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A dialect gives off tons of connotations about class, race, education and region. Of course, those connotations are not always accurate. Credit: Ozan Alptekin via Flickr

Why Are ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ Classes A Thing?

July 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Nothing, unless you’ve been taught to associate Southern drawls with negative stereotypes. Nettie Kraft, a dialect coach on the TV show “Nashville,” teaches some actors how to master the regional twang and helps others shed it.

Hospital Corporation of America released new earning reports today, showing a rise in profits, probably due in part to the Affordable Health Care Act.  Credit:  NEC Corporation of America via Creative Commons

Nashville Hospital Companies See Higher Profits Under Affordable Care Act

July 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Today HCA released earning reports showing large profits, in part due to The Affordable Care Act.

A map of AT&T's GigaPower cities and prospective metro areas. Credit:

Why Google Fiber Fans Are Rejoicing Over AT&T’s High-Speed Internet Announcement

July 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Nashville is now one of five cities in the country that will carry GigaPower. The announcement comes months after Google Fiber started to eye the city. One community organizer says competition is the whole point of the Google Fiber buzz.

Ben Folds has been renting Studio A in recent years. Here, he rallies the crowd in support of preserving the historic studio, at a late June awareness event. Credit: Stephen Jerkins/WPLN

UPDATE: Studo A Buyer Puts It Right Back On The Market

July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Tenants of the building — including Studio A’s high profile renter, musician Ben Folds — were notified that they would receive new least terms soon.

Supporters of Amendment 1. (Credit: Facebook)

A Fierce Abortion Debate To Soon Play Out In Tennessee Media Campaigns

July 28, 2014 at 5:14 am

They’ve been holding their fire until after the August primary. Both sides will be canvassing, sending out mailers and launching advertisements. Overall, their campaigns have already raised nearly $1 million.

Ezell-Harding Christian School has a goal of boosting enrollment, and one of its recent marketing pieces takes jabs at Common Core. Credit: Ezell-Harding via Facebook

For A Nashville Private School, Recruiting Now Includes Bashing Common Core

July 28, 2014 at 5:13 am

As part of a new social media blitz, Ezell-Harding Christian School in Antioch has adopted the slogan “Uncommon to the Core,” a jab at Common Core Education Standards adopted in Tennessee’s public schools.

Shana Goodwin, a sales rep at Thistle Farms, had more than 22 years of sex trafficking and prostitution before coming to Magdalene and Thistle Farms. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

A Nashville Business Run By Former Prostitutes Celebrates $1M In Sales

July 28, 2014 at 4:45 am

In addition to facing the normal challenges of running a small business, Thistle Farms has an unlikely model for success: It hires women like Shana Goodwin, whose sex trafficking began when she was 12. Most of the employees have survived years of homelessness, addiction and abuse.

Tennessee Board Of Education Chief Announces Retirement

Tennessee Board Of Education Chief Announces Retirement

July 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

The executive director of Tennessee’s state Board of Education announced Friday he’ll retire at the end of the year after serving in that post under two governors and during a period of rapid reform.

Billy Ray Irick was convicted of murder in 1985. He's scheduled to be executed in October. (Credit: Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel)

Tennessee Ready To Use Lethal Injection Drugs For October Execution

July 25, 2014 at 4:45 am

A spokeswoman says the state is “confident we will have the necessary chemicals.” Meanwhile, advocacy groups are renewing criticism over death penalty methods after it reportedly took nearly two hours to execute a convicted murderer in Arizona.

Nine in 10 dental assistants have an associate's degree or less, according to the Brookings study. Credit: US Army Garrison Red Cloud - Casey via Flickr

For Workers Without Bachelor’s Degrees, Healthcare Is A Booming Field

July 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

According to a new study from the Brookings Institution, the number of pre-baccalaureate healthcare workers in Nashville has grown by 42 percent since 2000.

Watch: Charter School Founder Jeremy Kane Announces Mayoral Run

Watch: Charter School Founder Jeremy Kane Announces Mayoral Run

July 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

The former charter school CEO joins Metro councilwoman Megan Barry, attorney Charles Bone and former school board chairman David Fox, though others are also expected to enter the race for Nashville mayor.

The Kurdish region in northeast Iraq is drawing refugees from the northwest, where a militant group has conquered several cities. Credit: Winkpolve / Wikimedia Commons

Nashville’s Large Kurdish Community To Rally For Independence From Iraq

July 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

They hope one day for Kurdistan to include parts of all four countries where Kurds currently live. But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently urged them to remain part of Iraq.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is attempting to quell the lines at polling sites this year in light of what could be the state's longest ballot ever. Credit: Eliza Brown via Flickr

State Urges Early Voting to Combat Longest Ballot Ever

July 24, 2014 at 5:24 am

The state wants to quell the lines at polling sites this year in light of what could be the Tennessee’s longest ballot ever.

Gov. Bill Haslam and TennCare director Darin Gordon address reporters in 2013. Gordon has put most of the blame for delays in a new computer system on the contractor hired to build it. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Patients Sue TennCare For Giving Them The Runaround

July 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Infants waiting on vaccinations, pregnant women forgoing prenatal care and people with deadly infections refusing to go to the hospital — these are the kinds of anecdotes contained in a new lawsuit against Tennessee’s Medicaid program.

SBC president Ronnie Floyd held a press conference along with other Baptist leaders after touring government facilities along the border housing unaccompanied minors from Central America. Credit: ERLC via Facebook

Back From The Border, Southern Baptists Call For Compassion Toward Immigrants

July 23, 2014 at 10:38 am

Leaders of the largest protestant denomination in the U.S. are returning from the Texas border. They’re calling on evangelicals to have compassion for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding from Central America.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, left, made an appearance with Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander at an event last month. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Why Politicians Shy Away From The Phrase ‘I Endorse’

July 23, 2014 at 4:45 am

To voters, the semantics probably don’t make a difference. So why don’t politicians always just turn a perceived endorsement into an official one?

Steve Perry, who spoke in Nashville on Wednesday, often appears on cable television weighing in about public education issues.

Koch Brothers-Backed Forum Pushes Voucher Advocacy In Nashville

July 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

The out-of-state advocacy comes months after state lawmakers failed to pass a voucher bill.

Haslam speaks at a Rotary and Kiwanis Club luncheon in Springfield, Tennessee, where he addressed current issues. Credit: Leah Johnson/WPLN

Haslam Hasn’t Blocked Same-Sex National Guard Benefits, But Then Again, Nobody’s Applied

July 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Some states are attempting to block this Pentagon-issued directive by not processing applications. When asked, Governor Bill Haslam said he has yet to be faced with that decision.

The U.S. Army practices with the M-9 Beretta.  The Beretta M-9 9 mm pistol will continue to be produced in Maryland, until all the current orders for the U.S Armed Forces have been filled.  Credit: U.S Army

Italian Gun-Maker Moves All U.S. Production To Tennessee

July 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Earlier this year, Beretta announced plans to open a research and development facility and new production lines in Gallatin. Now, the Italian company says it will move the Maryland production lines “in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility.”

New York Times Explores Nashville Fashion In 12 South

New York Times Explores Nashville Fashion In 12 South

July 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

There’s new evidence that the New York Times still thinks Nashville is cool.