The search is on for Nashville’s new police chief, and as the city seeks applicants from across the United States, officials are rewriting the requirements to fit the department’s current needs. WPLN News compared the new job description with the last one, written in 1980.
Middle Tennessee school districts are already readjusting their plans for the semester because of positive coronavirus contacts.
Interim Chief John Drake has laid out a long to-do list he says he’s ready to tackle. But transforming the department won’t be easy.
This week the Tennessee General Assembly will start a special session, and it’s expected to last at least three days. Gov. Bill Lee has tasked lawmakers with passing bills that range from COVID-19 to the protests outside the Tennessee State Capitol.
The Metro Nashville Police Department ramped up public health enforcement on Lower Broadway this weekend after fielding widespread criticism for its soft approach in recent weeks. MNPD deployed 30 officers to the tourism district Friday and Saturday to monitor the crowds and stop any “transpotainment” vehicles breaking public health orders.
In the final weeks of the Republican primary, Bill Hagerty and Manny Sethi campaigned across the state, holding events that ignored the local mask mandates in place. However, local leaders in charge of the rules say they won’t do it all the time, showing a hesitancy from mayors to enforce the law at campaign events.
Metro health officials will once again be sharing information on COVID-19 cases with first responders, but there will be tighter restrictions. Nashville emergency dispatchers will tell first responders the names of people with COVID-19 only if the person needs to be transported. Otherwise they’ll just confirm there’s a positive case in the household.
Mayor Cooper has issued a new public health order that will prohibit downtown and Midtown restaurants and bars from selling alcohol to patrons who don’t intend on drinking inside their establishment or at home.
Metro Nashville is bringing COVID-19 clinical research vaccine trials to local residents. The city is partnering with medical institutions including Vanderbilt, Clinical Research Associates and Meharry Medical College. The effort is part of Operation Warp Speed, a federal initiative to “deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority has abandoned its plans to outsource information technology work to outside firms, after President Trump put the agency’s leaders in his crosshairs this week.