Articles by: Bobby Allyn

Airbnb rentals are now illegal in Nashville, but city officials are working on changing that. Credit: Airbnb

Nashville’s Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb Will Soon Face Regulation

September 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Councilmember Burkley Allen says the city is losing out on a significant amount of tax revenue.

Jim Cooper says supplying Syrian rebels will not be productive in combating the Islamic State. Credit: Jim Cooper Facebook.

Jim Cooper Breaks With Party Ranks On Syria Vote

September 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

Jim Cooper surprised Democrats after he chose not to back President Barack Obama’s proposal for dealing with the Islamic State.

Former Nashville Scene Publisher Puts Some Details To His Nashville Banner Revival Effort

Former Nashville Scene Publisher Puts Some Details To His Nashville Banner Revival Effort

September 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Emboldened by recent round of layoffs at the Tennessean, Dobie purchased the domain for the Banner while lying on his couch last Saturday, but the glib gesture quickly morphed into a business proposal.

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh met with reporters on Monday to discuss what he sees as a partisan attorney general appointment. Credit: File Photo

Tennessee Democratic Leader Dismayed By Slatery Appointment

September 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm

The news follows a failed campaign spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to push out three Democratic judges from the five-member bench.

Carl Abramson and Kim Sarubbi and their three children. Credit: Sabr family

Tennessee Won’t Let A Brentwood Family Create A New Last Name

September 12, 2014 at 4:00 am

For a Brentwood couple, coming up with a new last name for their newborn pitted personal choice against state law.

Mayor Karl Dean speaking in support of the Gulch Bridge at an event on Wednesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Mayor’s Office Proposes New Way to Finance The Stalled Gulch Bridge

September 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Seven months after Metro Council overwhelmingly shelved the idea of building a $17-million pedestrian bridge connecting the Gulch with downtown, the mayor’s office is proposing a new way to fund the ambitious project.

Wallace Nabaa, the father of Kuyvonta Cain, one of the teens still on the loose from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Father Of One Of The Teens Who Escaped Speaks Out At DCS Public Forum

September 9, 2014 at 9:13 pm

At a public forum held at a YMCA in North Nashville, Department of Children Services Commissioner Jim Henry spent more than an hour telling a crowd of around 300 what has changed since 32 teens broke out of the Woodland Hills facility.

Nance Place, a subsidized workforce apartment complex, is one of two projects overseen by MDHA that have incurred unexpected taxes. Credit: MDHA

$400K Tax Bill On Two Nashville Affordable House Properties Being Appealed

September 9, 2014 at 5:06 am

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is appealing its nearly $400,000 tax bill on two of its signature affordable housing properties.

A perimeter fence has been repaired at Woodland Hills after Monday night's escape. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

Woodland Hills Detention Doors Kept Open Because Of Rules Now Being Questioned

September 8, 2014 at 5:00 am

An attorney working for the Tennessee Department of Children Services says a decades-old consent decree prevents teens from being locked in their rooms.

Housing advocates say they will push a bill next Legislative session to standardize the way low-income properties as taxed. Credit: MMA

Affordable Housing Officials Push Back Against New Tax On Low-Income Properties

September 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Housing advocates and developers say if it doesn’t change, private builders might completely pull out of subsidized housing.

Jim Henry was named interim commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services following the departure of Kate O’Day. She left under pressure because of unreported child deaths. Credit: Blake Farmer/WPLN

Lawmakers Trace Nashville Escape, Riots To Closure Of State’s Taft Youth Development Center

September 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

In 2012, Then-Commissioner Kathryn O’Day recommended closing the Taft Youth Center. It was the most expensive detention facility to operate — around $8.5 million a year.

New York-based startup Warby Parker plans on opening a call center in Nashville, expected to create 250 jobs over five years. Credit: Alexis Lamster/Flickr

New York Glasses Company Warby Parker Lured To Nashville By Subsidies, Cheaper Real Estate

September 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Although the announcement points to Nashville’s “vibrant city” status as part of the reason for the expansion, a generous state subsidy package was also a major consideration.

DCS employees Rob Johnson, Melvin Whitlow and Joel Player meeting with reporters on Tuesday about a detention facility break that occurred Monday night. Credit: Emily West/WPLN

Six Students Still At Large After Likely Planned Escape From Bordeaux Detention Facility

September 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm

A few minutes before 11 p.m., which was shortly after a shift change, security guards at the Woodland Hills facility in Bordeaux started to sense “the rumblings of trouble.”

Gov. Bill Haslam says he will be sending federal officials the state's plan for expanding Medicaid sometime this fall. Credit: Tennessee Photo Services

Gov. Haslam Says He’s Sending Medicaid Expansion Plan To Obama Officials This Fall

August 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm

This comes a year and a half after Haslam first started talking about the so-called “Tennessee Plan.”

Workers assembling an Chevy Equinox at the GM plant in Spring Hill. The company will start building a Cadillac crossover vehicle there. Credit: GM

GM To Invest In Spring Hill, But That Might Not Mean New Jobs

August 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

General Motors is investing $185 million into Spring’s Hill’s auto plan, bringing production of a Cadillac crossover vehicle from Mexico to Tennessee.

The Ryman Lofts offer 60 affordable housing units on the Rolling Mill Hill complex near the Cumberland River.  Credit: RGAnderson

Tax Bill Puts Two Of Nashville’s Most Notable Subsidized Housing Developments In Jeopardy

August 27, 2014 at 4:00 am

The Davidson County Tax Assessor’s office has sent MDHA an annual tax bill of nearly $400,000 for Ryman Lofts, subsidized artist housing,and Nance Place, a workforce apartment complex.

Councilman Walter Hunt, who sponsored the contextual overlay district, which passed last Tuesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Tool For Neighborhoods To Pushback On Development Could Pit Neighbors Against Each Other

August 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

The the new law came after thousands wrote city council members complaining about new development.

Tyler Ross helps a customer outside the restaurant Josephine in 12 South. Credit: Leah Johnson

No Parking? Nashville’s Valet Companies Spy Opportunity As Business Booms

August 25, 2014 at 4:54 am

There were a little more than a dozen valet locations in 2011. That number is on track to triple by year’s end.

Nashville voters will decide in November whether to let grocery stores sell wine.  Credit: Red White and Food

Wine In Groceries Clears Another Hurdle: Getting On The Ballot

August 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Nashville joins more than 60 cities that will be voting on the issue.

The diary of Randal McGavock, which detail early stories of the Civil War. Credit:

Lost Civil War Diary Makes Its Way Back To Nashville

August 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

It belonged to Randal McGavock, a storied Civil War soldier who served as Nashville’s mayor for a one-year term in 1824.