Popular Tennessean columnist Gail Kerr dies at 52

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gail Kerr, an outspoken columnist for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, has died. She was 52.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1pxqqDd ) reports that her husband, Les Kerr, said the cause of her death Tuesday appeared to be a blood clot. Gail Kerr, who twice beat cancer, had been scheduled to receive a blood transfusion on Tuesday.

Kerr started working at The Tennessean as a copy girl in 1978 while she was still in high school. After graduating from what is now Rhodes College in Memphis, she returned to the paper in 1983 as a beat reporter. She later served as city editor before becoming a columnist in 2000.

Her final column, which appeared last week, called members of the state House “boneheaded” for voting to delay implementation of Common Core education standards.