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A federal agency found the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency fired employee Amanda Woods after she brought compliance issues to agency leaders, a violation of the federal Whistleblower Protection Act. (Photo: John Partipilo)

MDHA retaliated against whistleblower, according to federal investigation

BY: - July 26, 2021

The Metro Development and Housing Agency retaliated against a whistleblower who reported poor supervision of workers participating in a federal jobs program, suspending her without pay and effectively demoting her last year. Two federal investigation reports detailed the findings that MDHA retaliated against Amanda Wood, a veteran of the agency with a track record of […]

Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Editor’s column: The hottest ticket in town

BY: - July 23, 2021

Political tongues have been flapping all over Nashville since community organizer and activist Odessa Kelly announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 5th Congressional District in early April.  Kelly is taking on incumbent Jim Cooper, who has served in the 5th District seat since his election in 2002 (and in the 4th Congressional […]

Nashville Mayor John Cooper, front, and advisor Fabian Bedne, speak to a group of people at Hadley Park Community Center about participatory budgeting. (Photo: Ian Round)

North Nashville residents will get to decide how to spend $2 million through participatory budgeting

BY: - July 8, 2021

Residents of North Nashville and Bordeaux will be able to direct some public money to community gardens, potholes, reparations or whatever else they choose over the next year, through a process called “participatory budgeting.” Metro named a group of local leaders to a committee on Thursday night, in a dance studio at the Hadley Park […]

Attorney James Blumstein provides legal advice to the Davidson County Election Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 10 in Nashville. (Photo by John Partipilo.)

Nashville Power Poll: Power poll respondents strongly oppose tax reduction referendums

BY: - July 2, 2021

Nashville Power Poll members are overwhelmingly opposed to rolling back the city’s recent property tax hike. They also oppose amending the Metro Charter in a host of other areas, such as requiring elections if taxes are increased by more than 3%. Requiring such referendums would significantly weaken the mayor, and Metro Council, and turn us […]

WeGo buses on Charlotte Avenue. (Photo: John Partipilo)

A fight over bus routes, an awkward budget hearing and growing skepticism over Metro’s new NDOT

BY: - July 1, 2021

Drowned out in a Metro budget cycle largely defined by a chorus of cooperation was an 11th hour dust-up between Mayor John Cooper’s administration and Councilman Freddie O’Connell over mass transit funding. With minor tinkering, Cooper’s budget sailed through council on a unanimous voice vote. But an amendment filed by O’Connell to re-route $1.1 million […]

A treatment room at the Mental Health Cooperative's Crisis Treatment Center, bare of decorations that could be used in a suicide attempt. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Crisis center partners with Metro Nashville cops on de-escalation training

BY: - June 18, 2021

The disheveled, middle-aged man struggled against the Metro Nashville Police officer hauling him into the Crisis Treatment Center for a psychiatric evaluation, his loud mumbling muffled by the glass in the treatment room.  From an enclosed glass room in the center of the facility, mental healthcare workers watched calmly as the man was processed and […]

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After Metro Nashville Council passes $2.6B budget, focus turns to Chancellor Perkins’ ruling in referendum lawsuit

BY: - June 15, 2021

After three years of bruising budget fights, Metro Council breezily passed a $2.6 billion opening budget on Tuesday night. The unanimous vote was a far cry from the contentious council meetings in recent years when property tax hikes were debated. In both 2018 and 2019, the margin for rejecting the proposed property tax increases came […]

Metro Nashville Schools Board of Education. (Photo: MNPS)

Commentary: Fund our schools, not the police

BY: and - June 14, 2021

Mayor John Cooper’s budget for fiscal year 2022 includes some important measures to mitigate damage from the pandemic, including increased funding for affordable housing, transit, and emergency management. Mayor Cooper’s budget also brings our tax rate down, to the third-lowest level in Metro Nashville’s history. We are grateful for specific parts of this budget. As members […]

Long-time racer Ronnie Campbell takes his car for a drive on the Fairgrounds Speedway. Photo: John Partipilo)

Study: Bristol Motorsports plan would reduce racing noise at Fairgrounds Nashville

BY: - June 9, 2021

Between using the racetrack less frequently and implementing several noise-mitigation strategies, Bristol Motor Speedway would vastly reduce the noise impact on the neighborhoods surrounding the fairgrounds, according to a consultant’s report made public on Tuesday. Jackson Wrightson with the Texas-based firm WJHW presented the study results to the Metro Nashville Board of Fair Commissioners on […]

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Critics say proposed referendum wouldn’t lead to much tax relief

BY: - May 25, 2021

The proposed Metro charter amendment, currently slated for a special election on July 27, wouldn’t bring residents much property tax relief any time soon, critics say. The property tax portion of the proposal, which would completely overhaul how Metro government functions, seeks to reduce the property tax rate to its level prior to last year’s […]

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland sits with his face in his hands at a contentious meeting to discuss the Middle Point landfill in Murfreesboro. (Photo: John Partipilo)

While battles loom over landfills, Middle Tennessee hurtles toward a trash crisis 

BY: and - May 24, 2021

From a lawsuit over the rejected expansion of a landfill in Nashville to the protracted political battle over closing the landfill in Murfreesboro, the urgency of Middle Tennessee’s trash crisis has increased in intensity in recent months. The situation has all the ingredients for a political logjam. Neighborhoods across the region have made blocking new […]

A volunteer paints a boarded up window on Nashville's Second Avenue. Many buildings on the street were heavily damaged by a Christmas Day suicide bomb. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Painting project aims to dress up bombed Second Avenue

BY: - May 21, 2021

Ashley Bergeron had plans to be home in Nashville for Christmas morning, but a nagging feeling told her to make a last minute change of plans. The next morning, she woke up to the news that a suicidal man had detonated a bomb on historic Second Avenue, destroying a huge swath of it. The blast […]