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Tennessee Considers Jumpstarting College Brewing Classes By Letting Students Sip And Spit

Linus Hall says he was just a college kid, living out in the country and sick of driving five miles for a six-pack. So he and a friend ordered a homebrewing kit out of the back of Rolling Stone. Twenty years later, Hall’s Yazoo Brewing Co. is one of Nashville’s most successful craft brewers, churning out cases of beer by the hundreds for sale throughout Tennessee and Mississippi.
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TN Education Dept.

The amount of testing in Tennessee’s public schools is under scrutiny, with the state's new education commissioner naming a task force Monday to complete a review by this summer. 

Parents frequently tell commission Candice McQueen that there is "too much testing," according to an education department press release. 

Tennessee State Athletics

NBA veteran and Tennessee State University alum Anthony Mason died this weekend, after suffering a serious heart attack in early February. He was 48.

The 6-foot-7 forward played for six teams during his 13-year career in the NBA. He's best known for his time on the New York Knicks in the early '90s, playing alongside Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks.

Mason played for TSU from 1985 to '88, becoming the school's fifth all-time leading scorer with 2,076 points.

TN Photo Services

State takeover of a school is going to be controversial, but some legislators believe Tennessee's Achievement School District isn't worth the headaches. The ASD — which controls 23 chronically low-performers in Nashville and Memphis — is fending off Democrats eager to see its demise. 

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Temperatures are not expected to drop below freezing again until late Wednesday, and that’s a good thing for Middle Tennessee farmers.

DeWayne Perry, who just retired after 40 years with the Williamson County agriculture extension, says the last two weeks of February were a stressful time, as farmers tried to keep a steady water supply flowing for their livestock. 

But while some struggled, an extended February cold snap wasn’t all bad news for the agriculture industry. Perry says peach orchards can actually benefit from freezing weather.

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Linus Hall says he was just a college kid, living out in the country and sick of driving five miles for a six-pack. So he and a friend ordered a homebrewing kit out of the back of Rolling Stone.

Twenty years later, Hall’s Yazoo Brewing Co. is one of Nashville’s most successful craft brewers, churning out cases of beer by the hundreds for sale throughout Tennessee and Mississippi.

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  Tennessee’s gay marriage case is one step closer to being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for same-sex couples in four states, including Tennessee, handed in their written briefs last week.

The justices' decision, expected in late spring, could change Val Tanco's life. But she admits she's also excited about something else:

“Knowing that my last name will be spoken by them, I’m a little bit starstruck."

Stephen Jerkins

Issues related to Islam have resurfaced in the Tennessee General Assembly. Last week, it was outcry over a GOP lawmaker's month-old Facebook post suggesting Western people need their own lobbying group to compete with Muslim groups. There's also pending legislation to break up concentrations of immigrants and a bill that Islamic activists believe could lead to the seizure of mosques.

Emily Siner / WPLN

A new low-income housing development is being lauded as the first of its kind in the state. 12 Garden Street, in Nashville's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, will house future pastors alongside people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The first resident to sign on is 28-year-old Steven Greiner. He says he’s nervous to move out for the first time but excited to have more of a personal life — “to live as independently as I can," he says, "just living life [to the] fullest."

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When the Israeli prime minister gives a controversial speech to Congress next week, only one of Tennessee’s two Democratic representatives will be there.

The controversy comes from House speaker John Boehner inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to talk to Congress about Iran’s nuclear program — without consulting the president. 

University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee’s president outlined his plan to close a funding gap at a Thursday meeting of the UT Board.

Since December, Joe DiPietro has said Tennessee’s higher education institutions run on a broken business model. That’s because they depend on a certain level of funding from the state — or raising tuition to make up the slack when state appropriations don’t come through.

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