Briefs

’51 Years Behind Bars’: Documentary examines Tennessee’s harsh sentences for juveniles

BY: - June 9, 2022

A documentary premiering this week explores the lengthy sentences handed down to juvenile offenders in Tennessee, which has the longest mandatory prison time for juveniles convicted of murder of any state in the nation. Under state law, any individual found guilty of first-degree murder must serve a mandatory 51 years in prison before a chance […]

Councilmember and gubernatorial candidate JB Smiley, Jr., at a recent debate. (Photo: JB Smiley)

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris endorses Smiley for governor

BY: - May 25, 2022

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announced his endorsement of gubernatorial candidate J.B. Smiley Wednesday, a day before the first of three debates sponsored by the Tennessee Democratic Party.  “Councilman Smiley understands the issues that matter to working women and men and the challenges that face our neighborhoods. Tennessee needs a Governor who will focus on […]

Attorney General Herbert Slatery has filed a motion with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a stay on a 6 week abortion ban. (Photo: Tennessee Attorney General)

Tennessee Attorney General Slatery won’t seek a second term

BY: - May 11, 2022

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery will not seek a second term when his current one ends. The news, first reported by the Tennessee Journal, broke Tuesday after Slatery informed the Tennessee Supreme Court in a letter. Slatery’s eight-year term has been marked by his office’s involvement in political issues, notably the joining of an amicus brief […]

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Report: Tennessee could run government for more than a month on rainy day balance

BY: - May 11, 2022

Tennessee could run the entirety of its government operations for more than a month relying on its rainy day balance alone, a reflection of a record $1.45 billion in savings as of the 2021 fiscal year, according to an analysis of state budgets released this week by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The report noted that […]

Shelby County Commissioners at a March meeting. (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Harris gets pushback from Shelby commissioners over tax rate

BY: - May 5, 2022

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris got little time to celebrate his victory in Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary, getting pushback from county commissioners about a change in the county’s tax rate on Wednesday as he announced his proposed budget for FY 2023.  During a Shelby County commission meeting, Harris proposed a budget of $1.6 billion with […]

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Hospice nurse charged with fraud and identity theft

BY: - May 3, 2022

A hospice nurse was arrested and charged with fraud and identity theft for her role in  defrauding pharmacies throughout Middle Tennessee and stealing the identities of six patients and physicians with the intent of distributing controlled drugs. From 2015 to 2021, Contessa Lynn Holley from Pulaski worked in two different hospice facilities–Compassus Hospice and Willowbrooke–while […]

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Comptroller: Tennessee’s aging population on track to outpace available senior services

BY: and - April 28, 2022

The projected growth in the number of Tennesseans over the age of 60 will far outpace the availability of public services designed to keep aging Tennesseans out of nursing homes, according to a report released Wednesday by the Tennessee Comptroller. There are currently about 1.6 million Tennessee residents aged 60 and older, a figure that […]

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Tennessee House passes CROWN Act

BY: - April 18, 2022

On Monday, the Tennessee House passed a bill banning race-based discrimination at work, preventing employers from discriminating against hairstyles belonging to an employee’s ethnic group.  The CROWN Act, as known as the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act, is a nationwide movement to prevent employers and schools from using hair discrimination […]

The Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville, Tennessee, is the historic building that houses the Tennessee Supreme Court offices and where the court meets when it is in session in Nashville. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. (Getty Images)

State Supreme Court overrules decision blocking Senate redistricting plan

BY: - April 13, 2022

The Tennessee Supreme Court lifted an injunction against a state Senate redistricting plan, allowing the election process to continue as scheduled. In reversing a decision by a three-judge panel, the Supreme Court stated, “We conclude that the trial court erred by granting the injunction because it failed to adequately consider the harm the injunction will […]

New congressional redistricting maps revealed in February. (Photo: John Partipilo

Judges order Tennessee Senate redistricting map to be redrawn; trial possible for House plan

BY: - April 6, 2022

A three-judge panel hearing a lawsuit against the state’s redistricting map ordered the state Senate map to be redrawn but allowed the House plan to stand, at least until a trial is held, according to news reports. In a 2-1 decision, the panel issued an injunction Wednesday against the Senate, ruling it failed to meet […]

Dr. Jason Martin at his August announcement he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martin draws challenge to bona fides

BY: - April 6, 2022

A former member of the Shelby County Democratic Party Executive Committee is challenging the partisan bona fides of Dr. Jason Martin, candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor. Gabby Salinas, chair of the Shelby County Democratic Party, said Frank Johnson submitted a challenge to the county party based on Martin’s vote in the 2016 Republican […]

Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Odessa Kelly announces round of Davidson County endorsements

BY: - March 28, 2022

Odessa Kelly, Democratic candidate for Tennessee’s 7th congressional district, rolled out a round of endorsements Monday morning that includes four countywide elected officials from Nashville.  “I am so proud of Odessa for never backing down from a fight when our people need results the most,” said Zulfat Suara, Metro Nashville council member-at-large in her endorsement […]