Matthew Torres, NewsChannel 5

Matthew Torres

NewsChannel 5

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Matthew:

Metro fire, police officials estimate hundreds of jobs lots if property tax referendum passes

Metro city leaders and emergency services officials say a referendum to repeal the Nashville property tax hike would put hundreds of positions on the chopping block and in turn put the safety of residents at risk. → Read More

Wilson County launches new ballot tracking system to assure voter confidence

LEBANON, Tenn. (WTVF) — People in Wilson County choosing to vote absentee can track the progress of their ballot through a new system. The Tennessee Secretary of State's Division of Elections already provides an online option that allows voters to check their registration status and confirm their ballot has been received, but the Wilson County Election Commission has taken it a step further with… → Read More

Classroom project to restore photos damaged in tornado outbreak on hold

Briena Harmening and Christine Ginsberg are Metro Nashville Public Schools teachers who helped start a project to revive photos damaged during the tornadoes in March. → Read More

Man collects pictures of brother killed in March tornado; some found as far as Johnson City

Tim Koehler keeps pictures in his living room that were found six months after an EF-4 tornado ripped through Putnam County, killing his brother Todd, his sister-in-law Sue and 17 others. The couple lived 17 miles away from Tim on Herald Court where 12 of the 13 homes on the street were leveled. → Read More

Putnam County mayor: March tornado caused $100 mill. in damages

Officials said the tornado in March that killed 19 people in Putnam County caused $100 million in damages. → Read More

Metro Police, THP increasing patrols to stop ongoing street racing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department are conducting operations to crack down on illegal street racing in the city. Drag racing, burnouts and donuts have been an ongoing occurrence throughout the years in parts of South Nashville including the Nolensville Pike and Harding Place areas. The drivers gained attention in recent weeks after witnesses captured… → Read More

Lake Charles residents heartbroken over Hurricane Laura devastation

“It was just more than what you want to go through.” Daniel Schaad chose to weather Hurricane Laura inside his cafe in downtown Lake Charles, but the devastation it brought impacted him to his core. Laura made landfall at 1 a.m. as a Category 4 hurricane. Schaad and many others agree that Laura may have had similarities to Hurricane Rita 15 years ago, but there was more more widespread and… → Read More

New school schedule weighing heavily on caregivers with limited resources

FCS CEO Michael McSurdy said the point of the program is to keep children out of the welfare system by providing a variety of services such as support groups and financial assistance. Family members who take on the parenting role may not have the means and resources. → Read More

Social media campaign promotes following safety guidelines to bring back live events

A social media campaign that promotes following safety guidelines to help bring back live entertainment is resonating with many across the country. → Read More

With an influx of absentee ballots expected, local election officials urge not to wait

With more absentee ballots expected to hit mailboxes this upcoming election, local election officials are urging qualified voters to apply now if interested. → Read More

Grassroots grocery store offers free products, solidarity to help families facing food insecurity

Families are needing support more than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response, the community is rallying together to help sustain a grassroots concept that provides free items such as groceries and hygiene products. → Read More

After decades in prison, Cyrus Wilson gets to attend college while maintaining his innocence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Cyrus Wilson may no longer be behind bars, but the shackles of being a convicted felon still have a tight grip. The father must see a parole officer and is unable to vote or go out of the state. But as of this week, he learned he can finally go to college. Wilson was released from prison after being granted parole in October 2019 for a murder he continued to maintain… → Read More

'He never came back': Family of innocent bystander killed in shooting wants justice

The family of David Gooch is urging witnesses to come forward and help them get justice after he shot and killed during a shootout. → Read More

Five Points restaurant shut down by tornado to reopen in middle of pandemic

For months, Mark White watched his restaurant in Five Points be rebuilt after it was nearly destroyed in the deadly March tornado. → Read More

MNPS community gets taste of new changes with provided meals and virtual learning tools

To get a better sense of how the new school year will be in Davidson County, look no further than Madison Middle School. → Read More

Local civil rights activist remembers Rep. John Lewis: 'The impact of who he was lives on.'

While everyone may not have been able to attend the funeral for Representative John Lewis in Atlanta, many in Nashville are still honoring the civil rights icon by remembering his legacy. → Read More

More parents choosing to homeschool their children this year as pandemic continues

While several school districts are offering in-class or remote learning, other parents in Middle Tennessee are choosing a third option. → Read More

Lack of work motivates musician to leave home for new job path

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Navigating through the pandemic has many people still choosing a different career path to regain a source of income. More than 700,000 Tennesseans filed unemployment claims since mid-March, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. The unemployment rate in the state dropped from 11% in May to 9.7% in June, just below the national… → Read More

Parents of students with special needs concered about upcoming school year

For many parents in a similar tricky position, concerns are mounting on what online learning could mean for the well-being of their child with special needs. → Read More

From full-time students to unemployed; college graduates struggle to jumpstart careers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — McKenna Quigley Harrington had a seemingly promising start to an acting career in New York City. Then COVID-19 hit. Before graduating from Fordham University with a theatre major about two months ago, the 21-year-old Nashville native signed with a manager to help with auditions, and was already in an off-Broadway show. The trajectory of her plans post-college quickly… → Read More