Working & the Economy

Faith Klein of the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center advocates for a client to keep their home during a General Sessions Court session in February. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Distribution of funds to keep people in homes lags, and nonprofits blame Metro Action Commission

BY: - June 30, 2021

When rent relief became available in 2020 to Nashvillians at risk of losing housing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Davidson County nonprofit organizations rushed to meet the deadline and distributed $10 million.  Since then just a fraction of the current rent relief funds have been distributed, and nonprofits are blaming Metro Action Commission’s technology. In […]

Visit Franklin names new President and CEO

BY: - June 28, 2021

The board of directors for Visit Franklin, the convention and visitors bureau for Williamson County, has named Maureen Haley Thornton as president/CEO.  Thornton replaces Ellie Westman Chin, who left the role in February to take over as president/CEO of Destination Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. Andy Marshall, chair of the Visit Franklin Board and CEO of […]

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Nashville judge strikes down anti-tax referendum

BY: - June 22, 2021

A Nashville judge ruled on Tuesday that a citizen group seeking to make drastic changes to the Metro charter did not follow the appropriate laws on petition-driven ballot initiatives and struck down a referendum election that was scheduled for July 27. Davidson County Chancellor Russell Perkins wrote in his ruling, made public on Tuesday afternoon, […]

Shelia Simpkins, manager of the residential program at Thistle Farms in Nashville and a survivor of hu

Nashville’s one-of-a-kind human trafficking court gains momentum after difficult year

BY: - June 21, 2021

Grant-funded government programs do not typically survive the kinds of challenges that Cherished Hearts, Nashville’s unique intervention court aimed at helping human trafficking suvivors, has faced since it launched. In its five-plus years of existence, the program has spanned four judges, two executive directors, an unrelated criminal scandal involving one of those judges and most […]

A 2019 Memphis City Council meeting. (Photo: City of Memphis)

Memphis votes to set $2.71 tax rate

BY: - June 15, 2021

The Memphis City Council voted Tuesday to certify the city’s tax rate at $2.71 after back and forth discussion.  Before the vote concluded, Councilmember Martavius Jones proposed increasing the tax rate in order to improve long standing issues in the city, such as the affordable housing crisis, the Memphis Area Transit Authority and numerous trash-pick […]

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Massive federal funding to locals could put burden on banks

BY: - June 15, 2021

Local governments are slated to receive $2.28 billion in federal funds through the American Recovery Plan, but banks could be running into a problem handling the amount of money slated to go straight to counties and cities. Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, Comptroller Jason Mumpower and […]

From left, Cecilia Prado with Workers Dignity waits with Mosaic apartment tenant Nicolas Alvarado and son Nery, 7, who wait to speak to management about eviction threats. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Eviction moratorium nears end and oustings have started

BY: - June 14, 2021

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention federal eviction moratorium doesn’t end until June 30, but evictions are already starting to rise across the state. Eviction notices at Mosaic Apartments in South Nashville made headlines over the past two weeks, prompting local community leaders and officials to intervene and prevent nearly 90 families from being […]

An analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that Black Tennesseans and essential workers are disproportionately affected by the legislature's failure to take federal funds to Medicaid. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Report: Essential workers, parents lose out on state’s refusal to expand TennCare

BY: - June 11, 2021

Of the 119,000 Tennesseans who would qualify for state-funded healthcare insurance under a state Medicaid expansion, 28,000 are essential workers and 11,000 are parents with children at home, a new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found. Tennessee is one of 12 states that has refused to expand its Medicaid program under […]

Cardboard cutouts of fans and celebrities, including singer Tim McGraw, are placed in seats at mostly empty Nissan Stadium. Titans officials have limited spectators at home games to a small number of ticket owners. (Photo: John Partipilo)

How the Tennessee Titans would be affected by proposed Metro charter amendment

BY: - June 10, 2021

The Tennessee Titans would be negatively impacted by several provisions of the proposed Metro charter amendment, scheduled to be in front of voters on July 27, according to a legal filing by a business group seeking to halt the referendum. The Titans would stand “to lose potentially in the millions of dollars” should the referendum […]

Sen. Jeff Yarbro, far right, talks with people from Mosaic after the meeting and said "it was heartbreaking to hear the stories of people are working hard and raising families. We have to make sure that people are treated fairly and treated like people". Councilmember Russ Bradford is to Yarbro's right, with hands in pockets.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Mosaic Apartments negotiations with tenants break down

BY: - June 9, 2021

Negotiations between Mosaic Apartments tenants and management ended abruptly after advocates accused the company of mishandling the tenants’ safety concerns.  On Wednesday, a public meeting was held between the tenants and Village Green Management, a California-based company, in the hopes of coming to an agreement about whether nearly 100 tenants would be evicted from the […]

Girl Scout Cookie sales are an anticipated annual tradition. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Lawsuit between Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and national organization imperils cookie sales

BY: - June 9, 2021

An ongoing lawsuit may determine whether or not Girl Scouts will be selling cookies in Middle Tennessee next year.  The  Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee (GSMT) started in 1917 and has over 10,000 girls participating, but the past few years  have been spent in conflict with their parent organization, Girl Scouts of the United States […]

Sen. Heidi Campbell, D-Nashville, has called Gov. Bill Lee's cancellation of unemployment benefits while giving money to businesses an "immoral double standard."(Photo: John Partipilo)

Lee defends federal unemployment cut despite potential loss of $486M

BY: - June 9, 2021

Citing a Memphis restaurateur’s troubles with finding workers, Gov. Bill Lee defended his decision Tuesday to end federal unemployment benefits to people still hobbled by the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a report showing the state economy could take a $486 million hit. Questioned about the expected loss by Tennessee’s economy detailed in a congressional report, in […]