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Before the Civil War, Before the Civil War, Generals John Schofield (left) and John Hood (right) were West Point classmates and friends. Images via Library of Congress

150 Years Ago: Key Civil War Battles Began With A Race Through Middle Tennessee

November 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Atlanta had fallen, Sherman was marching a path of destruction to the sea and Robert E. Lee was trapped in months-long siege that would last until nearly the end of the war. But Confederate General John Hood thought he saw one last chance to turn things around for the South.

Davidson County Chancery Court awaits the arrival of Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman, who rejected the state's motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the electric chair. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee’s Use Of The Electric Chair

November 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

In August, attorneys representing ten death row inmates sued the state alleging the electric chair is “cruel and unusual punishment.”

TV networks opted not to air President Obama's speech, so immigrants gathered to watch the announcement together. Credit: David Wright Smith

Nashville Immigrants Cheer Executive Action, Legislators Prep Legal Action

November 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

While they hoped for more, Nashville immigrants cheered President Obama’s announcement to focus deportation efforts on criminals. Legislators want Governor Bill Haslam to file suit.

Aspire is a charter school in Memphis that is part of the Achievement School District. The ASD has 23 schools for the 2014-15 school year. Five are directly run by the district. The rest are run by charter organizations. Brick Church College Prep is the only ASD school in Nashville. The rest are in Memphis. Credit: TN Photo Services

Two Nashville Schools Must Show Why They Shouldn’t Be Taken Over By The State

November 21, 2014 at 12:01 am

Two Nashville middle schools have one last chance to save themselves from state takeover.

Gov. Bill Haslam was elected to lead the Republican Governors Association in Boca Raton, Fla. on Thursday. Credit: RGA

Gov. Haslam Will Lead Republican Governors Association, Replacing Chris Christie

November 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

The RGA’s role is to try to forge consensus among the state’s top Republicans and also to raise money for the party.

Soldiers from the 159th CAB, 101st Airborne Division conduct joint Medevac training. Credit: John Giaquinto via DVIDS

Fort Campbell Losing Another 2,400 Soldiers In Army Downsizing

November 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade based at Fort Campbell has likely flown its final mission. The Pentagon has reportedly chosen to phase out the unit as part of a larger Army restructuring related to sequestration.

Diane Ravitch, who writes a popular education blog and teaches at New York University, met with fans following an event at Vanderbilt University Wednesday night. In attendance were teachers union officials and some Metro school board members. Credit: David Wright Smith

Diane Ravitch Cheered By Anti Education Reform Crowd In Nashville

November 20, 2014 at 5:50 am

A Nashville crowd of 400 was enthralled with education reform naysayer Diane Ravitch from the moment she was introduced by Metro school board member Amy Frogge to when she left the stage.

Composer Stephen Paulus, center (in the brown shirt) was present when the NSO recorded his Concerto for String Quartet in 2012. He suffered a stroke before the recording in 2013 of his Organ Concerto. Both recordings are included on the album released last month. Credit: Brian D. Siewer

Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer

November 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

The Nashville Symphony’s concerts this weekend will take on an unusual layer of poignancy. They’re dedicated to composer Stephen Paulus, who died last month just days after the orchestra released an album of his music.

Metro's Industrial Development Board asked Bridgestone representatives about its planned 30-story tower on Wednesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Could The Bridgestone Tower’s Tax Break Make The Playing Field Uneven In Office Rental Market?

November 20, 2014 at 5:37 am

One member of a city real estate board that reviews incentive deals is worried that if Bridgestone subleases part of its space, it would create an unfair market advantage.

About 100 attended the Nashville town hall meeting at the Veterans Affairs hospital there. Many shared their personal experiences. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

In Six Months, Slow Progress For Tennessee Veterans Waiting To See Doctors

November 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

The VA and the regional healthcare system has spent more than $17 million since May to send patients to private care, but the number of appointments with wait times of 30 days or longer still hasn’t decreased. In fact, it’s gone up a little.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez (right) toured LetterLogic, a Nashville invoice processor, which pays employees a starting wage of $12 an hour. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Labor Secretary Beats The Drum On Minimum Wage In Nashville

November 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Governor Bill Haslam said this week that raising Tennessee’s minimum wage would be a non-starter in the legislature. But the U.S. Secretary of Labor believes a majority of Tennesseans would welcome such a pay hike.

Payday lenders like this one on 8th Avenue will face new zoning restrictions.  Credit WPLN / Bobby Allyn

Nashville Payday Lenders and Pawnshops Now Have New Restrictions

November 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell of Antioch sponsored the bill. It prevents payday lenders from setting up shop a quarter mile from each other.

Rep. John Duncan says he's willing to accept a government shutdown to block President Obama's immigration action. Credit: Rep. John Duncan's Office

Tennessee Congressman Considers Shutdown To Stop Obama’s ‘Amnesty’

November 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Obama’s executive action would allow up to five million undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. without the fear of deportation.

Industrial hemp can look so much like marijuana, even experts say it can be difficult to tell apart. Credit: Arcatan via Flickr

Tennessee Farmers Are Stoked About Planting Hemp, But Not About Following The Rules

November 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Some farmers are chafing at Tennessee’s tight regulation of hemp, sounding off at a hearing on the rules held by the Agriculture Department Tuesday.

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia toured the Nashville's Shwab Elementary School on Monday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

President Of Country’s Largest Teachers’ Union Fears A Change In Public Education Funding

November 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

Amid meets-and-greets with educators at the city’s Shwab Elementary School, Lily Eskelsen Garcia said Senator Lamar Alexander is “enamored” with the idea of privatizing public education.

The Williamson County school board has been meeting in recent weeks to discuss Common Core and whether to pass a resolution in opposition. Credit: David Wright Smith

Tennessee School Boards Want Input On Picking Education Commissioner

November 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Tennessee’s school board members are hoping for a new education commissioner who might be more receptive to their views. Kevin Huffman, who announced late last week he’s stepping down, was seen – at times – as dismissive of local districts.

Governor Bill Haslam launched a review of Common Core earlier this month, and he says he really does plan to pay attention to the comments. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee’s Common Core Review Yields 15,000 Comments And Counting

November 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

In a process that began just 10 days ago, more than 15,000 comments have been submitted as part of a review of Common Core State Standards. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he really does intend to listen.

The TVA says it plans to complete the Watts Bar nuclear plant by the end of 2015, coming after decades of delays. Credit: TVA

More Nuclear Plants To Come? TVA Chief Says Maybe

November 17, 2014 at 7:09 am

This follows the completion of the Watts Bar nuclear reactor, which is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.

Vanderbilt professor and software developer Jules White holds up the Music City Center app he created as part of the mayor's office initiative to bring city information to the public. Credit: Nashville Mayor's Office

Nashville Mayor’s Office Ponders What (Data) People Really Want To Know About Their City

November 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

Six months ago, the Nashville mayor’s office launched a project to get more government data online — things like public wi-fi locations or where the city fire stations are. But it’s still figuring out how to scale up that initiative.

Nashville’s Public Schools May Have A New Expectation Of Teachers: Door-To-Door Recruiting

Nashville’s Public Schools May Have A New Expectation Of Teachers: Door-To-Door Recruiting

November 17, 2014 at 3:59 am

Taking a cue from charter schools, some of Nashville’s undercapacity traditional schools have started canvassing for students. Some teachers are embracing the marketing role, even while acknowledging its just one more unpaid duty for educators.