Nate Rau
Jan 20, 2022 - News

School board set to review director Adrienne Battle

Metro Schools director Adrienne Battle
Metro Schools director Adrienne Battle. Photo courtesy of MNPS

The Nashville school board failed to conduct a performance review last year for director Adrienne Battle.

  • Board chairperson Christiane Buggs tells Axios an evaluation is scheduled for this month, and the results will be discussed at a February board retreat.
Adam Tamburin
Jan 19, 2022 - News

BNA hits gun confiscation record

Data: TSA. Chart: Axios Visuals

Gun discoveries at Tennessee airports reached an all-time high in 2021, driven by a sharp uptick at Nashville International Airport.

  • TSA agents discovered 163 firearms during security checkpoint screenings just in Nashville — its highest total ever, and more than the statewide tally for all airports in 2020.
Adam Tamburin
Jan 19, 2022 - News

Curbside recycling to return after monthlong hiatus

Illustration of a video game start menu with a pixelated recycle icon
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Curbside recycling returns Feb. 1, Mayor Cooper said yesterday.

Why it matters: The move will make recycling much more convenient. Residents for about a month had to haul their own recycling to a handful of local collection sites.

Adam Tamburin
Jan 19, 2022 - News

Embezzlement scheme hits T.J. Martell Foundation

The Estes Kefauver Federal Building in Nashville.
The Estes Kefauver Federal Building in Nashville. Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP

A former executive at the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research is facing a federal wire fraud charge after investigators accused her of embezzling more than $3.7 million in foundation funds.

  • Investigators said Melissa Goodwin, 55, improperly used a foundation credit card to buy tickets to the Super Bowl and a Lady Gaga concert, among other expensive goods, as part of a "fraudulent scheme."
  • Goodwin served as executive vice president and general manager from 2018-2020. She is also accused of doctoring credit card bills and altering financial statements to hide her behavior from colleagues.
Adam Tamburin
Jan 18, 2022 - News

Nashville close to January snowfall record

A person walks in the snow in front of Nashville'sThe Parthenon.
The scene outside The Parthenon Sunday. Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP

Another blast of snow over the weekend put this month in line with the snowiest Januarys in Nashville history.

  • The National Weather Service has recorded 9.3 inches of snow so far this month at the Nashville International Airport.
Adam Tamburin
Jan 14, 2022 - News

Nashville police starting activities group for youths

Police chief John Drake.
Police chief John Drake. Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP

Police chief John Drake is creating a new division that he says expands on the most rewarding part of his 34-year career in the department.

  • The "Police Activities League" will oversee athletics and other programming for young people, according to the department.
Nate Rau
Jan 12, 2022 - News

Racetrack renovation financing details coming soon

Blurred drivers race at the Nashville fairgrounds racetrack in 2021.
Drivers race at the Nashville fairgrounds racetrack in 2021. Photo: Dylan Buell/SRX via Getty Images

Mayor Cooper's administration asked the Metro Fair Board to hold a special meeting the week of Jan. 31 to present details of its financing plan to renovate the fairgrounds racetrack.

  • Fair Board commissioner Jason Bergeron challenged the Cooper administration to offer more details sooner, but mayoral aide Ben Eagles told board members the answers would have to wait until the special meeting.

Grand Ole Opry welcomes Morgan Wallen

Morgan Wallen performing in 2020 with a guitar.
Morgan Wallen performing in 2020. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for CMA

A barrage of criticism rained down on the Grand Ole Opry after embattled artist Morgan Wallen performed on its hallowed stage Saturday.

  • Wallen sang a duet with ERNEST, who was making his Opry debut. Wallen described his labelmate as "one of my best friends."
  • The performance came less than a year after Wallen was caught on video using the n-word. The ensuing controversy ensnared a genre in the midst of a reckoning over its lack of inclusiveness for minority artists and fans.

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