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A police car blocks entrance to the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis after a substantial crack was found in it May 11. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby County Commission approves 5-year safety plan

BY: - October 18, 2022

The Shelby County Commission on Monday approved a five-year plan to increase public safety and tackle the surge of violent crime in Memphis this year.  Memphis recently attracted nationwide attention after the murder of kindergarten teacher Eliza Fletcher by alleged killer Cleotha Henderson and the shooting spree of 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly within a span of […]

Gov. Bill Lee is proposing public-private partnerships to create toll roads in Tennessee. Photo: John Partipilo)

Lee ignores gubernatorial debate challenge from Martin

BY: - October 12, 2022

Republican Gov. Bill Lee barely responded Tuesday when asked if he would debate Democratic candidate Dr. Jason Martin before the Nov. 8 election. Questioned about whether he would go head to head with Martin to give Tennessee voters a chance to see them on stage together, Lee said, “I’m most focused on being the governor […]

A Nashville landfill, not operated by BFI. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Middle Point operators say city, county the source of toxins found at landfill, not them

BY: - October 11, 2022

In their ongoing dispute with the city of Murfreesboro, operators of the Middle Point Landfill are now blaming toxic pollutants found in runoff from the landfill and in nearby waterways on a city-run wastewater treatment plant and a landfill operated by Rutherford County. In August, the city of Murfreesboro filed suit against BFI Waste Systems […]

from left: Rep.Ron Gant, assistant majority leader; Rep. William Lamberth, majority leader; Rep. Cameron Sexton, speaker of the House; Rep. Jeremy Faison, Republican House Caucus Leader. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Rep. Gant recovers from surgery after head-on collision

BY: - October 10, 2022

State Rep. Ron Gant is in stable condition in a Memphis hospital and “resting comfortably” after undergoing surgery for injuries caused by a head-on collision in rural West Tennessee. “His pain is being managed by his team of doctors and nurses. He has a long road to recovery with the injuries that he sustained, but […]

Dr. Amy Gordon Bono, a primary care physician, speaking outside the Tennessee Capitol on Wednesday about the state's "trigger law" that bans abortions. The law took effect at midnight. (Photo: John Partipilo)

In open letter, 700 Tennessee healthcare providers call on Legislature to ‘reconsider’ abortion ban

BY: - October 10, 2022

More than 700 Tennessee doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are calling on the state’s GOP-super majority Legislature to revisit an abortion ban that criminalizes the procedure with no exceptions and subjects doctors who perform it to prosecution, fines and jail time. In an open letter to the legislature, published in a full page ad […]

Former Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has been named Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Photo: (Submitted)

Former Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke gains Biden appointment

BY: - October 7, 2022

President Joe Biden has appointed former Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke as Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Throughout his career, Andy has demonstrated a clear and constant vision to improve the lives of rural Americans,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Andy’s advocacy for better services, safer streets and improved […]

Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 12 - Mayor John Cooper speaks at prayer vigil at Shrader Lane Church of Christ.

Nashville mayor adds five to his administration

BY: - October 3, 2022

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Monday the addition of five new staff members to his administration in the areas of housing, community engagement and safety and communications. The group includes a veteran of Nashville’s non-profit community and the duaghter of a long-time state senator.  “Our new staff brings more than 50 years of public service […]

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. (Photo: tn.gov)

State to hire more TBI personnel to cut rape kit backlog

BY: - September 29, 2022

Gov. Bill Lee and legislative leaders announced plans Thursday to expedite the hiring of forensic lab positions in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to speed up turnaround on sexual assault kits. Twenty-five forensic lab positions, including forensic scientists, technicians and administrative support, are to be filled across the state: eight in the TBI’s Jackson lab, […]

As more Tennesseans transition to electric vehicles, Tennessee will need to find a funding source to replace dwindling revenues from the state's gas tax. A proposal from Gov. Bill Lee includes toll roads and higher fees for electric vehicles.(Photo: Getty Images)

Advisory group projects looming deficits in Tennessee road and highway project funding

BY: - September 29, 2022

Higher road construction costs and the increased use of electric and fuel efficient vehicles will take an increasing bite out of revenues needed to keep Tennessee’s public road and bridges repaired and replaced, a government advisory group told lawmakers Wednesday.  By 2040, 10% of all vehicles on Tennessee’s roadways are projected to be electric. Those […]

Early morning fog off the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Lawsuit: Cookeville discharged millions of gallons of untreated sewage into creeks and streams

BY: - September 26, 2022

The city of Cookeville is illegally discharging sewage into streams and creeks that feed into the Cumberland River, diminishing aquatic life and contaminating waterways used for boating, fishing, swimming and other recreational uses, a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit environmental group, Tennessee Riverkeeper, claims. The city’s sewage treatment plant has cited for violations more than […]

A new Tennessee license plate, without the phrase "In God We Trust." (tn.gov)

“In God We Trust” license plates draw attention

BY: - September 24, 2022

Tennessee drivers can choose whether or not to include “In God We Trust” on their license plates when renewing this year, an option that is attracting controversy.  In Nov. 2021, Gov. Bill Lee invited Tennesseans to vote on a new design.  The resulting new, all-blue design for license plates replaced the old plates, which depicted […]

An anti-abortion protester,left, squares off with abortion-rights during a July protest at the Tennessee Capitol. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Injunction prevents Operation Save America protesters from interfering at clinic

BY: - September 20, 2022

A federal judge in Nashville has granted a preliminary injunction barring protestors affiliated with the anti-abortion group Operation Save America from the grounds of a Mt. Juliet reproductive health clinic. On July 26, about 150 members and associates of Operation Save America gathered on streets and sidewalks outside an office building that houses carafem, which […]