Vice-Mayor Jim Shulman (top) and Interim Nashville Police Chief John Drake. (Photo: Vice-Mayor Jim Shulman)

Nashville interim chief wants focus on de-escalation, says harassment has been investigated

BY: - September 12, 2020

Community policing, peer support for police officers and additional training in de-escalation are ways to reallocate police funding, Metro Nashville Police interim Chief John Drake said Saturday.  Drake was the guest on a weekly “community conversation” Vice Mayor Jim Shulman holds via videoconference. Shulman asked Drake to address allegations of sexual harassment and assault  made […]

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Nashville prepares for Hispanic Heritage Month

BY: - September 11, 2020

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, Nashville will conduct a series of ceremonies in collaboration with local immigrant-advocate groups and conclude with a limited festival Sunday.  Typically, Nashville celebrates Hispanic heritage festively, Nashville mayoral staff member Fabian Bedne said Thursday. Although the pandemic has disrupted many  annual large-scale celebrations, the city still plans on […]

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

NOAH protests highlights demand for change with Nashville police

BY: - September 11, 2020

The recent case of mistaken identity in which members of the Metro Nashville Police Department raided the wrong apartment spurred a Thursday protest by a prominent Nashville community group. Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) held a press conference at MNPD headquarters to amplify the group’s call for immediate police reform. “It’s important to […]

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 06: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (C) walks through the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol for a meeting at the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on August 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

‘We’re not through this’: Governors plead with Congress for emergency assistance

BY: - September 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing rejected their pleas, arguing that states have yet to spend […]

Marquita Bradshaw in Memphis on September 9, 2020. She is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in what she calls a "Marquita versus Goliath" race against the Trump-endorsed Republican candidate, Bill Hagerty. The Memphis activist is also the only Black woman running for Senate in the entire country this cycle. (Photo: © Karen Pulfer Focht)

The Memphis miracle: Marquita Bradshaw

BY: - September 10, 2020

Marquita Bradshaw knows what it’s like to be left out, to be the person whose voice is ignored by the power structures. After years of fighting politicians from Memphis to Washington with mostly disappointing results, she’s decided to do something about it. Bradshaw is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in what she calls […]

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Tennessee ACLU launches voter turnout project

BY: - September 9, 2020

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Jason Isbell is working with the ACLU Tennessee on a campaign to mobilize Tennesseeans to vote via mail-in ballot or early voting for the November election. The campaign, called “Vote Like Your Rights Depend on It,” will feature a video from Isbell, virtual events, educational materials, social media tips and the […]

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State senator proposes court for “harassing” open records requests

BY: - September 9, 2020

A proposal by Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin, would allow state and local authorities to take individuals seeking public records to court if their repeated requests for government information is found to constitute “harassment.” Haile sought input on his proposed legislation Wednesday from the the Advisory Committee on Open Government, which works with the Tennessee Office of […]

A staycation at Riverview Inn on the side of Lookout Mountain can include making s'mores and enjoying a hot cup of coco by a roaring fire on an autumn evening. (Photo: Riverview Inn)

Tennessee hotels try to recoup losses through offerings to locals

BY: - September 9, 2020

Katie Gooden, a Chattanooga physician and mother of three young children, decided on the spur of the  moment to take her six-year-old daughter, Emily, on a staycation in the Scenic City.  Reservations at The Edwin, one of downtown Chattanooga’s most-popular hotels with its catbird seat on the Tennessee River, are usually hard to come by. However, […]

Metro Nashville Schools Board Member Gini Pupo-Walkeriu, fourth from left, poses at a 2019 school board meeting. (Photo: Twitter)

Recall effort launched against school board member Pupo-Walker

BY: - September 4, 2020

Pandemic politics are coming home to roost in Nashville as a group of parents have launched a recall effort against school board member Gini Pupo-Walker following frustration over Metro Nashville Public Schools remaining in virtual school. The notice of intent to recall Pupo-Walker, who represents the West End-Green Hills area on the school board, was […]

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Gov. Bill Lee administration defends emergency powers used to combat COVID-19

BY: - September 4, 2020

Members of the administration of Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday provided testimony justifying the sweeping emergency powers adopted by the governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since the onset of the pandemic in Tennessee, Lee has drawn on the state’s 20-year-old Emergency Powers Act to issue 44 executive orders that have had direct impact […]

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Alexander seeks emergency federal help for private school tuition

BY: - September 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lamar Alexander is pushing Congress to underwrite private school tuition as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic —-one of his final acts as the Tennessee Republican heads for retirement from Congress. Alexander, the powerful chairman of the Senate panel that oversees education policy, is a leader in a growing drive […]