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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and Nashville Sounds owner Frank Ward signed the two-year player development in the Omni Hotel this morning. Credit: Emily R. West.

Playing To Win: Sounds Owner Says Switch to Oakland A’s Is The Best Move

September 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

The Nashville Sounds sealed the deal today, becoming the farm team for the Oakland A’s.

Credit: Stephanie Saujon

Historic Nashville Says Preserving These Nine Sites Is Top Priority. See The Photos

September 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

A nearly 200-year old cemetery and the outbuildings of an antebellum home are on this year’s list of the most endangered historic properties in Nashville. But as the so-called Nashville Nine were announced today, much of the focus was on the place that also played host to the event: the old RCA Studio A.

The new school sits on Dickerson Pike, but it faces the side street. One parent said they were glad since across Dickerson Pike is an adult bookstore. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Report Finds Charters Have ‘Negative Fiscal Impact’ On Nashville District Schools

September 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

“Charter schools will – with nearly 100 percent certainty – have a negative fiscal impact on Metro Schools.” That’s a direct quote from a study ordered by the board of education, confirming the views of several charter skeptics on panel.

Bosco's, a brewpub that operated for 18 years in Hillsboro Village, called Sunday its last day. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Bosco’s Brewpub Falls Victim To Nashville’s Craft Beer Boom

September 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Co-owner Jerry Feinstone said bars in 12South, the Gulch and 8th Avenue have gobbled up many of his customers.

A veteran stands up and speaks to Juan Morales, director of the Tennessee Valley Health System, which oversees Veterans Affairs hospitals in the region. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville VA Hospital Promises Change During Contentious Town Hall Meeting

September 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

For more than two hours, veterans talked about unexpected appointment cancellations, lost paperwork and long wait times at the Nashville VA hospital. The regional healthcare director said they’re hiring more staff, but it will take time to recruit.

Sales Tax Hike On Ballot In Lebanon Again

Sales Tax Hike On Ballot In Lebanon Again

September 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Voters in Lebanon are again considering whether to raise the sales tax to the state maximum. The referendum is the only item on Tuesday’s ballot.

TSU's agricultural complex includes three new buildings. Credit: TSU

New TSU Ag Buildings Follow Expansion Into New Areas Of Research

September 22, 2014 at 5:32 am

Tennessee State University has cut the ribbon on a handful of new agricultural buildings. The lab facilities, greenhouses and classrooms were built in part with an $8 million grant from the USDA. And they’re part of an overall push to expand on one of the school’s original missions.

Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain are instructors at Roane State Community College. Since 2005, Cantrell has taken students to spend time working on the Marine Resources Development Foundation's MarineLab project. Credit: Roane State

Tennessee Community College Instructors Prepare For 73 Days Under The Sea

September 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

Two Tennessee community college professors are prepping to spend most of the fall underwater in a lagoon off Key Largo, Florida. They’ll be submerged for 73-days straight in what amounts to an undersea apartment, setting a world record according to Guinness.

Compared with the rest of the country, Nashville homes remain in line with the region's median income. Credit: Gary McNinch/Flickr Creative Commons

Percentage Of Income Going To Housing Much Better In Middle TN Than Nation

September 22, 2014 at 4:45 am

Because Middle Tennessee didn’t get caught up in the housing bubble as bad as other places, the crash wasn’t as dramatic, which effects home prices today.

Nashvillle's population has grown by about 7 percent since 2007, but its Millennial population has boomed beyond that. Credit: Jim Nix via Flickr

Millennials Are Flocking To Nashville, And Here’s Why It Matters

September 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm

A new report by housing research group RealtyTrac ranked Nashville in the top 10 cities for growth among those in their twenties and early thirties — an age group that will be spending more and more money as they get older.

Photos: Downtown Parking Spaces Converted Into Tiny Parks For Park(ing) Day 2014

Photos: Downtown Parking Spaces Converted Into Tiny Parks For Park(ing) Day 2014

September 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm

More than 30 parallel parking spaces on busy streets downtown were converted into little public parks. The idea is to get citizens visualizing new possibilities in our public spaces.

Joey Ryan, left, and Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids perform at the 13th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show on Sept. 17. Credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music

Listen: 60 Seconds With The Folk-Singing, Joke-Telling Milk Carton Kids

September 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan of the Milk Carton Kids have been compared to Simon and Garfunkle with their lush harmonies and fingerstyle guitar creations, but it was their witty banter that won over the audience at the Ryman Auditorium this week.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’

September 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker ultimately supported the Obama Administration’s short-term plan to arm Syrian rebels, even after berating Secretary of State John Kerry during a committee hearing this week.

The 2013 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Wanda  Lacy argued for more implementation Common Core standards on state test. Credit: Emily R. West.

Haslam’s Invitation-Only Education Summit Aims To Moderate Tone For Legislative Session

September 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Anti-Common Core protesters rallied outside of Governor Bill Haslam’s invitation-only summit on education Thursday. Inside, the governor attempted to quiet critics of the education standards and other recent reforms.

Airbnb rentals are now illegal in Nashville, but city officials are working on changing that. Credit: Airbnb

Nashville’s Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb Will Soon Face Regulation

September 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Councilmember Burkley Allen says the city is losing out on a significant amount of tax revenue.

Jim Cooper says supplying Syrian rebels will not be productive in combating the Islamic State. Credit: Jim Cooper Facebook.

Jim Cooper Breaks With Party Ranks On Syria Vote

September 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

Jim Cooper surprised Democrats after he chose not to back President Barack Obama’s proposal for dealing with the Islamic State.

Victor Wooten demonstrates the new electric bass he'll play at the premiere of 'The Bass Whisperer' concerto.

New Concerto, New Kind Of Bass Guitar For Nashville’s Victor Wooten

September 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

Try to imagine Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers using a cello bow on his instrument. Picture the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, with Paul McCartney bowing the bass line to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The bass guitar doesn’t really work that way, so soloist Victor Wooten had something brand new made to order: an instrument he’ll debut Thursday night with the Nashville Symphony.

Loretta Lynn talks to the media and other artists before the 2014 Americana Music Association awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Loretta Lynn Accepts Americana Lifetime Achievement Award (And Then Drives 800 Miles To A Show)

September 18, 2014 at 4:55 am

Loretta Lynn is an icon in country music, but another group of musicians have called her their own. The Americana Music Association honored her Wednesday night for being a pioneer among female songwriters.

Ben Cunningham speaks to the crowd at the evening event. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

Rally Seeks To Stir Up Excitement Over Anti-Income Tax Amendment

September 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

More than a hundred people showed up Wednesday night to voice their distaste for the idea of a state income tax. A constitutional amendment specifically barring Tennessee from ever adopting one is on the ballot in November.

The finale of the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show. Credit: Folk Alley

Tonight’s Americana Awards Show Features Legends And Newcomers

September 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Celebrating its most high-profile night of the year, Americana Music holds its Awards show at the Ryman Wednesday. We’ll offer live streaming video.