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.
Tennessee has been trying to help kayakers and canoe enthusiasts find more places to put in to the state’s rivers. But some paddlers say the state hasn’t kept up with demand and may even be going backward.