Brad Schmitt, The Tennessean

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The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Past articles by Brad:

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

In the Nashville area, where to turn if you have a loved one struggling with drugs or alcohol

September is National Recovery Month, so we are providing a list of resources for people with substance use disorder and their family members → Read More

Report: Nashville radio host Phil Valentine dies at 61 after battling COVID-19

Phil Valentine, a Nashville radio host who had a public change of heart about the COVID-19 vaccine, has died after being diagnosed with COVID in July. → Read More

One of the country's first female Eagle Scouts earns 50 merit badges in 50 states

Taylor Bell really just wanted to outdo her Eagle Scout brother — but the Murfreesboro teen got so much more out of her adventures all over the country → Read More

Christian teen center Rocketown to open bigger, better skatepark/concert venue in Antioch

While Antioch community leaders rejoice, Rocketown considers whether to keep its original downtown location or sell it to better serve youth → Read More

Radio host Phil Valentine's COVID fight: How can people say he's getting what he deserves?

Several community leaders call for compassion and humanity from all sides — and they find hope in the talk show host's change of heart on vaccines → Read More

Storm-ravaged St. John AME church to gather with North Nashville neighbors for butterfly release

In March of 2020, a tornado ripped apart a North Nashville church, and the pandemic took the lives of several friends and relatives of parishioners. → Read More

For the first time, victims' advocacy group You Have the Power honorees will be all young people

Although eight people in their teens and 20s are getting Powerhouse awards, 'We are couching this as an award to a generation,' CEO Cathy Gurley says. → Read More

Gibson Guitars gives away 2,500 guitars in two years as part of its Gibson Gives program

The iconic guitar company will expand its charity efforts through all its brand including Epiphone, KRK and Mesa Boogie amps, Gibson Brands CEO says → Read More

Meet the popular Nashville zookeeper who's best buds with Charlie the porcupine

Jawnie Payne, one of just a handful of zookeepers of color, has more than a quarter million TikTok followers — and a warm childhood memory about hot zoo poop → Read More

They met at a Nashville honky tonk: While their whirlwind romance ended tragically, there's still a glimmer of hope.

On a girls trip to Nashville, Fabi Calborn Powell met a soldier, fell in love. After he passed away from terminal cancer, the two are still connected. → Read More

Tom Hanks makes dreams come true for fellow manual typewriter enthusiast in Goodlettsville

Nashville Typewriter owner Kirk Jackson calls the movie star a 'solid, genuine, and just flat out AWESOME guy!' after a lengthy visit at Jackson's shop → Read More

'Scared to death': Metro Police Chief says he was traumatized by Nashville officers as a youth

A Nashville native, Metro Police Chief John Drake said he and his family had traumatic experiences with white offices long before he rose the ranks. → Read More

Predators new power play — Bridgestone Arena will start serving Rotier's cheeseburgers

The arena will debut its Rotier's burger stand for the Predators' first playoffs home game this year. → Read More

Mother of 13-ounce preemie baby finally gets to hold her baby — five weeks after the birth

Emails continue to pour in for the baby from all around the world — including one from Nashville from one of Jonny Cash's daughters → Read More

He lost on 'American Idol', but 12 years later, Matt Rogers wins job as Titans PA announcer

A Discovery channel shows host, Rogers beat out beloved country broadcaster Storme Warren and four other finalists — all dudes — to get the gig → Read More

14-year-old hit by stray bullet: 'I thought I was going to die the same way my dad did'

Teenager Antonia Gaines says she sees getting shot as a wake-up call to shake herself free from depression about her father's death. → Read More

Former TV personality Rudy Kalis and other Nashville notables fight for death row inmate

Nashville's first Muslim council member joins a rabbi, a Democratic fundraiser and the chair of the state House GOP Caucus in advocating for Pervis Payne → Read More

Korean-American shopper, moved by Kroger employees' empathy, gives them each $100

"I was so touched by what they did," the shopper, Nashville yarn company owner Silbia Ro said in her video. → Read More

'God sent me': Nashville flood survivors want to find rescuers who saved their lives

As raging waters pinned her and her family against their SUV, a Nashville nurse cried out to God for help — and Good Samaritans in a Chevy Silverado showed up 10 minutes later → Read More