ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee wants nice things, too

Tennessee Lookout (May 22, 2020) — Tennessee needs nice things, too Recently, I sat in on a virtual panel discussion hosted by ThinkTennessee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that conducts research on civic and economic opportunity. The topic? Voting by mail.  You’ve probably already heard discussion about voting by mail, as it’s become a hot item nationally and with good reason. Not only are we in a presidential election cycle, which typically drives voter turnout …

ThinkTN in the News: Every Tennessee voter should request an absentee ballot

The Tennessean (May 14, 2020) — Tennessee’s economy is slowly and gradually reopening, but the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us and still very infectious and deadly. Many businesses do not want to open their doors yet. Several employers are continuing to insist their employees work from home. Some people are concerned about going into crowded places, including grocery stores, where patrons vary widely in their social distancing and masking habits. Read the full story here.

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 …