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Tennessee officials given authority to implement mask requirements after Lee signs order

Tennessee officials given authority to implement mask requirements after Lee signs order

Staff reportsGov. Bill Lee granted authority Friday to mayors in 89 counties in Tennessee to issue their own face mask mandates as COVID-19 cases rise statewide. The move follows a after the state health department reported 1,822 new cases. Six counties with locally run health departments — Sullivan, Knox, Hamilton, Davidson, Madison and Shelby — already have authority to issue mask mandates as needed. “While our densely populated urban areas continue to have the highest COVID-19 case rates, our local governments expressed a need for greater flexibility in addressing a rise in cases and...

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Nashville DA to stop prosecuting minor marijuana possession offenses immediately

Nashville DA to stop prosecuting minor marijuana possession offenses immediately

Nashville TennesseanNashville's District Attorney's office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession charges for less than half an ounce. District Attorney General Glenn Funk announced the change Wednesday, effective immediately. "Marijuana charges do little to promote public health, and even less to promote public safety," the DA's office said in a statement. Low-level marijuana charges disproportionately impact minorities, the DA's office explained."It's incumbent upon all of us in the criminal justice arena to look for ways to make sure the system is fair, and this seems to me a...

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With these Predators, anything is possible, even the No. 1 pick in NHL Draft | Estes

With these Predators, anything is possible, even the No. 1 pick in NHL Draft | Estes

Nashville TennesseanHad things stayed cool for the NHL, had there been no coronavirus and the kept playing and won just enough to squeak into the playoffs, this would have been true then, as it is now:We wouldn’t have had a clue what to expect.Not to say that’s rare in hockey. The unpredictably of the Stanley Cup playoffs, in fact, might be its best quality. That the worst-seeded teams have a legitimate chance, you’d rarely see that in the NFL, and you’d never see it in the NBA.But inconsistency didn’t flatter these Predators. Most of the season, it drove them crazy, trying to figure out...

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Tattoos OK, marijuana testing stopped for many downtown Nashville hospitality workers

Tattoos OK, marijuana testing stopped for many downtown Nashville hospitality workers

Nashville TennesseanNashville's sprawling downtown Music City Center will no longer bar employees from showing off small tattoos and will halt pre-employment marijuana testing. Convention center officials voted to change the long-standing policies on Wednesday afternoon. The shifts align with what most downtown hotels have already begun doing. "I think it's really a change of the times," said Music City Center CEO Charles Starks. "Most people would literally look at it as: 'Y'all weren't doing that already? Really?'" Now employees can show their tattoos — within limits — members of the...

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Nashville mayor considers mandating masks for all; Tennessee governor will not

Nashville mayor considers mandating masks for all; Tennessee governor will not

Nashville TennesseanNashville Mayor John Cooper is considering a citywide mandate requiring masks in public places in response to the coronavirus outbreak that has .But the proposal has led to division among the city’s top health officials. Metro Health Director Michael Caldwell has dismissed mandatory masks as unenforceable, while the city's COVID-19 task force chair, Alex Jahangir, appeared to support the proposal in what he described as a “difference of opinion.”During a conference call with members of the city council on Thursday, Jahangir said the mayor was exploring a mask mandate...

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Anti-Semitic message written on Nashville Holocaust Memorial at Gordon Jewish Community Center

Anti-Semitic message written on Nashville Holocaust Memorial at Gordon Jewish Community Center

Nashville TennesseanVandals hung an anti-Semitic, white supremacy message on the walls of the Nashville Holocaust Memorial at Gordon Jewish Community Center on Saturday.The words, spray painted in black on a white bed sheet, used vulgar insults in a message of hate.The Jewish community security network was immediately informed of the incident and local authorities are investigating."We condemn such bigotry and violence, which has no place in Nashville or anywhere in America," the organization's executive director and board president said in a statement.The JCC community stands united with...

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Number of COVID-19 patients in Tennessee hospitals is highest ever, Vanderbilt study says

Number of COVID-19 patients in Tennessee hospitals is highest ever, Vanderbilt study says

Memphis Commercial AppealA new report from Vanderbilt University warns that the number of COVID-19 patients in Tennessee's hospitals has hit its highest level ever, and that higher numbers in Memphis and Chattanooga are making a big contribution to that dangerous increase.Public health officials continue to warn people to practice social distancing, wash hands and wear face coverings in public."Across the state, around 400 patients were concurrently hospitalized between June 7-13 — a rise of nearly 30% from a week earlier," says the new report, released Tuesday.The report says the situation...

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Legislature passes bill that could stifle removal of Confederate Nathan Bedford Forrest bust

Legislature passes bill that could stifle removal of Confederate Nathan Bedford Forrest bust

Nashville TennesseanIn its final days of session this year, the Tennessee General Assembly is taking up legislation that would change the makeup of the State Capitol Commission — and in turn could block the removal of a controversial Confederate monument located outside the House and Senate chambers.The Senate on Monday passed the legislation on the floor, which was approved after an amendment was added by the bill's sponsor, Rep. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield, though the change was never discussed in or filed in a committee.While Senate Bill 1694 merely extended the life of the , which was...

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Teenagers join pantheon of Nashville youth who harnessed peaceful protests to urge change

Teenagers join pantheon of Nashville youth who harnessed peaceful protests to urge change

Nashville TennesseanOn Thursday, Jade Fuller, Nya Collins, Zee Thomas, Kennedy Green, Emma Rose Smith and Mikayla Smith — ages 14 through 16 — claimed their place among generations of young people in Nashville who used peaceful protests to push social change.The six teenagers organized the region's largest protest against racism and police brutality in recent memory.Together, the organizers led tens of thousands of people on a miles-long march around the city, through brutal heat and pouring rain, with a simple message."Not one more."With tears in their eyes, they chanted the names of...

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Tennessean apologizes, launches investigation after 'horrific' ad runs in print editions

Tennessean apologizes, launches investigation after 'horrific' ad runs in print editions

Nashville TennesseanThe Tennessean is investigating how a paid advertisement from a fringe religious group was published on Sunday in violation of the newspaper’s long-established standards.The ad featured a bizarre, pseudo-religious “prophecy,” including the declaration of an impending nuclear attack in Nashville by “Islam.”The ad was immediately ordered to be pulled from future editions by sales executives and the investigation launched. A similar ad, one that did not mention Islam but also contained an end-times prophecy, published in the newspaper on June 17.The newspaper’s advertising...

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Protesters plan to camp out in front of Capitol, claiming area as autonomous zone

Protesters plan to camp out in front of Capitol, claiming area as autonomous zone

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutA group of approximately 50 people gathered around 5 p.m. Friday and plan to stay for an undetermined amount of time.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before adding a comment.Typed...

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Franklin parent proposes plan to remove Confederate flag from Williamson County seal

Franklin parent proposes plan to remove Confederate flag from Williamson County seal

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutThe Williamson County seal was devised in 1968, which depicts an image of a Confederate flag. A Franklin parent said it's time to remove it.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before...

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Nashville judge orders Tennessee to permit vote by mail for all registered voters

Nashville judge orders Tennessee to permit vote by mail for all registered voters

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutTennessee has limited mail in voting to those who are actively sick, disabled, traveling or elderly. The risk of being exposed to coronavirus was not considered justification to vote by mail.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to...

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Top GOP leaders won't rule out using state money for RNC as Nashville mayor says no city funds available

Top GOP leaders won't rule out using state money for RNC as Nashville mayor says no city funds available

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutWhile Mayor John Cooper says Nashville has no money to spend on hosting the Republican National Convention, some GOP lawmakers won't rule out using state funds.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to...

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UPDATE: DA will not pursue charges against pair previously linked to Nashville police car damage during Saturday rally

UPDATE: DA will not pursue charges against pair previously linked to Nashville police car damage during Saturday rally

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutThree people have been charged in connection with a police cruiser that was damaged outside the Central Precinct after Saturday's rally downtown.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before...

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Tennessee House GOP leader wants to increase penalties for rioting

Tennessee House GOP leader wants to increase penalties for rioting

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutLamberth also wants those charged with rioting to be held for at least 12 hours after arrest.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before adding a comment.Typed comments will be lost if you...

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Fire seen at Nashville courthouse and City Hall building as protests turn violent

Fire seen at Nashville courthouse and City Hall building as protests turn violent

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutA fire was seen in a first-floor office building at Nashville's criminal courthouse and City Hall during protests Saturday night.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before adding a...

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Lee administration asks state agencies to identify, plan to implement 12% budget cuts

Lee administration asks state agencies to identify, plan to implement 12% budget cuts

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutWith the coronavirus hammering the state's economy, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's administration is looking for budget reductions.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before adding a...

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Unemployment claims in Tennessee reach 550,000 since start of pandemic

Unemployment claims in Tennessee reach 550,000 since start of pandemic

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutMore than 550,000 Tennesseans have filed for unemployment since mid-March, though the state's number of new weekly claims continues to slowly decline.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register...

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State wants Tennessee's high court to take ESA voucher program case

State wants Tennessee's high court to take ESA voucher program case

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutThe state asked Tennessee's high court to hear the ESA lawsuit, hoping to avoid a lengthy appeals process.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before adding a comment.Typed comments will be...

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Overturned semi-truck spills 43K pounds of dry pasta on I-24 near I-40 interchange in Nashville

Overturned semi-truck spills 43K pounds of dry pasta on I-24 near I-40 interchange in Nashville

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutNashville dispatchers were informed that the wreck involved a spill of some type of noodle, dispatchers said, blocking the entrance to I-40 from I-24.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register...

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Harvard: Tennessee coronavirus testing levels among the best in the nation — but more is better

Harvard: Tennessee coronavirus testing levels among the best in the nation — but more is better

Get the newsShare This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutA coronavirus testing analysis from the Harvard Global Health Institute shows Tennessee is conducting more than double the testing benchmark recommended for the state.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to...

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COVID-19 patient arrested after leaving fairgrounds quarantine, court records show

COVID-19 patient arrested after leaving fairgrounds quarantine, court records show

Get the newsShare This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutThis appears to be the first case in Nashville of anyone being arrested on charges of violating coronavirus restrictions enacted by local authorities.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to...

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Former Middle Tennessee police officer charged with statutory rape

Former Middle Tennessee police officer charged with statutory rape

Get the newsShare This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutBrandon Troy Adams, 25, who worked for Jamestown Police Department in Fentress County, was arrested on official misconduct and statutory rape charges.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to...

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