Joel Ebert, The Tennessean

Joel Ebert

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Recent articles by Joel:

Early divisions between chambers as lawmakers return to Nashville to tackle budget, wrap up session

The chambers appear headed for a collision course on everything from what types of bills to consider and the public’s access to lawmakers’ office building to the length of the session. → Read More

Gov. Lee pushed every Tennessee nursing home to conduct COVID-19 testing. Weeks later, only 29% have done so

Long-term care facilities account for nearly half of Tennessee's deaths from the virus, but a large majority have not tested all staff and residents. → Read More

ETSU poll finds Tennesseans split along party lines on absentee voting

Tennessee is one of a handful of states that requires voters under the age of 60 to provide an excuse for obtaining an absentee ballot. → Read More

Grand Divisions Episode 92: Lawmakers return and examining a congressman's stock trades

On this episode, you'll hear from Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, and Rep. Ron Gant, Rossville. In separate interviews, both lawmakers give a preview of the work the legislature will face in the days ahead. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee to lift capacity restrictions on restaurants, allow large attractions in most of Tennessee

The governor made the announcement Friday, with changes set for May 22. → Read More

State's tax revenue collections for April significantly down

The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday tax revenues in April totaled $1.2 billion, which is nearly $855 million less than what the state collected in April 2019. → Read More

Even before COVID-19 economic crisis, Tennessee's unemployment fund below recommended level

A U.S. Department of Labor reported in February that Tennessee's unemployment fund fell below the recommended amount to remain solvent. → Read More

Appellate court affirms abortions in Tennessee can continue during coronavirus pandemic

Abortions can continue despite an executive order limiting "non-emergency" procedures during the coronavirus pandemic, appellate court affirms. → Read More

Tennessee Pledge: Gov. Lee rolls out reopening guidelines for restaurants, retail stores

Lee announced the Tennessee Pledge, for businesses on Friday as part of the state's effort to reboot its economy during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Media groups sue campaign finance board over email vote, contend violation of open meetings law

The lawsuit stems from the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance’s decision to reduce previously issued fines. → Read More

Nashville police identify man shot, killed in early Saturday morning shooting in Buena Vista area

Isaac Davis, 48, was shot and killed after a gunman - possibly more than one - opened fire on his vehicle on the 1500 block of Delta Ave. around 1:25 a.m. → Read More

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee forms group to allocate federal coronavirus aid, promises transparency in process

Lee announced the creation of a 10-member group that will decide how to distribute $2.3 billion in federal aid in response to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee announces coronavirus testing expansion to any Tennessean, regardless of traditional symptoms

Gov. Bill Lee says any Tennessean will now be able to get a coronavirus test, regardless of symptoms. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee names Butch Eley as next finance commissioner

In a statement, Lee said the Department of Finance and Administration would play a key role in restarting the state's economy in the coming weeks. → Read More

Tennessee vs. Kentucky: When it comes to coronavirus, experts say comparisons irrelevant

Politicians in Tennessee and Kentucky have pointed to statistics to make the case that their state is tackling COVID-19 more effectively. → Read More

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee extends stay at home order through end of April

The governor's original order was set to expire Tuesday. → Read More

Rep. Joe Towns reaches campaign finance violation settlement after board takes votes by email

Registry of Election Finance voted 4 to 2 via email to approve the settlement with Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee orders Tennesseans to stay at home as state continues to fight spread of coronavirus

Gov. Bill Lee made the announcement Thursday. → Read More

See who's running for statewide, federal and legislative offices in Tennessee in 2020

The list includes only those who have turned in the required signatures. The deadline for candidates to withdraw is April 9, so the following list could change. → Read More

Gov. Bill Lee points to COVID-19 testing numbers in responding to Kentucky governor's call to avoid Tennessee

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear had asked Kentuckians to avoid traveling to Tennessee. → Read More