More than 2.1 million Tennesseans have already cast their ballots during early voting in the 2020 election, shattering the previous record by 38%.The total includes absentee ballots that have been received at election offices.
The Tennessee Historical Commission won’t consider removing the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state capitol until early next year. But some Tennesseans weighed in with public comments at the commission’s meeting Friday.
Nearly 450,000 Nashvillians have registered to vote, up from about 340,000 in the last presidential election, and many of them signed up only in the last few months.
Educators didn’t have much choice about whether to go back to in-person class when Middle Tennessee schools resumed this fall, leading dozens of them to decide to quit instead.
More than 4.4 million Tennesseans are registered to vote ahead of the November election — a record number, according to the secretary of state’s office, and one that will increase as the state continues processing mail-in registrations.
The virtual return to classrooms has been an adjustment for all students. But for English learners, there’s yet another barrier, and it’s a real impact on participation: In the first few weeks, EL students logged into online school 9% less than their peers, according to data from Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Meharry Medical College in Nashville announced its largest-ever financial gift Thursday: $34 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Schools across Middle Tennessee are in the process of reopening. Many districts are reassessing their plans regularly based on active cases of the coronavirus in their area.
Unemployment in Tennessee is continuing its slow, gradual descent. Last week, new claims were the lowest they’ve been since the beginning of the pandemic, with just over 10,000 people applying.
The window to apply for special pandemic food assistance for low-income students closes on Friday afternoon, but so far not even half of eligible Tennessee families have applied.