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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to give a primetime address to the nation from the East Room of the White House March 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden gave the address to mark the one-year anniversary of the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Biden to states: Make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by May 1

BY: - March 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is directing states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, he said in his first primetime address Thursday evening.  Biden’s COVID-19 advisers are projecting that enough Americans in priority groups will be able to access the vaccine by the end of April to allow for the […]

Freddie O'Connell, Metro Councilmember for Nashville's District 18, walks down Lower Broadway. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Councilman Freddie O’Connell talks navigating the tornado, pandemic, 2nd Ave. bombing and police brutality protests

BY: - March 11, 2021

(Editor’s note: The interview has been edited for length.) Over the last year, Metro Councilman Freddie O’Connell’s district was devastated by a tornado, blown apart by the Second Avenue bombing, center stage for a series of protests over police brutality and racism and ground zero for the debate over the impact of public health orders […]

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Legislation could move state cases out of Nashville courts

BY: - March 11, 2021

A resolution designed to remove Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle from the bench may have died, but other legislation is pending that could move cases against the state out of Davidson County into more conservative parts of Tennessee. Cases against the state of Tennessee are filed in Davidson County courts because the State Capitol is located […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: The U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as American flags are placed in the ground on the National Mall on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Congress clears giant $1.9T emergency relief package for Biden’s signature

BY: - March 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — A sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the U.S. House passed the latest pandemic relief measure Wednesday on a party-line vote. The massive bill includes a new round of $1,400 direct checks for many Americans, as well as an extension of expanded unemployment checks to assist […]

A transgender woman hold a transgender pride flag at a rally for LGBTQ rights in New York. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images.)

Businesses support anti-transgender legislators despite public PR campaigns

BY: - March 10, 2021

Ahead of the Tennessee House of Representatives vote on SB228/HB3, which effectively bans transgender student athletes from competing in sports on teams that affirm their gender identity, both local and national businesses continued to donate money or support Gov. Bill Lee and other GOP legislators who advocate for the bill. For many of those companies, […]

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Tennessee GOP measure to oust Nashville judge fails

BY: and - March 10, 2021

A resolution to remove Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle over her ruling last year to expand absentee voting during the pandemic is dead after the measure failed to clear a necessary House subcommittee. Republican lawmakers targeted Lyle over her ruling that fear of COVID-19 was an adequate reason to request an absentee ballot. The […]

The controversial bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest perches in the Tennessee Capitol's second floor, between the chambers of the House of Representatives and Senate. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Forrest on way out Capitol door: Historical Commission votes for removal to State Museum

BY: - March 9, 2021

Hearing overwhelming support to move the Nathan Bedford Forrest out of the State Capitol, the Tennessee Historical Commission voted Tuesday to relocate the embattled statue to the State Museum. After a 25-1 decision, the bust of the Confederate lieutenant general will be moved with U.S. Admirals David Farragut and Albert Gleaves as part of a […]

nthony Eubanks,68, and wife Anna Eubanks, 68, were going to vote by but decided to vote in person on the first day of early voting. The couple, who have been married for 46 years, said they didn’t trust the mail so decided to risk voting In person. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Slatery, Hargett oppose federal voting rights bill

BY: - March 9, 2021

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and Secretary of State Tre Hargett have signed letters written by their Republican colleagues criticizing a Democrat-backed federal voting rights bill. One letter, obtained by the Tennessee Journal, shows Slatery is joining 19 Republican attorneys general in a letter written by the Indiana attorney general and others contending the act […]

Scales of justice with back-light on wood table.

Lawyers across TN bash push to remove Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle

BY: - March 9, 2021

A new coalition of Tennessee attorneys opposing the effort in the legislature to remove Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle announced its formation last week The group, called the Committee for an Independent Judiciary, formed just days after the influential Tennessee and Nashville bar associations announced their opposition to legislation to remove Lyle. State Rep. […]

Tennessee House of Representatives (Photo: John Partipilo)

Analysis: How to follow the Tennessee General Assembly

BY: - March 9, 2021

Democracy can’t exist without an informed public. Free and independent information makes citizens informed, allowing them to hold governments accountable. You probably don’t have unlimited time to watch General Assembly hearings and press conferences, or to pore over campaign finance reports and ethics filings. That’s why you read the news.  But the news isn’t perfect. […]

Rutherford County Courthouse. (Photo: Rutherford County Facebook)

Fired Rutherford Circuit Court Clerk employees file suit claiming harassment

BY: - March 8, 2021

Two men terminated by the Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk, one of them disabled with cerebral palsy, are claiming they were wrongfully fired after suffering harassment and discrimination. Nicholas Trail, who has the physical disability, and Stephen LaQuire filed the lawsuit Thursday, March 4, in Rutherford County Chancery Court against Court Clerk Melissa Harrell, saying […]

James Burroughs, 84, and other patients wait to get vaccinated at Neighborhood Health in Madison. (Photo: John Partipilo)

U.S. mishandling of Covid response costs tens of thousands of lives, Hildreth says

BY: - March 7, 2021

Dr. James Hildreth, CEO of Meharry Medical College and a member of the new U.S. COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, offered a pointed assessment of the nation’s early response to the COVID-19 pandemic, criticizing a lack of coordination among its 50 states and missed opportunities to protect the country’s most vulnerable populations that led to […]