Subscribe to Axios Nashville

Get smarter, faster with a daily look at the biggest stories in Nashville

iPhone showing Axios Tampa Bay newsletter on the Axios app

Rep. Cooper grows campaign war chest

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper speaks on stage in front of a microphone.
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper. Photo: Jason Davis/WireImage for The Recording Academy

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper has built a sizable fundraising advantage over his top challenger in the Democratic primary for Tennessee’s fifth congressional district with just under a year to go before the 2022 election.

Adam Tamburin
4 hours ago - Politics

Redistricting's potential impact on Nashville

A draft map of the proposed districts of Nashville's Metro Council.
A map showing the Nashville planning department's first draft of council redistricting. Image courtesy of Nashville planning department

Nashville's first draft for a new Metro Council district map ricocheted through the city over the weekend.

Why it matters: The draft, driven by population shifts in the 2020 census, showed Antioch and southeast Nashville growing as a power center. An additional district could be moved there as the population continues to surge, meaning another position to represent the area on the council.

Nashville's new Music Monday is heavy on the Isbell

Jason Isbell singing and playing guitar at an event in August.
Jason Isbell singing at an event in August. Photo: Erika Goldring/WireImage

In a bit of an upset for a Nashville-based playlist, it took until Week 3 for readers to drop some Jason Isbell suggestions for our Music Monday playlist. Isbell is in the midst of his residency at the Ryman Auditorium.

  • Shout out to readers Cathy, Carl, Jami, James, Hank and Michael for recommendations this week.
Adam Tamburin
Oct 15, 2021 - News

Poll shows eroding school satisfaction

Note: Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number; Data: Nashville Public Education Foundation; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Nashville Public Education Foundation released on Thursday a new poll showing deepening dissatisfaction with public schools during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Nearly half of the 500 voters polled in September said they thought Metro Nashville Public Schools had gotten worse over the last five years.

Adam Tamburin
Oct 15, 2021 - Sports

Nashville's next huge podcast

Headshot of former wrestler Jeff Jarrett.
Former wrestler Jeff Jarrett. Photo courtesy of "My World with Jeff Jarrett"

Nashville became home to one of the country's most popular sports podcasts this year when professional wrestler, executive and native son Jeff Jarrett launched his "My World" podcast in partnership with Ad Free Shows.

Why it matters: Nashville has a deep history in pro wrestling. Stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Sting and the Ultimate Warrior got their start here. Jarrett's family has played a starring role and has deep ties to the industry.

Emma Way
Oct 15, 2021 - Food and Drink

5 hot new restaurants and bars in Nashville

interior of a restaurant with dim lighting and red chairs and a chandelier
The Supper Club is located inside Twelve Thirty Club on Broadway. Photo: Courtesy The Supper Club

Nashville's food scene continues to get more star-studded with celebs such as Justin Timberlake and Miranda Lambert opening new restaurants this fall.

👋 Axios Local's Emma Way here! I'm visiting the Axios Nashville crew next week from Charlotte, and there are a lot of new restaurants I want to try since my last trip here pre-pandemic.

  • The spots on my short list are Instagrammable and trendy. I'm out to see if they live up to the hype.
Nate Rau
Oct 14, 2021 - Sports

Nashville readies its pitch for WNBA franchise

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A coalition of city leaders is slowly making progress on its mission to attract a women's professional sports team to Nashville.

  • The women's professional sports ad hoc committee, led by influential attorney Margaret Behm, met last week to hear an update from the city's consultant.
Adam Tamburin
Oct 14, 2021 - News

Afghan refugee fund launches

 Refugees from Afghanistan walk through Washington Dulles International Airport in August.
Refugees from Afghanistan walk through Washington Dulles International Airport in August. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Several local advocacy groups are teaming up to raise money for Afghan refugees heading to Nashville.

  • At-large council member Zulfat Suara told reporters a new fundraising effort will give refugees "the resources and support that they need to transition into their new home."