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No. 555: Reaching the finish line
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No. 555: Reaching the finish line

📅 Today, Davis crosses the finish line, Jerod reviews Quentin Tarantino's new book, and Megan reviews the latest regarding the special session.

Good afternoon, everyone.

With the special session over as of press time, we'll be waiting with bated breath to see who media outlets choose to flog over the next week. Until they arrive at an adequate scapegoat, we'll shift our focus back to the Nashville mayor's race.

To that end, tomorrow, I will be talking with Alice Rolli on my weekly Office Hours livestream. Be sure to tune in tomorrow night at 7 p.m. or catch the recording afterward.



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A Review of Quentin Tarantino’s 'Cinema Speculation'

From Jerod Hollyfield

For a filmmaker who hasn’t released a movie in four years, Quentin Tarantino remains a perennial media fixture. His novel adaptation of Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood became a bestseller in 2021. Each episode of The Video Archives Podcast, which Tarantino began hosting last year with his Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary, has spawned a barrage of news stories while spearheading America’s current VHS revival. Even his trip to the movies for a Barbie/Oppenheimer double feature with Avary led to prominent coverage in the Hollywood trades.

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In unsurprising news, Justin Jones (D-Nashville) was silenced by Speaker Sexton during yesterday’s House Floor Session. After quite a few generous warnings, Jones was ultimately cut off for his inability to stay on the topic of the bills being discussed. At the beginning of the week, the House passed a set of rules in an attempt to rein in political grandstanding from the floor and disruptions from the gallery— which have proven futile. 

Though Jones was prevented from speaking for the rest of the day, he wasn’t prevented from voting. In spite of this, he left the floor in protest, and the House Democratic caucus followed him out in a show of solidarity. While the House seems to be a playground for performative politics, the Senate has been decisive and deliberate. In fact, just moments ago, the Senate wrapped up the special session. Let’s take a look at what bills made it through.

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Yesterday the Senate decided to take recess before reconvening at 10 a.m. this morning, when they gathered to review amendments the House added to the companion bills of SB7085 and SB7089. Though nine House bills were also re-introduced during yesterday’s floor session, the Senate only addressed adjustments made to the four bills they’ve already passed:

  • HB7012/SB7085 would provide free firearm locks to Tennessee residents, require handgun safety courses to touch on storing firearms safely and create a tax break on firearm safes and safety devices.
  • HB70/SB7086 would codify the governor’s Executive Order 100. This EO was established to streamline the Tennessee Instant Check System, ensuring up-to-date information for firearm background checks. This bill would require recent court rulings, arrests, and hospital discharges to be put into the system within 72 hours, making the information available to the TBI.
  • HB7041/SB7088 would require the TBI to issue an annual report on human trafficking crimes and trends in the state, the first to be submitted by December.
  • HB7070/SB7089 would approve the appropriations to cover the cost of special session along with $1.1 million for a firearms safety campaign, $10 million in school safety grants for K-12 schools, $30 million in public safety grants for post-secondary schools, and $50 million for Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to go toward a variety of initiatives, among other allocations.

The body’s only hang-up had to do with some language in the rewriting of B7013/SB7086, concerning the window of time to update the Tennessee Instant Check System. In the end, they adopted the House’s version, which keeps it at 72 hours. We’re sure to see this discussion again during next year’s General Assembly. There were no reports from committees, and Senator Johnson filed a sine die motion to end the special session.


Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge Becomes Reality (Nature) Earlier this summer, The Nature Conservancy acquired 87 acres of land from the Niedergeses family located in Franklin County, Tennessee, adjoining the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s (TWRA) Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Local Police Silent After FBI Kills Tennessee Man in His Home (Star) The Henderson Police Department (HPD) provided no update when asked Monday by The Tennessee Star about the August 16 killing of a local man at the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Four-day special session to cost nearly $300K (Center Square) Tennessee’s special session on public safety is closing in on costing at least $300,000 in stipends in mileage for lawmakers as it reaches its fifth day on Monday. For each day, those costs increase by $58,576, according to numbers provided by Office of Legislative Administration Director Connie Ridley.


  • Two First-To-Nashville Restaurant Concepts Headed To The Nations (Now Next)
  • Morgan Wallen plans downtown bar with TC Restaurant Group (NBJ)
  • Image released for 12South retail building (Post)
  • O'Charley's closes multiple restaurants (Post)
  • Charlotte Park set for café (Post)


View our calendar for the week here and our weekly film rundown here.

📅 Visit our On The Radar list to find upcoming events around Nashville.

🎧 On Spotify: Pamphleteer's Picks, a playlist of our favorite bands in town this week.

👨🏻‍🌾 Check out our Nashville farmer's market guide and our 2023 southern festival guide and 🎥 2023 movie guide.


🎸 Darlingside @ The Basement East @ 8p, $20, Info
+ baroque folk-pop

🪕 The French Family Band @ Station Inn, 8p, $20, Info

🎸 Honky Tonk Tuesday @ American Legion Post 82, 5p, Free, Info‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌
+ two-step lessons @ 7p, The Cowpokes @ 8p

🎺 Todd Day Wait @ The Underdog, 11:30p, Free, Info‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌
+ Honky Tonk Tuesday afterparty, down the street

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📰 Check out the full newsletter archive here.

No. 554: Where does child end and adult begin?
📅 Today, Davis debunks a common talking point, Megan reviews what happened during special session at the end of last week, and Miles talks Tennessee college football.
No. 553: For whom the mayor speaks
📅 Today, Davis talks about how boring Freddie O’Connell is, Valerie seeks out the best rum cocktails, Megan drills into some exchanges from last night’s mayoral debate, and Jerod furnishes his weekly film rundown.
No. 552: The show must go on
📅 Today, Davis does some housekeeping and Megan wraps up the latest news regarding the “public safety” special session.
No. 551: This is what fascism looks like
📅 Today, Davis speaks on fascism, Megan looks at a bill aimed at eradicating human trafficking in the state, and Jerod reviews Oppenheimer.
No. 550: Crime is a choice
📅 Today, Davis talks about his experience in El Salvador and Megan reviews the first day of the special session.


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  • ⛳️ The vagueness of red flag laws brings up several red flags of its own (Read)
  • 🪧 What the new Transformers movie can tell us about the Hollywood strikes (Read)
  • 🧠 The rise of mental illness as a trendy identity marker in America's social media era (Read)
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