Working & the Economy

Nikki Wharton, owner of Nicole Marie Nashville salon in Donelson. (Photo: Submitted)

Gov. Lee announces stimulus funds for small businesses hurt by pandemic

BY: - June 3, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Nikki Wharton was supportive of safer-at-home orders in Nashville that forced her to close her Donelson neighborhood beauty salon Nicole Marie Nashville on March 19. Like thousands of other small business owners, Wharton has tried to keep her head above water as the shutdown prevented the salon’s small team of […]

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Nashville budget chair says lack of body cameras result of poor planning by former mayors

BY: - June 1, 2020

Nashville’s last two mayors hold responsibility for the city’s failure to purchase body cameras for police, a Nashville councilmember said over the weekend. Councilmember at Large Bob Mendes, chair of the Metro Council of Nashville and Davidson County’s budget committee, made the remarks in a Facebook live conversation about the city’s $2.45 billion budget with […]

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VUMC, Ryman, CVC launch public health program to help businesses

BY: - May 28, 2020

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Ryman Hospitality and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. announced on Thursday a new program providing businesses that reopen safely with extra resources and access to public health officials. The program, called Good to Go, will be available to businesses that vow to abide by guidance from the Metro Public Health […]

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Advocates worry about youth unemployment this summer amid pandemic

BY: - May 27, 2020

Davidson County Juvenile Court Clerk Lonnell Matthews hosted a town hall meeting last week about the importance of summer employment for Nashville’s youth. The online forum was relegated to Facebook Live and a livestream on Zoom because of the pandemic. Matthews worried COVID-19 could do more than change the way he holds community meetings. Statewide […]

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Woolworth on 5th and Pemrose sue insurance company over pandemic loss

BY: - May 22, 2020

Two Nashville restaurants sued their insurance company in recent weeks over rejected claims from lost business due to the pandemic. The lawsuits were filed separately by the downtown restaurant Woolworth on 5th and Pemrose, which is in the Gulch against the Cincinnati Insurance Company. The restaurants are both represented by the Frazer Law. Woolworth and […]

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Leaders of civic group give detailed economic recommendations to Cooper

BY: - May 21, 2020

Leaders with The Equity Alliance, a statewide non-profit focused on the civic and economic empowerment of the black community have released a detailed set of recommendations for Nashville’s spending of the $121 million of federal CARES Act funding  for economic recovery. Charlane Oliver, co-founder and co-executive director of The Equity Alliance  is a member of […]

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Democrats, Department of Labor disagree on unemployment process

BY: - May 21, 2020

Conflicting pictures of Tennessee’s processing of unemployment claims were laid out Wednesday morning by Democratic state representatives on one side and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on the other.  In a phone call with lawmakers on Wednesday morning, Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord discussed the volume of claims his department […]

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Groups call for extension of tenant relief measures

BY: - May 19, 2020

Middle Tennessee Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and its offshoot Red Door Collective (RDC) called on elected officials to extend current economic relief to Nashvillians through temporary suspensions of evictions and utility shutoffs. Metro Nashville Councilmember Sean Parker (District 5), a DSA member, plans to introduce resolutions to address the issues. “It’s absolutely critical that […]

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Gov. Lee: TN should focus CARES funds on unemployment insurance, helping businesses

BY: - May 13, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee laid out his priorities on Tuesday for how Tennessee should spend $2.4 billion in federal CARES Act stimulus funds, advocating for investment in the state’s unemployment insurance program and aid to businesses that lost money because of his stay-at-home order in April. Tennessee, like all states, has been navigating how to spend […]

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Commentary: Pandemic reveals continued importance of manufacturing

BY: - May 13, 2020

Since its beginnings, the American economy has gone through countless changes.  We’ve seen both times of prosperity and times of hardship.  We’ve seen several recessions and subsequent recoveries.  One of the biggest changes that we’ve seen, especially in recent years, is the shift from a manufacturing economy to a mostly service-based economy.    Make no mistake, […]

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As Nashville reopens, some business owners play it safe

BY: - May 12, 2020

As Nashville begins Phase One of reopening, the once vibrant Nashville dining and entertainment scene is gradually reopening, with many establishments forgoing even to-go orders and remaining closed.  Brenda Sanderson, owner of several downtown businesses such as Legends Corner and Second Fiddle, remains skeptical about opening her honky-tonk bars without Nashville’s iconic music scene.  “It’s […]

Home studio owner Lij Shaw, 52, has been fighting over the home studio business since 2015. "People can't play together over the internet, it's just not possible." ((Photograph by John Partipilo ©2020

Pandemic pushes bill to legalize home recording studios

BY: - May 12, 2020

Just a few weeks before thousands of Davidson County residents were forced to work from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Metro Council bill to legalize home-based businesses advanced to the brink of passing. The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Dave Rosenberg, has stalled since then but is scheduled to be considered for public hearing […]