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Rev. Bill Barnes

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Despite Nashville's budget shortfall, Mayor David Briley is now promising to preserve the city's only dedicated fund for affordable housing.

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The Rev. Bill Barnes spent his life advocating for Nashville's poor and their access to affordable housing. The civil rights activist who Mayor Barry called "the conscience of our city" died Monday. He was 86.