Metro Nashville Schools

Breaking: Education reform operative and teachers union leader nominated for vacant school board seat

BY: - June 24, 2020

Education reform operative John Little and teachers union board member Erick Huth are among the five nominees to fill the vacant Metro Nashville Public Schools board seat following the death of board chairwoman Anna Shepherd earlier this month. Little has worked as a consultant and organizer for a number of groups that support education reform […]

A mural on the wall outside Workers' Dignity's community center. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman/Tennessee Lookout)

Tennessee: The faces of DACA

BY: - June 24, 2020

Last week the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration and upheld Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but program recipients still face many barriers in Tennessee.  Katherine Diaz Garcia, 21, was seven years old when she first came to the U.S. from El Salvador and still remembers her home country and the violence her […]

An ambulance picks up a sick patient, (Cavan/Getty Images)

Murfreesboro EMT who helped with NYC pandemic response sues for lost wages

BY: - June 23, 2020

An emergency medical technician from Murfreesboro has sued the New York-based company that hired him to drive an ambulance during the city’s pandemic response for lost wages. James Richard was hired by Ambulnz, which according to the lawsuit is a subcontractor hired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. […]

(Photo: Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/Getty Images)

Metro Nashville Schools: Laptops won’t be ready for all students when school starts

BY: - June 23, 2020

Laptops purchased with federal pandemic recovery funds won’t be available for all Metro Nashville Public Schools students when classes resume in August, according to a district spokesman. Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced earlier this month plans to spend approximately $24 million in federal CARES Act funds to buy laptops for all MNPS students and internet […]

Planned Parenthood clinic

Abortion clinics file for restraining order in federal court

BY: - June 23, 2020

In new filings in federal court on Monday, eight Tennessee abortion clinics challenging a heartbeat abortion ban outlined the consequences on patients and asked for an immediate temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction to prevent the measure from ever taking effect. The measure, one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation, was approved […]

(Logo from The Tennessean)

Tennessean fires sales staffer, donates money to Muslim advocacy group

BY: - June 23, 2020

The Tennessean fired a low level sales staffer, donated funds to a local Muslim advocacy group and lined up sensitivity training in response to backlash from a print advertisement that predicted “Islam” would detonate a nuclear bomb in Nashville next month. The ad generated tremendous media attention with outlets across the world covering its strange […]

(Photo: Getty Images)

Medical science reviews cannabis as a potential treatment for coronavirus. 

BY: - June 22, 2020

As early as April 2020, studies into the use of cannabis terpene for coronavirus treatment launched. Studies have been global, with one being conducted by the Israel Institute of Technology. With the legislature out of session for the year and an election pending, the jury is out on whether this research will impact Tennessee. The […]

(Logo from The Tennessean)

Anti-Muslim ad in Tennessean sparks outrage; newspaper promises investigation

BY: - June 21, 2020

The Tennessean announced on Sunday it is launching an investigation into how an advertisement predicting “Islam” is going to detonate a nuclear device in Nashville on July 18 was able to run online and in print. The full-page advertisement ran in print Sunday and a second full page ad by the same advertiser ran Wednesday […]

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson (Photo: Metro Nashville Network)

Chief Anderson to retire, will help Nashville pick next chief

BY: - June 19, 2020

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson will retire in the coming months, bringing an end to a career that spanned 45 years including the last decade at the helm of the department. Pressure mounted in recent weeks on Nashville Mayor John Cooper to ask for Anderson’s resignation. Police reform activists, the American Civil Liberties Union, the […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, denied the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Tennessee organization weighs in on DACA decision

BY: - June 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday salvaged an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the Trump administration […]

The menu at Herman's in Chattanooga features oxtail, collards, crowder peas, yams and more every Wednesday. (Photo: Anne Braly)

Soul food: From the trauma of slavery came beautiful cuisine

BY: - June 19, 2020

It’s 9:30 a.m. and the collard greens, crowder peas and butter beans are ready; the oxtails are roasting in the oven; and the pigs feet and ham hocks are simmering on the stove. It’s Soul Food Wednesday at Herman’s Soul Food and Catering in Chattanooga. Rodney Billups and his crew have been cooking since 6 […]

Austin Peay State University (Photo: APSU Instagram)

Austin Peay president steps down for Texas position

BY: - June 19, 2020

As universities navigate the impact of the coronavirus on their budgets and enrollment, Austin Peay State University has been handed an additional challenge to overcome. APSU President Alisa White announced Thursday morning that she will leave Clarksville this summer for a new position in Texas. An interim president has not yet been named.  Pending her […]