Articles by: Bobby Allyn

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.

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.”