Working & the Economy

A site plan of the Memphis Megasite. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)

Gov. Lee Announces Next Steps for Memphis Regional Megasite

BY: - June 8, 2021

On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Lee announced he’s planning to complete major infrastructure investments at the Memphis Regional Megasite, as well as addressing workforce and quality of life issues in the region. “The Memphis Regional Megasite offers tremendous opportunity for West Tennessee, and I am committed to building out infrastructure and supporting area workforce as we […]

Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Save Nashville Now begins television ads opposing Metro referendum

BY: - June 7, 2021

With the legal future of the Metro charter referendum still hanging in the balance, Save Nashville Now, the coalition of business groups, left-leaning grassroots organizations and labor unions, will launch its television ad campaign beginning Monday. The group is launching two 30-second ads warning of the negative impacts the charter amendment proposals would have on […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: Former University of Tennessee Lady Vol Candace Parker, wearing #3 of the Chicago Sky, handles the ball in front of Shavonte Zellous, #21 of the Washington Mystics during the first half at Entertainment Sports Arena on May 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

City leaders push for more women’s professional sports in Nashville

BY: - June 1, 2021

In the last 25 years, the city of Nashville has spent around $1 billion to provide stadiums and incentives to its four professional sports teams. Proponents say those investments, beginning with Mayor Phil Bredesen’s decision to build the arena on lower Broadway in the 1990s, positioned Nashville as a major league city, spurred economic development […]

Train cars loaded with coal sit on the tracks at a Blackjewel mining operation on August 22, 2019 in Cumberland, Kentucky. A group of coal miners blockaded the tracks and prevented the train from leaving the mine after Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy, ceased operation and payed the miners their final pay with bad checks. The shutdown left more than 300 miners in Harlan County with no jobs and owed payment for three weeks of work. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

State to retake coal mining regulation with industry at rock bottom

BY: - May 26, 2021

“Mister Peabody’s Coal train” doesn’t run much through upper East Tennessee these days. The trains John Prine sang about in his famous song, “Paradise,” are practically non-existent. Compared to the 1950s and ’60s when Claiborne, Campbell and Scott counties were considered coal-mining country, the industry has nearly vanished, according to those who monitor it. Yet […]

Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Critics say proposed referendum wouldn’t lead to much tax relief

BY: - May 25, 2021

The proposed Metro charter amendment, currently slated for a special election on July 27, wouldn’t bring residents much property tax relief any time soon, critics say. The property tax portion of the proposal, which would completely overhaul how Metro government functions, seeks to reduce the property tax rate to its level prior to last year’s […]

COMMENTARY
Tennessee Republican House Majority Leader Jeremy Faison has been a frequent critic of unemployed Tennesseans and supported cuts to unemployment insurance, while accepting $79,000 in federal paycheck protection handouts. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: The real ‘welfare queens’ are our GOP legislators

BY: - May 21, 2021

I’m old enough to remember when President Ronald Reagan created the myth of the “welfare queen.”  In the 1970s and 80s, Reagan and other conservative politicians cited one woman, Linda Taylor. Originally from Tennessee, Taylor was used as an example of how poor and predominantly Black Americans were too lazy to work. “Welfare queens” would […]

A volunteer paints a boarded up window on Nashville's Second Avenue. Many buildings on the street were heavily damaged by a Christmas Day suicide bomb. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Painting project aims to dress up bombed Second Avenue

BY: - May 21, 2021

Ashley Bergeron had plans to be home in Nashville for Christmas morning, but a nagging feeling told her to make a last minute change of plans. The next morning, she woke up to the news that a suicidal man had detonated a bomb on historic Second Avenue, destroying a huge swath of it. The blast […]

Report: $126M price tag for cleaning up Tennessee’s abandoned coal fields

BY: - May 19, 2021

Tennessee has more than 14,000 acres of abandoned coal fields, but the cost of remediation —such as replanting trees and improving water quality — far outweigh the federal funding available to the state, a new report shows.  The report by the Ohio River Valley Institute, a think tank dedicated to examining Appalachia, concluded that the […]

A police car blocks entrance to the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis after a substantial crack was found in it May 11. (Photo: Karen Pulfer Focht)

Memphis bridge reopening unclear as governor criticizes federal funding plans

BY: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Bill Lee took another shot Tuesday at billions of dollars in COVID-19 federal funding, saying the state should have the flexibility to use that money on roads and bridges as officials said they are expediting work on the cracked I-40 beam that forced the shutdown of Hernando DeSoto Bridge.  Asked about his criticism of […]

Historic Nashville Courthouse. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Save Nashville Now, a coalition opposing Metro charter amendment referendum, unveiled

BY: - May 18, 2021

A coalition of business groups, labor groups, faith-based groups and grassroots activist groups announced on Tuesday the formation of a new coalition to oppose the July 27 charter referendum to consider major changes to Metro charter. In total, 19 groups representing dozens of businesses and organizations expressed their opposition to the charter amendment proposal. The […]

A gas station on Lebanon Pike in Nashville displays an "out" messages as consumers rushed to panic buy after the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. (Photo: Tennessee Lookout)

Panic buying, school shutdowns and higher gas prices: effects of a six-day shut down of the Colonial Pipeline across Tennessee

BY: - May 13, 2021

One-third of gas stations in Tennessee were without gas on Thursday, after a ransomware attack on a major fuel pipeline prompted temporarily shut down in operations and consumers' engaged in a panic-driven frenzy to fill up their tanks.

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.