First Woman Arrested Under Law Criminalizing Drug Use During Pregnancy

Earlier this year, Tennessee passed controversial legislation allowing the state to criminally charge mothers for using narcotics while pregnant, calling it "assault" against the fetus. This past week, a new mother became the first woman to be prosecuted under that law after her newborn tested positive for amphetamine. » 7/14/14 7:00pm 7/14/14 7:00pm

New Tenn. Bill Allows Drug-Addicted Pregnant Women to Be Prosecuted

A new bill just passed by Tennessee's state legislature would allow women to be charged with assault or homicide if they have a pregnancy complication after using illegal narcotics. Troublingly, the legislation's language is so broad that advocates fear it may be used to prosecute pregnant women for non-drug-related… » 4/10/14 7:00pm 4/10/14 7:00pm

Public Official Responds to Black Man's Complaint With Lynching Story

Algood, Tenn., resident Shun Mullins filed a complaint last summer about the mishandling of his mother Dorothy's death by the local fire department, and for reasons that are inexplicable to decent people, the state investigator, a 40-year veteran named William Sewell, saw fit to tell Mullins the tale of a gruesome,… » 2/19/14 6:30pm 2/19/14 6:30pm

Tennessee's 'Secret Rape' Law Is Just as Stupid as it Sounds

Police in Tennessee have proposed a law that could make all details of rape cases — even the fact that a rape was committed in the first place — secret until the trial of the accused. Great news for police stations who can avoid being egged in the face by critical press; bad news for women who, you know, might want to… » 2/17/14 3:15pm 2/17/14 3:15pm

Republican Tells Little Girl He'd Deport Her Dad, Crowd Cheers Wildly

What do you get when you take one well-known philandering Tea Partying Congressman who— let's face it — looks a lot like a penis, a little girl whose father is an undocumented immigrant who would get deported if aforementioned penis-pol had his way, and a room full of Tea Party voters? FUN TIMES galore! » 8/19/13 6:15pm 8/19/13 6:15pm

Another Vanderbilt Player Indicted for Alleged Role in Campus Rape

The news out of Nashville about the former Vanderbilt football players accused of raping an unconscious woman on campus keeps getting more horrible: a fifth player has been indicted for his role in the sexual assault. The silver lining in all of this? Vanderbilt seems to be taking this incident quite seriously. » 8/18/13 3:30pm 8/18/13 3:30pm

Four Former Vanderbilt Football Players Now Being Charged with Rape

The sexual assault investigation that led to the dismissal of four Vanderbilt football players has taken a decisive turn down the criminal justice thoroughfares with news Friday that the players have been officially charged with the rape of an unconscious Vanderbilt student in a dorm room. Metro police have thus far… » 8/11/13 12:30pm 8/11/13 12:30pm

GOP Appoints Woman to Be New Person to Say Dumb Crap About Women

If your roof is leaking, hiring an interior decorator to redo your living room won't keep your ceiling from eventually collapsing. Likewise, if you're a a political party struggling to preserve what's left of its rapidly-fraying relevance, appointing a different messenger won't change the fact that the message is… » 6/17/13 1:20pm 6/17/13 1:20pm

Humane Society Gets Crap Email From Dickhead Lawmaker

There have been some truly egregious political fuck-ups in the past, and while Tennessee Republican State Rep. Andy Holt’s email exchange with the Humane Society’s public policy coordinator in which he compares the Humane Society investigations to the human trafficking of 17-year-old women and makes use of the phrase… » 4/30/13 1:00pm 4/30/13 1:00pm

Conservatives Run Attack Ad Against Ashley Judd Even Though She Isn't…

Ashley Judd, staunch feminist and delightful human being, is still just barely "mulling" a 2014 senate run against Kentucky Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Cliff's Notes: It is currently February of 2013)—but that didn't stop conservative Super PAC American Crossroads from firing up a big dorky… » 2/07/13 9:30am 2/07/13 9:30am