Levi Ismail, NewsChannel 5

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Canceled conventions mean millions in lost revenue for Music City

With 104 conventions canceled since March, the Music City Center has been left empty and without more than $425 million for Nashville and Davidson County. → Read More

Millersville officers say they're being retaliated against as TBI investigates assistant chief

Millersville Police officers claim they're being retaliated against for their alleged roles in an investigation of the department's assistant police. At least three officers are being represented by a Nashville attorney. → Read More

Brentwood PD, FBI investigate arson that neighbors claim is a hate crime

Brentwood Police and now the FBI need help to track down the person(s) responsible for throwing an explosive at a home on Saturday. → Read More

Artist draws personal experience, inspiration for Boseman mural

His work on and off-screen inspired people all around the world and now the legacy of Chadwick Boseman lives through this mural on 155 Lafayette Street in Nashville. → Read More

Bodycam footage of botched raid shows officers with guns drawn inside home with kids

New bodycam footage of a botched police raid shows officers with guns drawn inside a home with kids inside. → Read More

$5K reward offered in investigation into Franklin murder

Franklin police are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to arrest in the death of a 26-year-old man. → Read More

Lawmaker says state should use 'rainy day fund' to pay weekly max for all unemployment claims

State Rep. Mike Stewart is yet another legislator who says the state’s emergency fund should be spent on making sure all unemployment claims get the state max of $275. → Read More

TN already making adjustments for new unemployment grant, well before approval

State officials say being ahead of these changes to their unemployment system, will ensure a much faster process in paying out claims. → Read More

Caught on Camera: Burglars target the same vacation rentals on one block since March

Metro Nashville Police say they’re investigating several break-ins to Airbnb rentals on 27th Avenue North. → Read More

From ticket and arrest to employed and hopeful, Joseph Bryant says strangers bailed him out

In his first interview since being released from Davidson County Jail, Joseph Bryant appears with a mask. He’s quick to point out, it’s only for emergencies. → Read More

Metro city leaders say 'we’re not doing enough,' and promise better enforcement of phase 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It’s part of the crackdown, Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s office says will take effect after what they saw at a party on Fern Avenue over the weekend. The videos from that night showed hundreds packed in and around one home where hardly any masks were worn and social distancing was nonexistent. “There are some very obvious violations of code and other statutes, that… → Read More

Hundreds pack house party mid-pandemic, but officers say there’s little they can do

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A spokesman with Metro Nashville Police says unless changes are made to the city’s pandemic plan, there’s very little officers can do to enforce mandates at a private residence. The party which caught the attention of Chad Boseman and his friend Andy, happened across the street from their house on Fern Ave. in East Nashville Saturday evening. “There was just tons of… → Read More

THP pays troopers more than $850,000 in overtime for June protests and $27,000 in travel expenses

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers accumulated $850,689 in overtime pay during Nashville's protests in June. THP officials say the number only relates to protests and working at the Capitol building, sometimes overnight. Another $27,936 was spent on travel expenses. → Read More

Officer in viral photo awarded commendation 'in recognition of outstanding service'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For showing tremendous empathy in the line of duty, officer Karen Hodge is being recognized by her peers. Hodge was awarded the citizen’s recognition certificate from the Criminal Warrants Division of Metro Nashville Police Department. Shortly after seeing the image of Hodge embracing a man moments after he confessed of being suicidal, Sgt. Keith McNamara began making… → Read More

Facing eviction and bills, Tennesseans suspect delays on the way for unemployment

One week from eviction and Cary Reynolds says this would never have happened if he was paid the unemployment benefits he’s owed. → Read More

Gig workers could see most dramatic loss in unemployment benefits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Gig workers face a loss of more than $2,000 a month when the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation money expires this weekend. Without the extra $600 a week, gig workers and all who apply have to rely on getting paid 40 percent of their documented income. In Tennessee that comes to a max of $275 a week but the gig workers, we talk to say they make at most $120/wk… → Read More

Tennesseans say federal unemployment boost too important not to extend

The extra $600 boost to unemployment payments will come to an end for most states by this weekend, but NewsChannel 5 talked to some who say the country can’t afford to let that happen. → Read More

In-home tutors in demand, as students prepare to learn from home

Parents of Metro Nashville students are hiring tutors ahead of the upcoming school year, with the intention of keeping students on track while parents are away. → Read More

Davidson Co. Sheriff says defunding police makes officers more efficient

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall is searching for common ground as he writes in-depth about what he believes it means to defund police. → Read More

VUMC doctor says mixed messages on masks from health care workers poses risk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As people continue to debate over masks, local doctors say some health care workers are spreading mixed messages that could put people at risk. They say those mixed messages are giving people the wrong idea that maybe they shouldn’t take coronavirus more seriously. Dr. David Aronoff of Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been an advocate for masks, long before they… → Read More