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Nashville bar owners question why others aren’t closed across the state

Nashville bar owners question why others aren’t closed across the state

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Bar and restaurant owners in Davidson county are calling for equality across the state.  Wednesday around 10 downtown restaurants and bar owners met with Mayor Cooper and Butch Spyridon of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. to express concern over the current call to action.  The city called on bars to close and restaurants to restrict capacity Sunday in Music City.  “You can go to Williamson County and restaurants are full. It’s fake news there, here it’s real,” Tom morales of ACME Feed and Seed and The Southern Steak and Oyster told News 2.   Doors are...

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Stephanie Langston
March 18, 2020
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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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Brittney Baird
March 18, 2020
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Warrant: Nashville man on meth tries to punch officer, claims everyone has coronavirus

Warrant: Nashville man on meth tries to punch officer, claims everyone has coronavirus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 33 year-old man, who admitted to using meth, has been arrested after walking onto Interstate 40 near Bellevue and attempting to punch an officer, a police report alleges.According to an arrest warrant, James Seat was found Saturday night near mile marker 197 standing beside the center concrete median trying to flag down cars.When officers approached him, police said he raised his right fist and attempted to punch an officer in the side of the head. The officer was able to protect himself from the hit. Seat then reportedly threw his shoe at the same officer.Police...

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Julia Palazzo
February 17, 2020
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Blackburn, Alexander named to President Trump’s ‘Opening Up America Again Congressional Group’

Blackburn, Alexander named to President Trump’s ‘Opening Up America Again Congressional Group’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — President Donald Trump has named Republican Tennessee senators Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander to his “Opening Up America Again Congressional Group,” a task force that will provide counsel on the re-opening of America in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.In a statement released Thursday morning, Senator Blackburn said, “since the day COVID-19 reached our shores, President Trump’s resolve to defeat it has not wavered. His Administration has worked day and night to identify the most effective ways to keep the American people safe, from supplying health care...

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Josh Breslow
April 16, 2020
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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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Brittney Baird
June 15, 2020
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Body camera footage shows man drown as Winchester police standby

Body camera footage shows man drown as Winchester police standby

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Franklin County family is devastated and demanding answers after seeing body camera footage of their loved one drowning as police stood by.24 year old Johnny “JJ” Baldwin drowned early Thursday morning in Tims Ford Boiling Fork Creek.According to police, they began pursuing Baldwin in Decherd following a minor traffic violation and said it continued into Winchester with speeds never exceeding 45 miles per hour. A Winchester police report stated that Baldwin fled on foot and ended up in the water.In the video you hear Baldwin ask for help at least three...

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Stephanie Langston
June 9, 2020
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Tennessee to allow limited visitation at long-term care facilities under new guidelines

Tennessee to allow limited visitation at long-term care facilities under new guidelines

TENNESSEE (WATE) — Governor Bill Lee along with the Unified Command Group (UCG) have released guidance today on allowing long-term care facilities in the state to provide limited visitation options while ensuring the safety of their residents from COVID-19.The UCG guidelines, along with a forthcoming executive order will allow new forms of visitation, start June 15.“Our hope is to balance the need for social interaction at long-term care facilities with providing a safe environment for residents, staff, and visitors.We will monitor the implementation of this visitation plan closely, knowing...

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June 11, 2020
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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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Brittney Baird
June 17, 2020
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TDH: 3,314 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day increase for Tennessee

TDH: 3,314 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day increase for Tennessee

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July 13, 2020
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Governor Bill Lee issues ‘Safer-at-Home’ order for Tennessee

Governor Bill Lee issues ‘Safer-at-Home’ order for Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has issued a statewide “Safer at Home” executive order, urging people to stay home and stay apart, as well as, ordering the closure of businesses that cannot safely operate.Lee says this is not a mandated “shelter-in-place” order, but rather a strong urging for residents in non-essential roles to stay at home. Governor Lee cited personal liberty reasons as to why the order was not a mandate, with a focus on protecting the state’s economy as well as its citizens.“We need you to do that, to protect the lives of your neighbors, and to...

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March 30, 2020
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