Articles by: Bobby Allyn

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.

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:

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.