politics and Government


(Mike Osborne)  --  There has been another troubling development concerning the now closed Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi at Memphis.

The Commercial Appeal on Wednesday published a kayaker’s photo taken from the river looking up at the span that appears to show a crack forming on a bridge support beam back in 2016.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Gov. Bill Lee has approved legislation that bans gender-confirming treatment for young minors over objections that the series of bills unfairly discriminate an already vulnerable population.

The move makes Tennessee just the second state in the United States to enact such a ban after Arkansas approved a similar version earlier this year over a veto from Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Lee quietly signed the measure on Tuesday without commenting on why he approved of the contentious legislation.


  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are opening three recovery centers to help people find assistance after flooding in March.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says the Multi-Agency Recovery Centers open this weekend in Nashville and Williamson and Wilson counties.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and local agencies will be on hand to help people understand the assistance programs, apply for aid and find other ways to get recovery help.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A top official with the Nashville based Southern Baptist Convention has announced his resignation.

The Baptist Press reports that SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore will end his eight year tenure June 1.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican governor has signed legislation putting public schools and districts at risk of losing civil lawsuits if they let transgender students or employees use multi-person bathrooms that do not reflect their gender at birth.

Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill Friday, cementing another policy into law in Tennessee that LGBTQ advocates say discriminates against their community.

Similar proposals have advanced in other Republican-led statehouses across the country.