Brad Schmitt, The Tennessean

Brad Schmitt

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Past articles by Brad:

He was just 11 and helped save a crash victim. Now, he is among five Scouts of the Year.

Also among the winners: A member of the first female troop in Middle Tennessee and a 14-year-old who did the Heimlich maneuver on a buddy → Read More

Charlie Monk, beloved music industry networker and radio personality, dies at 84

A Hall of Fame radio personality and master shmoozer, Monk counted Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and other big stars as friends → Read More

'The Voice' contestant: After Alzheimer's took his mom, grief nearly destroyed him

Jay Allen drew millions of views online when he sang a song to his sick mom on stage − but becoming the Alzheimer's Guy proved to be overwhelming → Read More

Dr. Paul T. Kwami, Fisk Jubilee Singers music director for 28 years, dies at age 70

During his tenure, Kwami led Nashville’s longest-running musical institution into a celebrated modern era. → Read More

Meet the 4-legged rock star who gets swarmed every time he visits Saint Thomas Midtown

The high-energy goldendoodle jumps in beds, gives out kisses, sniffs for snacks and brings tons of joy to healing patients and stressed-out staffers. → Read More

Millionaire Darrell Freeman, mentor and benefactor for aspiring Black entrepreneurs, dies

Freeman built a tech company he sold for more than $20 million — and then he worked hard to help other Black people do the same. → Read More

The Feast of the Fabulous Five brings together noted LGBTQ chefs to raise money to help youth

Longtime culinary powerhouses Margot McCormack and Arnold Myint join three others for what's being billed as "the Feast of the Fabulous Five." → Read More

Tennessee license plate picks: Nashville drivers don't trust in God?

Here's a county-by-county list of percentage of drivers who chose "In God We Trust" on new Tennessee license plates — Nashville is dead last. → Read More

'The lucky ones:' Cuban brothers to reunite with Nashville family who took them in 60 years ago

"We were really scared," Carlos Fernandez said, "but we were sent to the most wonderful home and the most loving people you could ever find in your life" → Read More

'We’re all just souls': Why Gaither Vocal Band's Todd Suttles never stopped singing

Todd Suttles has been singing his whole life. But now, he does it full time as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band. → Read More

Time to plank: Marcus Whitney's five 'musts' to becoming a successful entrepreneur

This Nashville millionaire says if you want to succeed, do some martial arts, hiking, cycling, running, planking — and do it til it hurts (a little, anyway) → Read More

Why the author behind HBO's new 'Winning Time' series thought it would never happen

After years of doubting it would happen, author Jeff Pearlman calls the TV show "the most exciting thing to happen to my career" — and yes, he has a cameo. → Read More

Fisk Jubilee Singers to perform at Bluebird Cafe for the first time ever Feb. 22

The Fisk Jubilee Singers make their debut appearance at 40-year-old Green Hills listening room The Bluebird Cafe Feb. 22. → Read More

Mickey Guyton scores bigtime with her Super Bowl national anthem performance

"Mickey Guyton. That's the tweet. #SuperBowl," Hollywood star Halle Berry posted on Twitter minutes after the country singer finished The Star-Spangled Banner → Read More

Instagram influencer Mallory Ervin tells her 'whole story' of abusing pills and finding recovery

Before releasing a self-help book, former Amazing Race contestant Mallory Ervin reveals she wants to talk about her addiction to offer hope to others. → Read More

Kathie Lee, Mike Wolfe, Maneet and the Chrisleys — Celebs are flocking to Nashville, too

From celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan to Olympian Scott Hamilton to reality stars Kristin Cavallari and the Chrisleys, a quick look at the stars who've moved here recently → Read More

If you want to meet Tara Lipinski in Nashville, hang out at one of Maneet Chauhan's restaurants

Chauhan "is possibly the nicest human on earth, so sweet and funny," the figure skater-turned-broadcaster said of Nashville's highest-profile celeb chef → Read More

After his brother was killed in combat, he enlisted — and took four bullets to the gut

Retired Army Sgt. Franz Walkup nearly died when Taliban infiltrators in Afghan National Army uniforms opened fire — but he says he'd do it all again to honor his brother's memory → Read More

For sure, the angel wings in the Gulch, but here are Nashville's other hot murals for selfies

Muralists give tourists and locals great backdrops — like Dolly Parton's face and big drippy red lips — for IG-worthy selfies → Read More

Twitter 'canceling' pastor Greg Locke unlikely to slow him down, social media expert says

"The outrage about (Greg Locke's) account being cancelled is probably misplaced." said Ken Paulson, director of MTSU's Free Speech Center said. → Read More