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"Do masks work or don't they? questioned Rep. Vincent Dixie, D-Nashville, seeking clarification from GOP Rep. Bruce Griffey. Photo: John Partipilo)Rep. Vincent Dixie, photographed in the Cordell Hull Legislative Building in March 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Dixie: Special legislative session should assess West Tennessee infrastructure

BY: - October 18, 2021

Rep. Vincent Dixie, D-Nashville, spoke with a civil-rights group Monday morning  about what to expect at Gov. Bill Lee’s special session discussing the Ford Motor Company manufacturing campus headed to West Tennessee.  The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, a non-partisan civil-rights group, asked Dixie, D-Nashville, about his goals to use the deal in an effort […]

First draft of new Metro Council districts. (Map: Metro Planning

Nashville redistricting to change Metro Council, school board districts

BY: - October 15, 2021

East Nashville resident Adam Vollrath has concerns about new redistricting maps released by the Metro Nashville Planning Department on Friday morning.  “I have specific concerns about splitting McFerrin Park between Districts 5 and 6,” said Vollrath, who served as president of the McFerrin Park Neighborhood Association in 2018-19. “There are obvious logistical concerns about splitting […]

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Memphis civilian law enforcement group upholds police punishment

BY: - October 15, 2021

A Memphis resident testified before city officials about the strange circumstances surrounding a police visit to her home.   Members of the Memphis Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) meet on a monthly basis to make judgements on alleged cases of police brutality, and on Thursday, they received the case of Anita Hill and the events […]

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives mill about in House Chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

COVID-19 special session likely to start Oct. 27

BY: - October 6, 2021

A special session of the General Assembly to deal with COVID-19 issues could start Oct. 27 and run several days. House Republicans received a text message from leadership Wednesday saying the special session is “expected” to begin on that day. Democratic Rep. Gloria Johnson of Knoxville also posted a tweet Wednesday saying the session on […]

Tennessee National Guard member Bobby May, photographed who; on duty in Jordan. (Photo: Taelor May)

National Guard member, victim of COVID, remembered as ‘full of life’

BY: - October 3, 2021

Bobby May was on the verge of retirement from the Tennessee National Guard. May had just received a letter congratulating him for 21 years of service to his country and the 56-year-old combat veteran had survived cancer two years ago. “He was just a goofy person, full of life,” Tori May Holt, his daughter who […]

Sen. Katrina Robinson hugs a supporter in April during legislative session. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Memphis jury finds Robinson guilty on four counts

BY: - October 1, 2021

A jury found state Sen. Katrina Robinson guilty of four counts of wire fraud on Thursday after six hours of deliberation. On the remaining count of fraud, jurors found Robinson not guilty.  Robinson and her lawyers indicated they would pursue several legal avenues in response to the verdict, including a motion for a new trial. […]

Gov. Bill Lee at a Sept. 2 press conference. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Governor extending mask opt-out order despite three court rulings

BY: - September 30, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee, hamstrung by three federal court rulings, said Thursday he is extending an executive order allowing parents to opt their children out of school district mask requirements. “I’ve been incredibly disappointed by rulings from the federal judges who’ve chosen to legislate from the bench,” Lee said Thursday after an event at Stewart Builder […]

Scales of justice with back-light on wood table.

Vanderbilt University sued for gender discrimination and retaliation

BY: - September 30, 2021

A 25-year employee of Vanderbilt University has filed suit against the university for discrimination and retaliation on the basis of sex and gender identity and disability. Olivia Ruth Hill, who was hired by Vanderbilt in 1996 to work in the university’s Facilities Plant, and her legal team filed suit Wednesday on nine counts. They claim […]

Supporters of Planned Parenthood in the gallery of the Tennessee House of Representatives. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Coalition hold events for abortion justice in nine Tennessee cities

BY: - September 30, 2021

A coalition of progressive groups and organizations that work for reproductive rights is holding a rally for abortion justice in nine Tennessee cities on Saturday, with Murfreesboro serving as a central site. The “Bans off our Bodies” event is part of a Nationwide Day of Action for Abortion Rights which will feature more than 600  […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby Count calls for DOJ oversight of juvenile courts

BY: - September 27, 2021

On Monday, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee the county’s juvenile detention centers after reports of racial disparities. According to the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission, violent crime rates overall have risen by 12.1% in comparison to previous years. Violent juvenile charges have decreased […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby County committee recommends DOJ oversight of juvenile courts

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Shelby County Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts Committee voted to recommend the U.S. Department of Justice resume oversight of the county’s juvenile court system after concerns that current policies have failed to address racial disparities.  On Wednesday the Countywide Juvenile Justice Consortium (CJJC), a citizen-led board created to hold the juvenile justice system accountable, […]

The exterior of TIRRC's new building explodes with colorful murals. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee immigration advocates head to DC to urge pathway to citizenship

BY: - September 20, 2021

On Sunday, immigrant-rights advocates were disheartened to learn that a pathway to citizenship for thousands of immigrants in Tennessee was excluded from the congressional Democrats $3.5 trillion social policy budget. Earlier this month, the Democratic Party began the push to expand the nation’s social safety net focused on health care, child and elder care, education […]