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George Barrett stands with Rita Sanders Geier at a Vanderbilt University event. Credit: Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Attorney Known For Desegreation Of Tennessee Universities Dies

August 27, 2014 at 7:12 am

Nashville civil rights attorney George Barrett has died. He was affectionately known as “Citizen Barrett” as he would take up civil justice causes. In recent years, he unsuccessfully challenged Tennessee’s law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

Volkswagen's workers voted in February and narrowly rejected representation by the UAW following intense pressure from Republican politicians. Credit: VW

Anti-UAW Workers Rush To Form Volkswagen Union

August 27, 2014 at 5:19 am

Workers who fought off the United Auto Workers earlier this year are now trying to form an their own union at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Metro Nashville Public Schools rebranded many of its high school reforms in recent years under the "Academies" program. The "Middle Prep" project is a similar effort to help describe some reforms already in place and others that are completely new. Credit: MNPS via Instagram

Nashville Schools Re-brand, Beef Up Middle Grades To Stem Student Loss

August 27, 2014 at 4:23 am

Don’t call it “middle school” in Nashville any more. The public school system is re-branding grades five through eight as “middle preps” and adding foreign languages and extracurriculars in an effort to compete with private schools and other county systems.

The Ryman Lofts offer 60 affordable housing units on the Rolling Mill Hill complex near the Cumberland River.  Credit: RGAnderson

Tax Bill Puts Two Of Nashville’s Most Notable Subsidized Housing Developments In Jeopardy

August 27, 2014 at 4:00 am

The Davidson County Tax Assessor’s office has sent MDHA an annual tax bill of nearly $400,000 for Ryman Lofts, subsidized artist housing,and Nance Place, a workforce apartment complex.

Corker Calls For Action Against ISIS In A Divided Syria

Corker Calls For Action Against ISIS In A Divided Syria

August 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm

ISIS controls parts of Iraq and Syria, and Corker supports beginning military support in Syria. But fighting in Syria is a complicated situation, with three major factions battling for control.

State Sen. Jim Tracy declares victory prematurely. Credit: Dave Smith for WPLN

Tracy Opts To Concede Instead Of Dispute Primary Results

August 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

More than three weeks after voting ended, state Sen. Jim Tracy has conceded in the 4th Congressional District Republican Primary. Rep. Scott DesJarlais came out on top by just 38 votes.

PFC Cecil Harris was 19 when he went missing near the French/German border in World War II. Credit: TNVA

Shelbyville Soldier’s Remains Return 70 Years After He Went Missing

August 25, 2014 at 7:49 am

The remains of Private First Class Cecil Harris were found last year by a French national under a large rock with a crudely engraved “H” on it. U.S. officials excavated the burial site on hilltop near the French/German border and found Harris’ dog tags.

Councilman Walter Hunt, who sponsored the contextual overlay district, which passed last Tuesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Tool For Neighborhoods To Pushback On Development Could Pit Neighbors Against Each Other

August 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

The the new law came after thousands wrote city council members complaining about new development.

Tyler Ross helps a customer outside the restaurant Josephine in 12 South. Credit: Leah Johnson

No Parking? Nashville’s Valet Companies Spy Opportunity As Business Booms

August 25, 2014 at 4:54 am

There were a little more than a dozen valet locations in 2011. That number is on track to triple by year’s end.

The Nashville Area exchange traded fund will invest in public companies headquartered in Davidson and adjacent counties. Founders, including Bill Decker of Decker Wealth Management, announced the fund Friday on the east bank of the Cumberland River. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville’s ‘Wacky’ Investment Fund Hanging In There After Year One

August 25, 2014 at 4:12 am

CNBC called it a “wacky” idea when it launched a year ago – a fund that invests in companies solely because they’re based in a particular city, in this case – Nashville. The Nashville ETF has beat the odds, but maybe not for long.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee addresses the crowd during his State of the University address Friday morning during the 2014 Fall Faculty Meeting inside Tucker Theatre. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

MTSU President To Faculty: Start Caring About Grad Rates Or ‘You’re Not Going To Have A Job’

August 24, 2014 at 6:01 am

MTSU president Sidney McPhee’s frank speech at a Friday faculty meeting is still ringing in the ears of professors and campus staff.

Dozens of people asked questions at the Nashville town hall meeting on Ferguson, Mo. Among them was longtime Nashville resident Ed Kindall, who asked about the frequency of diversity training within the police department. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson Discusses Discrimination And How To Ease It

August 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

Several hundred people squeezed into a North Nashville church Thursday night to hear what police had to say about the events in Ferguson, Mo. Some audience members thanked the police for their service, but others talked about perceived racial tension.

Mayor Karl Dean included funding to extend benefits to same-sex partners of Metro employees. Doing so, he said, shows Nashville respects individual dignity and embraces differences. Image: Office of Mayor Karl Dean

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Throws His Support Behind Same-Sex Marriage

August 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Mayor Karl Dean has been promoting giving domestic partnership benefits to Metro employees since last year but recently signaled his support of gay marriage in general.

Tritium is produced in the unit 1 reactor at Watts Bar. Currently, TVA is completing unit 2. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

TVA Raises Rates And Cuts Efficiency Programs To Fund Capital Projects

August 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Power bills will go up by 1.5 percent starting in October as part of a TVA rate hike approved by the utility’s board Thursday.

Image via YouTube user VaporVideo

Legal Or Not, Drones Fly Over Nashville

August 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

To pilot a drone in Nashville is to wander into legal gray area. In these videos, people are doing just that.

Nashville voters will decide in November whether to let grocery stores sell wine.  Credit: Red White and Food

Wine In Groceries Clears Another Hurdle: Getting On The Ballot

August 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Nashville joins more than 60 cities that will be voting on the issue.

Dollar General has not said whether Family Dollar locations would be rebranded under a buyout. Credit: Dustin Peck Photography via Family Dollar

Family Dollar Stiffarms Dollar General $9.7B Buyout Bid

August 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

Family Dollar is citing anti trust concerns for its rejection.

Belmont University admissions officials say 2,000 new undergraduates are on campus this year, including more than 500 transfer students. Credit: Belmont

Belmont No Longer A ‘Small Liberal Arts College’ And Lipscomb Boasts Record Retention

August 21, 2014 at 5:44 am

Belmont University has more than doubled its enrollment since the year 2000.

In Seattle, Wash., protesters march in support of those in Ferguson. Credit: Joe Wolf via Flickr

Nashville Police And Black Leaders Ask How The City Would Handle A Ferguson Situation

August 21, 2014 at 5:25 am

The head of one of Tennessee’s largest African American churches is organizing a town hall meeting to ask: How would the city address a tense racial incident? And how can the city prevent one altogether?

The diary of Randal McGavock, which detail early stories of the Civil War. Credit:

Lost Civil War Diary Makes Its Way Back To Nashville

August 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

It belonged to Randal McGavock, a storied Civil War soldier who served as Nashville’s mayor for a one-year term in 1824.