The Tennessee Department of Education put out proposed rules Monday on a new state law that limits teaching race in schools. It spells out how people can file complaints, and what enforcement of the vague law will actually look like.
Conservative radio talk show host Phil Valentine has been silent since he was admitted to the hospital for COVID-19. Meanwhile, his social media has been exploding with debate between his supporters and critics since, throughout the last year, the Supertalk 99.7 WTN host has been a staunch and vocal skeptic of the COVID vaccine.
For decades, activists pushed for the bust of a slave trader and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan to be removed from the state capitol, but a 2013 law made the process lengthy and arduous. On July 22, 2021, the majority of the state building commission voted to move the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest to the Tennessee State Museum, and it was gone the next morning.
Tennessee’s governor has come out in support of the health department’s recent actions that landed the state in the national spotlight — that being the firing of the state’s top vaccine official, Dr. Michelle “Shelley” Fiscus, which prompted questions about vaccine outreach to children.
According to performance reviews of Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the Tennessee vaccine official had been praised for exceeding expectations and being attentive to her team, which directly contradicts a memo that the health department sent to media outlets after her firing this week.
Fiscus was fired this week and has since landed squarely at the center of a national controversy. She says she was ousted because of an on-going battle between science and politics.
After the firing of Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the now-former medical director at the Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons is calling for an explanation from the governor and the health commissioner.
Williamson County Commissioners have finalized a $650 million budget and raised the property tax rate by 13 cents. The change is intended to give government agencies more spending power after years of conservative budgeting.
The Tennessee Supreme Court says it will not intervene early in a dispute between Nashville and the Davidson County Election Commission over an anti-tax referendum — the latest blow to an effort to restrict the powers of city officials.
The bust of confederate general and KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest could technically be removed from the state capitol Friday, but instead it is caught in a sort of legislative hot potato.