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From the 901: Cohen opponent characterizes congressman as “embarrassment”

BY: - June 12, 2020

Memphis attorney Corey Strong, who is running in the Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, characterized Cohen as an “embarrassment” in a fundraising email Wednesday. Titled “Are you embarrassed?”, the email read, in part: “When the nation looks at us, what do they see? Our esteemed representative leering over a bucket of chicken? They see […]

Legislature to vote on updating lead testing for public school buildings

BY: - June 10, 2020

The Tennessee House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a bill to revise a 2019 law enacted to minimize potential sources of lead contamination from public school drinking water and child-care programs. Introduced by Rep. London Lamar, provisions require officials to notify parents within 24 hours when lead levels exceed legal limits, to retest within […]

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State House committee advances bill criminalizing abortion after heartbeat detected

BY: - June 10, 2020

A bill criminalizing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected was approved by members of a House health committee on Tuesday, even as some lawmakers voting in favor of it said they had not read it in its final form, including one of the bill’s sponsors.  The bill was amended by Rep. Bryan Terry, R-Murfreesboro, […]

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Lawsuit means COVID caution is reason for absentee ballot

BY: - June 8, 2020

All Tennessee voters can now request an absentee ballot from their county election commission following a Nashville judge’s ruling last week in a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs who said they did not want to vote in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that voters can check the box that says […]

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More teens in state custody test positive for COVID

BY: - June 4, 2020

More teens in state custody have tested positive for coronavirus at a Department of Children’s Services youth detention facility in Fayette County.  A total of 21 teenage boys have tested positive at the Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville, Tenn, located about 35 miles from Memphis. The 120-bed facility houses teens, ages 13 to 19, […]

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Tennessee hospitals losing $1 billion each month

BY: - June 4, 2020

Tennessee’s hospitals are collectively losing $1 billion each month, for a projected total of about $3.5 billion since the pandemic began, Wendy Long, president and CEO of the Tennessee Hospital Association told lawmakers Wednesday.  While federal and state funding and grants have begun to flow to the state’s hospitals, there remains a “significant financial deficit,” […]

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Nashville budget chair says lack of body cameras result of poor planning by former mayors

BY: - June 1, 2020

Nashville’s last two mayors hold responsibility for the city’s failure to purchase body cameras for police, a Nashville councilmember said over the weekend. Councilmember at Large Bob Mendes, chair of the Metro Council of Nashville and Davidson County’s budget committee, made the remarks in a Facebook live conversation about the city’s $2.45 billion budget with […]

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Lee reopens little league through executive order

BY: - May 28, 2020

Little league baseball, softball and other non contact sports can resume playing in much of Tennessee following an executive order signed by Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday. Lee’s order applies to 89 of the state’s 95 counties, while the six most populated counties with their own health departments guide their own reopening strategies. Although noncontact […]

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VUMC, Ryman, CVC launch public health program to help businesses

BY: - May 28, 2020

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Ryman Hospitality and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. announced on Thursday a new program providing businesses that reopen safely with extra resources and access to public health officials. The program, called Good to Go, will be available to businesses that vow to abide by guidance from the Metro Public Health […]

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Administration ends practice of sharing patient information with law enforcement

BY: - May 28, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee’s administration will stop giving daily lists of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 to law enforcement, but the sharing of private patient information continues in Tennessee’s capitol city. The practice of sharing patient information with law enforcement and first responders drew outrage from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, the Tennessee Black […]

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Leaders of civic group give detailed economic recommendations to Cooper

BY: - May 21, 2020

Leaders with The Equity Alliance, a statewide non-profit focused on the civic and economic empowerment of the black community have released a detailed set of recommendations for Nashville’s spending of the $121 million of federal CARES Act funding  for economic recovery. Charlane Oliver, co-founder and co-executive director of The Equity Alliance  is a member of […]

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Staff, youth test positive for COVID-19 in Fayette County DCS center

BY: - May 21, 2020

One youth and two security staff at a Department of Children’s Services facility in Fayette County have tested positive for COVID-19 and mass testing is being conducted Thursday, the department said in a news release.     The three individuals were tested over the weekend after showing symptoms. All three were in the same unit […]