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Hiking at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Photo: National Park Service)

National parks struggling with maintenance would get a boost under Biden budget request

BY: - June 4, 2021

Basic needs at the largest U.S. national parks top the Biden administration’s first proposed lists of projects to receive funding through public lands trust funds, showing how much maintenance is needed even as parks brace for record numbers of visitors this summer. The projects likely wouldn’t be visible to the usual tourist, but they are […]

Memphis residents are pushing back against the Byhalia Pipeline project. The proposed pipeline, has been the subject of controversy since 2019. The joint venture project would build a 49-mile pipeline between Memphis and Mississippi and would run through several Black communities in Memphis. VALERO Memphis Refinery (PICTURED) is located on along the Mississippi River's Lake McKellar in South Memphis. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis Council delays vote to preserve aquifer

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Memphis City Council is expected to make a final decision within the next few weeks on an ordinance regarding the Memphis Sand Aquifer and its preservation.  On Tuesday, the council delayed a vote until July 6 to recognize the importance of the aquifer as the sole source of drinking water for many Shelby County […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: Former University of Tennessee Lady Vol Candace Parker, wearing #3 of the Chicago Sky, handles the ball in front of Shavonte Zellous, #21 of the Washington Mystics during the first half at Entertainment Sports Arena on May 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

City leaders push for more women’s professional sports in Nashville

BY: - June 1, 2021

In the last 25 years, the city of Nashville has spent around $1 billion to provide stadiums and incentives to its four professional sports teams. Proponents say those investments, beginning with Mayor Phil Bredesen’s decision to build the arena on lower Broadway in the 1990s, positioned Nashville as a major league city, spurred economic development […]

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 […]

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 […]

On Friday, a group of pro-Palestine demonstrators moves down Nashville's 7th Ave. en route to the Tennessee Capitol. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Pro-Palestine demonstrators hit streets in Nashville

BY: and - May 24, 2021

Hundreds of Tennesseans marched through the streets of downtown Nashville on Friday night to support Palestine and protest treatment of Palestinian civilians in the recent Israel-Palestine conflict. Many of the approximately 800 attendees were of Palestinian descent. “We will sacrifice our blood and souls for Palestine,” was a refrain chanted by marchers in Arabic through […]

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland sits with his face in his hands at a contentious meeting to discuss the Middle Point landfill in Murfreesboro. (Photo: John Partipilo)

While battles loom over landfills, Middle Tennessee hurtles toward a trash crisis 

BY: and - May 24, 2021

From a lawsuit over the rejected expansion of a landfill in Nashville to the protracted political battle over closing the landfill in Murfreesboro, the urgency of Middle Tennessee’s trash crisis has increased in intensity in recent months. The situation has all the ingredients for a political logjam. Neighborhoods across the region have made blocking new […]

Ground zero of the Nashville Christmas Day bomb, just outside the AT&T Building on Second Avenue. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee board details impact of Christmas bombing on 911 systems

BY: - May 19, 2021

Sixty-six emergency communications districts in Tennessee experienced service interruptions, lasting more than 97 hours, as a result of the Christmas morning suicide bombing on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville, according to a report released earlier this month by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board. Working in tandem with AT&T, the contractor for the state’s emergency communications […]

Report: $126M price tag for cleaning up Tennessee’s abandoned coal fields

BY: - May 19, 2021

Tennessee has more than 14,000 acres of abandoned coal fields, but the cost of remediation —such as replanting trees and improving water quality — far outweigh the federal funding available to the state, a new report shows.  The report by the Ohio River Valley Institute, a think tank dedicated to examining Appalachia, concluded that the […]

A police car blocks entrance to the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis after a substantial crack was found in it May 11. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis bridge reopening unclear as governor criticizes federal funding plans

BY: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee took another shot Tuesday at billions of dollars in COVID-19 federal funding, saying the state should have the flexibility to use that money on roads and bridges as officials said they are expediting work on the cracked I-40 beam that forced the shutdown of Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Asked about his criticism of […]

Metro Legal Director Bob Cooper, right, talks to Metro Councilman Bob Mendes during an election commission meeting on May 10. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Legal Director Bob Cooper to leave mayor’s office

BY: - May 14, 2021

Metro Director of Law Bob Cooper will leave Mayor John Cooper's administration in the coming weeks to return to private practice.