The American Flag Belongs to Me, Too, and This Year I’m Taking It Back

Old Glory has become such a strong a feature of Trump rallies that many liberals have all but rejected it.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #independence-day-us-july-4, #king-martin-luther-jr, #nashville-tenn, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #southern-states-us

Dave Stewart Hopes to Bring MLB Team to Nashville

Dave Stewart was a star player, an executive and an agent. He believes his sport’s path forward is Black ownership — and he is trying his best to make that happen in Nashville.

#baseball, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #major-league-baseball, #nashville-tenn, #oakland-athletics, #oakland-coliseum-oakland-calif, #stewart-dave-1957

Loss of Pandemic Aid Stresses Hospitals That Treat the Uninsured

Hospitalizations from Covid-19 are receding, but safety-net providers are facing tremendous unmet needs from poor and uninsured patients who delayed seeking care during the pandemic.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #nashville-tenn, #tennessee

At the Magic Kingdom, a ‘Magical’ Wedding

Marissa Branch and Shelby Blackstock were married at one of their favorite vacation destinations: in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

#disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #florida, #mcentire-reba, #nashville-tenn, #weddings-and-engagements

Nashvile 2022 Visitors’ Guide

With the opening of a big African American music museum, new retro bowling halls and a ramped-up food scene, Nashville just kept on growing over the last two years. A visitors’ guide.

#culture-arts, #music, #nashville-tenn, #restaurants, #travel-and-vacations

Nashville Stars Honor Baseball’s Past by Focusing on the Future

Named after a team from the Negro leagues, the Nashville Stars give young players, Black and white, passion and purpose in the game.

#baseball, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #nashville-tenn, #negro-league, #whites

A Pink Parade at the End of the World

The rise of LoveShackFancy.

#cohen-rebecca-hessel, #content-type-personal-profile, #fans-persons, #fashion-and-apparel, #loveshackfancy-retailer, #nashville-tenn, #shopping-and-retail, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-fashion

Nashville’s Symphony Has a Bird Migration Problem

A vast flock of purple martins has made Nashville’s symphony center its staging ground for the fall migration. It’s not just the city’s problem. It’s a human problem.

#biodiversity, #birds, #global-warming, #nashville-tenn, #nashville-symphony-orchestra

The Fight Over ‘Maus’ Is Part of a Bigger Cultural Battle in Tennessee

State lawmakers, led by the governor, are rethinking what public school students should read and learn.

#books-and-literature, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #libraries-and-librarians, #maus-book, #mcminn-county-tenn, #nashville-tenn, #politics-and-government, #school-boards, #spiegelman-art

Robert Hicks, Blockbuster Author and Battlefield Savior, Dies at 71

He published “The Widow of the South” to promote his real passion: reclaiming a Tennessee Civil War site’s complicated history.

#antiques, #books-and-literature, #carnton-franklin-tenn-museum, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #deaths-obituaries, #franklin-tenn, #hicks-robert-1951-2022, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #nashville-tenn, #slavery-historical, #the-widow-of-the-south-book, #writing-and-writers

Nashville Gerrymandering Threatens City’s Core

Tennessee was long known for a brand of moderate Southern politics. Nashville, a blue island in a red state, is finding that the old rules no longer apply.

#cline-patsy, #cooper-jim-1954, #meacham-jon, #nashville-tenn, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #tennessee, #united-states-politics-and-government

Hargus Robbins, Pianist on Country Music Hits, Dies at 84

A revered member of Nashville’s A-Team of studio musicians, he was a major contributor to Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album.

#country-music, #country-music-hall-of-fame-and-museum, #deaths-obituaries, #dylan-bob, #nashville-tenn, #robbins-hargus-1938-2022

Gerrymandering and Voter Injustice in Nashville

Representative Jim Cooper won re-election again and again because he is a good politician and a good man. But he finally lost to Republican gerrymandering.

#cooper-jim-1954, #nashville-tenn, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ralph Emery, the Dick Clark of Country Music, Dies at 88

For six decades he promoted country performers on radio and television, earning a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #emery-ralph, #grand-ole-opry-house, #nashville-tenn, #radio

This Winter, Snow Can Help Us Learn to Stop

For all the problems it can cause, snow is a respite from the speed of the modern world. 

#nashville-tenn, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather

Nathan Chen Isn’t Perfect but Wins U.S. Skating Championship

Nathan Chen won his sixth consecutive U.S. national figure skating title and is expected to contend for a gold medal at the Beijing Games.

#baker-jean-luc, #bates-evan-1989, #beijing-china, #cain-ashley-1995, #chen-nathan, #chock-madison, #donohue-zachary-1991, #figure-skating, #frazier-brandon-1992, #hanyu-yuzuru, #hubbell-madison, #leduc-timothy-1990, #nashville-tenn, #olympic-games-2022, #united-states-figure-skating-assn

Nashville Finds Opportunity in the Hole a Bomber Left in the Heart of the City

Since the explosion last Christmas, the city has grappled with how rebuilding will fit into its larger ambitions of transforming downtown. The hope is to draw more than just tourists.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #bombs-and-explosives, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #nashville-tenn, #nashville-tenn-explosion-2020, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Sickle Cell Math Is Brutally Simple, but Not Widely Taught

An inexpensive blood test can warn couples if they face one in four odds of having a baby with the disease. No one ever told Lametra Scott and Rickey Buggs about it.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #blood, #debaun-michael-r, #discrimination, #genetics-and-heredity, #nashville-tenn, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #tests-medical, #volunteers-and-community-service

Americans Hunt for Virus Tests and the Assurance of Safe Holiday Gatherings

Supply shortages, financial barriers and misinformation are still stopping some Americans from getting a test.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nashville-tenn, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Students at Meharry Medical College Each Get $10,000 for Covid Fight

Meharry Medical College in Nashville gave $10,000 to each student from a pool of coronavirus relief funds.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gifts, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #meharry-medical-college, #nashville-tenn

Book Review: ‘These Precious Days,’ by Ann Patchett

In her essay collection “These Precious Days,” the novelist and bookstore owner explores friendship, marriage and mortality.

#american-academy-of-arts-and-letters, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #franzen-jonathan, #hanks-tom, #nashville-tenn, #parnassus-books-nashville-tenn, #patchett-ann, #sarah-lawrence-college, #these-precious-days-essays-book, #writing-and-writers

5,000 Shows Later, the Grand Ole Opry Is Still the Sound of Nashville

A two-hour celebration for the milestone broadcast captured the shifts and strides in country music that played out over the past century on the Opry stage.

#anderson-bill-1937, #country-music, #grand-ole-opry-house, #janson-chris-1986, #les-leverett, #nashville-tenn, #radio, #the-isaacs

‘Ordinary Citizens’ Turned Rioters on Jan. 6

Readers react to an account of 90 seconds of violence at the Capitol. Also: Voting rights; Parler; the Jefferson statue; older drivers; filing cabinets.

#elderly, #elections-senate, #internal-storyline-no, #jefferson-thomas, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #nashville-tenn, #parler-llc, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Hey Parler, Nashville Isn’t Turning Red

Nashville may be having an identity crisis. But our moral commitment to equality will never change.  

#nashville-tenn, #parler-llc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #relocation-of-business, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

The Fisk Jubilee Singers Celebrate 150 Years of Songs and Spirituals

For 150 years, the Fisk Jubilee Singers have performed spirituals that saved a university and helped raise generations up from the bonds of slavery.

#colleges-and-universities, #fisk-jubilee-singers, #fisk-university, #gospel-music, #music, #nashville-tenn, #slavery-historical

Defending Nature Is a Form of Justice

If citizens in construction-besotted Nashville can find the political will to preserve their trees, any city can.

#environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #nashville-tenn, #trees-and-shrubs

In Nashville, Rolling Parties Rage at Every Stoplight

As Nashville’s popularity has grown, so has the “transportainment” business — a motley assortment including old buses, farm tractors and a truck with a hot tub. Many think it has gotten out of hand.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #bars-and-nightclubs, #buses, #cumberland-river, #deerecompany, #franklin-tenn, #music, #nashville-tenn, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-army

Mickey Guyton on Her Debut Album, ‘Remember Her Name’

She was failed by the country music industry until the emotional song “Black Like Me” changed her career. Now comes a debut album that proved therapeutic.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #country-music, #guyton-mickey, #nashville-tenn, #remember-her-name-album, #women-and-girls

The Signs of a Changing Climate in my Own Backyard

The ecosystem in my own yard brings is showing signs of both trouble and hope. 

#animal-migration, #birds, #insects, #nashville-tenn, #summer-season

Don Everly, Older Brother in Groundbreaking Rock Duo, Dies at 84

The Everly Brothers were the most successful rock act to emerge from Nashville in the 1950s, rivaling Elvis Presley for airplay on the radio.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #everly-don, #everly-phil-1939-2014, #nashville-tenn, #pop-and-rock-music, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-and-museum

After Covid Diagnosis, a Conservative Radio Host Sends a New Message

The Tennessee radio host, Phil Valentine, said he was among those who did not need to get vaccinated. Now his struggle with the virus is sparking its own discussion.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jahangir-alex, #nashville-tenn, #radio, #vaccination-and-immunization, #valentine-phil-1959, #vanderbilt-university-medical-center

Southern Baptist Vote Signals Further Fractures in American Evangelicalism

The establishment narrowly headed off a takeover attempt by a hard-right movement. Some backers of the losing candidate are now considering leaving altogether.

#baptist-churches, #christians-and-christianity, #greear-j-d, #litton-ed-pastor, #nashville-tenn, #southern-baptist-convention

Southern Baptist Convention Elects Ed Litton as New President

Ed Litton, a moderate pastor from Alabama, won a high-stakes presidential election with the potential to reshape the future of the country’s largest Protestant denomination.

#baptist-churches, #greear-j-d, #ministers-protestant, #nashville-tenn, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-baptist-convention

Southern Baptist Convention Will Hold Runoff for New President

The high-stakes presidential election has the potential to reshape the future of the country’s largest Protestant denomination.

#baptist-churches, #greear-j-d, #ministers-protestant, #nashville-tenn, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-baptist-convention

Feeding the Hungry, One Wholesome Meal at a Time

An empire for feeding the hungry started with one woman and some sandwiches.

#food, #food-insecurity, #nashville-tenn

‘Take the Ship’: Conservatives Aim to Commandeer Southern Baptists

The insurgents, some adopting a pirate motif, believe that the denomination has drifted too far to the left on issues of race, gender and the strict authority of the Bible.

#baptist-churches, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #greear-j-d, #nashville-tenn, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-baptist-convention

As Nashville Bomber Plotted, Police Investigation Into Warning Sat Dormant

A review found deficiencies in how police officers followed a 2019 tip that Anthony Q. Warner was building bombs in his vehicle.

#nashville-tenn, #nashville-tenn-explosion-2020, #police-department-nashville-tenn, #warner-anthony-quinn

Tennessee Plane Crash: 7 Are Presumed Dead, Officials Say

The authorities said operations had shifted from rescue to recovery for those aboard a plane that crashed into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna, Tenn., on Saturday.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #deaths-fatalities, #nashville-tenn, #percy-priest-lake, #smyrna-tenn

Nashville Hat Shop Sold Yellow Star Anti-Vaccine Patches

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #nashville-tenn, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

The Picassos of the American South

William Edmonson and other self-taught artists remind us of how genius somehow finds a way.

#art, #edmondson-william-1874-1951, #nashville-tenn, #picasso-pablo, #sculpture, #tombs-and-tombstones

We Were Born To Be Wild

Earth Day is a reminder that we are living creatures all the same.

#earth-day, #environment, #finches-birds, #insects, #nashville-tenn

Flooding in Nashville Kills at Least 4 as Water Keeps Rising

Dozens of people were rescued as cars were swept away and neighborhoods were swamped. “We’re not out of the woods yet,” officials said, as water levels climbed on the Cumberland River.

#floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #nashville-tenn, #rain, #weather

Elizabeth R. Duff, First Woman to Drive a Nashville City Bus, Dies at 72

A Black woman, Mrs. Duff broke gender and race barriers. She died of Covid-19.

#black-people, #buses, #chauffeurs-and-drivers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #duff-elizabeth-r-1949-2021, #nashville-tenn, #transit-systems, #women-and-girls

What $1.9 Buys You in California, New York and Tennessee

An early 20th-century house in San Francisco, a one-bedroom condo on Central Park West in Manhattan and a four-bedroom home in Nashville.

#nashville-tenn, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif

Behind the Nashville Bombing, a Conspiracy Theorist Stewing About the Government

Anthony Warner, who was obsessed with an outlandish tale about lizard aliens and other plots, had been planning for months.

#conspiracy-theories, #nashville-tenn, #nashville-tenn-explosion-2020, #warner-anthony-quinn

Give Dolly Parton a Statue Already

The Tennessee General Assembly’s vote to do so should be unanimous.

#monuments-and-memorials-structures, #nashville-tenn, #parton-dolly, #politics-and-government

A Happiness of Bluebirds

This year isn’t living up to my hopes, so I am learning to hope in a new way.

#birds, #happiness, #nashville-tenn, #seasons-and-months

Museum Exploring Music’s Black Innovators Arrives in Nashville

The National Museum of African American Music has six interactive sections covering 50 genres of music with a focus on gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

#black-people, #museums, #music, #nashville-tenn, #national-museum-of-african-american-music, #united-states

Black Music Has a New Home in Nashville

The National Museum of African American Music is opening in the capital of country music. And that’s exactly where it belongs.

#black-people, #jazz, #museums, #nashville-tenn, #pop-and-rock-music, #rhythm-and-blues-music

Critics Say Nashville Police Could Have Done More With Tip About Bomber

Anthony Warner’s girlfriend told the police last year he was building bombs in his R.V. Police officials said they took their inquiry as far as they could at the time.

#bombs-and-explosives, #nashville-tenn, #nashville-tenn-explosion-2020, #police-department-nashville, #warner-anthony-quinn