Williamson Republican wants to nip sanctuary cities in the bud

State Rep. Jeremy Durham is worried Nashville, what with its history of "electing left-wing activists" and so forth, might become a sanctuary city so he's going to take legislative action.

Nov 12, 2015 8:57 AM

How Yarbro and Clemmons are making their way

Holly McCall assesses the first year of Nashville Democratic legislators Jeff Yarbro and John Ray Clemmons. Fun sidenote: one anonymous lawmaker thinks Clemmons wears his pants too tight.

Nov 12, 2015 8:53 AM

FAA OKs Titans' request to use drone at practice

Via a very detailed letter with more requirements than the NFL's roughing-the-pass rule, the Federal Aviation Administration has approved a request by the Titans to record practice at St. Thomas Sports Park via drone, determining, among other things, that recording the practice is "in the public interest," which makes one wonder if John S. Duncan, the FAA's director of flight standard services, has actually observed the Titans this season.

The Titans' director of video, Anthony Pastrana, submitted the petition to the FAA in June, saying the drone would operate under 300 feet and only at St. Thomas (not at Nissan Stadium; flying drones over stadia was actually discussed in the legislature this spring).

The Titans are the first NFL team to be granted this exception, though, the NFL being the copycat league it is, likely not the last, particularly since the Titans are undefeated (1-0) since the exception was granted Nov. 5.

Nov 12, 2015 6:45 AM

Ramsey says outsourcing approval should (and maybe has to) come from the legislature

Ron Ramsey says the legislature should have some part in any approval of outsourcing. "I would want to get buy-in for this from the Legislature," the lieutenant governor says.

The governor says he's not sure and, yes, once again emphasizes there's no plan.

“We don’t know yet what that will be. It depends on what that will look like. We do things in the everyday course of business at the state right now where there are things that are contracted out and things that were contracted out that we bring back in,” Haslam told reporters after a ceremony honoring state employees who are military veterans, in advance of Veterans Day Wednesday.

Nov 11, 2015 1:36 PM

Correction officers to get $1,000 thank-ya-kindly check

Current TDOC officers will get a $1,000 check from the department before the end of the year, amid staffing concerns.

Nov 11, 2015 10:26 AM

State to charter KIPP after school board stalemate

The school board split 4-4 on votes to: fold two new KIPP charters into the system, to defer a decision and to deny it altogether. Thus, the state will be in charge of those schools.

Nov 11, 2015 10:24 AM

Councilman released from hospital, suspect sought

Police have ID'd the "man with the distinctive hairstyle" from the surveillance video. Councilman Greene has also been released from the hospital.

Nov 11, 2015 7:20 AM

State rep vets September session

Rep. David Hawk thinks the state might ought to add a September legislative session, because things come up between April and January that just can't wait to get legislated on. Hawk says "a majority" of his colleagues are with him, but Ron Ramsey's cool to the idea.


Nov 11, 2015 7:19 AM

Watchdog wants investigation of Corker's stock trades

Complaints have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Senate Ethics Committee regarding Bob Corker's initially unreported trade of CBL stock.

Nov 11, 2015 7:14 AM

Metro bans the box (mostly)

The Metro Public Service Commission unanimously voted to remove criminal background questions from the initial application for most Metro jobs:

Metro’s “ban the box” policy will only apply to non-public safety positions, meaning it does not eliminate questions for job applicants of emergency Metro departments, which includes the Metro police, fire and emergency management departments. The measure, which doesn't apply to Metro school positions either, does not prevent inquiries into a person's criminal history during job interviews or criminal background checks.

Nov 10, 2015 1:59 PM