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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 […]

Ronnie Presley of Bethpage, Tenn., on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo: Court records)

Sumner County man pleads guilty to charges in 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection

BY: - July 29, 2022

A Tennessee man who stormed inside the U.S. Capitol Building during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and fought with police pleaded guilty Thursday. Ronnie Presley, 43, of Bethpage, Tenn., in Sumner County pleaded guilty in the District of Columbia Thursday to a charge of interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder. Presley […]

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 […]

Jennifer Nichols, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services. (Photo: tn.gov)

DCS chief is replaced — the latest departure from Gov. Bill Lee’s cabinet

BY: - July 22, 2022

Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols has been replaced — the latest among Gov. Bill Lee’s cabinet to leave state government. Nichols’ tenure — Lee appointed her to the job in 2019 — was marked by controversies that included a Tennessee Lookout report last year of children sleeping in state office buildings and news […]

Tennessee State Capitol. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Study: state should not restrict local government authority over development

BY: - July 22, 2022

In Tennessee local governments have long required developers to dedicate portions of their land for public use — to widen roads or add sidewalks, for example — often over the developers’ objections. Last year, Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Sparta, and Rep. Ryan Williams, D-Cookeville, introduced a bill to try and limit local government’s authority over such […]

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Pigeon Forge restaurant is accused of violating federal labor law. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Discovery)

Guy Fieri’s Pigeon Forge restaurant accused of violating federal labor law

BY: - July 21, 2022

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s new restaurant in Pigeon Forge is in legal hot water, accused of cheating wait staff and violating federal labor law. A proposed “collective action” lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court against Downtown Flavortown, a new Fieri eater that opened in March on Teaster Lane in the tourism mecca of […]

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, […]

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Early voting is underway: Here’s what you need to know about how to cast your ballot in Tennessee

BY: - July 19, 2022

Tennessee’s early voting season is underway ahead of the August 4 primary election, which features each party’s candidates for governor, the state Legislature and Congress — along with five open seats on the Tennessee Supreme Court. The midterm elections in some of Tennessee’s 95 counties also include races for district attorney, local judges and ballot […]