Kurt Winstead Wins G.O.P. Race for a Newly Red Tennessee House Seat

Mr. Ogles, the mayor of Maury County, will be favored to represent a Nashville-area seat that is now safely Democratic but was redrawn by G.O.P. mapmakers to lean Republican.

#cooper-jim-1954, #elections-house-of-representatives, #harwell-beth, #midterm-elections-2022, #ortagus-morgan, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #tennessee, #united-states-politics-and-government, #winstead-kurt

She Traveled 200 Miles for an Abortion She Never Wanted

Madison Underwood was thrilled to learn she was pregnant. But when a rare defect in the developing fetus threatened her life, she was thrust into post-Roe chaos.

#abortion, #chattanooga-tenn, #georgia, #slatery-herbert-h-iii, #tennessee, #women-and-girls

The M.M.A. Doctor’s Dilemma: To Stop or Not to Stop the Fight

As combat sports grow in popularity, ringside physicians grapple with the precarious ethics of their role.

#association-of-ringside-physicians, #boxing, #chattanooga-tenn, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #mixed-martial-arts, #parkinsons-disease, #sports-injuries, #tennessee, #traumatic-brain-injury, #united-states

Dear Liberals: Come on Down!

Railing on social media from your blue state won’t change a thing down here.

#liberalism-us-politics, #nashville-tenn, #republican-party, #southern-states-us, #tennessee, #united-states-economy

Trump: A Brat, but Not a Child

Trump should not escape responsibility for his self-imposed ignorance.

#blow-charles-m, #criminal-justice, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #moses-pamela, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tennessee, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Children Should Not Have to Suffer the State’s Injustice

When states are led by zealots, many of the people who live there are governed by laws they vehemently oppose.

#abortion, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #law-and-legislation, #southern-states-us, #tennessee, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Can Luke Combs, Country’s Everyman, Grow Up Without Losing Touch?

The unflashy 32-year-old star makes irrepressibly catchy and relatable country anthems. Now he’s walking a tricky line: finding ways to evolve without straying too far from his roots.

#combs-luke, #content-type-personal-profile, #country-music, #growinup-album, #tennessee, #what-you-see-is-what-you-get-album

The Dream of the Open Road Collides With the Reality of $5-a-Gallon Gas

Inflation at the diner. Sky-high prices at the pump. The view of the country from a 5,000-mile car journey is clear: It’s expensive out there.

#atlanta-ga, #budget-travel, #great-smoky-mountains-national-park, #new-orleans-la, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #roads-and-traffic, #tennessee, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-economy

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

The Tennessee Law Making School Board Culture Wars Even Worse

Tennessee has a plan for that.

#books-and-literature, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #elections, #franklin-tenn, #local-government, #republican-party, #school-boards, #state-legislatures, #tennessee, #united-states-politics-and-government

Severe Storms Are Again Expected Across the Midwest and the South

Meteorologists said thunderstorms could produce damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes in the Midwest and the Mississippi Valley, a day after tornadoes injured nearly two dozen people in Texas.

#floods, #little-rock-ark, #louisville-ky, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #tennessee, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

The Conservative College That’s Expanding to Charter Schools

Hillsdale College is building a national, publicly funded charter school network — and fighting what it calls leftist teaching.

#1776-commission, #charter-schools, #colleges-and-universities, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #hillsdale-college, #tennessee

South Braces for Second Wave of Storms After 2 Deaths

Nearly 14 million people across the region faced an enhanced risk of severe weather on Wednesday. Forecasters said the storms could produce tornadoes.

#alabama, #atlanta-ga, #birmingham-ala, #chattanooga-tenn, #deaths-fatalities, #georgia, #tennessee, #texas, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

The Boring Bill in Tennessee That Everyone Should Be Watching

Republicans are about freedom and small government only when they’re not the ones in control of the government.

#environment, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #tennessee

Texas and the Southeast Brace for Tornadoes and Heavy Rain

Severe weather, bringing several inches of rain and damaging winds, was expected to begin Monday afternoon in Texas and then move over Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, forecasters said.

#alabama, #floods, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #oklahoma, #rain, #tennessee, #texas, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

Rodent Infestation at Family Dollar Warehouse Leads to Hundreds of Closures

F.D.A. inspectors said that a fumigation of the West Memphis, Ark., distribution center last month revealed more than 1,100 dead rodents. A far-reaching recall has been issued for stores in six states.

#alabama, #arkansas, #family-dollar-stores-inc, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #louisiana, #mississippi, #missouri, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rodents, #salmonella-bacteria, #shopping-and-retail, #tennessee, #united-states, #west-memphis-ark

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

Far From the Big City, New Economic Life

Incomes are low in small-town Tennessee, but so is the cost of living. That attraction could be a key to reviving many rural areas.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #population, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rural-areas, #tennessee

New York Deer Infected With Omicron, Study Finds

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections. The coronavirus has now been found in deer in 15 states.

#animals, #antibodies, #arkansas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deer, #illinois, #iowa, #kansas, #maine, #massachusetts, #minnesota, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #north-carolina, #ohio, #oklahoma, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pennsylvania, #research, #staten-island-nyc, #tennessee, #veterinary-medicine, #virginia, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Tennessee State Senator Expelled From Office Over Conviction

State Senators voted 27 to 5 to remove Katrina Robinson from office over a wire fraud conviction. She has denied wrongdoing, and called the move “an attack on the Black vote.”

#democratic-party, #frauds-and-swindling, #politics-and-government, #robinson-katrina-1981, #state-legislatures, #tennessee

Trump’s Grip on G.O.P. Faces New Strains

Shifts in polls of Republicans, disagreements on endorsements and jeers over vaccines hint at daylight between the former president and the right-wing movement he spawned.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #desantis-ron, #north-carolina, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #tennessee, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Maus’ Holocaust Novel Removed From Classrooms by School Board

The board voted unanimously to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel from classrooms because it contained swear words, according to minutes from the meeting.

#anti-defamation-league, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #comic-books-and-strips, #education-k-12, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #school-boards, #spiegelman-art, #teachers-and-school-employees, #tennessee

The Rise of the Crypto Mayors

This new political breed accepts paychecks in Bitcoin. The mayors also want to use buzzy new tech like NFTs to raise money for public projects.

#adams-eric-l, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #jackson-tennessee, #local-government, #mayors, #scott-conger, #social-media, #suarez-francis-x-1977, #tennessee, #two-harbors-minn, #virtual-currency

Tennessee Couple Says Adoption Agency Turned Them Away for Being Jewish

Elizabeth and Gabriel Rutan-Ram are plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming that state funding of a child-placing agency that discriminates based on religion is unconstitutional.

#adoptions, #americans-united-for-separation-of-church-and-state, #discrimination, #holston-united-methodist-home-for-children-inc, #jews-and-judaism, #religion-state-relations, #rutan-ram-elizabeth, #rutan-ram-gabriel, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tennessee

America’s Ugliest Confederate Statue Is Gone. Racism Isn’t.

The act of taking down a memorial — like the act of putting one up — is largely symbolic. But symbols also tell us who we are.

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #forrest-nathan-bedford, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #tennessee

Arson Destroyed Knoxville Planned Parenthood Clinic, Officials Say

Investigators have not identified any suspects in the arson case. The health clinic, in Knoxville, Tenn., was shot at by someone last year.

#abortion, #arson, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #knoxville-tenn, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #supreme-court-us, #tennessee

I-95 Near Washington, D.C., Is Closed After Deadly Snowstorm

Drivers reported being stranded for hours as part of the interstate, one of the country’s busiest travel corridors, was shut down after accidents involving several tractor-trailers.

#interstate-95, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Winter Storm Knocks Out Power Across Southeast

Hundreds of thousands were without electricity on Monday, and federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area were closed because of the storm.

#appalachian-region, #delaware, #georgia, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Dave Ramsey Fired Employee for Taking Covid Precautions, Suit Says

In his complaint, a former employee says the Tennessee radio broadcaster, an evangelical Christian who has built a personal finance empire, violated his religious rights.

#amos-brad-video-editor, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #freedom-of-religion, #ramsey-dave, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tennessee, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Donating to Environmental Nonprofits in the South

Our collective efforts can make a huge difference.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #nonprofit-organizations, #southern-states-us, #tennessee

How to Help Victims of the Tornadoes

Here’s how to pitch in as local and national volunteers and aid groups mobilize to help hard-hit areas.

#american-red-cross, #americares, #arkansas, #care, #content-type-service, #feeding-america, #gofundme, #humanitarian-aid, #illinois, #international-medical-corps, #kentucky, #kentucky-state-police, #mississippi, #missouri, #philanthropy, #salvation-army, #tennessee, #tornadoes, #united-way-of-america, #volunteers-and-community-service

Tornadoes Tear Through South and Midwest, With at Least 70 Dead in Kentucky

Power was out across the region on Saturday, and severe storms were expected to continue.

#accidents-and-safety, #amazon-com-inc, #arkansas, #buildings-structures, #deaths-fatalities, #edwardsville-ill, #illinois, #kentucky, #mayfield-ky, #mayfield-consumer-products, #mississippi, #missouri, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #rescues, #tennessee, #tornadoes

What to Know About the Deadly Tornado Outbreak

Dozens of people were killed across several states on Friday night.

#amazon-com-inc, #deaths-fatalities, #illinois, #kentucky, #tennessee, #tornadoes

Scuba-Diving YouTuber Finds Car Linked to Teens Missing Since 2000

A YouTuber who investigates cold cases found a missing Tennessee teenager’s car submerged in a nearby river. It is at least the fourth such discovery by amateur investigators in two months.

#computers-and-the-internet, #missing-persons, #sonar, #tennessee, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

A Glimmer of Justice in Death Penalty States

The halting of executions and the guilty verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery case have given us the slightest bit of hope for change.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #intellectual-disabilities, #oklahoma, #tennessee

Black Man Wins New Trial Over Confederate Memorabilia in Jury Room

A Tennessee appeals court granted Tim Gilbert a new trial after jurors deliberated in a room named after the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #decisions-and-verdicts, #gilbert-tim-1966, #jury-system, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #symbols, #tennessee, #united-daughters-of-the-confederacy

How to Turn a Red State Green

Ford’s plans for multi-billion dollar manufacturing sites for electric vehicles has Tennessee and Kentucky singing a different tune on cleaner energy.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #tennessee, #united-states-politics-and-government

Remove a Confederate Statue? A Tennessee City Did This Instead.

Some residents want the monument removed. In the meantime, Franklin, Tenn., erected a statue of a U.S. Colored Troops soldier, broadening the way the community memorializes the Civil War.

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #franklin-tenn, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical, #tennessee, #united-states-army, #united-states-colored-troops

Halting Extinction Is an Issue We Actually Agree On

People on both sides of the aisle can work together to prevent future calamities from unfolding.

#biodiversity, #conservatism-us-politics, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #tennessee, #united-states

Ford Will Build 4 Factories in a Big Electric Vehicle Push

The automaker and a supplier will spend $11.4 billion on three battery factories and a truck plant, creating 11,000 jobs.

#automobiles, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #sk-group, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #tennessee, #united-automobile-workers

Ford picks Kentucky and Tennessee for $11.4 billion EV investment

A rendering of the BlueOvalSK campus in Glendale, Kentucky.

Enlarge / A rendering of the BlueOvalSK campus in Glendale, Kentucky. (credit: Ford)

On Monday, the Ford Motor Company announced a massive investment to build electric vehicles in Kentucky and Tennessee. Together with partner SK Innovation, it will invest $11.4 billion and create around 11,000 new jobs in the region building electric F-series pickup trucks and battery packs.

“This is our moment—our biggest investment ever—to help build a better future for America,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “We are moving now to deliver breakthrough electric vehicles for the many rather than the few. It’s about creating good jobs that support American families, an ultra-efficient, carbon-neutral manufacturing system, and a growing business that delivers value for communities, dealers and shareholders.”

Blue Oval City in Staunton, Tennessee, will be a $5.6 billion, 3,600-acre (14.6 km2) campus that includes a vehicle assembly plant for electric pickups, as well as a joint venture BlueOvalSK battery plant. The companies say this will create nearly 6,000 new jobs and that the plant is designed to be carbon neutral with no landfill waste once it’s operational.

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#battery-electric-vehicles, #biz-it, #cars, #ford, #kentucky, #sk-innovation, #tennessee

For Parents ​of Disabled Children, School Mask Wars Are Particularly Wrenching

In Tennessee, where the governor allows families to ignore school mask mandates, some parents are making excruciating calculations each morning about whether to send their children to school.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #lee-william-byron-1959, #masks, #parenting, #special-education, #tennessee, #united-states-politics-and-government

Richard Powers Speaks For the Trees

His Pulitzer-winning novel, “The Overstory,” left him so drained that he didn’t know whether he would write again. His new book, “Bewilderment,” came to him when he imagined a child talking to him in a forest.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #forests-and-forestry, #genre-books-science-fiction, #hikes-and-hiking, #powers-richard, #science-fiction, #tennessee, #the-overstory-book, #writing-and-writers

Flood Damage From Ida? Your Homeowner’s Policy Probably Won’t Cover That.

Most flood coverage is offered through a federal program, though some insurers offer extra insurance for sump pump failure.

#alabama, #content-type-service, #flood-insurance, #gulf-coast-us, #homeowners-insurance, #hurricane-ida-2021, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-flood-insurance-program, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #northeastern-states-us, #south-carolina, #tennessee

Southern Republicans Cannot Be Trusted With Public Health

Some matters are too important to be entrusted to state governments anymore.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #governors-us, #gun-control, #hurricane-ida-2021, #lee-william-byron-1959, #louisiana, #mississippi, #new-orleans-la, #southern-states-us, #tennessee, #vaccination-and-immunization

How Government Decisions Left Tennessee Exposed to Deadly Flooding

Choices about building rules, insurance programs, flood maps and more put residents at higher risk, according to climate and disaster experts.

#building-construction, #deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #humphreys-county-tenn, #local-government, #national-weather-service, #rain, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tennessee

As Search for Tennessee Flood Victims Ends, a Community Grieves

Among the 20 people killed in racing waters were a high school freshman, an Army veteran, toddler twins and a mother of five.

#floods, #tennessee

Tennessee Flooding: At Least 8 Dead and 40 Missing, Officials Say

The deaths were reported by a sheriff’s official in Humphreys County, who said that the authorities were searching house to house after flooding knocked out cellphone service and swamped roads.

#deaths-fatalities, #floods, #humphreys-county-tenn, #rain, #rescues, #tennessee

The South Must Teach Its Children the Truth

Attempts to restrict how students are taught about racism in schools have multiplied, but some in the South are standing in defense of real history. 

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #tennessee

Man Gets 5 Years in ‘Swatting’ Death of Tennessee Grandfather

Mark Herring had a fatal heart attack after the police swarmed his house following a fake emergency call. He had been targeted because of his coveted Twitter handle, @Tennessee.

#bethpage-tenn, #computers-and-the-internet, #mark-herring, #rumors-and-misinformation, #shane-sonderman, #social-media, #swatting-crime, #tennessee, #twitter