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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 […]

Joan and Michael Berry, Johnia Berry's parents, in their Knoxville home. A portrait of Johnnia as a little girl hangs in the background. (Photo: Patrick Murphy-Racey)

‘A massive breakdown in the system’: Tennessee has failed to collect DNA from 76,000 violent offenders

BY: - April 19, 2021

KNOXVILLE — After the brutal murder of their 21-year-old daughter in 2004—and in the years that followed without an arrest—Joan and Mike Berry channelled their grief, and their rage, into a fight for stronger victim protections. Johnia Berry was stabbed more than 20 times by a home intruder six weeks after she moved to west […]

Analysis: How Nashville can save its independent music venues

BY: - April 14, 2021

However the situation at Exit/In plays out, Nashville has received a fresh reminder about the precarious nature of its independent music venues. The city’s oldest rock club is under contract to be sold to a company that focuses on boutique hotels, but has vowed to preserve Exit/In. The sale of the building is not final […]

Exit/In owners Telisha and Chris Cobb with their son, Spike, sit on stage at the Exit/In. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Hundreds rally to save “Nashville’s soul”

BY: - April 8, 2021

Supporters rallied on Wednesday in support of Exit/In, Nashville’s oldest rock and roll club, which is under contract to be sold to a hotel developer. Exit/In’s operators Chris and Telisha Cobb are hoping to purchase the property, which also includes the next door bar Hurry Back. In addition to the Cobbs, Metro Councilman Brandon Taylor, […]