Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott Davenport, in green judicial robes, pictured with other members of the juvenile court staff. (Photo:

Editor’s column: Sickening systemic abuse in Rutherford County calls for action

BY: - October 12, 2021

I love Tennessee. I’m a native and no matter where I’ve gone, I always thought my home state is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.  But for the last few days, I’ve felt sad and sick to be a Tennessean for once again, Tennessee has achieved a place in the national consciousness and once […]

Arnoldo Garcia gets help from medical assistant, Jasmin Garcia at the Neighborhood Health clinic in Madison. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: Tennessee’s legislature needs to do the math on incentives

BY: - October 11, 2021

We need a special session of the Tennessee State Legislature – one that focuses on math – and we need it now. I am not opposed to reasonable tax breaks, infrastructure investment, and other incentives by Tennessee taxpayers, to attract the right kind of business and job opportunities to the state Even though I might […]

Gov. Bill Lee, third from right, with Ford Motor Co. CEO, to his right, and Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Bob Rolfe, to Ford's right, at Monday's announcement of the Ford Blue Oval Campus. (Photo: Gov. Bill Lee official Facebook page)

Stockard on the Stump: UAW official has no doubt Ford plant will be union facility

BY: - October 8, 2021

In the last two weeks, numerous news stories have speculated on whether the Ford electric truck plant targeted for the Memphis Regional Megasite will be a union shop. It’s a big deal in a right to work state with anti-union sentiment among the controlling Republican Party. Tennessee’s three automakers are split, with Nissan and Volkswagen […]

Gov. Bill Lee speaking to the Memphis Regional Megasite Authority on Wednesday. (Photo: Official Facebook page of Gov. Bill Lee)

Stockard on the Stump: Welcome to the Green New Deal, Tennessee

BY: - October 1, 2021

Lawmakers across the state are cheering the Blue Oval City plan for the Memphis Regional Megasite, a Ford-SK Innovation project to build electric trucks and batteries that will transform southwest Tennessee. But the $5.6 billion project, which will lead to 5,800 jobs, comes with some teeth grinding and eye rolling as well. In other words, […]

Commentary: Decades-long promise of citizenship needs to become reality

BY: - September 27, 2021

For decades, the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) has organized for a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented Americans. Now, the Biden-Harris administration has the opportunity to take bold action and uphold their promise to bring much needed relief for 11 million undocumented families who call the United States home. Right now, […]

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster, left, with Sen. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Schwinn denies piloting materials in book adoption, but LIFT did

BY: - September 24, 2021

Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn told lawmakers this week the state didn’t pilot any materials during the English Language Arts adoption two years ago, nor is it in the upcoming math adoption process. She made the statement just two weeks after state textbook commission members made it clear the 18-month book and material selection lies […]

Attorney General Herbert Slatery has filed a motion with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a stay on a 6 week abortion ban. (Photo: Tennessee Attorney General)

Editor’s column: Slatery’s tenure as AG shows mixed legal bag

BY: - September 23, 2021

A week or so ago, a tweet about Tennessee government caught my eye: “We don’t legislate by law, we legislate by lawsuit,” wrote someone in response to another story about Gov. Bill Lee’s legal woes.  I don’t remember which one of the Lee administration’s suits to which the Twitter wag referred, and that’s the problem: […]

Dr. Katrina Green of Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Commentary: Overcome by pandemic fatigue, a physician begs for masks

BY: - September 21, 2021

As an emergency physician, I understand pandemic fatigue as much as anybody. I have worked hard since the beginning of the pandemic to treat sick patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-Cov2), otherwise known as COVID-19. It has been a very long year and a half, the most emotionally draining time of my […]

(Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Tennessee joins fight against John Lewis Voting Rights Act

BY: - September 17, 2021

Tennessee Attorney General Herb Slatery is formally opposing passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, signing on to a letter with Republican AGs saying it would allow the feds to “usurp” states’ authority over elections. “If these provisions are enacted, rest assured that the undersigned will aggressively defend our citizens’ rights to participate […]

American president Woodrow Wilson (1856 - 1924) gives a speech to Congress, Washington DC, 4th December 1917. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Editor’s column: Presidential precedent exists for drastic action in times of crisis

BY: - September 12, 2021

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a six-prong strategy to try to get the current surge of COVID-19 under control. His platform includes fairly non-controversial steps that include making home COVID testing kits more readily available and extending the mask mandate in commercial air travel.  But the leading piece of Biden’s plan is one that […]

CAP troubles! Department of Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, pictured at right. with former Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, has run into another educational oopsie. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Stockard on the Stump: Textbook commission sends ‘hands off’ message to Schwinn

BY: - September 10, 2021

Tennessee Textbook Commission Chairman Linda Cash sent a message to the state Department of Education Thursday, declaring the group’s independence and letting officials know that no vendors should get an advantage in the coming math book selection process. Under state law, “there are no pilots of anything to be pushed out during the 18 months […]

Memphis residents pushed back against the Byhalia Pipeline project. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht)

Commentary: Everyone deserves clean air and water, no matter their zip code

BY: - September 8, 2021

I grew up in a loving family — financially poor, but spiritually rich. My family was blessed with the abundance of having my two strong grandmothers who helped us make it out of poverty. But when they both died from pollution-related illnesses, I learned that simply having a good, strong family isn’t enough. You also […]