Articles by: Bobby Allyn

Minister Ira Rankins delivering a musical tribute during a mock funeral over Medicaid expansion organized by the NAACP. Credit: Bobby Allyn/ WPLN

NAACP Throws ‘Mock Funeral’ Urging Medicaid Expansion In Tennessee

October 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm

The state chapter of the NAACP says the point was that Tennesseans without health care could die if Medicaid isn’t extended to more residents.

Juana Villegas and her attorney, Elliott Ozment, held a press conference on Monday to announce that federal officials have issues Villegas' a visa after a two-year wait. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Nashville Woman Shackled After Giving Birth Granted Temporary Citizenship, Ending Six Year Saga

October 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

Juana Villegas had been in line to get a U-Visa. Two years ago, a federal judge recommended that she qualify for one. It’s a special type of temporary visa for crime victims in the U.S.

A constitutional Amendment can only pass if it has 50-percent-plus-one of the total number of the voted tallied in the governor's race. Credit: Vox Efx via Flickr

Will The Amendments Pass? Depends On How Many Vote For Governor

October 20, 2014 at 5:00 am

Advocates of defeating any of the four constitutional amendments on the November ballot are pushing Tennesseans to also cast a vote for governor – any candidate will do. The motivation springs from a state law linking the fate of the amendments to the total votes for governor.

Attorney John Jay Hooker has been on a crusade against Tennessee' method of selecting appeals judges for more than two decades. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

What Tennessee Voters Should Know About Amendment 2: Judicial Selection

October 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

The current system calls for a committee to recommend appeals judges and the governor to appoint them. Voters get an up or down vote every eight years.

Gordon Ball is positioning himself as a moderate Democrat, in part to win over right-leaning voters. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Both Lamar Alexander and Gordon Ball Try To Woo Tea Party Voters

October 17, 2014 at 4:00 am

Since Alexander’s primary challenger Joe Carr took 41 percent of the Republican vote, Alexander knows that converting his supporters will be important in the election.

Voters in Putnam County were inspired by Amendment 1.

In Putnam County, Amendment 1 Is Bringing Voters To The Polls

October 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Several voters in Putnam County said closely-held religion views brought them to the polls.

President Glenda Glover ordered that every room in Boyd Hall be searched after shots were reportedly fired there Monday afternoon.

TSU Combs Through Dorms In Search Of Clues About Reported Shooting

October 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm

According to university officials, one student has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting at Boyd Hall. Authorities are looking for a second suspect.

Former Governor Phil Bredesen stands with Governor Bill Haslam in an ad in support of passing Amendment 2. Credit: Yes on 2

Governors Haslam And Bredesen Join Forces In TV Ad For Constitutional Amendment

October 10, 2014 at 4:48 am

Right now, the governor has most of the power (through appointment) and Vote Yes on 2 advocates want to keep it that way.

Mayoral candidates Megan Barry and Jeremy Kane were among the panelists at Wednesday's forum on walkability issues. Credit: Adams Carroll

Nashville Mayoral Candidates Mull A More Walkable City

October 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

It marked the first time all five candidates appeared on a forum together, and it’s expected to be the first of dozens more to come.

30 Music Square West was on the market 24 years before Bravo Development bought it. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

RCA Studio A Buyer Calls Purchase ‘A Spontaneous Act’

October 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Aubrey Preston, who purchased the property, said: “I don’t think he wanted to sell it. It was an offer almost put forth as a dare. And I just took the dare.”

The five declared mayoral candidates are expected to discuss walkability issues at an event on Wednesday. Credit: nashville.gov

Mayoral Candidates To Be Asked How They’d Make Nashville More Walkable

October 7, 2014 at 5:12 am

Just around 6 percent of the city’s annual budget goes to funding sidewalks. But half of that money is used for repairs, not installing new ones.

U.S. Senate hopeful Gordon Ball at an Americans for Prosperity rally in Nashville. Credit: TK

Lamar Alexander Again Defending Stance On Common Core, This Time From A Democrat

October 6, 2014 at 5:31 am

One way Gordon Ball is attempting to broaden his statewide appeal is adopting at least a few positions shared by Tea Partier Joe Carr.

An attendee of the Stop Amp meeting held at the Blakemore United Methodist Church on Tuesday. About 75 people showed up to voice concern with the project. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Nashville Mayoral Candidates Question Whether They Will Carry On The Amp

October 3, 2014 at 5:17 am

There are many moving parts that will ultimately decide if Nashville’s first in earnest mass transit project will come to fruition, but whether the city’s next political leader will see the project through is key.

DCS Spokesman Rob Gordon inside the Woodland Hills facility. Credit: Bobby Allyn

What Life Is Like Inside The Woodland Hills Detention Center

September 30, 2014 at 5:37 pm

The hallways of Woodland Hills evoke an eerily quiet high school, only there are cages enforcing almost every window.

Gordon Ball's campaign website lifted nearly 30 passages from other elected officials. Credit: Gordon Ball

Senate Hopeful Gordan Ball On Website Plagiarism: So What?

September 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

A BuzzFeed report revealed that Ball borrowed passages whole-cloth from websites of other elected officials.

Tennessee operates three youth detention centers across the state like Woodland Hills. The teens have all committed three or more felonies. Credit: DCS

13 Teens Who Escaped Woodland Hills Caught, But What Triggered Second Breakout Remains Unclear

September 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

On Friday night, a group of 13 juvenile delinquents injured a guard and let themselves out of the same Department of Children’s Services facility where 32 teens escaped under a perimeter fence early this month.

Tennessee Supreme Court Pushes Back Billy Ray Irick’s Execution Date, Again

Tennessee Supreme Court Pushes Back Billy Ray Irick’s Execution Date, Again

September 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

His scheduled Oct. 7. execution date has been indefinitely delayed.

Taxi companies are disgruntled with Lyft, whose pink mustache is shown here, and Uber, but Nashville has been working with the ridesharing companies to make them legal in Nashville. Credit via Flickr

Nashville Puts Writing To Lyft And Uber Regulations

September 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Lyft and Uber have maintained that they’re a logistical business, not a taxi business, putting them above local taxi rules. But city officials differ.

Bosco's, a brewpub that operated for 18 years in Hillsboro Village, called Sunday its last day. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Bosco’s Brewpub Falls Victim To Nashville’s Craft Beer Boom

September 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Co-owner Jerry Feinstone said bars in 12South, the Gulch and 8th Avenue have gobbled up many of his customers.

Compared with the rest of the country, Nashville homes remain in line with the region's median income. Credit: Gary McNinch/Flickr Creative Commons

Percentage Of Income Going To Housing Much Better In Middle TN Than Nation

September 22, 2014 at 4:45 am

Because Middle Tennessee didn’t get caught up in the housing bubble as bad as other places, the crash wasn’t as dramatic, which effects home prices today.