Perfect Pussy Tour Diary, Part 2: Turbans, Sparklers, and Deerhoof (!)

So far, our (hungover, sleep deprived) heroes are, in relative terms, coasting: none of the usual van trouble, broken cell phones, or robberies of tours past. This is not to say that all is right with the stars. Let’s watch as they cross an invisible border to a magical land where people still smoke cigarettes… » 4/24/15 3:10pm Yesterday 3:10pm

Is Paula Deen Trying To Take Over Dolly's Turf With New Restaurant?

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is usually a quiet and peaceful place, the humdrum of everyday life only interrupted by the delighted screams of the fun-seekers at the town’s beloved main attraction: Dollywood. But now another southern beauty is moving into Pigeon Forge, and she’s about to cover everything in boo-ter.
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When You Love-Hate the Place You’re From

Sure, every place is fucked up in some regard. Every place has a story of awfulness in its past or present. But some places are notoriously backwards, and if you’re from one of them, you might carry the irreconcilable tension of loving and loathing it for life. Even when you move away. Especially when you move away. » 4/05/15 12:45pm 4/05/15 12:45pm

Two More Women Say Prison Made Them 'Prove' They Were Menstruating 

In late January, a federal lawsuit against the Corrections Corporation of America, the mammoth private prison company, alleged that a prison visitor was forced to disrobe and "prove" she was menstruating by letting a female guard look at her genitals. Two more women have now joined the suit, saying they too were… » 2/04/15 5:10pm 2/04/15 5:10pm

University of Tennessee Drops 'Lady' from Women's Sports Teams

For decades, the women's sports teams at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville have been known as the Lady Volunteers, or the "Lady Vols." That is, until now: the university announced last week that they'd phase out the "Lady Vols" name and refer to both men's and women's teams as just "Vols." But many Tennessee… » 11/17/14 2:20pm 11/17/14 2:20pm

North Dakota & Colorado Protect Abortion Access, Tennessee Trashes It

In the midst of Tuesday night's many and layered disappointments, at least we have this: both North Dakota and Colorado voters decided overwhelmingly to reject "personhood" measures, nakedly obvious attempts to outlaw abortion by conferring new rights on fetuses. But at the same time, because nothing good came out of… » 11/05/14 9:30am 11/05/14 9:30am

​Ballot Measures in These Three States Aim To Criminalize Abortion

Another election, another attempt to strip women of their autonomy over their own body in favor of an unborn fetus that may have been conceived through rape or incest and may actually be harmful to the woman's health. Every election, anti-abortion restrictions find their way onto the ballot in some state—this year,… » 10/05/14 1:25pm 10/05/14 1:25pm

Tennessee Is the Next Major Abortion Battleground

Because it's a typical day in America, awful anti-abortion legislation has sprouted up to menace women's health and safety. This time, the anti-choice lunacy takes place in Tennessee — where proposed legislation could amend the state constitution in order to give anti-abortion zealots free reign to pass draconian… » 9/12/14 3:20pm 9/12/14 3:20pm

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