Briefs

Screen grab of Gov. Bill Lee at Wednesday's press briefing.

East Tennessee doctors to Lee: “Get up there and lead.”

BY: - November 18, 2020

Two East Tennessee doctors said Wednesday most Tennesseans won’t be able to access a COVID-19 vaccine for a year and decried what they call a lack of leadership by Gov. Bill Lee.  Dr. Deaver Shattuck, an internal medicine specialist in Blount County and Dr. Kevin James, a geriatrician who also practices in Blount County, talked […]

Nashville Farmers Market (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Metro Council approves $500,000 for Farmers Market

BY: - November 18, 2020

Metro Council approved $500,000 in rent relief to vendors at the Nashville Farmers Market, despite reservations from several council members.  The bill was previously deferred due to conflicts with U.S. Treasury guidelines, which would have considered the funds as unlawful revenue replacement, according to Councilmember Sandra Sepulveda, one of three sponsors. Council made the decision […]

McMurry, Councilmember Nancy Vanreece, and former Mayor Megan Barry in an untitled photo. (Photo: Facebook)

Community leader, political activist David McMurry dies Monday

BY: - November 17, 2020

David McMurry, a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Convention Center Authority and former candidate for Metro Council, was found dead in his condominium Monday.  News of McMurry’s death spread rapidly via social media channels Monday night.  Russ Bradford, council member for District 13, said Metro Police were called for a wellness check on McMurry when […]

Trio of U.S. Senators call for more COVID transparency in psychiatric facilities, homes for people with disabilities

BY: - November 13, 2020

Three U.S. senators are asking federal officials to require psychiatric institutions, group homes for people with disabilities and other treatment facilities for children and adults to report COVID-19 data and make it available to the public. Nursing homes have been asked since the onset of the pandemic to report coronavirus cases, testing and deaths to […]

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Vanderbilt seeks Latino families for study on intersection between autism and music

BY: - November 9, 2020

Vanderbilt researchers are seeking Latino families to learn more about COVID-19’s effects on family relations and how music plays a part in the development of young children, especially those on the autism spectrum.  COVID-19 created a unique situation for families having to deal with quarantine, and researchers believe music has been a successful coping mechanism. […]

Family members of Pervis Payne were in attendance during a meeting led by the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday Aug. 31, 2020. The group gathered to ask for DNA testing in the death penalty case of Pervis Payne. Payne is a black man with an intellectual disability who was convicted of killing a white woman and her daughter in Millington, Tennessee. He is scheduled to be executed Dec. 3rd, 2020. His sister Rolanda Holman is at left, his father Elder Carl Payne (center) ( photo by © Karen Pulfer Focht)

Black caucus files bill on behalf of Pervis Payne

BY: - November 5, 2020

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators (TBCSL) will file a bill to consider inmates diagnosed with intellectual disabilities ineligible for death row.  The State General Assembly goes back into session on Jan. 12, but advocates for Death Row inmate Pervis Payne hope a decision is made on his behalf well before Payne’s scheduled execution […]

Dr. Alex Jahangir, Chair of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force, spends time at the OEM and Nissan Corona 19 testing site. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Nashville COVID-19 cases rise as activities move indoors

BY: - October 30, 2020

As COVID cases continue to rise, clusters are primarily happening in households and workplaces, said Dr. Alex Jahangir at Fabian Bedne’s press conference.  Bedne, a staff members for Mayor John Cooper, holds a weekly conference for Spanish language speakers. The pandemic situation in Nashville is going from bad to worse, said Bedne. Hospitals’ capacity has […]

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 22 - Belmont University, site of the second 2020 presidential debate. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

“Save Watkins” loses suit against Belmont

BY: - October 29, 2020

A Nashville  judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by activists who challenged the takeover of Watkins College of Art by Belmont University.   “Save Watkins” plaintiff Mark Schlicher said the group is still considering whether or not to fight the decision.   “We are keeping our options open as we consult with each other and our attorneys, […]

Recent graduates of the Metro Police Academy are sworn in August 12 2020. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Cooper tells NOAH no funds for criminal reform

BY: - October 26, 2020

Mayor John Cooper told a group of Nashville community leaders Sunday the city does not have the funds to address criminal reform.  “I am sorry, and we would love to be able to do it but we have to accept that as a reality,” said Cooper. “The work is worthy, but we have to be able […]

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Nashville mayor’s representative urges early voting

BY: - October 23, 2020

Although the lines continue to be long at many early-voting locations right now, waiting until Election Day is a risky plan, said a staff member for Nashville Mayor John Cooper.  Rising COVID-19 cases and long lines for early voting may be turning away some potential voters, said Fabian Bedne in his weekly Spanish language press […]

Middle Tennessee labor union leaders gathered Thursday to discuss what talking points they will be looking for from President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden at Thursday night's debate. (Photo: Holly McCall)

Labor leaders address needs from presidential candidates

BY: - October 22, 2020

Nobody — teachers nor students — should set foot in classrooms until infrastructure has been fixed, class sizes are smaller and Metro Nashville hires more teachers, said Amanda Kail, president of the Metro Nashville Education Association Thursday morning.  Kail was part of a coalition speaking to the needs of Tennessee workers in advance of Thursday […]

Early voter Lanna Williams, wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt, waits in line to vote with others at the Howard School in Nashville. Apparel with slogans not identified with a particular candidate or political party are permitted while voting. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Towns to investigate Memphis poll worker incident

BY: - October 21, 2020

Rep. Joe Towns Jr., D-Memphis, will investigate whether an incident in which “Black Lives Matter” voters were turned away from the polls was not an isolated incident. Friday a poll worker was fired after turning away voters who wore t-shirts linked to the recent protests. The fired worker thought the  slogans were tied to the […]