From WMOT News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --   Nashville’s struggle against COVID-19 has begun to show promise and progress.

Early Friday morning Metro began accepting coronavirus vaccination registrations from residents between the ages of 65 and 70 for the first time. Mayor John Cooper announced eligibility for the new age group on Thursday.

Residents can register by calling the city’s pandemic hotline at 615-862-7777. They can also register online by clicking on the big yellow box found at

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --   Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday released his full list of legislative priorities for the current session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Republican governor is asking lawmakers to consider college assistance for children aging out of Tennessee’s foster care system.

Lee also wants to essentially eliminate the state’s gun licensing regulations. His legislation would allow residents to openly carry a firearm virtually anywhere, anytime.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's only openly gay Republican lawmaker is warning that legislation to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls' sports would likely result in vulnerable students being marginalized.

Rep. Eddie Mannis said in a recent letter that the bill would also harm Tennessee’s ability to recruit athletes and businesses.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --   The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has again thrown its weight behind the 34 cent tax hike passed by the city council last year.

The Chamber endorsed the so-called “Decline to Sign” campaign in a recent blog post. The Chamber is urging Nashvillians to decline to sign a new referendum petition that seeks to repeal the tax increase.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Tennessee Department of Transportation asked Wednesday that drivers be on the lookout for road crews filling potholes on mid-state roads, highways and interstates.

TDOT has launched what it describes as a “massive” effort to repair the damage done to road surfaces by last week’s severe storms.

Nashville, Murfreesboro and other area communities announced this week they will have their own repair crews out filling potholes as well.