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Tennessee Judicial Conference remains closed to media and public

BY: - June 16, 2022

An annual conference of Tennessee court officials taking place this week will remain closed to the media and the public after a federal judge denied an emergency petition by a news organization seeking access. The annual gathering of the Tennessee Judicial Conference — a group that includes active and retired state court judges, clerks and […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 8: Miah Cerrillo, a survivor of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas testifies remotely during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing with victims' family members and survivors of the Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas massacres on June 8, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jason Andrew-Pool/Getty Images)

Fourth grade survivor of Uvalde shooting tells Congress: ‘I don’t want it to happen again’

BY: and - June 9, 2022

Content Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions related to gun violence.  WASHINGTON — A fourth grader who survived the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting where 19 students and two teachers were murdered told lawmakers Wednesday that she is afraid to go back to school. “I don’t want it to happen again,” 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo said in […]

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Ford Motor settles lawsuit with Tennessee over misleading advertising

BY: - June 8, 2022

The Ford Motor Company, whose forthcoming electric truck plant in west Tennessee was landed by state leaders with $900 million in taxpayer incentives, has just settled a lawsuit brought by the state over claims the auto company engaged in misleading advertising that falsely inflated mileage claims for some of its vehicles over the past decade. […]

Councilmember and gubernatorial candidate JB Smiley, Jr., at a recent debate. (Photo: JB Smiley)

Smiley drops policy platform

BY: - May 27, 2022

On Friday, Memphis City Council member J.B. Smiley, Jr., laid out his policy platform in the Democratic contest for governor.  “It’s time we do more than simply identify the issues, but put a plan in place to address them moving forward. With your help, we can create a better Tennessee, together,” said Smiley in a […]

This rural, red Tennessee county was a vaccine success story. Not anymore.

BY: - May 20, 2022

MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. — At a glance, it seemed like a Southern pandemic success story in a most unlikely place. A small county northeast of Chattanooga, along the twisting banks of Chickamauga Lake, for much of the past year has reported the highest covid-19 vaccination rate in Tennessee and one of the highest in the […]

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Appeals court revives girls’ videoed sexual abuse lawsuits against Nashville schools

BY: - May 19, 2022

A divided federal appellate court on Thursday resurrected a lawsuit filed against Metro Nashville Public Schools by the parents of two students who were sexually assaulted and videos of their attacks posted online in two different incidents at two different high schools. A two-judge panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals struck down […]

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Registry of Election Finance declines to investigate Rep. Sherrell’s fire-hall checks

BY: - May 19, 2022

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance claimed Wednesday it had been “weaponized” in the state House District 43 race and refused to investigate a complaint that Rep. Paul Sherrell wrote checks to volunteer fire halls and asked for cash back. “What we’re being asked here is to assume that Mr. Sherrell is a crook, bottom […]

Shelby County Courthouse. (Photo: ShelbyCounty.gov)

With 21 public defender vacancies in Shelby County, chief pleads for more funding

BY: - May 19, 2022

Shelby County’s Public Defender’s Office struggles to hire and retain staff because experienced attorneys working as public defenders make far less than most attorneys in the state, said Chief Public Defender Phyllis Aluko on Wednesday. During the Shelby County Budget and Finance Committee, Aluko requested $138,000 to hire an investigator and to cover other costs […]

The Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville, Tennessee, is the historic building that houses the Tennessee Supreme Court offices and where the court meets when it is in session in Nashville. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. (Getty Images)

State Supreme Court overturns lower courts, approves governor’s education savings account program

BY: - May 18, 2022

The Tennessee Supreme Court overturned lower court rulings and paved the way for Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program to provide state funds for students to enroll in private schools. In a ruling released Wednesday, the high court found Lee’s voucher program, which will provide funds to low-income students in Davidson and Shelby County […]

6th Circuit shoots down immunity for TVA coal ash spill contractor Jacobs Engineering

BY: - May 18, 2022

A federal appellate court on Wednesday struck down a last-ditch appeal by a Tennessee Valley Authority contractor accused in the mass poisoning by radioactive coal ash waste of the utility’s Kingston disaster workforce. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jacobs Engineering Inc. cannot ride the coattails of TVA governmental immunity because TVA itself […]

Mason, Tenn. City Hall. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Town of Mason dismisses lawsuit after reaching deal with Comptroller over financial takeover

BY: - May 5, 2022

The Town of Mason has dismissed its lawsuit against the Tennessee Comptroller after entering into an agreement for more favorable terms as part of ongoing state financial oversight. The agreement, released Wednesday, pares back an earlier plan by the Comptroller to maintain close financial control of the majority Black town, whose predicament drew national scrutiny […]

Nashville Soccer Club's GEODIS Park, photographed by John Partipilo on May 4, 2022.

Nashville Soccer Club’s GEODIS Park opens

BY: - May 5, 2022

Nashville Soccer Club’s held its inaugural game in GEODIS Park Sunday and trust photojournalist John Partipilo to get the defining shot of the stadium, the largest professional soccer stadium in the U.S. Partipilo and drone operator Ron Coons waiting until golden hour lighting was perfect to capture a stunning aerial shot of the new stadium.