Election Day 2018: Nashville approves Community Oversight Board, other amendments

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Updated at 10:50 p.m.

Democratic candidate Bob Freeman won the seat for State House District 56, a district that includes Green Hills, Belle Meade, Oak Hill and parts of South Nashville.

Freeman defeated Republican nominee Brent Moody by securing 51 percent of the vote — a margin of just more than 1,000 votes. Freeman will succeed Speaker Beth Harwell, who represented the district for 30 years before a run for governor this year.

Updated at 9:55 p.m.

Here's what we know about the six amendments on the ballot in Davidson County:

Amendment 1 — a community oversight board — passed in Davidson County. 

The oversight board will have independent power to investigate misconduct allegations against Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officers.

As of 9:45 p.m., the amendment is favored by a margin of 58 to 42 percent, which is 128,307 over 91,166 votes.

Amendments 2, 3, 4 and 6 also appear to have passed. The only amendment to likely fail is Amendment 5, which would have extended the number of term limits council members are allowed to serve from the current two-term limit to three. The measure was also voted down in 2015.

The other amendments to pass include updating the Metro Charter to have gender-neutral pronouns, requiring the incoming mayor, vice mayor and members of Metro Council to take an oath to uphold the city's charter and more.

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Updated at 9 p.m.

Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn has secured victory over Phil Bredesen in the race for U.S. Senator.

Blackburn, currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is the first woman from Tennessee elected to the U.S. Senate.

According to reports from Bredesen's election party, the Democratic candidate conceded shortly after 9 p.m.

Here's what's happening at Blackburn and Bredesen's viewing parties:




Updated at 8 p.m.

According to The Associated Press, Bill Lee is the next governor of Tennessee.

As of 8 p.m., more than 500,000 votes have been counted across the state.  Results show the Franklin businessman at 67 percent, while Democratic candidate Karl Dean is at 32 percent.

Dean conceded around 8:45 p.m. See what people are saying about the race below, including photos and clips from Lee's victory speech and Dean's concession speech:



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With polling locations now closed in Tennessee, early voting totals are coming in across the state for U.S. Senate, House races, governor and more.

As of 7:30 p.m., only a few counties have reported early voting numbers. Early voting numbers have not been released for Davidson County.

More than 1.3 million Tennesseans, including 162,256 Davidson County residents, voted early for the Nov. 6 midterm election.

Learn more about each race below and check back during our live coverage to see the updated and final results.

Tennessee Senate Race — Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen

Tennessee's U.S. Senate race is between Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen. The race has gained national attention with both candidates vying to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

Governor Race — Karl Deal and Bill Lee

In the race for Tennessee’s governor, Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee are facing off to succeed Gov. Bill Haslam’s full eight years in office.

U.S. 5th Congressional District

Republican Jody M. Ball will challenge Democratic incumbent Jim Cooper to represent Tennessee's 5th Congressional District. Ball was up against Glen Dean on the primary ballot. The 5th Congressional District includes all of Davidson County and Dickson County, as well as part of Cheatham County.


In Davidson County, there are six amendments on the ballot this election. Nashville voters will make the final call on items like extending term-limits for council members (a measure that has been voted down before, most recently in 2015), updating the city’s charter to include gender-neutral references and more.

Metro Council voted to add five of the six amendments, while the Davidson County Election Commission included Amendment 1—a community oversight board—after the proposal received thousands of signatures. 




Need something to do at home? Check out more these upcoming virtual concerts by Nashville artists. (Courtesy Jake Matthews/Visit Music City)
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For residents in the Greater Nashville area looking for activities and things to do while practicing social distancing, here are a few ways to enjoy local entertainment with leaving the house.

On March 30, Metro Nashville opened two of three planned community assessment centers for COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
COVID-19 assessment centers open at Nissan Stadium, Meharry Medical College in Nashville

The third assessment center is scheduled to open on April 1.

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DATA: Case numbers, age groups and tests completed in Tennessee

Since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Williamson County on March 5, positive cases have continued to rise throughout Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Lee announced a safer-at-home order March 30. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Bill Lee issues statewide safer-at-home order for Tennesseans

The stay-at-home order is expected to last for at least 14 days.

Mayor John Cooper's 2020 State of Metro address is set for March 31. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
How to watch Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s 2020 State of Metro address on March 31

There are several ways Nashville residents can stream the annual event.

Mayor John Cooper will no longer release his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020-21 on March 31, according to city officials. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Metro Nashville officials push back administration’s budget proposal amid coronavirus outbreak

Mayor John Cooper will no longer release his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020-21 on March 31, according to city officials.

Director of Schools Adrienne Battle will host a town hall meeting on March 30. (Courtesy Metro Nashville Public Schools)
Metro Nashville Public Schools to host virtual town hall March 30

The district will answer questions about what the extended school closure means for classes, grades, tests, high school graduation and more

Business closures in Tennessee have led to tens of thousands of jobs lost. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Unemployment in Tennessee up 1,300%; state working to partner unemployed workers with new jobs

State officials are working to help those recently unemployed due to coronavirus.

Belmont University, Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University will not hold graduation ceremonies in May. (Courtesy Belmont University)
3 universities in Southwest Nashville cancel, postpone graduation ceremonies

Belmont University, Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University will not hold graduation ceremonies in May.

Metro Nashville officials will host a live Q&A session on the fiscal year 2020-21 budget March 26. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Metro Nashville council members to host virtual community budget meeting March 26

Metro Nashville officials will host a live Q&A session on the fiscal year 2020-21 budget March 26.

Medical Supply Donation
Nashville-based nonprofit donates supplies to Middle Tennessee hospitals

Healing Hands International is helping local hospitals with medical supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owner Sarah Scarborough opened Firepot Tea Bar in 2018. (Courtesy Firepot Tea Bar)
Firepot Tea Bar offers options for tea lovers, even at home

The 12 South location may be closed for now, but you can still make a relaxing drink at home.

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