Articles by: Bobby Allyn

Members of Tennessee's Supreme Court are scheduled to hear arguments on Thursday over the identities of those who conduct executions. Credit: Reading Tom, via flickr

Tennessee Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over Execution Team IDs

December 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

The attorney general’s office has refused to hand over the identities to attorneys with the federal public defender’s office –– saying it’s not relevant and carries too much of a risk of harassment and retaliation.

Bridgestone executives and politicians announced the headquarters relocations Nov. 11. Bridgestone Americas' incentive package passed its third and final vote in Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday. Credit: TN Photo Services

Metro Council Gives Final Sign-Off On Incentives To Build Bridgestone Headquarters

December 17, 2014 at 4:55 am

Officials at Bridgestone are projecting 600 new jobs and promising that their 30-story headquarters to be an economic engine for downtown Nashville.

Nashville Metro Council passed on a third and final vote on Tuesday new regulations for Lyft and Uber. Credit via Flickr

Nashville’s Lyft, Uber Rules Now Official City Law

December 17, 2014 at 4:49 am

Adding ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber means drivers will have to apply for an annual permit, pass background checks and be subject to random inspections.

Gov. Haslam with supporters as he unveils a plan to pursue federal Medicaid dollars under the Affordable Care Act. Credit: Governor's Office.

Gov. Haslam Pursues Medicaid Expansion, Setting Stage For Upcoming Battle In The Legislature

December 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

One key reason Haslam is touting the plan is that the Tennessee Hospital Association, not state taxpayers, will pay for the percentage of the program not covered by the federal government.

GOP Chairman Chris Devaney says the issue of closing primaries is a divisive issue for Republicans. Credit: TNGOP

Some Tennessee Republicans Renew Push To Close Primary Elections

December 15, 2014 at 4:45 am

Despite Republicans’ overwhelming majority in the state legislature, Rep. Sheila Butt feels like her party could be vulnerable

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says one can argue the prescription requirement either way. Apart from meth, Tennessee also has a serious issue with prescription painkillers. So Ramsey doubts requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine will fix the meth problem. “That’s the reason I’ve been going back and forth on this. What I’m gonna tell you is law enforcement, everybody says this needs to be (done). Again, I am just shocked by the poll that says 65 percent of the people think that needs to be done.” Image: WPLN/Daniel Potter

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Joins Haslam In Call For Gas Tax Hike

December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Ramsey said one proposal being weighed by state lawmakers would calculate a tax based on weight, making truckers, especially those passing through the state, contribute heavily.

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell  bested a tea-party opponent on Wednesday to again take the help of the legislature's lower chamber. Credit: Governor's Office

Tennessee Republican Party Rebuffs Tea Party Challenge For Leadership, Again

December 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

House Speaker Beth Harwell easily beat her opponent on Wednesday for over control of the state’s lower chamber, marking the second time in a week that the Tennessee Republican Party overwhelmed a tea party effort to get into leadership.

President Obama addresses a small group at Casa Azafran in South Nashville. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Obama Visits Nashville To Promote His Immigration Action

December 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Obama took off his jacket, rolled up his sleeves and answered for about an hour sitting on a stool in a small room in Caza Azafran on Nolensville Pike.

State representative Joe Carr addressing Republican Party executive committee during a chairman election on Saturday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Tennessee’s GOP Re-Elects Chairman Despite Tea Party Challenge

December 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Devaney’s opponent was state representative Joe Carr — who notched 41 percent of the Republican vote against Lamar Alexander during the August primary — and he painted the state’s Republican party as a fractured body in need of repair.

Tennessee's Correction Commissioner is proposing to close the Charles B. Bass jail as a cost-cutting move. Credit:

Corrections Officials Propose Closing Nashville Prison To Save Money

December 5, 2014 at 2:08 pm

If approved, the 119-acre site could be mothballed by June. According to the Davidson County Assessor’s office, the property is valued at $4.2 million.

President Obama will speak in Nashville on Tuesday about his recent action on immigration. Credit:

President Obama Set To Speak About Immigration In Nashville On Tuesday

December 4, 2014 at 9:45 pm

On Wednesday night, an email from the White House popped into the inbox of Renata Soto, who leads the non-profit Conexion Americas: Obama would be coming.

The FCC granted WRVU a license to operate on Thursday. Credit: WVRU Friends and Family

WRVU Friends Stage Quiet Comeback, Land Broadcast License

December 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Formerly found on 91.1, WRVU was the college radio station controlled by Vanderbilt until June 2011, when Nashville Public Radio purchased the station for $3.3 million and turned it into a classical music station.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer called uncertainty around federal transportation funding "disconcerting" during a Wednesday budget hearing. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

A Gas Tax Hike In Tennessee? Eventually, Says The Governor

December 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Improved fuel efficiency standards and the rise of hybrid and electric cars are a boon to the environment, but the governor says they hurt gas taxes.

Supporters of the ridesharing company Lyft showed their support for new regulations on Tuesday night. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Lyft, Uber Regulations Move On To A Final Vote In Metro Council

December 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

The rules call for an annual permit, that drivers pass background checks and obtain the same insurance as any other taxi service. Furthermore, the companies will being subject to random inspections.

Gov. Haslam says he wants to lift Tennessee from the bottom of teacher pay rankings. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennessee Teachers’ Union Calls On Governor To Boost Pay

December 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Tennessee ranks near the bottom in the nation for teacher pay. Haslam has said that before he leaves office he wants Tennessee to earn the title of “fast-improving” in salaries.

Bridgestone Americas' incentive package passed its third and final vote in Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday.  Credit: Highwoods Properties

Bridgestone Tower Deal Advances To Final Vote Despite Education Funding Concerns

December 3, 2014 at 4:58 am

Three of the city’s nine school board members say the Bridgestone dead sets a “terrible precedent for future relocations.”

Gov. Bill Haslam meeting with reporters after a Nashville Rotary Club luncheon on Monday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Haslam Will Not Support Repealing Tennessee’s Only Tax On Personal Income

December 2, 2014 at 4:52 am

Some retirees and conservative interest groups like Americans for Prosperity argue that the 6 percent tax on investment income punishes those who are living off of investments and those who have saved for retirement.

Bridgestone Americas CEO Gary Garfield talking to reporters by a Christmas tree outside of Metro Council chambers. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Bridgestone Officials Have Eyes Set On A Direct Flight To Japan From Nashville

December 2, 2014 at 4:51 am

Avoiding airport connections in places like Chicago and Dallas would, in the CEO’s estimate, make doing business a little easier.

DCS' Jim Henry describes the department's troubles to Gov. Bill Haslam. File Photo

Tennessee Agencies Are Spending ‘A Huge Amount Of Money’ To Store Emails For Lawsuits

December 1, 2014 at 5:00 am

Tennessee state agencies are spending millions of dollars on email storage, in many cases because of court orders aimed at ensuring that potential lawsuit evidence isn’t being hidden or destroyed.

The family of an inmate of the Criminal Justice Center is suing the Davidson County Sheriff's Office. Credit:

Family Of Inmate Who Died Three Hours After Being Arrested Sues Sheriff’s Office For Negligence

November 26, 2014 at 4:51 am

Attorney Bryan Moseley, who is representing the Jones family, said the suit is seeking the statutory maximum, which is $300,000.