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Odessa Kelly's congressional race against incumbent Jim Cooper could result in higher Black voter turnout. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Odessa Kelly picks up national SEIU endorsement

BY: - September 2, 2021

Odessa Kelly, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Tennessee District 5, has picked up the national endorsement of Service Workers International Union on Thursday.  Kelly, who is taking on incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper, is member of SEIU Local 205 in Nashville through her work with the Metro Nashville Parks Department.   “I’m a proud […]

From left, Cecilia Prado with Workers Dignity waits with Mosaic apartment tenant Nicolas Alvarado and son Nery, 7, who wait to speak to management about eviction threats. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Activist groups ask Metro Nashville to slow East Bank development

BY: - September 1, 2021

A coalition of immigrant, labor and civil rights groups are once again asking Metro Nashville officials to slow down development projects, including the massive Oracle headquarters, along the east bank of the Cumberland River.  Representatives from Stand Up Nashville, the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition and the Equity Alliance  want surveys conducted of residents […]

Downtown Nashville on a typical night. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville transportation board shoots down new party bus permits

BY: - August 26, 2021

The Metro Nashville Transportation Licensing Commission denied 27 permit applications for “transportainment” vehicles after city officials spoke out against dangerous conditions in downtown Nashville.  At Thursday’s meeting, several city officials warned that downtown Nashville has become an increasingly dangerous city for its inhabitants due to increased volume caused by entertainment vehicles. Downtown Nashville’s popularity with […]

Maria Hernandez awaits a decision on her eviction case. Hernandez is one of thousands of Tennesseans who face eviction after a federal moratorium ends Jan. 31, 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville’s COVID task force recommends funds for rental assistance

BY: - August 26, 2021

On Wednesday, members of Nashville’s COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee voted to recommend to Mayor John Cooper a plan spending $3 million to provide rent and utility assistance to Davidson County residents impacted by the pandemic. The committee, which is tasked with recommending uses for American Recovery Plan funds, also voted to change eligibility criteria to […]

Ernest "Rip" Patton photographed in the Nashville Public Library, January 2021. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Freedom Rider Ernest “Rip” Patton dies at 81

BY: - August 24, 2021

Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr., a member of the Freedom Riders, has died at the age of 81.  Patton’s death was posted on the Facebook page of The Freedom Riders Museum on Tuesday. The Montgomery, Alabama museum dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement did not give a cause of death.  In February, Senior Reporter Anita Wadhwani […]

Shelby County Commission

Shelby County approves $11 million to boost hospital staffing

BY: - August 24, 2021

On Monday, the Shelby County Commission approved $3.6 million in funds for Regional One Health Medical Center in order to increase the facility’s ability to provide emergency medical treatment. Regional One has closed 21 beds over the last year due to staffing shortages, said Reginald Coopwood, Regional One’s president and CEO.  Because the hospital lacks […]

WAVERLY, TENNESSEE - AUGUST 22: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) walks past a home swept off its foundation in catastrophic floods August 22, 2021 in Waverly, Tennessee. At least 22 people were killed and 50 others remained missing today after flash floods swept through middle Tennessee, according to officials. (Photo by Alan Poizner-Pool/Getty Images)

After catastrophic flooding, Lee requests disaster funds from Biden

BY: - August 23, 2021

Deadly flash floods swept through Middle Tennessee, killing at least 22 people in Humphreys County and leaving others still missing.  “We want to offer our condolences to the families that lost loved ones: the stories are horrific,” said Congressman Mark Green, R-CD7, who represents Humphreys County in a video message. “Ask our friends all across […]

Dr. Jason Martin (Photo: Martin for Governor)

Nashville doctor announces Democratic gubernatorial bid

BY: - August 23, 2021

Dr. Jason Martin, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Sumner Regional Medical Center, has made official what’s been rumored for months: He’s running for governor.  Martin made the announcement at Meharry Hospital in Nashville Monday morning after launching  an exploratory committee a month ago. He has appointed Keith Maune, founder of a Nashville technology […]

A 2012 photo of Phil Valentine, right, with Fox host Sean Hannity. (Photo: Facebook)

Conservative talk show host Phil Valentine dies of COVID-19

BY: - August 21, 2021

Phil Valentine, the conservative talk show host who mocked COVID-19, has died of the virus at the age of 61.  His employer, SuperTalk 99.7, announced his death in a brief statement  via Twitter late Saturday afternoon.   “We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away. Please keep the Valentine […]

Metro Public Healthy Molly Shine preps a vaccine while sister Maya and Sara Gana wait at a recent Nashville mobile vaccine clinic. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Pediatrics association pushes back on Lee and requests meeting

BY: - August 17, 2021

The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement Tuesday firing back to Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order giving parents of school children the ability to opt out of school mask requirements, saying the group “strongly disagrees” with Lee.  “We implore all parents to continue to send their  children to school masked. […]

See nothing, hear nothing, say nothing: children will bear the brunt of the state's mishandling of the COVID crisis. (Photo illustration: John Partipilo)

School officials, lawmakers react to Lee order on masks in schools

BY: - August 16, 2021

Shortly after Gov. Bill Lee concluded a Monday press conference at which he announced parents across the state will have the option to decide if their children wear masks in school or not, responses began to pour in from elected officials and school districts.  Lee issued an executive order mandating school systems must allow parents […]

See nothing, hear nothing, say nothing: children will bear the brunt of the state's mishandling of the COVID crisis. (Photo illustration: John Partipilo)

Williamson county pediatricians push for mask mandates in schools

BY: - August 10, 2021

As Williamson County parents, physicians urged school officials to prevent the possibility of “needless” deaths of children from COVID-19  by mandating masks. On Monday, several physicians called on Williamson County Public School Board members, private school administrators and elected officials to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for all children returning to […]