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Advocates worry about youth unemployment this summer amid pandemic

BY: - May 27, 2020

Davidson County Juvenile Court Clerk Lonnell Matthews hosted a town hall meeting last week about the importance of summer employment for Nashville’s youth. The online forum was relegated to Facebook Live and a livestream on Zoom because of the pandemic. Matthews worried COVID-19 could do more than change the way he holds community meetings. Statewide […]

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Commentary: Environmental racism hurts body as well as soul

BY: - May 27, 2020

Long before COVID-19 killed almost 100,000 people in the U.S., causing disproportionate suffering among poor and low-income people and communities of color, I was fighting another kind of disease that kills poor people and minorities: environmental racism.  I grew up near the Memphis Defense Depot, a military installation in the center of several black communities. […]

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Opioids and COVID: Caught between two epidemics

BY: - May 26, 2020

Mark Sriedfertg was helping a friend move last week, when he noticed she had disappeared. He found her in the bathroom, blue-lipped and unconscious on the floor.  “I didn’t have Narcan,” said Sriedfertg, who, at 58, has been in recovery from opioid addiction for nine months. “I applied ice to her groin and the top […]

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Librarians, national guard recruited for states’ new contact tracing armies

BY: - May 26, 2020

As states seek to loosen wide-ranging restrictions imposed to constrain the novel coronavirus, they’re also looking to deploy a huge new fleet of workers to keep cases under control. Enter the contact tracers. With interpersonal contact certain to increase as states lift COVID-19 restrictions, tracing the who infected people had contact with — and then […]

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COVID-19 pandemic upends graduations across the state

BY: - May 25, 2020

As the academic year officially comes to a close, schools from across the state are conflicted about graduation and whether officials can provide as traditional a ceremony as the epidemic allows.  Gov. Bill Lee extended Tennessee’s State of Emergency declaration until June 30, which leaves school officials to choose between holding ceremonies under strict social-distancing […]

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Woolworth on 5th and Pemrose sue insurance company over pandemic loss

BY: - May 22, 2020

Two Nashville restaurants sued their insurance company in recent weeks over rejected claims from lost business due to the pandemic. The lawsuits were filed separately by the downtown restaurant Woolworth on 5th and Pemrose, which is in the Gulch against the Cincinnati Insurance Company. The restaurants are both represented by the Frazer Law. Woolworth and […]

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COVID-19 puts damper on tourist activities and revenue for long weekend

BY: - May 22, 2020

Memorial Day weekend normally kicks off Tennessee’s summer tourist season, but given the COVID-19 pandemic, many  entertainment facilities will remain postponed until further notice, putting a damper on an otherwise big weekend for visitor activity. Gov. Bill Lee lifted restrictions May 15 for large attractions, such as amusement parks, waterparks, theaters and museums. With most […]

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Leaders of civic group give detailed economic recommendations to Cooper

BY: - May 21, 2020

Leaders with The Equity Alliance, a statewide non-profit focused on the civic and economic empowerment of the black community have released a detailed set of recommendations for Nashville’s spending of the $121 million of federal CARES Act funding  for economic recovery. Charlane Oliver, co-founder and co-executive director of The Equity Alliance  is a member of […]

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Staff, youth test positive for COVID-19 in Fayette County DCS center

BY: - May 21, 2020

One youth and two security staff at a Department of Children’s Services facility in Fayette County have tested positive for COVID-19 and mass testing is being conducted Thursday, the department said in a news release.     The three individuals were tested over the weekend after showing symptoms. All three were in the same unit […]

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Democrats, Department of Labor disagree on unemployment process

BY: - May 21, 2020

Conflicting pictures of Tennessee’s processing of unemployment claims were laid out Wednesday morning by Democratic state representatives on one side and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on the other.  In a phone call with lawmakers on Wednesday morning, Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord discussed the volume of claims his department […]

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Trump’s TVA nominees pressed on climate views, IG firings

BY: - May 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats grilled President Donald Trump’s nominees for the Tennessee Valley Authority on Tuesday about climate change and the administration’s recent firings of top agency watchdogs.  Trump nominated former Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell and East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland to fill out TVA’s board of directors. The president also […]

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School board votes to close North Nashville schools under consolidation plan

BY: - May 19, 2020

Nearly a decade of school choice policy that saw parents in North Nashville choose charter schools or other district schools came home to roost on Tuesday when the Nashville school board voted to close four schools under a cost-saving consolidation plan. The school board, which met remotely because of social distancing due to COVID-19, unanimously […]