Gov. Bill Lee defends inaction on COVID-19 even while under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education

Waverly flooding had resilient and caring Tennesseans rushing to aid

Are our children and grandchildren paying the price for our governor’s political agenda?

Music City Grand Prix and NASCAR show there’s an appetite for racing in Nashville

Rep. Jim Cooper facing unprecedented challenge from Odessa Kelly

COVID-19 surges through Tennessee, and our state’s low vaccine rate has drawn national criticism

Gov. Lee surprises state Senate and House leadership with announcement of free airfare for tourists

Just a couple of weeks ago, we were on the edges of our seats, watching enthusiastically as baseball teams from the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University headed to Omaha for the College World Series. 

Vaccine hesitancy remains prevalent in Tennessee, which is why First Lady Jill Biden came to Nashville on June 22, encouraging Americans in the South to get vaccinated and talking about vaccine safety and effectiveness. Among those welcoming Mrs. Biden at the airport were state and local off…

With both Vanderbilt and UT in the 2021 College World Series, this is a good year for Tennessee baseball fans

Republicans say gerrymandering is unlikely, but Nashvillians should be concerned

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In bizarre fashion, former President Donald Trump is pushing his desperate attempts to cling to power — this time by reportedly saying he will be “reinstated” to the White House by August. What? August? This year?

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A recent article by Tennessee Lookout’s Holly McCall caught my eye — mainly because of its use of the old term “welfare queens” in its headline.

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State Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) is in the news again, and I’m not surprised. Is anyone? 

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On May 11, Metro Nashville’s Board of Fair Commissioners held a public hearing on Speedway Motorsports Inc.’s plan to bring NASCAR back to Nashville. The meeting attracted a large crowd, and though contentious, it was apparently not as contentious as some might have expected. 

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In his April 29 State of Metro address, Mayor John Cooper proposed an increase to teacher salaries to such an extent that Metro Nashville Public Schools’ teachers will become the highest-paid teachers in the state. 

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For many years, Sen. Thelma Harper blazed trails and made history. She died last month at 80 years old.

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President Joe Biden earlier this month nominated four new members to the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, including Beth Prichard Geer of Nashville. Other nominees include Robert Klein from Chattanooga, Kimberly Lewis of Huntsville, Ala., and Michelle Moore from LaGrange, Ga. The Sen…

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When former U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell passed away on April 11, Nashville’s legal community certainly lost a legend — and those who knew him will miss this man of distinction and kindness. His passing leaves a hole in the worlds of public service and judicial workings, but it was his …

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Eddie George can add the title of head coach to his stunning list of accomplishments. Tennessee State University will name the former Titans player and Heisman Trophy winner as the new coach of the Tigers’ football team. George will replace Rod Reed, who was in his 11th season with the Tiger…

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Vanderbilt University has launched a $300 million campaign to fund all things athletic, which will include a new football operations center, a basketball operations center, an indoor football practice facility, expanding the McGugin Center and upgrading the stadium fan experience. This is th…

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We do not live in a lawless frontier, but you can’t tell that from the actions of Gov. Bill Lee or the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Earlier this month, Gov. Bill Lee shared a welcome to Nashville visitors that has raised questions about his leadership choices — with good reason.

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Racing fans have been advocating for the NASCAR Cup Series’ return to the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway almost since the last Grand National/Winston Cup race was held there in 1984. 

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Note: The Republican-backed effort to remove Nashville Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle failed Tuesday when it was shot down by the House Civil Justice Subcommittee. This move came despite the effort initially receiving widespread support from House Republicans. Read more about the resolution's f…

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“People of color, particularly African Americans, are experiencing more serious illness and death due to COVID-19 than white people,” Johns Hopkins Medicine recently reported. An article from Mayoclinic.org notes that underlying health conditions like diabetes and heart disease can lead to m…

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Each week I write a letter about local events close to my heart, or things I have seen or read that might be of interest to our community. This week, however, I wanted to share an opinion piece by Holly McCall, editor of nonprofit States Newsroom site Tennessee Lookout. McCall’s thoughts on …

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Organizers of Vanderbilt University’s Project on Unity and American Democracy hope to help our country realize what we have in common by using well-documented events from our past. “There’s no vaccine for polarization,” say the project’s leaders. This project has a lofty goal, and one that w…

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On Thursday, Feb. 4, Martha Cooper — who was married to U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper for nearly 36 years — passed away due to Alzheimer’s. The Coopers were blessed with three children, who have just experienced a tremendous loss. From all I’ve seen, Martha was a loyal, loving and caring supporter of…

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It has been a terrible year for students, teachers and school leaders, yet Nashville’s education leaders may face more tribulation.

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More votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election than in any other U.S. election, with President Joe Biden earning more than 80 million of those — the most votes cast for any presidential candidate in U.S. history. I think Biden earned this support because of his experience and proven …

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As our nation looks forward to a new year and to healing from the global pandemic, we also look forward to President Joe Biden’s first 100 days — to seeing what our new president has in store for us as he rolls up his sleeves and gets to work. He has a great deal to do if he is to restore th…

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Wednesday, Jan. 6. As I think back to that day, my heart goes out to our nation. Five people’s lives were lost so needlessly in the protest-turned-riot at our Capitol, and it’s one of the saddest moments I can recall. Who would have thought we’d see a day when our nation’s leader would encou…

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Nashville weathered so many storms in 2020 that it can be painful to look back at them.

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The past two months have been unusually turbulent for Gov. Bill Lee and his original cabinet members. 

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On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Republicans in the Tennessee House of Representatives decided to keep Speaker Cameron Sexton in charge. It was a unanimous vote by members of the GOP caucus, and with only 26 Democrats in the House, it’s a foregone conclusion that Sexton will be reelected speaker in Janu…

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Belmont University’s business-savvy president, Dr. Robert “Bob” Fisher, is retiring this spring, and he will certainly be missed. 

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Last month, the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988, and their sixth such title since they set up shop on the West Coast in 1958. For Nashvillians, the sixth and deciding game of the series was an especially sweet moment, as Mookie Betts — who was raised in Nash…

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President Donald Trump tweeted Oct. 6 that he was halting negotiations on a much-delayed stimulus package, saying, “immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill.” As noted by The Wall Street Journal, “The president’s call to halt negotiations surprised lawmakers of both partie…

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In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, President Donald Trump tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for COVID-19. Though many were taken aback by the president’s announcement, medical experts called it unsurprising, since in recent weeks Trump’s health and the …

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We’ve hardly had time to mourn the loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and now we must deal with what will likely be a historically contentious confirmation battle to replace her.