Rep. Justin Jones, left, and Justin Pearson, right, were expelled from the Tennessee House. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee Reps. Jones and Pearson each haul in nearly $1.1M, capitalizing on brief expulsion

BY: - July 18, 2023

Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson raised $1.8 million collectively in their week-long absence from the state House after Republicans expelled them over protests about gun violence. The removal of Jones, D-Nashville, and Pearson, D-Memphis, allowed the two freshman lawmakers to raise money during the legislative session, which is normally banned. Jones raised $1,079,688.86 over […]

Kristen Chapman moved from Tennessee to Virginia so her 15 year-old transgender daughter can continue receiving gender-affirming care. (Photo by John Partipilo/Tennessee Lookout)

Harm of anti-LGBTQ laws includes economic pain for communities, families

BY: - July 18, 2023

Roberto Che Espinoza had been thinking about leaving Tennessee after the 2024 election, but in June they noticed that the state attorney general was seeking medical records on gender-affirming medical care, which Espinoza, a nonbinary transgender man, said included their own records. “Being on any kind of list … I knew after the release of […]

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Appeals court temporarily reinstates Tennessee ban on transgender youth care

BY: - July 8, 2023

Editors note: This story has been updated to include additional reactions to the appeals court decision. A federal appeals court has temporarily reinstated Tennessee’s law barring gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors, allowing a recently enacted ban on treatments that include puberty blockers and surgery to take immediate effect. In a divided opinion, the three-judge […]

Nashville Pride Parade 2023 on the city's Broadway. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville Pride 2023

BY: and - June 26, 2023

Thousands celebrated the rights of LGBTQ Tennesseans on Saturday and Sunday in Nashville, including First Lady Jill Biden, who spoke to crowds on Bicentennial Mall in the shadow of Tennessee’s Capitol. “We know there are those who wish to undo the hard-won progress that this community has made and tomorrow we will brave those battles […]

Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Photo: John Partipilo)

AG made sweeping demands for Vanderbilt transgender clinic records as part of fraud inquiry

BY: and - June 22, 2023

Editors note: This story was updated Thursday to include an additional response from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.   New details about the state attorney general’s inquiry into gender-affirming care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reveal a sweeping demand for documents at all levels of care, from patient records to volunteers’ resumes, communications with outside therapists […]

Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Alive Hospice CEO steps down after pushback over rumored sale to for-profit health provider

BY: - June 16, 2023

Kimberly Goessele, chief executive officer of Alive Hospice, has stepped down from her role in leading the nonprofit, the organization said in a news release issued Thursday evening. Alive Chief Operating Officer Joe Hampe has been named interim CEO, the release said. “Goessele will continue to support the organization for several weeks to ensure a […]

Warnings posted in Dickson County near Tennessee Gas Pipeline property. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Environmental groups sue Tennessee Valley Authority over proposed new power plant

BY: - June 16, 2023

A trio of environmental groups has filed suit against the Tennessee Valley Authority, claiming the utility violated federal law by failing to properly evaluate climate, environmental and financial impacts of a proposed new gas-fired plant in Cumberland City, Tenn. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a Nashville federal court, also claims that TVA quietly inked a […]

Nashville native T.J. Ducklo will return to President Joe Biden's team, serving as a communications strategist on the 2024 reelection campaign. (Photo: submitted)

T.J. Ducklo, Nashville mayor’s communication head, to join Biden 2024 team

BY: - June 16, 2023

Three years after stepping down as White House deputy press secretary, T.J. Ducklo is returning to President Joe Biden’s team as a communications advisor to his 2024 re-election campaign. On Friday, Biden’s campaign confirmed to the Lookout Ducklo, 34, will serve as Senior Advisor for Communications to the campaign, which is expected to be based […]

U.S. Capitol. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

D.C. spending standoff ahead as U.S. House Republicans demand $130 billion in cuts 

BY: - June 15, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans outlined Wednesday how they would cut $130 billion from the dozen annual government funding bills — producing a plan with significantly lower spending than the level both parties agreed to in the debt limit deal just two weeks ago. The spending levels likely set up a stalemate later this year […]

Cade Cothren, former chief of staff to ex-House Speaker Glen Casada, leaving the federal courthouse in Nashville following his arraignment on conspiracy charges. (John Partipilo)

Judge sets Thursday deadline on state to answer subpoena in Cothren case

BY: - June 12, 2023

U.S. District Court Judge Eli Richardson set a Thursday deadline for federal prosecutors to respond to the defense’s request for a pre-trial subpoena of House Speaker Cameron Sexton’s communication records in the corruption case against former chief of staff Cade Cothren, court records show. Cothren, who is under indictment on bribery and kickback charges, claims […]

An estimated one in eight children in Tennessee will have been found to suffer abuse or neglect by the time they reach the age of 18. (Photo: Getty Images)

University of Tennessee report quantifies the staggering costs of child abuse

BY: - June 8, 2023

A new report attempts to tally the staggering economic costs of child abuse and neglect in Tennessee, where an estimated one in eight children will have been found to suffer abuse or neglect by the time they reach the age of 18. Child abuse costs the state between $3 and $5 billion each year, a […]

Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville’s Alive Hospice to remain nonprofit

BY: - June 6, 2023

Alive Hospice will remain a nonprofit, the Nashville hospice organization announced through its board of directors on Tuesday. Following is the announcement, sent in an email from its director of communications and marketing, Liz Haas:  “The Alive Board of Directors has determined that Alive will remain a not-for-profit, independent organization providing hospice, palliative care and […]