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Commentary: When cult meets crisis

BY: - June 16, 2020

The cult of Trump is something that many of us have been trying to make sense of for the better part of the last four years. Conventional wisdom has it that around a third of the electorate harbors unbridled and unconditional political lust for Dear Leader, with another tenth pretty consistently disposed to like him […]

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Food assistance now available to families

BY: - June 16, 2020

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) announced on Monday that Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is now available for families needing financial support to meet their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. TDHS in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) began providing P-EBT to families on Friday through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

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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 […]

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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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COVID poses challenges in group homes for developmental disabilities

BY: - June 8, 2020

In mid-May Gov. Bill Lee announced that Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by state programs would receive universal COVID-19 testing. The results so far? In six group homes, multiple people have tested positive. Three intermediate care facilities — which typically house individuals with severe or profound disabilities who are also medically fragile — […]

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Head of Meharry Medical College: ‘indifference’ no longer an option in response to ‘hate and COVID-19’

BY: - June 5, 2020

Meharry Medical College President and CEO Dr. James Hildreth drew the comparison on Thursday between how America has responded to police brutality of minorities and the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting people of color. Hildreth made the remarks during Mayor John Cooper’s biweekly press conference about the pandemic. On Saturday a peaceful protest against police brutality […]

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TN Attorney General: excuse-free absentee voting has too much room for voter error and fraud

BY: - June 3, 2020

A Nashville judge will rule on Thursday whether to expand excuse-free absentee voting to any voter who requests a mail-in ballot after hearing arguments from the state and plaintiffs who say the expansion is needed because of the ongoing pandemic. An attorney for the Tennessee Attorney General said such an expansion of absentee voting would […]

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Commentary: Future Shlock

BY: - May 28, 2020

To judge by recent polls, Tennesseans are generally satisfied with how their leaders have handled the coronavirus pandemic, though marks are a lot higher for Nashville’s response than for the state’s. It is to be expected that political leaders will find their approval ratings juiced in times of crisis as long as they keep a […]

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Administration ends practice of sharing patient information with law enforcement

BY: - May 28, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee’s administration will stop giving daily lists of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 to law enforcement, but the sharing of private patient information continues in Tennessee’s capitol city. The practice of sharing patient information with law enforcement and first responders drew outrage from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, the Tennessee Black […]

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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 […]