A gas station on Lebanon Pike in Nashville displays an "out" messages as consumers rushed to panic buy after the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. (Photo: Tennessee Lookout)

Panic buying, school shutdowns and higher gas prices: effects of a six-day shut down of the Colonial Pipeline across Tennessee

BY: - May 13, 2021

One-third of gas stations in Tennessee were without gas on Thursday, after a ransomware attack on a major fuel pipeline prompted temporarily shut down in operations and consumers' engaged in a panic-driven frenzy to fill up their tanks.

Speaker of the Tennessee House Cameron Sexton, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, and Gov. Bill Lee in the legislative library Wednesday. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Lawmakers leave door open for special session to handle fed funds

BY: - May 13, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee shrugs off the idea of a special session to deal with billions of dollars in federal funding, but some key lawmakers say legislators might need to be called back to Nashville late his summer to handle the overflow of money.

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

Funeral board warns consulates against unlicensed Tennessee funeral director as more bodies go missing

BY: and - May 13, 2021

Tennessee officials this week cautioned the Mexican and Guatemalan consulates in Atlanta against doing business with an ex-funeral director and embalmer who lost his licenses more than a year ago for failing to send bodies of deceased immigrants overseas for burial.

Gov. Bill Lee speaking before the Tennessee General Assembly in January. (Photo: John Partipilo)

‘Stress and uncertainty’ follow Gov. Lee’s decision to end federal unemployment benefits

BY: - May 12, 2021

Nearly 112,000 Tennesseans received unemployment payments during the week ending May 1, and 61,000 have applied for jobless benefits, according to the Department of Labor.

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Williamson Co. judge dismisses mask mandate suit, but is ‘unconvinced’ schools can require masks

BY: - May 11, 2021

A Williamson County judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging mask mandates in public schools on narrow grounds, saying he remained “unconvinced” the county’s board of education has the authority to enact or enforce such rules. 

Metro and business coalition file lawsuits to stop anti-tax referendum

BY: - May 11, 2021

Metro government and a coalition of Nashville businesses filed separate lawsuits on Tuesday seeking to stop a referendum election that proposes sweeping changes to the Metro charter.

Tennessee State Capitol. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Legal community calls for governor veto of chancery court bill

BY: - May 11, 2021

Two former Tennessee Supreme Court justices criticized state legislation setting up a three-judge panel to hear constitutional challenges.

Attorney James Blumstein provides legal advice to the Davidson County Election Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 10 in Nashville. (Photo by John Partipilo.)

Anti-tax charter amendment set for July 27 election, but lawsuit is likely

BY: - May 10, 2021

The Republican-led Davidson County Election Commission voted along party lines to put a charter amendment proposal on the ballot for Aug. 3.

The landfill operated by Waste Management in northwest Davidson County. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Waste Management sues Davidson County over landfill expansion rejection

BY: - May 6, 2021

A fight over the future of a controversial landfill in Nashville’s predominantly Black Bordeaux neighborhood has now landed in court. Waste Management, the owner of the Southern Services Construction & Demolition landfill, filed suit in Davidson County Chancery Court after an oversight board rejected its plans to expand its 77-acre landfill by an additional 17 […]

Ronnie Campbell, a Nashville Speedway driver, takes his car for a spin on the track in March 2020. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Bristol Motorsports makes its sales pitch to Nashville

BY: - May 3, 2021

After nearly a decade of overtures, near deals and rumors, the return of NASCAR to the Nashville fairgrounds is approaching the checkered flag. Nashville Mayor John Cooper has signed a letter of intent with Bristol Motor Speedway and state legislation to create a funding mechanism is making its way through the General Assembly. While crucial […]

License plate reading technology. (Photo: Getty Images)

Debate over license plate readers returns to Metro Council Tuesday

BY: - April 20, 2021

A long-delayed debate over the use of license plate reader technology on Nashville’s public streets returns to Metro Council on Tuesday night with competing arguments over privacy versus over-policing. License plate readers—typically mounted on road signs, bridges, traffic poles and police cars —can capture thousands of digital license plate images each minute. Those images can […]

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

Whitson: Ethics legislation on hold to tighten up language

BY: - April 20, 2021

Rep. Sam Whitson is holding off on a comprehensive ethics reform bill until 2022 in an effort to improve the legislation, even with an FBI investigation pending. “I see this as an opportunity to make it even better and stronger,” Whitson, a Franklin Republican, said Monday. The Senate version of the House Bill 1201 carried […]