Articles by: Bobby Allyn

Gov. Bill Haslam says he will be sending federal officials the state's plan for expanding Medicaid sometime this fall. Credit: Tennessee Photo Services

Gov. Haslam Says He’s Sending Medicaid Expansion Plan To Obama Officials This Fall

August 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm

This comes a year and a half after Haslam first started talking about the so-called “Tennessee Plan.”

Workers assembling an Chevy Equinox at the GM plant in Spring Hill. The company will start building a Cadillac crossover vehicle there. Credit: GM

GM To Invest In Spring Hill, But That Might Not Mean New Jobs

August 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

General Motors is investing $185 million into Spring’s Hill’s auto plan, bringing production of a Cadillac crossover vehicle from Mexico to Tennessee.

The Ryman Lofts offer 60 affordable housing units on the Rolling Mill Hill complex near the Cumberland River.  Credit: RGAnderson

Tax Bill Puts Two Of Nashville’s Most Notable Subsidized Housing Developments In Jeopardy

August 27, 2014 at 4:00 am

The Davidson County Tax Assessor’s office has sent MDHA an annual tax bill of nearly $400,000 for Ryman Lofts, subsidized artist housing,and Nance Place, a workforce apartment complex.

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

Tool For Neighborhoods To Pushback On Development Could Pit Neighbors Against Each Other

August 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

The the new law came after thousands wrote city council members complaining about new development.

Tyler Ross helps a customer outside the restaurant Josephine in 12 South. Credit: Leah Johnson

No Parking? Nashville’s Valet Companies Spy Opportunity As Business Booms

August 25, 2014 at 4:54 am

There were a little more than a dozen valet locations in 2011. That number is on track to triple by year’s end.

Nashville voters will decide in November whether to let grocery stores sell wine.  Credit: Red White and Food

Wine In Groceries Clears Another Hurdle: Getting On The Ballot

August 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Nashville joins more than 60 cities that will be voting on the issue.

The diary of Randal McGavock, which detail early stories of the Civil War. Credit:

Lost Civil War Diary Makes Its Way Back To Nashville

August 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

It belonged to Randal McGavock, a storied Civil War soldier who served as Nashville’s mayor for a one-year term in 1824.

Councilman Walter Hunt, who sponsored the contextual overlay district, which passed last 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.