A class of students at Nashville Classical Charter School in East Nashville. (Photo: Submitted)

Inside a bruising battle over a new charter school on Nashville’s west side

BY: - June 3, 2021

A proposed new charter school in affluent West Nashville has stirred up the echoes of the city’s most brutal public education battle in recent history and provided yet another test of a new state law that watered down local control. Nashville is just under nine years removed from Arizona-based Great Hearts Academy’s failed bid to […]

Flanked by legislative leaders, Gov. Bill Lee signs - for the second time -a law permitting permitless gun carry. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Governor signs permit-less carry bill – again – at Beretta plant

BY: - June 2, 2021

Nearly two months after signing his permitless carry bill, Gov. Bill Lee inked the document again, this time during a ceremony at the Beretta USA Tennessee gun factory in Gallatin. The Governor’s office touted the event as a constitutional carry bill signing, even though gun advocates criticized the legislation as falling short of true constitutional […]

A little girl holds her mother's hand at a 2017 demonstration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Rep. Hakeem terms committee on refugee issues ‘extreme partisan effort’

BY: - June 2, 2021

A partisan committee formed by the House and Senate speakers will evaluate the impact of migrant children the federal government is bringing to Tennessee, even though figures show no significant increase since President Joe Biden took office. The Study Committee on Refugee Issues, which is spurred by reports about unaccompanied minors being brought to the […]

Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron has already picked up a challenger: Former state representative Joe Carr.

Stockard on the Stump: Survey spurred Carr to challenge Ketron

BY: - May 28, 2021

Former state Rep. Joe Carr has plenty of reasons to run against Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron in 2022, and a survey helped push him into the race. Asked this week if he conducted a poll showing he would defeat Ketron by a wide margin next year, Carr initially said he was “trying to decide” […]

The L.H. "Cotton" Ivy Laboratory at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. (Photo courtesy of Steve Simms)

Former Agriculture Commissioner L.H. “Cotton” Ivy dies at 91

BY: - May 26, 2021

Former Democratic state representative and Tennessee Secretary of Agriculture L.H. “Cotton” Ivy died Tuesday at the age of 91 in Decaturville, Tennessee, his home town.  The son of a sharecropper, Ivy was the principal agent with Farm Bureau Insurance in Union City before running for the state legislature in 1984. He served two terms before […]

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Carr unveils harassment complaints after hedging response

BY: - May 26, 2021

A day after denying knowledge of sexual harassment complaints against him within the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Rutherford County mayoral candidate Joe Carr went on the offensive. Carr, a former three-term Republican state house member from Lascassas, posted copies on Facebook Wednesday of the state’s harassment investigation of him, saying, “Liberal big government […]

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Longmire files campaign paperwork, nabs endorsement for judge

BY: - May 26, 2021

The primary for Metro Nashville judicial elections is almost a year away but attorney Wendy Longmire got a jump on the competition Wednesday, filing paperwork necessary to officially start her campaign and snagging her first endorsement.  Retired Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman gave her endorsement of Longmire, who announced May 10 she is running for […]

Train cars loaded with coal sit on the tracks at a Blackjewel mining operation on August 22, 2019 in Cumberland, Kentucky. A group of coal miners blockaded the tracks and prevented the train from leaving the mine after Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy, ceased operation and payed the miners their final pay with bad checks. The shutdown left more than 300 miners in Harlan County with no jobs and owed payment for three weeks of work. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

State to retake coal mining regulation with industry at rock bottom

BY: - May 26, 2021

“Mister Peabody’s Coal train” doesn’t run much through upper East Tennessee these days. The trains John Prine sang about in his famous song, “Paradise,” are practically non-existent. Compared to the 1950s and ’60s when Claiborne, Campbell and Scott counties were considered coal-mining country, the industry has nearly vanished, according to those who monitor it. Yet […]

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Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON—From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by conservatives. But […]

Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Critics say proposed referendum wouldn’t lead to much tax relief

BY: - May 25, 2021

The proposed Metro charter amendment, currently slated for a special election on July 27, wouldn’t bring residents much property tax relief any time soon, critics say. The property tax portion of the proposal, which would completely overhaul how Metro government functions, seeks to reduce the property tax rate to its level prior to last year’s […]

Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, photographed at his desk in the Tennessee House of Representatives chambers Jan. 12. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Casada linked to Phoenix Solutions ownership

BY: - May 24, 2021

The FBI is investigating whether former House Speaker Glen Casada was owner of a shadowy vendor that did work for several Republicans and netted $231,000 from the House Republican Caucus, according to statements by a Tennessee lawmaker. Rep. Kent Calfee, a Kingston Republican who paid Phoenix Solutions for constituent services, recently confirmed to the Tennessee […]

California voters at a protest against Medicaid cuts. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Commentary: Medicaid expansion has never been about money. 

BY: - May 24, 2021

As our legislators adjourn, they keep in place for the seventh year their law preventing their fellow Tennesseans from receiving federal health insurance. Legislators also keep in place the health coverage that they and their families enjoy, subsidized by the taxes of their fellow Tennesseans.  In 2015, Republican Gov.  Bill Haslam proposed to expand Medicaid […]