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Tennessee faces shaky landscape for jobs and public aid to low income residents

BY: - November 16, 2020

Despite a pandemic that has hit Tennessee particularly hard, crippling many businesses, taxing healthcare resources and devastating the loved ones of more than 3,800 Tennesseans who have died, the state’s measures of economic growth are showing some unexpected bright spots. Sales tax collections for October are almost $47 million above the same month last year, […]

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Defunct HOA leaves South Nashville neighborhood in quandary with TDOT

BY: - November 16, 2020

Homeowners associations are typically associated with suburbia, but they play critical roles in the city neighborhoods as well, as residents of a Nashville community found out in recent years.  While the role of an HOA  is to keep land value up, it serves many other purposes. More people moving to  Nashville necessitates road-widening projects, and […]

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TennCare adds more than 83,000 as pandemic drives more Tennesseans into poverty

BY: - November 13, 2020

More than 83,000 Tennesseans have been added to the TennCare rolls since March in one sign of a marked slide into poverty experienced by many individuals, especially children, as a result of the economic fallout of the pandemic. Children’s enrollment increased the fastest, with upwards of 34,000 added to the state’s health insurance program for […]

President Ronald Reagan signing Voting Rights Act legislation in the East Room of the White House on June 29, 1982. National Archives from Collection: Reagan White House Photographs

Commentary: Time for America return to 1980s can-do populism

BY: - November 13, 2020

The populist conservative movement known as the New Right enjoyed unprecedented growth in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Its greatest salesman was  Ronald Reagan. It appealed to evangelical Christians, anti-tax crusaders, advocates of deregulation and smaller markets, advocates of a more powerful American presence abroad,  disaffected white liberals, and defenders of an unrestricted free […]

Raul Lopez, head of the conservative group Latinos for Tennessee: "We should find a system that doesn't reward illegal immigration."(Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee group advocates for conservative Latino voters

BY: - November 12, 2020

Latino voters have historically leaned Democratic, but more Latinos than ever voted Republican in the 2020 election and showed they can’t be taken for granted by either political party. The Latino vote provided decisive leads. In Florida, Latinos cast votes for President Donald Trump. In Arizona, they helped decide the election for President-elect Joe Biden. […]

Jerome Hardaway, U.S. Air Force veteran and founder of Vets Who Code (Photo: Facebook)

Tennessee non-profit teaches veterans to make a living in civilian life

BY: - November 11, 2020

At one point in his life, Jerome Hardaway was just a veteran trying to get back into civilian life. Today he runs a successful nonprofit teaching other vets to compete in a modern world. Launched in 2014, Vets Who Code is a nonprofit that teaches veterans technical skills to earn a stable income in the […]

SCOTUS hears oral arguments Tuesday in pivotal Obamacare challenge

BY: - November 9, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a closely-watched challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by the Trump Administration and Attorneys General from 20 states, including Tennessee. Should the challenge prevail — and in the absence of any Congressional or executive action to replace Obamacare before the court is expected to […]

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Vanderbilt seeks Latino families for study on intersection between autism and music

BY: - November 9, 2020

Vanderbilt researchers are seeking Latino families to learn more about COVID-19’s effects on family relations and how music plays a part in the development of young children, especially those on the autism spectrum.  COVID-19 created a unique situation for families having to deal with quarantine, and researchers believe music has been a successful coping mechanism. […]

Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2020: "Stop the Steal" event. (Photo: Alex Kent)

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat

BY: - November 9, 2020

A truism of politics is that there’s always a winner and always a loser. In the case of the 2020 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden has emerged as president-elect, after clinching Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes Saturday morning. Sitting President Donald Trump has not conceded and shows no indication he is going to, with attorneys general […]

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Metro Council member to Trump-backing colleague: ‘(Expletive) off’

BY: - November 9, 2020

The same political rancor that has divided friends and families across the country played out in spectacular fashion among Metro Council members over the weekend, culminating in one member telling a conservative colleague to “(Expletive) off.” The drama was triggered by a group email sent to council members from a person named Bruce Crawford, who […]

Amazon employees hold a protest and walkout over conditions at the company's Staten Island distribution facility on March 30, 2020 in New York City. Workers at many facilities across the country have protested conditions, as employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Workers compensation elusive for many Tennessee workers stricken by coronavirus

BY: - November 9, 2020

Since the onset of the pandemic, thousands of Tennesseans have filed claims for workers compensation tied to COVID-19, seeking help with lost wages and medical bills due to illness. As of mid-October, more than 44% of initial claims were denied, illuminating the challenges for some ill employees of connecting their illness with their workplaces. The […]

State Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, Mary Coplen, William Edmonson's grand-niece, and Mayor John Cooper on Nov. 7 unveiling.

Once almost forgotten, Black artist given historic marker

BY: - November 9, 2020

A Tennessee artist largely ignored in his own neighborhood now has a historical marker to solidify his legacy.  William Edmondson, the first Black artist to have his own exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), was commemorated Saturday with a historical marker near the corner of 14th Avenue, S. and Wade Avenue in Edgehill. […]