One is a woman living in East Tennessee who calls herself a “Tenne-rican” because of her Puerto Rican heritage. The other is a native of Franklin, who joked she would fall in the “suburban mom bucket.” Nilsa Alvarez, 36, and Melissa Dick, 49, are both mothers of two, and like many Tennesseans, they’ve already cast […]
For a moment, it didn’t seem like it was going to happen. But after months of preparation, the last presidential debate has taken place without any major hiccups. The event marks a milestone for Belmont University.
Last night’s presidential debate thrust Belmont University into the national spotlight. And as protesters crowded the sidewalks outside campus, many students took the opportunity to protest their own college. Some students say they want Belmont to take a stronger stand on social issues.
Reporters from WPLN News will be on the ground at debate host Belmont University, providing updates throughout the afternoon and evening as hundreds of activists, staffers and journalists from around the world gather for the event.
A group wants Belmont to divest from CoreCivic, a for-profit prison company with close ties to the school and the Republican Party. It plans to hold a demonstration near campus Thursday, before the presidential debate.
A few businesses on Belmont Boulevard say they’re closing their doors this week, as surrounding roads are blocked off for the upcoming presidential debate on campus this Thursday.
The Belmont University lawn has been taken over by a giant white tent where reporters will camp out during the debate, spaced out across long tables. The platform for the debate stage is up at the Curb Event Center, complete with individual air vents for the candidates so they don’t sweat under the glaring lights.
Early voting started last week, and thousands of Tennesseans have already voted in person. But there are still WPLN listeners who want to vote absentee yet have concerns about it. So, reporters at WPLN News have been reading your questions regarding mail-in voting and have some new answers.
The university sees this as an opportunity for the world to know more about Belmont. And they know this platform actually works.
Election officials in Davidson County said turnout had surpassed the first day of voting in 2016 by mid-afternoon. It comes after Nashville experienced a 30% rise in registered voters, and even though absentee balloting is expected to surge.