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A customer at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque. Recent mass shootings have reignited the debate over gun legislation, including red flag laws and expanded background checks. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Bloomberg, Getty Images)

Governor discounts effect of constitutional carry law on Collierville Kroger shooting

BY: - September 24, 2021

A day after a disgruntled employee opened fire in a Collierville Kroger, killing one woman and injuring 14 others, Gov. Bill Lee said he believes there is no connection between the shooting and a constitutional carry law he signed this year. Lee called the incident a “terrible shooting” and tragedy, while expressing sorrow for victims […]

Walter Hussman, CEO of WEHCO Media, owner of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. (Screen grab from YouTube.)

Chattanooga Times Free Press announces conversion to all-digital format

BY: - September 11, 2021

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, one of Tennessee’s largest daily news outlets, is converting to an all-digital format with the exception of a Sunday print edition, publisher Walter Hussman announced Saturday.  The daily print edition will cease by mid-2022.  Hussman announced the changes to newspaper staff Friday afternoon and editor Alison Gerber told subscribers in […]

From left, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Mitchell, Lt. Col. Nate Brookshire and Sgt. 1st Class Clavon Barney, have between them more than 60 years of service in the military. On the anniversary of 9/11, they are remembering the day that spurred them to join or further their military careers. (Submitted by Fort Riley Public Affairs)

Soldiers at Fort Riley reflect on their oath and service on anniversary of 9/11

BY: - September 11, 2021

TOPEKA — Memories of the smoke plumes, the chaos and the intensity of Sept. 11, 2001, still maintain a powerful hold over many soldiers in Kansas. For some members of the military serving at Fort Riley now, that day changed the trajectory of their lives and gave them a new purpose. Now 20 years from […]

Two-time World Grand Championship Tennessee Walking Horse Midnight Sun. (Photo: VisitFranklin.com)

Commentary: Sabotage of anti-cruelty legislation by animal rights leaders

BY: - September 3, 2021

It’s showtime again in Shelbyville, a phrase you’ll likely hear announcer Mark Farrar shout at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration that’s set to crown its 83rd World Grand Champion (WGC) on Saturday night. The 2021 World Grand Championship will likely be won by one of the two contenders who captured the preliminary World Championships […]

Scrap autos. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

Davidson County rep feels ire of motorists over emissions testing

BY: - August 31, 2021

State Rep. Darren Jernigan is getting an earful from constituents wondering why they have to keep testing car emissions while neighbors in surrounding counties won’t when 2022 rolls around. The Old Hickory Democrat who represents a chunk of eastern Davidson County is questioning whether the program designed to cut pollution in Middle Tennessee has run […]

Tennessee State Capitol (Photograph: John Partipilo)

Commentary: Power Poll members say U.S. is in decline

BY: - August 27, 2021

In one of the more downbeat and depressed projections made in the history of Power Poll, a plurality of members participating in our statewide August survey say the nation overall is “declining.” Approximately 10 percent went so far as to say the declines were so precipitous that the American success story is over and done […]

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 […]

Tami Sawyer, Memphis, Tennessee. Tami Sawyer is a Shelby County Commissioner and Chair of Education in Memphis, TN. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Tami Sawyer: ‘I wish I’d been bolder my first year.’

BY: - August 23, 2021

Tami Sawyer, a commissioner on the Shelby County Commission has been an outspoken social justice activist over the last three years, a role that has earned her praise as well as criticism on a national level. She was elected to the commission in 2018 and in 2019, she ran for Memphis Mayor, taking on incumbent […]

Saddler Funeral Home in Lebanon, where Reid Van Ness stored bodies for months at a time. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Second lawsuit filed against unlicensed funeral director and two funeral homes

BY: - August 4, 2021

A second lawsuit has been filed against two Middle Tennessee funeral homes and a Tennessee funeral director who lost his licenses for failing to send bodies of deceased immigrants overseas for burial. Filemon Dominguez Diaz died in November, 2019.  After his death, an acquaintance, Domingo Carlin Sanchez, contacted Diaz’s sister, Martha Angelica Dominguez Torres, to […]

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Analysis: Hamilton County special election favors GOP but low turnout could turn table

BY: - July 29, 2021

Parts of Hamilton County will be returning to the polls this September to elect the late Rep. Mike Carter’s successor. Carter is survived by his wife, Joan, who was appointed to hold the seat until the special election but chose not to enter the race herself. Whoever is elected by the voters of District 29 […]

Maya Gana, 13, was pleased to become vaccinated during a pop-up clinic at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Department of Children’s Services not tracking vaccines for kids in custody

BY: - July 27, 2021

The Department of Children’s Services has stripped its references to the “critical importance” of the COVID vaccine from guidance given to foster parents and removed from its website complete data on the number of kids who have gotten sick. The agency has also failed to respond to questions since last week about whether it is […]

Forrest carted out of Capitol in straps and chains

BY: - July 23, 2021

Strapped and chained, the bust of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was lowered by a boom and unceremoniously rolled out of the second floor of the State Capitol Friday morning, more than 40 years after legislators voted to place him there. The Rev. Venita Lewis, a 40-year civil rights activist, cheered the removal as […]