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Tennessee Revives Bredesen-Era Subsidies For Electric Vehicles

The state of Tennessee had $682,000 left over when its rebate program for electric vehicles shut down two and a half years ago. The money has been unspent ever since. So instead of finding another use, the Department of Environment and Conservation decided to give out rebates for EVs again until the money is gone.
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The big warehouse of SPEAKeasy Spirits distillery in West Nashville is lined with dozens of barrels. In a few years, there might be thousands of them. 

“We’re going to start construction on a big barrelhouse because we’re running out of room,” says Jenny Pennington, one of the the company's founders.

SPEAKeasy is among an influx of new distilleries in Tennessee, many of which want to make the state’s signature liquor — whiskey. But there’s a problem: They can’t just open up shop and start selling it. They have to let it sit in a barrel and age. 

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I most often make my way to Nolensville Pike following an appetite for huevos con chorizo or a craving for authentic kebabs or to buy ingredients for my world famous chicken vindaloo. Nolensville Pike offers some of the best dining in the city partly because it's also home to the most diverse neighborhoods in Nashville.

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A theater in Gallatin is trying to make it easier for kids with autism to go to the movies.

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This Memorial Day marks 30 years since George Paine led the construction of the Vietnam War memorial in downtown Nashville. It includes a statue, time capsule and black granite wall — similar to the national memorial — listing the names of 1,300 Tennessee soldiers killed in Southeast Asia.

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The state of Tennessee had $682,000 left over when its rebate program for electric vehicles shut down two and a half years ago. 

The money has been unspent ever since. So instead of finding another use, the Department of Environment and Conservation decided to give out rebates for EVs again until the money is gone.

Belmont University

The mayor’s race in Nashville has finally reached the televised debate phase. The seven leading candidates have appeared side-by-side for months at forums around town. But Thursday night is the first on live TV.

Metro Nashville Airport Authority

No one paid much attention to the 400-foot-deep pit at the edge of the Nashville International Airport complex.

Not until the 2010 flood, says Christine Vitt, the airport's head of strategic planning and sustainability. That's when the abandoned limestone quarry overflowed for the first time ever.

"And we had the energy consultant there, who said, 'Well hey, maybe there's a win-win here,'" Vitt recalled.

Five years later, that thought has led to a plan airport officials hope will save as much as $400,000 a year.

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If history is any guide, Nashville’s next mayor will raise taxes, though no candidate wants to admit that. So WPLN asked about cutting taxes, and that doesn't sound likely.

Southern Land Co.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld a plan to build a 17-story tower in the heart of Green Hills, clearing the way for $100 million, mixed-use project.

The court rejected a challenge filed by neighbors of the project at the corner of Richard Jones Road and Hillsboro Pike.

Erica Ciccarone

In the space left by a missing brick in a West Nashville wall, there's a tiny art gallery — complete with its own lighting and very small sculptures and paintings by Nashville artists.

 

Ben Griffith says it's all about having fun with art. In that spirit, visitors are directed to the gallery via scavenger hunt. (Go to Griffith's website and click "Clues for Gallery 1.") 

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