Articles by: Bobby Allyn

Councilman Walter Hunt, who sponsored the contextual overlay district, which passed on Tuesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn

New Nashville Law Gives Neighbors A Regulation Tool

August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

Metro Council passed a new law adopting the so-called contextual overlay.

Credit: WPLN / Mack Linebaugh

Two Houses, One Lot? Councilman Wants New Homes To Be More Like The Old Ones

August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

Many Nashvillians are fed up with residential development that’s out of character with neighborhoods. Metro Council members are well aware of this. On Tuesday night, Metro Council will take up two measures aimed at these concerns.

Uber will team up with the company Bellhops to offer moving services this weekend. Credit: Uber Blog

Uber’s Way Of Finding New Nashville Users: First Ice Cream, Now Movers

August 15, 2014 at 5:04 am

Smartphone-based car service Uber has been on an experimental kick.

One of the mailers sent to voters in Williamson County. Credit: Americans for Prosperity

Americans For Prosperity Claims Victory in Williamson County School Board Race

August 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm

The statewide ads tied Common Core to President Obama — and even Obamacare. The ads said several other states have pushed back against the standards, and it’s now time for Tennessee to do the same.

A rendering of the proposed 17-story tower in Green Hills. Credit: Southern Land Co.

Green Hills Neighbors Continue To Fight Planned 17-Story Tower

August 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Last month, a judge handed a victory to Franklin-based Southern Land Co., which is planning the $100 million project. This latest volley by the neighbors has the case moving to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Tennessee’s Business Taxes Flattening Out, Says State Economist

Tennessee’s Business Taxes Flattening Out, Says State Economist

August 13, 2014 at 3:11 am

Tennessee’s business taxes are starting to pick up again, after a period of steady decline. That’s according to an economist who’s analyzed the state’s latest economic figures.

State Rep. Joe Carr won 40 percent of the vote for U.S. Senate on Thursday. Credit: Daniel Potter

Joe Carr’s Strong Turnout Shows Tea Party’s Strength, But Now They Must Wait Until 2018

August 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Tea Party upstart Joe Carr performed better than many had expected in his matchup with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, and political analysts say last week’s primary results shows that Tennessee has a strong base of more conservative voters.

Former chairman of the state's Democratic Party Chip Forrester sent an email to supporters suggesting that one candidate of his own party shouldn't have run. Credit: TNDP

Inner-Party Fight Over Outcome Of Nashville Race Shows Divisions In Tennessee’s Democratic Party

August 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Days after attorney Bill Beck landed a victory in the race over House District 51, an intra-party spat has taken off over who would’ve best represented the state’s Democrats in the district.

Bob Cooper announced on Monday that he will seek another eight-year term as Tennessee's top attorney.

Pledging Not To Bow To Conservatives, Tennessee Attorney General Asks For Another Term

August 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Cooper said in a statement that voters last Thursday “sent a clear message last week that they want an independent, nonpartisan judicial branch.”

One of some 40,000 mailers that Councilwoman Emily Evans has sent to Nashville voters.

Campaign To Shrink Metro Council May Really Be About Extending Term Limits

August 11, 2014 at 4:48 am

The personal motivation behind the movement seems to be quite different than the messaging in the mailers some 40,000 voters have received.

Justices Sharon Lee and Connie Clark address supporters after voters elected to retain them for eight more years. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Three Tennessee Justices Overcome Push To Oust Them

August 8, 2014 at 2:15 am

The victory comes after they collectively spent more than $1 million to defend their seats against an infusion of cash from outside groups.

The campaigns for and against unseating three justices have spent $1 million. Credit: Tennessee Forum

Haslam Family Has Given To Contested Justice, But Governor Works Hard To Stay Above The Fray

August 6, 2014 at 4:51 am

Gov. Bill Haslam says he’d happily appoint Republicans to the state’s Supreme Court if voters move to replace the three Democratic judges in Thursday’s election.

Even if the wine in supermarket referendum passes, it won't take effect until 2016. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Nashville’s Wine-In-Grocery Activists Have Twice The Signatures Needed, If They’re All Valid

August 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Wine in grocery store advocates say 30,000 people have signed petitions. That’s double what they need to put the referendum to Nashville voters. But it’s not yet guaranteed to be on the ballot.

Wayne Smith, CEO of Community Health Systems, says the company is upholding ethical standards in an industry with constantly-changing regulations. Credit: CHS

Community Health Systems Will Pay $98 Million In Hospital Fraud Case

August 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Community Health Systems will pay $98 million in a settlement over allegedly creating a scheme in which patients were admitted to CHS emergency rooms who didn’t need to be hospitalized.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has embarked on a campaign to oust three state Supreme Court justices., but the Tennessee Conservative Union differs with the campaign. Credit: TN Photo Services

This Group Once Helped Push A Justice Off The Bench; Now They’re Against It

August 4, 2014 at 5:00 am

The group that led that effort in 1996 says they can’t get behind the current campaign to kick off three Democratic judges in the Aug. 7 election.

Voters line up at the Green Hills library on Thursday to vast ballots early for the August primary. (Credit: Bobby Allyn)

Time Ticking Down To Vote Early In Tennessee’s August Primary

August 1, 2014 at 5:00 am

Voters have Friday and Saturday to vote in the August 7 primary, and election officials have been urging voters to turn out early to avoid what could be long primary-day lines.

Richard Fulton at an Amp advisory meeting on Tuesday.

Amp Critics Continue to Attack Center Lanes, Despite Compromise

July 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Amp critics, most notably real estate manager Richard Fulton, used Wednesday’s meeting as an opportunity to take shots at the planned 7-mile bus rapid transit line.

A Fierce Abortion Debate To Soon Play Out In Tennessee Media Campaigns

A Fierce Abortion Debate To Soon Play Out In Tennessee Media Campaigns

July 28, 2014 at 5:14 am

They’ve been holding their fire until after the August primary. Both sides will be canvassing, sending out mailers and launching advertisements. Overall, their campaigns have already raised nearly $1 million.

Tennessee Board Of Education Chief Announces Retirement

Tennessee Board Of Education Chief Announces Retirement

July 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

The executive director of Tennessee’s state Board of Education announced Friday he’ll retire at the end of the year after serving in that post under two governors and during a period of rapid reform.

Tennessee Ready To Use Lethal Injection Drugs For October Execution

Tennessee Ready To Use Lethal Injection Drugs For October Execution

July 25, 2014 at 4:45 am

A spokeswoman says the state is “confident we will have the necessary chemicals.” Meanwhile, advocacy groups are renewing criticism over death penalty methods after it reportedly took nearly two hours to execute a convicted murderer in Arizona.