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WAVERLY, TN - AUGUST 23: A partially submerged Ford F-150 sits in Trace Creek on August 23, 2021 in Waverly, Tennessee. Heavy rains on Sunday caused flash flooding in the area, leaving at least 22 people dead and several more still missing. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Waverly residents still struggle to recover from flooding as local unions help out

BY: - October 27, 2021

Following devastating flooding that killed 20 people in Waverly, TN, in late August, volunteers from local unions are helping fill in the gaps in rebuilding efforts. AP News reported that 17 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours on August 21, 2021, on the small town in Middle Tennessee and took out homes, […]

Gov. Bill Lee, third from right, with Ford Motor Co. CEO, to his right, and Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Bob Rolfe, to Ford's right, at Monday's announcement of the Ford Blue Oval Campus. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee official Facebook page)

Union jobs, Ford plant deal hover Legislature’s special session

BY: - October 18, 2021

Tennessee lawmakers are hours away from considering $883 million worth of incentives to land a Ford electric truck and battery plant, and questions about unionization and deal making are clouding the debate. State Rep. Robin Smith, a Hamilton County Republican, sent a letter to Gov. Bill Lee late last week questioning the specifics of the […]

A historical marker for the Elliston Place "Rock Block" is positioned just outside the Exit/In. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Exit/In afraid of Mercy Complex fate as funds alone can’t save it

BY: - October 15, 2021

At Exit/In, many things are the same as they ever were. The club is hosting shows again. The owner is the same — Chris Cobb. The rent costs the same, but now it gets mailed to Chicago, because one big difference is that Exit/In now has a new landlord, AJ Capital Partners.  Cobb says the […]

‘This is injustice’: Dickerson Pike mobile home tenants fight eviction

BY: - October 8, 2021

Juana Cecilia has lived on Dickerson Pike for 17 years but faces losing her home after developers took an interest in her trailer park neighborhood.   In June, she and 19 other families received eviction notices giving them less than two months to find a new home.  They later learned that their neighborhood was being sold […]

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Gov. Bill Lee, third from right, with Ford Motor Co. CEO, to his right, and Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Bob Rolfe, to Ford's right, at Monday's announcement of the Ford Blue Oval Campus. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee official Facebook page)

Stockard on the Stump: UAW official has no doubt Ford plant will be union facility

BY: - October 8, 2021

In the last two weeks, numerous news stories have speculated on whether the Ford electric truck plant targeted for the Memphis Regional Megasite will be a union shop. It’s a big deal in a right to work state with anti-union sentiment among the controlling Republican Party. Tennessee’s three automakers are split, with Nissan and Volkswagen […]

Tennessee State Capitol (Photo: John Partipilo)

Shakeup at Department of Education includes demotion of state’s top special education official

BY: - October 7, 2021

As Gov. Bill Lee battles lawsuits from parents of kids with disabilities — along with a federal civil rights investigation into whether his ban on universal masking in schools discriminates against kids at high risk for serious illness from COVID —  the state’s top special education official has been demoted. Theresa Nicholls served as Assistant […]

Shelby County Courthouse. (Photo: ShelbyCounty.gov)

After a school shooting, Shelby County weighs strengthening early childhood education

BY: - October 7, 2021

A week after a school shooting critically injured one student at a K-8 school, Shelby County officials on Wednesday debated directing more resources into early childhood education, with one resolution focused violence prevention measures. Members of the education committee of the Shelby County Commission recommended approval of a $500,000 contract with Porter-Leath, a historic Memphis […]

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives mill about in House Chambers. (Photo: John Partipilo)

COVID-19 special session likely to start Oct. 27

BY: - October 6, 2021

A special session of the General Assembly to deal with COVID-19 issues could start Oct. 27 and run several days. House Republicans received a text message from leadership Wednesday saying the special session is “expected” to begin on that day. Democratic Rep. Gloria Johnson of Knoxville also posted a tweet Wednesday saying the session on […]

A 2019 Memphis City Council meeting. (Photo: City of Memphis)

Memphis Sand Aquifer, Memphis’ source of drinking water, at center of growing number of disputes

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Memphis Sand Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water for Shelby County residents, is the subject of a growing number of disputes. Memphis City Councilmembers on Tuesday clashed with Tennessee Valley Authority representatives over plans to relocate coal ash to a local landfill over fears it could contaminate the aquifer. The Southern Environmental Law […]

TWRA officials face pushback over plans to raze old-growth forests in White County

BY: - October 5, 2021

SPARTA, Tenn. — Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency faced considerable pushback Monday night at a public meeting in Sparta over plans to raze old growth forest in a popular hunting and recreation area located about about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville. A standing room-only crowd of more than 200 people filled the town’s […]

Gov. Bill Lee, third from right, with Ford Motor Co. CEO, to his right, and Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Bob Rolfe, to Ford's right, at Monday's announcement of the Ford Blue Oval Campus. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee official Facebook page)

House Republicans could hold Ford project hostage for COVID-19 session

BY: - October 5, 2021

Tennessee House Republicans seeking a special session on COVID-19 issues could try to put the state’s $5.8 billion deal for a Ford electric truck and battery campus on ice. House Speaker Cameron Sexton told WWTN-FM late last week some members of the House Republican Caucus would vote against funding for the Blue Oval City project […]

Abortion rights rally in Nashville draws hundreds

BY: - October 4, 2021

A rally by abortion rights advocates drew hundreds to the Tennessee Capitol on Saturday. The Rally for Abortion Justice was part of coordinated events in cities across the nation after a Texas law banning most abortions took effect. Photojournalist John Partipilo captured the event.