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Tennessee Attorney Fights To Honor NAACP’s First ‘Martyr’

A Tennessee attorney is trying to elevate the little-known story of Elbert Williams, who was found murdered in 1940. The 75-year-old mystery may represent the earliest NAACP member killed for the cause of Civil Rights.
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Bone Campaign

Growing up in Hendersonville, Charles Robert Bone would tagalong with his dad to Sumner County Commission meetings. At the end was the promise of a late night trip to Shoney’s for a hot fudge cake. Politics was the family pastime. If elected mayor of Nashville, Bone says running the city will be a family affair as well.

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A Tennessee attorney is trying to elevate the little-known story of Elbert Williams, who was found murdered in 1940. The 75-year-old mystery may represent the earliest NAACP member killed for the cause of Civil Rights.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Metro Police lined the walls of West End Synagogue Monday night as a crowd spilled out of the sanctuary and into the lobby and hallways. The interfaith gathering was organized after a bullet was found in the synagogue’s façade. Jewish leaders presume the shot was no accident.

Parents of Tennessee children with certain disabilities will likely have a new option next year. A bill headed to the governor’s desk would give 18,000 families access to the state and local money allocated for educating their child in public school.  

Mt. Juliet city agenda

The Mt. Juliet board of commissioners were scheduled to vote Monday night on a rezoning request for a 1 million square-foot warehouse north of I-40. That first reading has been deferred until May 11.  It would be among several new, large-scale warehouses in the area, but this particular project has a vocal group of neighbors pushing back. 

On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank while traveling up the Mississippi River, killing an estimated 1,800 people.

The event remains the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history (the sinking of the Titanic killed 1,512 people). Yet few know the story of the Sultana's demise, or the ensuing rescue effort that included Confederate soldiers saving Union soldiers they might have shot just weeks earlier.

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There was a flurry of debate and a few close votes before the Tennessee General Assembly adjourned for the year. But when the gavel finally slammed to mark the end of the session, the legislature didn’t pass nearly as many bills as in recent years.

Courtesy PSC Metals

Everyone running to be Nashville’s next mayor has been asked what to do about PSC Metals. That’s the privately-owned metal recycling yard across the river from downtown. They all want to see it moved. But only one says he’s willing to use the most extreme measures.

A tiny independent movie has been picked by one of Hollywood's biggest moguls to promote his latest venture. Robert L. Johnson created BET and now, the Urban Movie Channel — an online channel that's being called the black Netflix.

The first original film it has acquired is a gay interracial romance set in the Deep South. In Blackbird, the main character Randy is in high school. Everyone thinks he's gay, and they're totally fine with it.

Randy, 18, is fervently religious. Even though his best friend is gay, Randy's in denial about his own sexuality.

David Wright Smith

The candidates running for Nashville mayor have attended more than 20 mayoral forums so far in the campaign, and they’re on track to double that number before the election. But some candidates have been eager to make sure voters know their positions beyond a short, often formulaic response.

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn join Krista Tippett on the Belcourt stage for conversation and performance.

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