Tracy says pay back 'raided' road fund

Senate Transportation chair Jim Tracy says Govs. Bredesen and Sundquist "raided" the state's road fund and now it's time to pay it back. As The Dean notes, this seemingly fits in with Speaker Harwell's plan to use the surplus tax collections to bring the fund back up.

Aug 10, 2015 2:24 PM

Judge removes block on abortion regulations

A federal judge has lifted his temporary injunction preventing the state from implementing the newly passed regulations on abortion providers, but he says he may revisit the order as soon as Thursday.

Aug 10, 2015 1:03 PM

Barry pitches community schools support to Freeman voters

Open letter season has begun:

"On Thursday evening, I spoke with Bill Freeman briefly and thanked him for running an honorable campaign. I enjoyed the time I spent with Bill in the field over the summer. During our many debates and conversations, Bill helped the entire mayoral field re-focus on our city's top priority: Public education.

"I especially appreciated one of Bill's top priorities: Expansion of community schools. As a council member who has spent a lot of time in our public schools over the years, and as someone who briefly taught in the classroom early in my career, I understand the importance of wraparound services such as health care, adult education, and after-school and summer programming that are critical in community schools. With this in mind, I want to assure Bill and his supporters that, as mayor, I will take up the cause of community schools and work toward the collective vision to triple the number of community schools in Nashville. Nashville is nationally recognized as a leader in community schools work, and we now have 20 Community Achieves schools across the city that serve as hubs of resources and partnerships for entire neighborhoods.

"According to the Coalition for Community Schools, students in community schools show improved grades and test scores; develop better work habits, efforts and attitudes toward learning; and become more likely to stay in school and graduate. Moreover, community schools provide a strong return on investment, with studies showing that every one dollar invested in community schools returns more than $10 in social value. In short, the community schools model is academically effective and cost-efficient — and it happens to be the right thing to do.

"Metro Nashville Public Schools has made an investment in community schools through the Community Achieves initiative, and I understand the importance of bringing students, families and neighborhoods together in order to ensure that we create strong conditions for learning for all of our children. This is work that I have supported as a council member, and as mayor, I will work to accelerate this shift for the benefit of all students and families in our city. I look forward to working with all of you — and with our teachers — to make this a reality.

Aug 10, 2015 11:31 AM

Five For Clicking: 10 August 2015

Five stories to read today...

From MMQB: "Titans Training Camp Report"

Dick LeBeau is a delight:

The longtime architect of the Steeler’s defense, a Hall of Famer who pretty much introduced the zone blitz to the NFL, is now manning the Titans. It felt odd to watch the 77-year-old at practice in Nashville. He wore high socks, white sneakers and a white polo tucked into navy shorts. He never yelled, never took notes, but felt very present in every play, pulling aside a player here and there for a quick instruction. While Ray Horton is listed as defensive coordinator, make no mistake: this is LeBeau’s defense now. LeBeau will call plays on game day and runs most meetings while Horton — LeBeau’s former pupil — has no choice but to be OK with the change. It feels in many ways like a kid who got in trouble and his father has to take charge. LeBeau should impact a defense that ranked 27th in the NFL last season, bringing disguises to his signature 3-4 style. “Just to learn under a guy like that? A guy who has coached all of the great players I’ve grown up watching?” says defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, perhaps the best player on the defense. “He’s going to help us so much.

From SBNation: "The Bat Doctor"

Softball bats are upgradeable. The upgrades are illegal but these guys will do them.

From ESPN: "Triplicate duplicate: Three members of Titans' secondary have twin brothers"

The chances of this have to be astronomical.

From The Tennessean: "Barry Zito's next pitch: Nashville songwriting"

Every year it seems we get an athlete in town who wants to write songs.

From Fields of Green: "NFL running out of temporary stadium site options in LA"

Wanna move your team to LA? Lord knows where you'll play until your stadium is ready.

Aug 10, 2015 9:25 AM

Governor can (but won't) declare prison overcrowding emergency

The state's prison capacity is high enough that the governor could declare an emergency, triggering parole boards granting releases until capacity is more manageable. The governor says he's not doing that:

 

The operating capacity is set at 98 percent of total beds available. Taking this into account, the state was operating at a level as of June 30 that qualified as an overcrowding emergency. And year-to-date data calculated in June showed the entire system at 99.9 percent operating capacity. Those figures include operating capacities at or above 100 percent through June for West Tennessee State Penitentiary, Morgan County Correctional Facility and the South Central Correctional Facility.

The law says if an emergency is declared, state and parole officials may determine which prisoners should be granted early probation until capacity reaches 90 percent.

Aug 10, 2015 7:06 AM

TDEC orders TVA to investigate coal ash sites

The state says TVA must clean up too.

Aug 7, 2015 12:58 PM

Atlanta mayor responds to Fox ad, calls Nashville Atlanta's 'little cousin'

Not a fan. The Peachtree City's boss says Nashville is Atlanta's "little cousin."

Aug 7, 2015 11:11 AM

Voters reject longer term-limits, smaller council

Nashville voters aren't big fans of longer term limits nor do they seem enthused about a smaller council. Both Amendments 1 and 2 were rejected handily.

Aug 7, 2015 7:20 AM

Briley elected vice mayor, two incumbents beat and nine district races headed to runoffs

David Briley handily won election as vice mayor, while incumbents Tony Tenpenny and Peter Westerholm went down in their districts. Nine Metro Council districts will host run-offs. The rundown here.

Aug 7, 2015 7:17 AM