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Long-time racer Ronnie Campbell takes his car for a drive on the Fairgrounds Speedway. Photo: John Partipilo)

Survey from Nashville community group details concerns about Fairgrounds track

BY: - July 14, 2021

A community engagement group figured people living near the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway had something to say about NASCAR racing returning to the track, and they were correct.  On Tuesday, Stand Up Nashville (SUN) representatives presented results from a recent survey to the Board of Fair Commissioners meeting, detailing local resident’s concerns.  In March, Metro Nashville […]

Southern Services Landfill in Nashville's Bordeaux community. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Controversial plan to expand Middle Point Landfill rejected

BY: - July 9, 2021

A regional board, meeting in Murfreesboro on Friday evening, rejected plans to expand a household waste landfill in Rutherford County — a decision with far-reaching consequences for surrounding counties that rely on the Middle Point facility to take in residents’ trash.  The landfill is the only facility in Middle Tennessee that takes in household garbage. […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 28 - A shot from a garage adjacent to downtown Nashville's Second Avenue captures the scope of the damage done by a Christmas Day suicide bomber. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Property owners ask to demolish four buildings damaged in Christmas bombing

BY: - July 1, 2021

Property owners of four buildings on Second Avenue North directly across from where the Christmas morning bomb exploded are seeking demolition permits. Representatives for the property owners explained in a letter to several city departments that the demolition will be necessary after inspections by their engineers revealed structural problems. One building’s structure could be moved […]

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

‘Y’all are crappy neighbors’: Rutherford County residents slam landfill expansion plan at public hearing

BY: - June 29, 2021

Rutherford county residents on Monday evening blasted a plan to expand a regional landfill located in fast-growing Murfreesboro suburbs that serves as the final destination for trash from 27 surrounding counties. Republic Services, operators of the Middle Point Landfill, have proposed expanding the controversial landfill by nearly 100 acres, lengthening its estimated 7 years of […]

Tennessee State Capitol. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Why it matters that 7 states still have bans on atheists holding office

BY: - June 13, 2021

Tennessee’s Constitution includes a provision that bars three groups from holding office: atheists, ministers and those engaging in duels. Efforts are under way in the state legislature to remove this exclusion for ministers, but not for duelists – or atheists. In January 2021, Republican Tennessee State Senator Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, proposed Senate Joint Resolution 55 […]

A drag queen performs at Temptations, Wendy McCown-Williams bar in Cookeville. (Photo: Submitted)

Transgender people in Tennessee: How one business owner walks a fine line in a small city

BY: - June 11, 2021

For Wendy McCown-Williams, life as a transgender woman and a gay bar owner in a small Tennessee community can be a fine line to walk.   Tennessee ended this year’s legislative session with multiple anti-transgender bills, and most recently passed a bill requiring businesses and government facilities to post a sign stating if they let transgender […]

Fees to clean up leaks from underground oil storage tanks th being shifted from the oil industry to the public.(Photo: John Partipilo)

State lawmakers cut big oil a big break

BY: - June 9, 2021

Two weeks after the formal close of the Tennessee legislative season, a committee of lawmakers agreed to give the state’s petroleum companies a big break. The Joint Government Operations Committee approved new rules that shift the financial burden of cleaning up toxic spills at gas stations and truck stops from business owners to taxpayers for […]

Long-time racer Ronnie Campbell takes his car for a drive on the Fairgrounds Speedway. Photo: John Partipilo)

Study: Bristol Motorsports plan would reduce racing noise at Fairgrounds Nashville

BY: - June 9, 2021

Between using the racetrack less frequently and implementing several noise-mitigation strategies, Bristol Motor Speedway would vastly reduce the noise impact on the neighborhoods surrounding the fairgrounds, according to a consultant’s report made public on Tuesday. Jackson Wrightson with the Texas-based firm WJHW presented the study results to the Metro Nashville Board of Fair Commissioners on […]

Tennessee State Capitol (Photograph: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Madison County Democrats’ fracas could lead to executive member’s dismissal

BY: - June 4, 2021

The Madison County Democratic Party is no stranger to discord. The State Executive Committee dissolved the party amid upheaval two years ago, but that didn’t solve the problems, and in its most recent meeting, an alleged physical altercation broke out that could lead to dismissal of a veteran member. Hendrell Remus, chairman of the Tennessee […]

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 […]