The Nashville Voter
 Volume 75, No 10-- October 2022
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October 19th at 1:00pm. League of Women Voters of Williamson County will talk about Vote411 from the national, state, and county level. Attendees will be invited to ask questions and learn how to find reliable information for the general election. Register at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library calendar page.
October 25 at 5:00pm. Everyday Heroes: An Evening with Dr. Keisha Blain And The Women of Nashville. Event will be held in the auditorium at the Nashville Public Library. Come celebrate women of Nashville and their voices! Dr. Keisha Blain will discuss her latest novel, “Until I Am Free.” The book shares Fannie Lou Hamer’s message to America related to social issues including voter suppression, police violence, and economic inequality.
November 4 at 12:00pm. Hot Topic: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - What's Next? Plan to join the League at noon on November 4 to learn more about the USCIS Immigration program that impacts nearly 8000 Tennesseans. Jazmin Ramirez, she/her/ella LatinX Coordinator for the Tennessee Immigrant and refugee Rights Coalition, will share information on the back and forth history of DACA and it's impact on Tennessee immigrants, as well as the national political landscape influencing US immigration policy. Registration Link Coming Soon.

November 16 at 1:00pm. League of Women Voters Williamson County Meeting: Media Literacy. The demise of local daily newspapers and network television, as well as the expansion of talk radio and social media have given rise to staggering quantities of confounding Internet information and disinformation.

Metro Nashville Council Meetings:
President's Message
The leaves are turning colors and the air is crisp. That can only mean one thing—Election Day is right around the corner! The State and Federal General Election is Tuesday, November 8. I hope you have a voting plan! Are you voting early? Here is the schedule
Sometimes, there is confusion about early voting and voting on Election Day. For early voting, people can go to any of the early voting polling locations to vote. On Election Day, people must go to their assigned precinct. As you are talking with voters and encouraging friends to vote, I hope you will make sure they understand this important distinction.
One of the best ways to get people to the polls is positive peer pressure. Talk to friends and acquaintances about voting. Make sure they know where to go and what to do. Encourage them to visit to learn who is on the ballot and where their precinct is.
Lara Webb Get The Word Out!
By Susan Mattson
VOTE411 – the League of Women Voters on-line voters’ guide – is available for the November 4, 2022 election!  

First, go to and enter your address for your guide to your candidates. If any of your candidates have not responded, contact them and ask them to please participate.  They can contact Susan Mattson, LWVN Vote411 Coordinator at for detailed information if needed.  Next, spread the word about You could share LWVN social media posts, let family, friends and colleagues know, hand out cards with information.  (Contact Susan to get cards sent to you.) VOTE411 has a wealth of information about voting in Tennessee as well as information provided by candidates on their views and priorities.

Please help us spread the word about this League of Women Voters useful resource.
Hot Topics
By Karen Wieckert and Melissa Hanson
Over 53 participants gathered on Zoom for the October 7 Hot Topic discussion, Reproductive Justice Post Dobbs v. Jackson: How Women and Their Healthcare are Impacted in Tennessee. Dr. Ellen Clayton and Dr. Nancy Lipsitz shared background on the SCOTUS ruling as well as the triggering of the Tennessee Human Life Protection Act and discussed the legal barriers placed on health professionals providing life-saving, comprehensive and confidential care.  Our speakers were also able to address the public confusion around what types of contraception are acceptable and which aren't in states where laws ban all abortions after conception and the legal and legislative strategies that could be employed to reverse the criminalization of medical procedures. 
If you missed the Hot Topic, click here to watch the recording or go to our LWVNashville YouTube Channel.

Members are reminded to read the Nashville League's "Position on Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Services" linked on the Home page at
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - What's Next? 
On Oct. 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision on the 2012 Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) policy. The court partially affirmed the district court’s July 2021 decision declaring the 2012 DACA policy unlawful. However, the court of appeals preserved the partial stay issued by the district court in July 2021 and remanded the case back to the district court for  further proceedings regarding the new DHS DACA regulation published on Aug. 30, 2022 and scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 31, 2022.
If this sounds confusing, it is.
Plan to join the League at noon on November 4 to learn more about the USCIS Immigration program that impacts nearly 8000 Tennesseans. Jazmin Ramirez, she/her/ella LatinX Coordinator for the Tennessee Immigrant and refugee Rights Coalition, will share information on the back and forth history of DACA and it's impact on Tennessee immigrants, as well as the national political landscape influencing US immigration policy.

Environment Committee
By Russanne Buchi-Fotre and Kalen Russell
The Wild Ones Middle Tennessee Chapter promotes the use of native plants in the landscape and the use of sustainable landscaping practices.

Come attend their Native Plant Sale on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. @ Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary (545 Beech Creek Rd. S. Brentwood, TN) Native plants help sustain local ecosystems as well as offering low cost, and low maintenance! It’s a WIN WIN WIN!

Metro Council Meeting
By Pat McCauley and Jack McFadden
A resolution passed appropriating $500,000 funding a grant to Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi to be used for education and supplies.  Title 10 federal funding does not allow funds to be used for abortion services.  Navigation could be considered abortion services. It passed with a vote of 19 yes, 13 no, and 3 abstained. A resolution passed approving a grant of $2.5 million to the Mental Health Cooperative to provide funds to operate a 24/7 Mental Health Coop Treatment Center to provide urgent mental health care alternatives to the emergency room or jail. 

A resolution approving an amendment to a grant to increase by $222,000.00 from $48,000.00 to $270,000.00 to the Metropolitan Board of Health, to provide reimbursement for certain costs associated with providing long-acting reversible contraception.

An Ordinance to prohibit smoking and the use of vapor products in certain age-restricted venues passed on second reading.  Exceptions were made for cigar bars and hookah bars and hemp derived cannabinoid vape products that are sold on site. The purpose is to protect health of musicians and employees.  After 3rd reading, plan will go into effect on March 1, 2023.

An ordinance to provide free family planning services to all residents of Nashville by the Department of Health was deferred indefinitely.  Currently, the Metropolitan Department of Health provides these services and charges a fee based on the family income of the patient. Currently, patients with family income at or below 100% of the federal poverty level are not charged. 

A resolution passed appropriating $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to increase Metro’s existing public emergency response reserve for vaccination and assessment centers, homeless emergency shelters, personal protective equipment, sanitization, signage, telework, and information technology. 

A resolution passed accepting a grant of $1.6 million from the state to the Metropolitan Board of Health, to implement and coordinate activities and services related to HIV/STI prevention, testing, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance. 

Housing/ Unhoused/Affordable
An ordinance was passed on second reading with controversy to amend zoning from AR2a (agricultural requiring 2 acres for a house) to SP for property located at 14656 Old Hickory Boulevard, at the southern terminus of Harris Hills Lane (81.38 acres), to permit 291 single family residential units. Property has hills, a stream, and a small wetland.  Many residents spoke negatively about the planned development at the public hearing.  They expressed concerns about the increased traffic, water runoff, destruction of hilltops, drainage of fertilizer into Percy Priest Lake, etc.  This is in southeast Davidson County in a part of town called Cane Ridge.

Riverchase had a 2 meeting deferral of its zoning.  This is a confusing multi use project near downtown with 1000+ living units that has been deferred many times since February.  Was supposed to include 225 affordable units for legacy residents to return to after construction.  This is being questioned now.  Riverchase was an apartment complex that accepted Section 8 vouchers. Tenets have all moved out and buildings destroyed.  Some are now homeless.  Some need larger units than 2 or 3 bedrooms. Many children missed school due to lack of lease to prove address. Because of the zoning deferrals, construction has not started.  Many people spoke at public hearing on 10/4, for and against.

A resolution approving a contract for services was adopted. Metro will pay $355,200 to Neighborhood Health, Inc., to provide homeless individuals with medical and dental services at two or more clinics in or near downtown Nashville.  

Mayor asked the council to approve use of $50 million in ARPA funds, which they did. $25 million is to provide low-cost loans to developers for the addition of deeply affordable housing units, with loan proceeds to be used to address affordable housing and homeless services.  $25 million was approved to go to the Metro Homeless Impact Division of Metro Social Services. The breakdown is $9 million to build capacity in Housing First case management services.  $9 million for temporary interim gap housing. $7 million to establish a low barrier housing collective and to fund competitive grants for support services. An amendment was added to have metro council approve the grants.

A resolution passed approving a grant from the state of $369,000 to provide housing stability services to eligible households under the THDA’s Rent Relief Program

A resolution passed approving a grant of $4.5 million for a contract between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and Community Care Fellowship, to operate an expanded Mobile Housing Navigation Center program

Safety/ Transportation/ Traffic/Police
A resolution passed approving a grant of $1.4 million to Mental Health Cooperative to provide expertise and staff in emergency behavioral health care to support the launch and pilot year of the MNPD’s co-response model, Nashville Partners in Care.

An ordinance passed on 2nd reading to codify traffic calming projects and allow for private funding. There was discussion about equal vs. equity as bill mandated there be projects in every district. On 3rd reading, “rescinded our actions and send back to 2nd reading at next meeting.”  Bill is being rewritten.

Two resolutions passed accepting a Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) grant from the state to Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  $40,000 to reduce gun violence in Nashville. $214,000 to create and foster safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime.  

A resolution passed affirming the intent of the Metropolitan Government to explore a commercial property assessed clean energy and resiliency (C-PACER) program within Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. Unlike commercial loans, C-PACER financing is secured by a local government lien and it has a long-term, fixed-rate that makes annual payments more affordable. Purpose is to finance clean energy and clean water improvements for commercial and industrial Projects. Memphis passed a C-PACER project on 9/21. Public hearing held on 10/4. 2 people spoke from companies eager to loan money.

Metro Council Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public. Here’s where you can watch Metro Council Meetings:
  • Comcast Channel 3
  • AT&T Uverse Channel 99
  • Metro Nashville Network Roku Channel
Williamson County Update
By Bette Holmes and Linda Sherman
The demise of local daily newspapers and network television, as well as the expansion of talk radio and social media have given rise to staggering quantities of confounding Internet information and disinformation. On November 16, LWVWC’s guest, Sue Johnson, will guide us in greater understanding of Media Literacy.

A resident of Nashville for 22 years, Sue’s career with MNPS includes teaching high school English, working as a literacy coach, and designing curriculum. Prior to this, Sue taught English in Texas.

We invite you to attend. Please register with The John P. Holt Library at for the 1 p.m. in-person meeting at the Library. For the first time, a simultaneous (hybrid) Zoom meeting will be attempted with the link emailed in November. A recording of the meeting will be available on Facebook @LWVWilliamsonTN.

Membership Committee
By Reba Holmes
Annual Membership Drive - Ending Soon
Not sure if you have renewed your membership? We are happy to verify your status. Send an email to 
Comments from members regarding the League
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2022-2023 LWVN Board of Directors
Co-Presidents: Lara Webb
Immediate Past President: Madeline Garr
1st Vice Presidents: Melissa Hanson and Karen Weickert
Secretary: Elise Lamar
Treasurer Susan Mattson

Portfolio Chairs
Communications: Ophelia Doe
Community Connections: Sabina Mohyuddin and Katelyn Benhoff
Education: La'Kisha Harris and Harper-Grace Niedermeyer
Environment: Russanne Buchi-Fotre and Kalen Russell
Health Care/Public Health:  Constance Caldwell and Clare Sullivan 
Membership: Reba Holmes 
Metro Government:  Pat McCauley and Jack McFadden
Voter Services: Beth Gordon and Emily Grohs
Williamson County Representative:  June Bond
Nominating Committee Chair: Senator Brenda Gilmore

Nominating Committee Members: Betsy Walkup, Constance Caldwell, Hasina Mohyuddin, June Bond, and Brenda Wynn

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