Metro Nashville Police in riot gear stand on Lower Broadway during a recent Black Lives Matter protest. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Talk of widespread police reform swirls around Nashville in wake of George Floyd protests

BY: - June 12, 2020

The death of George Floyd and protests that followed in Nashville have paved the way for a series of policing reform proposals and an unprecedented oversight challenge of the police department by the Metro Council. At least two bills aimed directly at Metro Nashville Police Department policies have been filed in recent days. Mayor John […]

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From the 901: Cohen opponent characterizes congressman as “embarrassment”

BY: - June 12, 2020

Memphis attorney Corey Strong, who is running in the Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, characterized Cohen as an “embarrassment” in a fundraising email Wednesday. Titled “Are you embarrassed?”, the email read, in part: “When the nation looks at us, what do they see? Our esteemed representative leering over a bucket of chicken? They see […]

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Breaking: Nashville judge to top election officials: ‘Shame on you’ for not following absentee voting order

BY: - June 11, 2020

A Nashville judge rebuked the state’s top election officials on Thursday, threatening them with criminal contempt of court if they don’t abide by her order to update the state’s absentee voting request form to accommodate those who wish to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled last week that […]

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Gov. Lee encourages Tennesseans to maintain social distancing as COVID-19 increases

BY: - June 11, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday that the rise in COVID-19 cases statewide was expected as stay-at-home orders lifted and many Tennesseans returned to work. But Lee and his top health adviser cautioned that social distancing is still vital to addressing the pandemic and hinted at plans to expand testing. Through the end of the day […]

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Teachers concerned budget cuts will cause strain in school reopening plans

BY: - June 11, 2020

School officials have begun to work out details to reopen school for the fall, but many educators worry that education budget cuts will put a greater strain on teachers and students alike.  Districts across Tennessee currently have task forces composed of members of the community and most have released few details about reopening schools for […]

Legislature to vote on updating lead testing for public school buildings

BY: - June 10, 2020

The Tennessee House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a bill to revise a 2019 law enacted to minimize potential sources of lead contamination from public school drinking water and child-care programs. Introduced by Rep. London Lamar, provisions require officials to notify parents within 24 hours when lead levels exceed legal limits, to retest within […]

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State House committee advances bill criminalizing abortion after heartbeat detected

BY: - June 10, 2020

A bill criminalizing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected was approved by members of a House health committee on Tuesday, even as some lawmakers voting in favor of it said they had not read it in its final form, including one of the bill’s sponsors.  The bill was amended by Rep. Bryan Terry, R-Murfreesboro, […]

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COVID fears reduce jail populations

BY: - June 10, 2020

COVID-19 may be succeeding where criminal justice reform advocates have long tried — and failed — in reducing overcrowding in many of Tennessee’s county jails.  Jailers freed more than 9,200 women and men from local lockups across Tennessee between February and May, a 31 percent reduction in average daily inmate populations, according to a report […]

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MNPS unveils plan for students to return to school

BY: - June 9, 2020

Metro Nashville Public Schools unveiled on Tuesday three different scenarios for what school will look like this fall, but the biggest question families are asking – will students return to the classroom – won’t be answered until early July. MNPS Director Adrienne Battle detailed three scenarios for how school will be conducted depending on how […]

Metro Nashville School Board Chair Anna Shepherd, right, and Jill Speering, left. (Photo: Metro Nashville Public Schools)

Metro Nashville School Board Chair Anna Shepherd dies

BY: - June 9, 2020

A representative from Metro Nashville Public Schools has confirmed Nashville school board chairwoman Anna Jenesse Shepherd died Monday night. She was 68. Shepherd represented eastern Davidson County on the school board. Shepherd had been ill and was in the hospital She was elected to the board in 2010 and in the midst of her second […]

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Funds for summer food program not reaching Tennessee families

BY: - June 9, 2020

Summer food programs have become a necessity for families experiencing unemployment under COVID-19, but an emergency program approved for Tennessee families hasn’t reached them yet. Lakeisha Johnson has one of those families. The last few months have been difficult for her and her three children. The single mother from Memphis had to console her youngest […]

Nashville Vice-Mayor Jim Shulman presiding over the June 2 meeting of Metro Council. (Photo: Metro Nashville Network)

Commentary: Vice Mayor Shulman Is Out of Touch with Nashvillians 

BY: - June 9, 2020

I was one of the more than 125 people that either called in or attended Tuesday night’s Metro Council budget hearing. Around 11 p.m., after hearing several dozen members of the community comment on the council budget proposal, Vice Mayor Jim Shulman called a 15-minute recess and proceeded to lambast community members waiting patiently outside […]