In one month, Millersville has fired the city’s manager, attorney, police chief and fire chief. Those in power say they’re moving the Millersville in a “new direction.”
WPLN reporters Alexis Marshall and Blaise Gainey have been closely following local politics in Sumner County. The ultra-conservative Sumner County Constitutional Republicans have amassed incredible political power in a very short time, effectively taking over the county commission.
You’re reading one story in WPLN’s series exploring the wide-ranging impacts of a hard-right political faction in Middle Tennessee. Find all parts here. A fight is brewing in Sumner County. On one side is the Sumner County Commission and its hard-right Sumner County Constitutional Republicans majority. On the other side sits the county’s board of elections.
Library board members appointed by Sumner County Constitutional Republicans have deeply influenced local libraries, including passing a policy that critics say would censor collections across the county.
The Sumner County Constitutional Republicans already hold a majority of seats on the County Commission. They hope to flip the school board in the upcoming March 5 elections, with endorsed candidates running in four of the six contests.
Sumner County’s upcoming elections could have a major impact on public life for years to come. That’s thanks in large part to a hard-right branch of the Republican party and its surprising rise to power.
The Sumner County Schools board voted not to ban a book during Tuesday night’s meeting. The challenged book — the graphic memoir “Hey, Kiddo” — depicts the author’s childhood living with his grandparents, a missing father and a mother suffering from addiction.
Most people only know politicians for the bills they sponsor. It’s not often people think about their lives outside of politics. For this story, WPLN News sat down with Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth and talked about his life outside the capitol and his life leading up to becoming a state elected official.
A death has left a vacancy on the Sumner County School Board. But rather than voters, it’s County Commissioners who will decide who fills the role.
The new Sumner County Commission was sworn in last week amid controversy. They had to decide how to handle a tie vote for District 13’s commission race. The process resulted in commissioners, not the citizens, choosing the district’s representative.