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Voters line up at the Green Hills library on Thursday to vast ballots early for the August primary. (Credit: Bobby Allyn)

Time Ticking Down To Vote Early In Tennessee’s August Primary

August 1, 2014 at 5:00 am

Voters have today and Saturday to vote in the August 7 primary, and election officials have been urging voters to turn out early to avoid what could be long primary-day lines. Walking out of the Green Hills library on Thursday after he voted, Tom DiNella said the school board race brought him out. There are four school board seats up for grabs. Those, combined with U.S. Senate and state legislative contestsRead More

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) is running for a third term, pictured here at a recent announcement regarding expansion of Volkswagen's Tennessee plant. While he has campaigned in the state, he's almost entirely ignored his competition. Credit: TN Photo Services

After Months Of Avoidance, Lamar Alexander Acknowledges Challenger Joe Carr By Name

July 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has gone out of his way to avoid saying the name of his most viable opponent in the Republican Primary, until now.

Emergency officials deliver cases of bottled water to Hillsboro High School after a pipe failure left over 15,000 Davidson County Residents without water.

Nashville Officials Say: Be Nice to Your Neighbors, Stop Watering Your Grass

July 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Metro officials have implemented a strict “no-irrigation” policy in neighborhoods affected by a water main break.

Poison frontman and reality show star Bret Michaels is now Nissan's pitchman for a relatively new line of commercial vans. Credit: Nissan USA

Nissan Turns To 80s Glam Metal Frontman To Sell Commercial Vans

July 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Ford Trucks has Toby Keith. Chevy has Tim Allen. And for its tough-guy spokesman, Franklin-based Nissan North America has hired Bret Michaels – front-man for the metal band Poison.

Test Results Show Turnaround Goal For Tennessee’s Lowest-Performing Schools Wasn’t Totally Crazy

Test Results Show Turnaround Goal For Tennessee’s Lowest-Performing Schools Wasn’t Totally Crazy

July 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Standardized test results for each Tennessee district are being released Wednesday, and education officials are trying to highlight the good and explain the bad. Some of the most closely watched schools in the state are part of the Achievement School District.

On Wednesday, MNPS superintendent Jesse Register went over district-wide TCAP results while also calling to move on from the outdated test. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville Schools Report Modest Test Gains, Make Pitch To ‘Abandon’ TCAP

July 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Poor and minority students are improving faster in Nashville than they are statewide. Also, standardized test results released Wednesday show improvement in most subjects. The two problem spots are in Algebra I and English III, though district leaders say that’s partially explained by an increase in students opting for advanced courses.

Richard Fulton at an Amp advisory meeting on Tuesday.

Amp Critics Continue to Attack Center Lanes, Despite Compromise

July 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Amp critics, most notably real estate manager Richard Fulton, used Wednesday’s meeting as an opportunity to take shots at the planned 7-mile bus rapid transit line.

A map of affected areas. Click to enlarge. Credit: Nashville Mayor's Office

Broken Water Pipe Leaves Thousands In Davidson County With Little Or No Water

July 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

A water pipe failure that the city is calling “catastrophic” is affecting service for more than 15,000 customers in Southwest Davidson County. The water shortage is expected to continue until some time tomorrow.

Why Are ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ Classes A Thing?

Why Are ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ Classes A Thing?

July 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Nettie Kraft, a dialect coach on the TV show “Nashville,” teaches some actors how to master the regional twang and helps others shed it.

Nashville Hospital Companies See Higher Profits Under Affordable Care Act

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.

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

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 told the crowd the cooperative atmosphere in Music Row's concentration of industry offices and studios is the reason he moved to Nashville. 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Tennessee Ready To Use Lethal Injection Drugs For October Execution

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.

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

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.