

House Speaker Cameron Sexton on Monday, amid Tennessee High Patrol officers and gun safety protesters. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Lincoln project targets Tennessee legislature with ‘bullies’ ad

BY: - April 18, 2023

A new ad created by former national Republican strategists turned anti-Trump Republicans highlights the recent expulsions of two young, Black Tennessee lawmakers. The ad titled “Bullies,” and produced by The Lincoln Project, will run for two days, targeted for appearing on phones and computers located around the digital footprint of the Tennessee Capitol. “The example […]

Rep. George Brown, D-Lexington. (Photo by LRC Public Information)

Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus joins call condemning potential expulsion of Tennessee lawmakers 

BY: - April 6, 2023

Kentucky’s Black Legislative Caucus joined the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in  condemning the potential expulsion of  three Tennessee state lawmakers after days of turmoil at the Capitol in Nashville. Last week, three Tennessee Democrats — Rep. Gloria Johnson, Justin J. Pearson and Justin Jones — led an impromptu protest on the House floor against gun […]

A bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was removed from the Tennessee Capitol in 2021 after years of wrangling with lawmakers and the Tennessee Historic Commission. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Bill would create new commission to review historic monument removal requests

BY: - April 6, 2023

A bill to create a new “Tennessee Monuments and Memorials Commission” to review any petitions to remove or relocate historical memorials on public property advanced in the legislature on Tuesday. The measure (SB1100/HB1025) by Sen. Janice Bowling, R.-Tullahoma and Rep. Ed Butler, R-Rickman would create a new nine-member volunteer commission appointed by the governor, Senate and […]

Justin Kanew, founder of the Tennessee Holler, at right, moderating a debate at Tennessee State University between Democratic gubernatorial candidates on June 22, 2022. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Shooting targets founder of progressive news site Tennessee Holler

BY: - April 5, 2023

The founder of the Tennessee Holler, a progressive news site, posted on Twitter Wednesday that several shots were fired at his home over the weekend. Justin Kanew said several bullets struck his Williamson County home while his family was asleep Saturday night. “Someone targeted our home,” Kanew said in a statement. “This violence has no […]

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Biden signs bill declassifying information on the origin of COVID-19

BY: - March 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. director of national intelligence has three months to declassify information on potential links between China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origin of COVID-19, after President Joe Biden signed legislation Monday. The bill was one of the first Biden has signed since a 118th Congress split between the two parties began […]

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, photographed in February 2023. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Lieutenant governor posted regularly on Knoxville man’s racy Instagram

BY: - March 9, 2023

The lieutenant governor’s office is defending frequent posting by Randy McNally on the racy Instagram pictures of a young gay man over the last three years even though he voted for anti-LGBTQ legislation recently. The story was initially reported by the Tennessee Holler and followed up by several TV stations. McNally, 79, often posted on […]

Gov. Bill Lee, Jan. 21, 2023. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Ads to target Gov. Bill Lee’s anti-LGBTQ legislation at SEC tournament

BY: - March 7, 2023

A full page ad in Tuesday’s Tennessean newspaper features a high school yearbook photo of Gov. Bill Lee dressed in drag with a call to action by the Human Rights Campaign against Lee’s anti-LGBTQ legislation. The ad appears a week after Tennessee became the first state to enact a measure that could criminalize public drag […]