ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee Voices, Episode 11

The Tennessean (April 8, 2020) — Tennessee’s March 3 presidential primary election preceded the state’s first confirmed COVID-19 case by just a couple of days. So, the Volunteer State avoided the controversy that faced Wisconsin on Tuesday when a legal battle ensued to try unsuccessfully to postpone the Badger State’s presidential primary election and extend the deadline for absentee ballots because of public health concerns. Yet, there are two more statewide elections in Tennessee this year: the Aug. 6 federal and …

ThinkTN in the News: How public television can help salvage Tennessee children’s school year amid coronavirus

The Tennessean (April 2, 2020) — “Sesame Street,” “Mister Rogers” and “The Electric Company” taught me to be a better speller, learn new ideas and see faces of different races I was having too much fun with the Cookie Monster, Officer Clemmons and Letterman, that I did not realize I was receiving social and emotional learning lessons on my television. Public television has been a fundamental part of the childhoods of so many Americans for …

Tennessee Mayors Featured at National League of Cities Conference in Washington, D.C.

NASHVILLE (March 6, 2020) – ThinkTennessee, Athens City Manager C. Seth Sumner and Mayors Ken Moore (Franklin) and Chaz Molder (Columbia) will share their efforts to grow local civic engagement Monday, March 9 as part of the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual conference provides local officials from across the country the opportunity to engage with peers and thought leaders and learn emerging practices to strengthen their communities. Modeled …

ThinkTN in the News: If Tennessee wants to lead, it must invest in working families and civic engagement

The Tennessean (Feb. 13, 2020) — One hundred years ago, Tennessee cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women across the country access to the ballot box for the first time. The move reflected our state’s commitment to civic engagement and put us on the right side of history, but it was not without risk. Many Southern states, and even a significant portion of Tennessee’s own population, opposed the idea of women …

ThinkTN in the News: Flashing Dashboard Lights

Compass (Feb. 13, 2020) — Civic organizations and governments across Tennessee are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state’s deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. But a compilation of measures in a variety of areas shows the state has little to celebrate when it comes to civic engagement in 2020. ThinkTennessee, a nonpartisan think tank, is publishing its fourth annual State of Our State online dashboard today. …