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Black History

Overlooked History Made at NCAA Final Four

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — There was some overlooked history made at this year’s NCAA Final Four. It wasn’t just that Virginia finally won an NCAA men’s title, or that they went from being the first number one seed to lose to a 16th seed one season and then the next year become a champion. No, the real history came at the top of the ladder for the respective schools. Both Virginia and Auburn, who played a thrilling one-point semifinal game decided on a controversial call, had Black athletic directors. […read more]

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Joseph Webb, D.Sc., FACHE, CEO, Nashville General Hospital
Health

OP-ED: From the Desk of Nashville General’s CEO

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Chronic Care Model, Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Population Health Management, Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim, Malcolm Baldridge, 4DX.  If you’ve never heard of these terms, then more than likely, we have not had the pleasure of meeting to talk about the great things happening at Nashville General Hospital. […read more]

John Cooper
Politics

Cooper Takes Different Approach in Mayoral Run

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The predominant themes in this year’s mayoral campaign thus far have been encouraging corporate relocation and investment, wooing big league sports, and reducing the size of city government improving its efficiency. But when Metro Councilman John Cooper changed his mind about running for the office, he also adopted a different strategy. Cooper’s emphasis will be on neighborhood improvement, as well as sound fiscal policy, and rebuilding public trust in city government. […read more]

At one of his more than 400 school visits, Dr. Shawn Joseph looks on as an elementary student works on a class project.
Education

Dr. Shawn Joseph Unchained

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — As the highly tumultuous period of leadership for the city’s first African-American Director of Schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools comes to a shameful end, Dr. Shawn Joseph showed class all the way while the city will have to watch and see if the Board of Education will claw the new black Director of Schools. […read more]

Morris is seen interviewing the owner of Canipe’s Amusement Company in 1968 minutes after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. Courtesy photo
Books

Former Sheriff and Mayor Pens Book About His ‘Legendary Life’

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Jim McCarter sat quietly in a packed room thumbing through a recently published book that he’d purchased at Novel Memphis minutes before the author’s 6 p.m. book talk and signing Thursday, March 28. While waiting on the former Shelby County sheriff and mayor William Noel “Bill” Morris to address the capacity crowd, an age-old photograph on page 181 in the book, “Bill Morris: A Legendary Life,” caught McCarter’s attention. […read more]

Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway
Crime

Nashville Juvenile System Needs Community Support

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The recent spotlight placed upon five juveniles accused of murder in Nashville is a community issue that goes beyond the tragic happenings of the victim and the minors involved.  Regardless of how this sad situation is viewed, critics on both sides of the issue meet in the middle and admit that Nashville indeed has a rapidly escalating juvenile crime problem.  The hands of the parents are tied, the disciplinary resources of the educators are non-existent and the community safe haven that can field the crisis is ranked low on the list of budgetary priorities of the Metro Council. […read more]

Dr. Shawn Joseph
Education

Board of Education Reaches Mutual Agreement With Dr. Shawn Joseph

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education voted today to buy out the contract of Metro Nashville Public Schools Director, Dr. Shawn Joseph, in a 5-3 vote. Joseph’s last day will be Friday, April 12, 2019. Joseph entered the position in July 2016 and is ending his tenure after slightly less than three years in a district serving more than 85,000 students and 11,000 employees. Dr. Adrienne Battle has been selected as interim director. […read more]

Alfred Degrafinreid II
The Tennessee Tribune

Vanderbilt Names Associate Vice Chancellor

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Vanderbilt University has named Alfred Degrafinreid II as associate vice chancellor for community relations within the Division of Government and Community Relations. A native Tennessean, Degrafinreid most recently served as the chief administrative officer for the Office of the Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk. […read more]

Rhiannon Giddens, left, and Uma Peters. (Photo by: Bradley Hanson)
Education

Rhiannon Giddens Mentors 11-Year-Old Banjo Player

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Rhiannon Giddens, co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, is passing her distinctive banjo skills to eleven-year-old musician, Uma Peters through a one-on-one apprenticeship supported by the Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, an initiative of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Folklife Program. […read more]

Tennessee House of Representatives
Op-Ed

OPE-ED” TN Legislature Must Reverse Course and Embrace Voting Rights for All

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — In response to two bills in the state legislature, Senate Bill 0971 and House Bill 1079, that would easier to prevent our neighbors from voting, Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker of Sewanee released the following statement: “If we believe that all human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), then efforts to prevent some of God’s children from exercising their franchise must be opposed as a matter of fidelity to our faith.” […read more]

l-r; Mrs. Florence Ueal, Mrs. Jimmie Leech and Mrs. Helen Turner. Photo by Darius B. Williams
The Tennessee Tribune

U of M Hosts Program Highlighting Women of the 1968 Santitation Workers Strike

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will host a special event featuring first-hand stories of courage and survival from the women of the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike. The evening will feature select excerpts from the national video web series 1300 Men: Memphis Strike ‘68, produced by Striking Voices for TheRoot.com, as well as a panel of wives of 1968 strikers, moderated by journalist and Striking Voices founding producer, Emily Yellin. […read more]

car review

2019 Nissan Titan XD

The new 2019 Nissan 2019 Nissan TITAN XD gives the driver a laundry list of amenities as to why it can ‘haul it all.’ Let’s start with warranty. All 2019 TITAN XD models are covered by America’s Best Truck Warranty, featuring bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever Read More

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2019 GMC Acadia AWD Denali

TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — The Denali includes all SLT-2 standard content and is embellished with premium features such as bright Denali-specific exterior accents, unique Denali interior appointments, heated and ventilated front seats, an automatic heated steering wheel and a hands-free power-programmable liftgate. Other vehicle highlights include up to 7-passenger seating options with generous cargo space. […read more]

Community

Protect Our Care Bus Stops in Music City

TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — “Last April I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough and I walked out with a stage-four cancer diagnosis,” said Laura Packard. Six months of chemotherapy and a month of radiation saved Packard’s life. “It cost about a million dollars to keep me alive and that’s money that most of us just don’t have,” she said… […read more]

Four-year olds sit for a pre-school staple: listening to a story.
Community

Everything You Didn’t Learn in Kindergarten Will Hurt You

TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — NASHVILLE, TN — DeeAnne Miree loves to come to work in the morning. She is principal of the Cambridge Early Learning Center in Antioch. It was built with a $33 million Department of Education grant and is one of two preschools in the country using Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) practices to study implicit bias in early childhood education. The other preschool is in New Jersey. […read more]