Though he was the son of a roots-rock legend, Justin Townes Earle carved out a musical identity of his own. He had a reputation as a contrarian, a bandleader with an eye for talent, and a truth-teller through his music.
Some people have just started having conversations about how racism shapes our daily lives. But for many Black Nashvillians, that breaking point came long ago. So WPLN’s Ambriehl Crutchfield decided to ask people about the moments that caused them to think differently about race and whiteness — and what their visions are for the future — in our new series Breaking Points.
Nationwide protests this summer have pushed communities into a reckoning with their racist past, and Tennessean reporter Emily West says she’s seen a difference in Williamson county.
A Metro Council member and some small bar owners are frustrated with viral videos of large gatherings defying the city’s mask mandate. Emily Benedict says the businesses seen in the clips need to be penalized. She says the city’s approach of “gentle persuasion” has not been effective. She was joined by Amy Richardson from Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge. Richardson says the city is favoring some venues over others. “Makes no sense to shut us down specifically but let the money machine […]
The White House has added more Tennessee communities to its COVID-19 “red zone.” Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey says the group of 10 cities and 24 counties goes beyond Nashville and Memphis. “Places like Cleveland and Morristown and Brownsville — smaller cities that really haven’t been on the radar — are starting to come up.” […]
There are about 1,000 COVID-19 patients currently in Tennessee hospitals, a key marker closely watched by healthcare leaders and state government. Vanderbilt health policy professor John Graves helped the state predict when it would hit that benchmark and prepare for it, but he says future projections are getting harder to make.
Gov. Bill Lee has named two new appointees to the Tennessee Historical Commission as the group is set to make a major decision on monument removal. Doris McMillan has been a professional seamstress for celebrities and musicians, and Cato Johnson is a Memphis healthcare executive.
Nashville is filled with Black history — but in some of the city’s most prominent places, physical reminders are missing.
For many white people, the idea of slavery seems distant. But for African Americans, like Tennessee State University history professor Learotha Williams Jr., it’s much closer. “I’ve always been cognizant of the fact that slavery is only about two grandmas away from me,” Williams says.
Mask wearing has become another source of division in Tennessee and across the U.S.