Articles by: Bobby Allyn

Davidson County Chancery Court awaits the arrival of Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman, who rejected the state's motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the electric chair. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee’s Use Of The Electric Chair

November 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

In August, attorneys representing ten death row inmates sued the state alleging the electric chair is “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Gov. Bill Haslam was elected to lead the Republican Governors Association in Boca Raton, Fla. on Thursday. Credit: RGA

Gov. Haslam Will Lead Republican Governors Association, Replacing Chris Christie

November 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

The RGA’s role is to try to forge consensus among the state’s top Republicans and also to raise money for the party.

Metro's Industrial Development Board asked Bridgestone representatives about its planned 30-story tower on Wednesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Could The Bridgestone Tower’s Tax Break Make The Playing Field Uneven In Office Rental Market?

November 20, 2014 at 5:37 am

One member of a city real estate board that reviews incentive deals is worried that if Bridgestone subleases part of its space, it would create an unfair market advantage.

Payday lenders like this one on 8th Avenue will face new zoning restrictions.  Credit WPLN / Bobby Allyn

Nashville Payday Lenders and Pawnshops Now Have New Restrictions

November 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell of Antioch sponsored the bill. It prevents payday lenders from setting up shop a quarter mile from each other.

Rep. John Duncan says he's willing to accept a government shutdown to block President Obama's immigration action. Credit: Rep. John Duncan's Office

Tennessee Congressman Considers Shutdown To Stop Obama’s ‘Amnesty’

November 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Obama’s executive action would allow up to five million undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. without the fear of deportation.

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia toured the Nashville's Shwab Elementary School on Monday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

President Of Country’s Largest Teachers’ Union Fears A Change In Public Education Funding

November 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

Amid meets-and-greets with educators at the city’s Shwab Elementary School, Lily Eskelsen Garcia said Senator Lamar Alexander is “enamored” with the idea of privatizing public education.

The TVA says it plans to complete the Watts Bar nuclear plant by the end of 2015, coming after decades of delays. Credit: TVA

More Nuclear Plants To Come? TVA Chief Says Maybe

November 17, 2014 at 7:09 am

This follows the completion of the Watts Bar nuclear reactor, which is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.

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

Airbnb Regs For Nashville Would Limit Guest Numbers, Tax Hosts Like Hotels

November 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

On Tuesday, Nashville’s Metro Council will take up regulations aimed at short-term vacation booking services, like Airbnb.

TVA CEO Bill Johnson and Board Chairman Joe Ritch address reporters after the public utility's Thursday meeting. Credit: Bobby Allyn

TVA Boss, Already The Highest Paid Federal Employee, Gets A Raise

November 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

TVA Board Chairman Joe Ritch’s argument boils down to: you have to pay big for top talent. And the TVA was sorely in need of someone with Johnson’s experience.

Tajhiee Cockerham was among the 32 teens who escaped form the Woodland Hills facility in September. Credit: Facebook

Teen Who Escaped From Woodland Hills Describes The Breakout

November 6, 2014 at 5:00 am

One of the 32 teens who escaped from Woodland Hills in North Nashville in September sat down with WPLN’s Bobby Allyn.

Amendment 2 passing means there is virtually no way to attack the state's judicial appointment system.

Amendment 2 Passes; Foes Say Win Due To ‘Deceptive Advertising’

November 5, 2014 at 4:50 am

Yes on 2 supporters sought to re-write the state’s constitution preventing Tennessee from going to directly electing judges. The campaign succeeded by a 60 to 40 margin.

Councilman Ronnie Steine pushed a bill seeking to raise the pay of Metro Council members and the mayor. Credit: Submitted

Council Rejects Proposal To Increase Mayor And Metro Council Pay

November 5, 2014 at 2:04 am

Metro’s elected officials haven’t received a pay bump in more than a decade, and a new study from a consulting firm concluded that Nashville’s pay trails comparable cities by 32 percent.

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

Amp Skeptics Call for Metro Spending On the Project To Stop

October 31, 2014 at 4:04 am

Records show that nearly four out of every five dollars of the city tax dollars has been spent on engineers planning the route.

Ralph Schulz, who leads the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, says it would be a mistake for the next mayor not to carry on Mayor Dean's 7-mile bus rapid transit project. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Supporters of The Amp Turn Their Attention To Mayoral Candidates

October 30, 2014 at 4:56 am

Ralph Schulz, who heads the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, says maybe the Amp needs to continue with a different name, since it’s had some branding problems, to put it lightly.

Charles Robert Bone announced his mayoral candidacy on Thursday. (Photo:

Ten Months Before Nashville Mayor’s Race, The First Straw Poll Ends In Dead Heat

October 29, 2014 at 5:06 am

Bone turned out his supporters. Parked outside the event: a big black SUV with an image of him holding a map of Davidson County.

The Amp is expected to run in dedicated bus lanes, though Mayor Karl Dean recently scaled back that proposal. Image via the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee

Mayor Dean Leaves The Amp To His Successor

October 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Mayor Karl Dean announced today that he would not seek local or state financial support for his administration’s controversial seven-mile bus rapid transit project.

Cesar Bautista and about a dozen others are embarking on a get-out-the-vote effort targeting Nashvillians born in other countries. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Undocumented Immigrants In Tennessee Push For Voter Turnout Among Immigrants With Citizenship

October 27, 2014 at 5:05 am

Cesar Bautista, 26, is one of about a dozen canvassers who are planning to knock on the doors of some 4,000 voters before the Nov. 4 election.

Judge Casey Moreland is pushing on on calls for him to resign. Credit:

TN Conduct Board Scolds Judge Casey Moreland Over Handing Of Domestic Assault Case

October 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Moreland’s involvement in the episode, according to the conduct board, amounted to an abuse of judicial prestige in an effort to advance a personal interest

The Trail West building, where a developer recently dropped his redevelopment plans, the fifth to do so. Credit: Bobby Allyn / WPLN

Another Developer Drops Trail West Building Redevelopment Plans

October 23, 2014 at 5:08 am

Developer Marshall Karr says he wanted to do an open-air steakhouse but was met with resistance from city preservation officials who said his design would disrupt the building’s character

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.