In late 2004, a little more than a year after a Nashville man named Paul Garrett was sent to prison for the killing of a sex worker named Velma Tharpe, police and prosecutors received a piece of information that should have set off alarms. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had run a DNA …

The same week Israeli officials and Hamas leaders entered a cease-fire, bringing a tenuous halt to 11 days of fighting, two events in Nashville drew crowds in support of Palestinians, who have suffered the brunt of the conflict’s casualties and destruction.

Pervis Payne was less than a month away from his Dec. 3 execution date when Gov. Bill Lee called it off. Prison officials had already come to see Payne on death row to ask him to choose between lethal injection and the electric chair. When Lee granted Payne a temporary reprieve on Nov. 6, he…

Sitting in the grass of Fair Park, there’s a new attraction peeking out over the trees. It’s not a Ferris wheel — the Tennessee State Fair is permanently moving to Wilson County starting this year — and it’s not the speedway. The black girders of the south stands of Nashville SC’s new home h…

In Dickson County, a 150-year-old African American settlement still stands. The unincorporated community of Promise Land, Tenn., is a piece of living history, carrying on a powerful story of freedom through the descendants of its founders, its educational programs and its ongoing volunteer efforts.

In response to a rash of gun violence — including recent shootings in North Nashville that killed a local community activist and a 3-year-old girl — a coalition including members of Black Lives Matter Nashville, Black Nashville Assembly and others arranged for something as straightforward as…

Meharry Medical College student Duni Getaneh lives in the present. It’s something she learned from a buddy through a program she helped start — National Alzheimer’s Buddies. The program now has 16 locations at undergraduate colleges across the U.S., including Vanderbilt University. The progr…

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If you’re a parent who received free diapers in the past year, there’s a very good chance they came from Nashville Diaper Connection. In 2020, the organization — whose website features the slogan “No Child Wet Behind” — provided a total of 2 million diapers to local families, up from 860,000…

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Fred Richards was 64, a veteran known for a funny, wild spirit and a resilience that had gotten him through many tough years. He was also unhoused. When Saturday night’s historic rainfall turned to flash flooding, the encampment Richards had been living in with a community of people near Sev…

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When I read that the owner of Alkebu-Lan Images bookstore had purchased the T-shirt building on Buchanan Street in December, I felt like I had hit the lottery. “Thank you, Lord,” I whispered. “We got one.”

A statue of Confederate general and early KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest has loomed over I-65 for 23 years, an eyesore and a consistent subject of mockery in Nashville and elsewhere. During the summer, amid renewed calls for its removal, it remained. The statue — which stands on private p…

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In the 50 years since Exit/In opened on Elliston Place, the beloved music venue has survived a great deal of upheaval. The business has changed hands many times, sometimes with the owner or owners going bankrupt. Responding to extensive real estate development in the neighborhood, current ow…

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In the days following the Christmas bombing on Second Avenue, Metro Nashville Codes Administration officials were concerned that many, if not all, of the affected buildings would have to be demolished. Such a move would erase from the cityscape what was Nashville’s first major historic prese…

For several years, invasive carp have destroyed local tourism and potentially changed lake ecology in the Twin Lakes region, which straddles Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. The area, also known as the Land Between the Lakes region, is named for the parallel Barkley and Kentucky lakes.…

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Even with the federal eviction moratorium extended until Jan. 31, renters are still feeling pressure to pay rent and afford other necessities. Two rounds of stimulus checks — coming in increments of $1,200 and $600, and issued several months apart — didn’t address everyone’s needs, nor reach…

Nashville’s downtown curfew was lifted at noon on Monday, Dec. 28, and by 1 p.m., tourists had returned to Lower Broadway’s bars. A police barricade of fences and Metro Nashville school buses blocked vehicle and foot traffic from Third Avenue to the river.

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When an RV exploded on Second Avenue North around 6:30 a.m. on Christmas Day outside an AT&T switch facility, the blast rendered two buildings unsalvageable, damaged many more and sent debris and numerous conspiracy theories scattering into the morning air. With smoke still rising from d…