The city of Nashville has a long legacy of city leaders gathering in back rooms to determine the future of their neighbors. From the Watauga Club downtown to the West Nashville Mafia gathered in a booth at Wendell Smiths to the sheriff and his friends talking in the lounge of an East Nashville funeral home, Nashville has often been formed by people (usually white men) meeting in secret who think they know what’s best for everyone else.… Read the rest
I would see her walking down the street, using a red wheelchair as a walker . . . a pushcart filled with everything she owned. I would learn her name was Janice, and she’d been on the streets for a while.… Read the rest
Dear President Elect Trump,
The day has finally come and in just a few hours you will be standing on the steps of the Capitol, making your pledge to defend the Constitution of the United States. At that moment, a transition happens – from one president to another, from one vision of the nation to a different one, from one approach to leadership and governance to a different set of values.… Read the rest
A little while ago I was watching a press conference with John Brennan, the counter-terrorism guru for the Obama administration, on the latest terrorism scare related to cargo from Yemen. I was struck by how different this press conference seemed from earlier terrorist scares.… Read the rest
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Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess and others scoffed at comments by nationally known televangelist Pat Robertson on his 700 Club program Thursday that Muslims could bribe local officials to expand their influence.
“It’s entirely possible,” Robertson said during the broadcast following a report from his show about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s plans to build a 52,960-square-foot structure on Veals Road off Bradyville Pike southeast of the city.