Tennessee has one of the highest rates of women killed by men, most of whom are partners or family members using a gun. That is why those who deal daily with the consequences of domestic violence are among the most vocal critics of the new law that eliminates the state’s gun permit requirement.
There’s a new — and unique — bike track in town. The Watkins Park Pump Track is located in a historic North Nashville greenspace, and it’s part of an ongoing effort to inspire kids through biking.
Despite shelters in place and social distancing, Nashville’s Sexual Assault Center is seeing more clients than ever during the pandemic. Some are seeking help for recent assaults, others for past traumas.
Tracking intimate partner violence in Nashville is never easy. In the pandemic, it’s even harder to know just how dangerous conditions are behind closed doors.
By the time Kingston Academy closed last year, the state of Tennessee had multiple reports of staff violence and at least two child-on-child sexual assaults. Yet it would take damning photos of squalid conditions, taken by a mother of four, to shut the children’s psychiatric facility down.
When a child with Medicaid insurance needs intensive psychiatric care, doctors or therapists might make a referral to a private facility — even if they’ve never seen the place themselves.
Caring for some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable kids is challenging work, yet many who do so in residential psychiatric centers earn low wages, have no prior experience and get just a couple weeks training. Which is why places like Kingston Academy near Knoxville, which closed last year, see such high staff turnover, burnout and violence.
Metro Nashville Public Schools will decide next month what the upcoming academic year will look like, based on coronavirus spread and the city’s reopening status. Many parents say no scenario seems like a good one. But given the uncertain future, they’re hoping for one that best fits their needs.
A former Nashville zookeeper has organized the first-ever Black Birders Week, an online celebration of African-American bird watchers. But supporters took to social media after a group of Tennessee nature lovers initially declined to promote the event.
As an extraordinary year draws to a close, area public school teachers are breathing a small — if temporary — sigh of relief. They praise students and colleagues for rising so quickly to the challenges brought on by the pandemic, but they also worry about the uncertainties that lie ahead.