From WMOT News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Lee intends to extend an executive order that allows the majority of Tennessee’s counties the option to require face coverings in public as the state has seen coronavirus case counts grow.


Gillum Ferguson, Lee’s spokesman, confirmed Monday the executive order will be extended until the end of the year. The order — which applies to 89 out of the state’s 95 counties — was scheduled to expire at the end of the month.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville has narrowed its search for a new police chief to five finalists, including the current interim chief.

On Monday, Mayor John Cooper named the five finalists to replace former longtime Chief Steve Anderson, who has retired.

John Drake is the interim chief and has been on the Nashville police force for 32 years.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — Two of Nashville’s eight COVID-19 metrics have begun flashing warning signs.


The city’s virus transmission rate and ICU bed capacity are in the red.


The ideal transmission rate is less than one. It currently stands at 1.16.


In addition, 92 percent of the city’s ICU beds are occupied as of Sunday morning. The goal set by the Metro Coronavirus Task Force is to have no more than 80 percent of ICU beds in use on any given day.


Kristen Welker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — President Donald Trump has attacked the reporter who will moderate this week’s Nashville debate between the Republican president and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.


In a twitter post Saturday, Trump called NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker, “terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters.”


The president’s comment came on the same day Welker released the debate topics she’s chosen for Thursday’s face off at Belmont University.


Donald Page / Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derrick Henry took a direct snap and ran 5 yards for a touchdown 3:30 into overtime and the Tennessee Titans remained undefeated, rallying to beat the Houston Texans 42-36.   

The Titans overcame two turnovers, Stephen Gostkowski having a field goal blocked and missing another and the defense giving up 335 yards passing and four touchdown passes to Deshaun Watson. Watson’s final TD pass put Houston up 36-29 with 1:50 left.

Ryan Tannehill drove the Titans 76 yards before finding A.J. Brown on a 7-yard TD pass with 4 seconds left in regulation.