‘Stress and uncertainty’ follow Gov. Lee’s decision to end federal unemployment benefits
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.
Williamson Co. judge dismisses mask mandate suit, but is ‘unconvinced’ schools can require masks
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
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.
Legal community calls for governor veto of chancery court bill
Two former Tennessee Supreme Court justices criticized state legislation setting up a three-judge panel to hear constitutional challenges.
Anti-tax charter amendment set for July 27 election, but lawsuit is likely
The Republican-led Davidson County Election Commission voted along party lines to put a charter amendment proposal on the ballot for Aug. 3.
Waste Management sues Davidson County over landfill expansion rejection
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 […]
Bristol Motorsports makes its sales pitch to Nashville
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 […]
Debate over license plate readers returns to Metro Council Tuesday
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 […]
Whitson: Ethics legislation on hold to tighten up language
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 […]
‘A massive breakdown in the system’: Tennessee has failed to collect DNA from 76,000 violent offenders
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
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 […]
Hundreds rally to save “Nashville’s soul”
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, […]