Mayor John Cooper

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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 […]

Metro Legal Director Bob Cooper, right, talks to Metro Councilman Bob Mendes during an election commission meeting on May 10. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Legal Director Bob Cooper to leave mayor’s office

BY: - May 14, 2021

Metro Director of Law Bob Cooper will leave Mayor John Cooper's administration in the coming weeks to return to private practice.

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.)

Anti-tax charter amendment set for July 27 election, but lawsuit is likely

BY: - May 10, 2021

The Republican-led Davidson County Election Commission voted along party lines to put a charter amendment proposal on the ballot for Aug. 3.

A primer: Key players and legal ramifications of the Nashville anti-tax referendum

BY: - May 10, 2021

The Davidson County Election Commission will meet on Monday to consider a proposal that would completely overhaul how Metro operates, drastically curb the government’s ability to raise property taxes and make elected officials susceptible to be easily recalled from office. The election commission will hear a report from its handpicked attorneys about the legality of […]

Mayor John Cooper gives his second State of Metro Address on April 30 at the Music City Center. (Photo:

Mayor Cooper’s moves on education create optimism for MNPS

BY: - May 7, 2021

In the last three months, Nashville Mayor John Cooper has broken two records for public education spending. In February, Cooper’s administration dedicated a record $191 million in capital projects for Metro Nashville Public Schools. The capital spending plan included $100 million for a new Bellevue high school, which would be the most expensive capital schools […]

Conceptual rendering of the Oracle campus in Nashville courtesy of Mayor John Cooper's office.

Metro Council unanimously approves $175M Oracle economic development deal

BY: - May 4, 2021

Metro Council unanimously approved a $175 million economic incentive for tech giant Oracle to build a campus on the east bank of the Cumberland River, bringing to fruition a project years in the making. The Oracle project will bring 8,500 jobs with an average annual salary of $110,000. The company is committing to $1.2 billion […]

Ronnie Campbell, a Nashville Speedway driver, takes his car for a spin on the track in March 2020. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Bristol Motorsports makes its sales pitch to Nashville

BY: - May 3, 2021

After nearly a decade of overtures, near deals and rumors, the return of NASCAR to the Nashville fairgrounds is approaching the checkered flag. Nashville Mayor John Cooper has signed a letter of intent with Bristol Motor Speedway and state legislation to create a funding mechanism is making its way through the General Assembly. While crucial […]

Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 12 - Mayor John Cooper speaks at prayer vigil at Shrader Lane Church of Christ.

Mayor Cooper devotes $50M to make MNPS teachers highest paid in state

BY: - April 29, 2021

Nashville Mayor John Cooper is proposing a budget that will pump $81 million more dollars in public schools and make the city’s teachers the highest paid in the state. Cooper unveiled his budget priorities during Thursday’s state of Metro speech, providing an optimistic vision for a city besieged by pandemic, tragedy and natural disaster. Fresh […]

Metro Nashville Councilmember Zulfat Suara speaks at an Oct. 2020 event.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Nashville councilmembers ask Cooper for funds to address childhood trauma

BY: - April 29, 2021

Nashville Metro Councilmember at Large Zulfat Suara led a Wednesday press conference to weigh in on Mayor John Cooper’s pending budget for the coming fiscal year. Her ask? Suara wants Cooper to include additional funding for  Metro Nashville Public Schools to help children recover from severe traumas experienced over the past year due to environmental […]

John Cooper takes the oath of office on Saturday, September 30th at Stratford STEM Magnet High School in East Nashville as the ninth mayor of Nashville's metropolitan government. (Photo:

Three things to watch as Nashville Mayor Cooper unveils budget

BY: - April 28, 2021

Nashville Mayor John Cooper will make the annual state of Metro address on Thursday, providing the first insight into his budget priority for the fiscal year ahead. A year ago, Cooper foreshadowed the 34 percent property tax increase during his first state of Metro speech.  Nashville is still dealing with the pandemic, with the city’s […]