Some armed activists in Tennessee are heeding the military’s request that they leave store-front recruiting centers. A dozen or more locations have been patrolled by citizen security guards since the shootings in Chattanooga.
Chris Barbic nearly worked himself to death last year. At age 44, the otherwise healthy head of Tennessee’s new turnaround school district had a heart attack. Now he’s stepping down, well before his educational experimentation bears much fruit. Barbic has been one of the most closely-watched superintendents in the country. And as he leaves the job ahead of schedule, he’s raising eyebrows with what he calls an “honest” critique of charter schools.
In an interview with WPLN, outgoing Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic tries to explain why he's leaving and what he's learned.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini is calling for a "conversation" over whether the party should continue honoring one of the most important figures in their history — President Andrew Jackson.
Mancini issued the challenge in an email sent Tuesday to Democrats statewide. She noted that Jackson was a slave owner and an advocate for clearing Native Americans from their territory east of the Mississippi River.
Before they passed away last week, Francis Guess and J.D. Elliott were business leaders, civic activists and pillars of the Nashville community.
But their styles could not have been more different.
Elliott was not a vocal leader. The taciturn executive was in his element in the boardroom, quietly building consensus.
But the nonprofit he oversaw, the Memorial Foundation, was one of Nashville's most active charities. Its gifts impacted countless organizations across the city, and it essentially saved the Adventure Science Center with a $1 million donation.