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Why The Nashville Farmer’s Market Says Its Empty Produce Shed Will Be A Good Thing

This week, the warm weather gave Walter Gentry of Bellevue a hankering for peaches. So he drives to the Nashville Farmer's Market and is surprised not to find peaches or much of any produce. “There’s nothing here. There’s no farmers,” Gentry says with a laugh. The empty produce sheds are the result of a policy decision made in January. The city-run facility chose to follow a national trend and become a "producer-only" market, banning vendors who simply buy produce from the same warehouses...
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The small metal building set back from the corner at 36th and Charlotte is where Perry Auto Sales moved in, in 1972. It sits on a big parking lot full of used cars.

Stan Perry's father started the business. Stan started working as soon as he could wash cars.

“I’m 60 years old," he says, "and I’ve been here 40.”

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This week, the warm weather gave Walter Gentry of Bellevue a hankering for peaches. So he drives to the Nashville Farmer's Market and is surprised not to find peaches or much of any produce.

“There’s nothing here. There’s no farmers,” Gentry says with a laugh.

MTSU News

About 40 military veterans will graduate from Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday wearing special red stoles. That regalia was handed out for the first time Tuesday in a ceremony for the graduates and their families.

Retired Army General Keith Huber, who advises MTSU on its veterans relations, told the group he’s proud of both the students' military service and the university’s willingness to acknowledge that they have different needs.

Anthony Scarlatti / Americana Music Triangle

Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are big draws for music tourists. But a new website hopes to convince people to visit the rural areas and small towns in between.

Emily Siner / WPLN

The percentage of veterans in the Tennessee and Kentucky region waiting more than 30 days to see a doctor is nearly double that of the rest of the country. About one in 20 appointments in the Tennessee Valley healthcare system failed to meet the VA’s completion goal, according to new data from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Metro Water Services

The Metro Council took its first look at a $100 million flood wall system to protect Nashville’s core Monday afternoon. And many council members disagree that downtown should take priority, especially those who represent areas where entire neighborhoods flooded in May 2010.

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Tennessee has taken a small step toward legalizing medical marijuana, but Gov. Bill Haslam says he's not ready for more.

Haslam signed a bill Monday that decriminalizes possession of cannabis oil, a low-potency marijuana extract. The new law is aimed at children who suffer debilitating seizures.

TN Photo Services

Gov. Bill Haslam is standing by a decision to limit tax relief to veterans.

The governor says he supports a bill passed by the Tennessee legislature to rein in the rapid growth of a state program that helps veterans pay their local property tax bills.

TVA

A former environmental chief under President George W. Bush toured Watts Bar Unit II in Spring City, Tenn., last week. She used the visit to remind the Tennessee Valley Authority and its ratepayers about the benefits of nuclear power.

World Coalition Against the Death Penalty via Flickr

This week, Tennessee's Supreme Court will tackle yet another question related to the death penalty.

Can death row inmates sue to avoid the electric chair?

Justices will meet in Knoxville on Wednesday to consider one of the latest spinoffs to the national debate over executions.

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Tuesday May 5th

We are pleased to participate in the second annual Big Payback, 24 hours of giving to Middle Tennessee non-profits. It starts at 12am on May 5th!