Like many in Cookeville, Randy Pitts has been mourning an unimaginable loss: The 2020 tornado claimed his daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Yet Randy has found that his loss has made him a better counselor as he ministers to his storm-struck community.
Some homes that were flatted by the Super Tuesday tornadoes in Putnam County have been rebuilt. But most are still underway, just getting going or stalled at the starting line.
It’s a crucial week for the U.S. Census, as the bureau’s workers attempt to count unhoused people at an estimated 49,000 locations nationwide, including shelters, campsites and meal programs around Nashville.
It was late June when Nashville officials shared a plan to provide temporary quarantine housing to vulnerable COVID-19 patients. It was the kind of arrangement already happening in other cities. But Metro’s version has languished.
The pandemic is the latest reason the long-awaited National Museum of African American Music is delaying its opening in downtown Nashville. But in the meantime, the museum has been working on a shareable curriculum that is suddenly arriving at just the right time.
Last year, a Curious Nashville reader noticed an unusual sign on the side of the road. Like many of the most intriguing questions we receive, answering it demanded a visit to the site. WPLN News contributor Tasha Lemley took up the search.
Overall Tennessee’s self-reporting rate is about on par with the national average. Some communities in Nashville currently have a lower response rate, though, so efforts are underway to emphasize the importance of responding.
Justin Minor had just finished high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed. The next year, in 1942, he was drafted. And his next three years would take him to two of the major theaters of World War II, including the now-famous Battle of the Bulge.
As more businesses in Tennessee begin to reopen, many workers are now weighing a difficult choice: Should they stay home without a paycheck, or should they go back to work to a place where they might be exposed to the virus — and potentially make less than they did on unemployment?
Even before the outbreak, the 2020 census was going to look a bit different this year: It’s the first time people could respond online in census history. Then, the pandemic forced the decennial population count to pivot even more.