From WMOT News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans are backing a bill that would remove background checks and training requirements for people seeking to carry a handgun.

The push comes over objections from law enforcement advocacy groups, including the Tennessee Sheriff's Association and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Republican lawmakers' support for the bill reflects an uncomfortable tension between GOP leaders’ tendency to effusively praise law enforcement at almost every turn while ignoring criticism those same officials have lodged against the legislation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Health has announced that 1 million residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to a news release on Thursday, roughly 22% of the state’s approximate 7 million population has received at least one dose.

The department says more than half of Tennesseans over the age of 60 have received a first dose, and nearly two-thirds of those over the age of 70 have received their initial dose.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  If you’ve lost someone to COVID-19 be aware that federal aid is available to cover funeral expenses.

The funding was authorized as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan passed earlier this year. The aid is retroactive to January of 2021.

You can apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for up to $9,000 worth of funeral cost assistance.

As of Thursday morning, 16,927 Tennesseans have died as a result of COVID-19 complications.

Bonnaroo announces its 2021 performance lineup

Apr 1, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Bonnaroo has released this year’s musical lineup.

Headliners include Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stalion, Lizzo, Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey, and Tyler, the Creator.

Tickets are now on sale and range from $349 for a General Admission pass, to more than $3,000 for a four day platinum pass.

Normally held in early June, this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be held in Manchester beginning the second of September.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Every Nashville resident 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Metro residents can make an appointment to be immunized at, or by calling the city’s pandemic hotline at 615-862-7777.

State health officials report that roughly 28 percent of Nashvillians have received at least one injection. Just under 12 percent are now fully immunized.