Mayor John Cooper

Metro Police at a recent protest. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Weekend protests, riots rock state

BY: - June 1, 2020

  Peaceful protests over the weekend in Tennessee cities, including Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro turned violent in several instances, with police dispersing tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowds and public and private property suffering damage. The Knoxville event remained calm, while both Memphis and Nashville had peaceful organized protests that […]

Nashville, Tenn. - A crowd outside Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse looks at fires inside the building. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville riots: Historic Metro Courthouse burns

BY: - May 31, 2020

  An afternoon of peaceful protests organized by social justice groups to protest the killing on Minneapolis man George Floyd by police devolved into a night of riots in Nashville. Historic Metro Nashville Courthouse was defaced and set on fire and downtown tourist district businesses being broken into and robbed. Award-winning and two time Pulitzer […]

Nashville, Tenn., May 30 -"I can't breath" rally at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. (Photo: Odessa Kelly)

Nashville courthouse burns as peaceful protest turns into violent riot

BY: - May 30, 2020

What began on Saturday as a peaceful protest assembled by social justice reformers, activists, politicians and faith leaders in response to the death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis devolved into a violent riot that left Nashville in a state of emergency. Before the day was over, Gov. Bill Lee called in the National […]

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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 […]

Fowl in downtown Nashville. (Photo: Tennessee Lookout)

As Nashville reopens, some business owners play it safe

BY: - May 12, 2020

As Nashville begins Phase One of reopening, the once vibrant Nashville dining and entertainment scene is gradually reopening, with many establishments forgoing even to-go orders and remaining closed.  Brenda Sanderson, owner of several downtown businesses such as Legends Corner and Second Fiddle, remains skeptical about opening her honky-tonk bars without Nashville’s iconic music scene.  “It’s […]

Condos and apartments in the Gulch. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images.)

Opinion: Peg Leg Porker owner needs to simmer down

BY: - May 7, 2020

Let’s get the obvious points out of the way first: The timing of Mayor John Cooper’s proposed 32% property tax increase is terrible. We’re at the start of a nationwide economic collapse caused by a once-in-a-century global pandemic, and parts of Nashville are still in tatters from March’s devastating tornadoes. A tax hike, even if […]