Stratton Elementary School (Photo: Metro Nashville Public Schools)

Nashville schools to do virtual learning until at least Labor Day

BY: - July 9, 2020

Metro Nashville Public Schools will begin with distance learning until at least Labor Day because of the spike in cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks. MNPS Director Adrienne Battle said the plan was to detail how both virtual school and in-person learning would look and allow families to pick the option best for them. But […]

Nashville Rescue Mission (Photo from website)

Despite offers of hotel rooms for homeless, city does not take action

BY: - July 7, 2020

In April, the director of sales and marketing for the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel read a story about the critical need for shelter for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.  She thought the historic hotel near Metro Center could play a role.  “We are here and would love to help,” Christina Jones wrote in an […]

The Beacon Center of Tennessee.

Beacon Center releases study of city freedoms

BY: - July 2, 2020

In conjunction with the July 4 Independence Day, the Beacon Center of Tennessee released a report Wednesday ranking Tennessee’s 30 most populous cities on a series of measures of freedom. The inaugural Freedom Index examined 25 metrics in four categories, free enterprise, private property, individual liberty, and cost of government, with LaVergne in Rutherford County […]

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Nashville leaders urge minority census participation

BY: - June 26, 2020

In a Thursday press conference organized by Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) Davidson County community leaders emphasized the need for census participation from Nashville’s minority population. The census deadline, originally July 31, has been pushed back  to Oct. 31. The typical door-to-door approach is too risky, given the COVID-19 threat, but leaders hope […]

Nashville General Hospital at Meharry

Finance director accuses Hospital Authority of hiding $9.4M in federal funding

BY: and - June 25, 2020

The Hospital Authority failed to disclose $9.4 million in federal CARES Act funding to Mayor John Cooper’s administration in fear that its operating subsidy could be reduced, according to documents obtained by the Tennessee Lookout. Finance Director Kevin Crumbo, one of Cooper’s top aides, blasted the Hospital Authority for not keeping the administration in the […]

An ambulance picks up a sick patient, (Cavan/Getty Images)

Murfreesboro EMT who helped with NYC pandemic response sues for lost wages

BY: - June 23, 2020

An emergency medical technician from Murfreesboro has sued the New York-based company that hired him to drive an ambulance during the city’s pandemic response for lost wages. James Richard was hired by Ambulnz, which according to the lawsuit is a subcontractor hired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Tennessean fires sales staffer, donates money to Muslim advocacy group

BY: - June 23, 2020

The Tennessean fired a low level sales staffer, donated funds to a local Muslim advocacy group and lined up sensitivity training in response to backlash from a print advertisement that predicted “Islam” would detonate a nuclear bomb in Nashville next month. The ad generated tremendous media attention with outlets across the world covering its strange […]

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Anti-Muslim ad in Tennessean sparks outrage; newspaper promises investigation

BY: - June 21, 2020

The Tennessean announced on Sunday it is launching an investigation into how an advertisement predicting “Islam” is going to detonate a nuclear device in Nashville on July 18 was able to run online and in print. The full-page advertisement ran in print Sunday and a second full page ad by the same advertiser ran Wednesday […]

The menu at Herman's in Chattanooga features oxtail, collards, crowder peas, yams and more every Wednesday. (Photo: Anne Braly)

Soul food: From the trauma of slavery came beautiful cuisine

BY: - June 19, 2020

It’s 9:30 a.m. and the collard greens, crowder peas and butter beans are ready; the oxtails are roasting in the oven; and the pigs feet and ham hocks are simmering on the stove. It’s Soul Food Wednesday at Herman’s Soul Food and Catering in Chattanooga. Rodney Billups and his crew have been cooking since 6 […]

Metro Police at a recent protest. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Breaking: Police Chief Steve Anderson to retire (Updated)

BY: - June 18, 2020

Nashville Mayor John Cooper confirmed this morning Police Chief Steve Anderson will retire.The Tennessee Lookout broke the story just minutes before Cooper made the announcement, based on information from multiple source. Anderson will remain on the job through a national search to find his full time replacement with which he will assist.   Anderson rose […]

Nashville Vice-Mayor Jim Shulman presiding over the June 2 meeting of Metro Council. (Photo: Metro Nashville Network)

Commentary: Vice Mayor Shulman Is Out of Touch with Nashvillians 

BY: - June 9, 2020

I was one of the more than 125 people that either called in or attended Tuesday night’s Metro Council budget hearing. Around 11 p.m., after hearing several dozen members of the community comment on the council budget proposal, Vice Mayor Jim Shulman called a 15-minute recess and proceeded to lambast community members waiting patiently outside […]

Joelton Elementary School (MNPS website)

North Nashville schools would be consolidated under new proposal

BY: - May 11, 2020

The Nashville school board will consider a plan at its Tuesday meeting to close several schools in the Pearl-Cohn and Whites Creek cluster as part of a multi-year consolidation proposal by new Director Adrienne Battle. The board isn’t likely to vote at the May 12 meeting on the consolidation plan called Metro Schools ReimaginED. In […]