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Parks Department Orders Nashville Homeless Camp To Clear Out, But That Could Change

Homeless campers on the hill between Fort Negley and the Adventure Science Center received an order Tuesday to remove their tents from the Metro parkland before Sept. 15. But within hours, officials agreed to discuss a later deadline.
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The final televised debate between David Fox and Megan Barry was relatively tame — a change from recent campaign events. They had few criticisms of their opponent. In fact, for much of it, they barely acknowledged each other.

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The newly formed Nashville Fashion Alliance cut the ribbon today on a new training program, meant to rebuild the number of skilled garment workers. But the classes have a double purpose: They’re operated by Catholic Charities and intended to help immigrants and refugees find work.

Ten students at a time will take the three-week course, tucked into the back corner of a warehouse on the East Bank of the Cumberland River. The first group mostly consists of women who’ve come to the U.S. from Africa and Asia. Most aren’t yet comfortable speaking English.

Courtesy Sean Smith

Sean Smith, a 19-year-old student at Nashville State Community College, says he wrote this spoken-word piece to inspire his friends — and himself — to get more interested in the city's mayoral race. He asked his buddies why they had trouble caring about the candidates. Their answer is quoted in the performance:

"I can't even identify myself to myself, and the only thing I register is cash, homie."

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In the state's second year of offering free community college to graduating high school seniors, it's changing the way it's helping students apply for financial aid.

Volunteer community members, known as mentors, will no longer be helping Tennessee Promise students navigate the complex form known as FAFSA — even though that had been one of the mentors' main tasks. 

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North Nashville has become a focus in the final days of the city’s mayoral race. And the two runoff candidates say they’re more concerned about protecting the historic heart of the city’s African-American community than promoting it.

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Nearly all of the hourly workers at General Motors’ plant in Spring Hill — 96 percent — voted to authorize a strike as a bargaining chip in upcoming negotiations with the United Auto Workers. Union leaders say it’s a "procedural" maneuver typically used ahead of formal talks on pay and benefits.

Metro Parks Board homeless
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Homeless campers on the hill between Fort Negley and the Adventure Science Center received an order Tuesday to remove their tents from the Metro parkland before Sept. 15. But within hours, officials agreed to discuss a later deadline.

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Gov. Bill Haslam's latest business recruitment trip is taking him to Israel this week, where he's trying to build ties with that country's booming tech sector.

The governor is leading a delegation of 24 state officials and businesspeople. They want to find out how Israel got so good at starting new companies, says Clint Brewer, the Department of Economic and Community Development's assistant commissioner for communications and marketing.

"More venture capital investment happens in Israel, per capita, than any other country in the world," he said.

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A pair of Tennessee lawmakers are proposing letting the operators of ticketed events ban guns — even if their venue is in a government-owned park.

Senate minority leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, are behind the measure, Senate bill 1432. They say it will put an end to the controversy over whether guns can be barred from amphitheaters, stadiums and other places that are run by private companies but owned by local government.

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In response to a batch of negative ads aimed at mayoral candidate Megan Barry, Howard Gentry made a surprise public endorsement on Monday. The former candidate had said he wouldn’t take sides in the runoff.

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