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Gov. Lee ends public health orders, mask mandates across Tennessee

Gov. Lee ends public health orders, mask mandates across Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Governor Bill Lee announced the end of statewide public health orders Tuesday morning and signed Executive Order 80 to address economic and regulatory functions.Executive Order 80 also ends the local authority to issue mask requirements in the 89 counties directed by the state health department. It will go into effect Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.“COVID-19 is now a managed public health issue in Tennessee and no longer a statewide public health emergency,” said Gov. Lee. “As Tennesseans continue to get vaccinated, it’s time to lift remaining local restrictions, focus on...

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Apr 27
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Biden offers emergency resources to Tennessee

Biden offers emergency resources to Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — President Joe Biden offered his administration’s assistance Tuesday in a call with Governor Bill Lee and at least seven governors of states impacted by severe winter weather.The White House said Biden told governors that he and his wife are praying for their citizens and pledged to deploy federal emergency resources as needed.Among those on the call in addition to Gov. Lee were Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and Oklahoma Governor Kevin...

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Columbia’s Mule Day 2021 cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Columbia’s Mule Day 2021 cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Organizers announced Tuesday the annual Mule Day events in Columbia are cancelled for 2021.The city of Columbia and the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club announced the annual Mule Day Parade and festivities, which had been scheduled for April 8 through April 11, will no longer take place.“In the last several weeks, our community and indeed our country has seen many positive trends regarding ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, but the unfortunate reality is that we can’t claim victory yet, and we certainly can’t afford to let our actions lead to an increase of...

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Feb 2
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Tennessee toddler vies for top prize in mullet championship

Tennessee toddler vies for top prize in mullet championship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — As more and more people are starting to bring back the mullet hairstyle, one Middle Tennessee kid is turning heads with his style.Archie is one-and-a-half and in the running in an online Mullet Championship for his Tennessee Top Hat.The DeKalb County boy is one of 10 kids to advance to the finals of the contest and he is the youngest of the finalists.His mom, Faidra Reed, could not be more proud.“I really didn’t expect him to get chosen because I knew there were others, but he is so cute so how could he not be?” explained Reed.Reed added Archie’s mullet was her...

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Oct 23
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Former Titan Albert Haynesworth charged with domestic assault

Former Titan Albert Haynesworth charged with domestic assault

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Former Tennessee Titan and Tennessee Volunteer Albert Haynesworth was arrested in Cleveland, Tennessee Monday, according to the Cleveland Police Department.Haynesworth was charged with disorderly conduct and domestic assault.According to an arrest report, Haynesworth drove to Cleveland from Franklin, Tennessee after making threats to physically harm his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.Officers reportedly found Haynesworth at a home in Cleveland “yelling” at his ex-girlfriend and new boyfriend.According to a release from the Cleveland Police Department,...

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Metro Council approves budget including 34% property tax increase

Metro Council approves budget including 34% property tax increase

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Davidson County property owners will need to prepare for a higher tax bill after the Metro Council gave final approval to next year’s budget early Wednesday morning.The budget proposed by Budget Chair Bob Mendes passed around 1:30 a.m. after an estimated six hours of debate. The final vote for the plan, which includes a 34% property tax increase, was 32 in favor and eight against.After midnight, the Council made the decision to increase funding for Metro police by $2.6 million despite calls to defund the department by community members and Council Members who tried...

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Jun 17
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Metro police updates use of force policy to ban chokeholds

Metro police updates use of force policy to ban chokeholds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Metro Nashville Police Department has strengthened its policies to prohibit the use of chokeholds in addition to requiring officers to intervene in scenarios where excessive force could be used.“Our police department embraces the principles put forward in #8cantwait, as reflected in a policy comparison we completed late last week,” said Chief Steve Anderson in a release. “We will continue to review, improve and strengthen the policies that guide our officers.”Mayor Cooper’s office explained chokeholds are prohibited by Tennessee state law under most...

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Trucking industry key to keeping economy afloat during COVID-19 pandemic

Trucking industry key to keeping economy afloat during COVID-19 pandemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The trucking industry could be key to keeping the economy afloat during the covid-19 pandemic.Truckers are working hard to keep goods flowing while in a dire situation as supplies continue to run low. Drivers are putting in overtime so they can travel across the country and help keep stores stocked.But their main concern is where can they go to get rest and food?There are now fewer options for truckers to eat when they take a break. Restaurants have allowed for more drive-thru and delivery options, but there are still limited choices for those driving a semi-truck....

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March 18, 2020
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