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In Some Tennessee State Agencies, Most Employees Now Work Remotely

In at least one part of Tennessee’s government, a majority of employees now work remotely full-time. The space-saving effort is part of a statewide push to reduce spending on rent.
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Middle Tennessee retirees are learning that Vanderbilt Medical Center and its affiliated clinics will no longer take some Medicare Advantage insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s contract runs out at the end of the year.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich says he’s laying the groundwork to be competitive in Tennessee, while acknowledging his candidacy may not survive until the state’s primary. The second-term governor and former congressman made fundraising stops in Knoxville and Nashville Tuesday.

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Six of the state's biggest universities could be given more autonomy.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that he's working on a plan to break up the Tennessee Board of Regents system and let its four-year colleges go out on their own, although the details on the proposal are still fuzzy. That would leave TBR to focus solely on community and technical colleges.

Nashville Fairgrounds

This weekend’s gun show at the Nashville Fairgrounds will be the final one held there until further notice. 

The Board of Fair commissioners voted Tuesday morning to cancel future shows until enhanced gun control measures are in place. 

After hearing three examples of illegal gun sales at fairgrounds shows, chairman Ned Horton says current safeguards just aren’t enough. 

“We want to make sure the promoters here are properly vetted, their procedures are properly vetted and what is our role in making sure those show are a hundred percent legal,” said Horton.

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The debate over how to spend Tennessee tax-dollars next year officially began Monday. State departments are making their pitches for more funding, while also showing what they would do if forced to cut their budgets by 3.5 percent.

Nashville sidewalks
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After much clamoring by Nashvillians, the city will soon update its master plan for sidewalks and bikeways. It arrives as unprecedented funding becomes available for paving and following a year in which demand for better sidewalks reached a fever pitch.

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Every organization has some amount of interpersonal conflict. But after becoming a minister, Steve Joiner realized that disagreements seem to blossom within churches. It makes sense, he says: That's where people tend to bring their strongest, most deeply rooted beliefs, which often collide.

Steve now works as a church mediator, and he's the director for the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. He talked to reporter Emily Siner during WPLN's live series Movers & Thinkers about getting churches to trust him and working through their arguments.

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In at least one part of Tennessee’s government, a majority of employees now work remotely full-time. The space-saving effort is part of a statewide push to reduce spending on rent.

Tennessee schoolteachers could soon get a raise every time their bosses do, under a proposal being floated by one Middle Tennessee lawmaker. 

The bill, HB 1425, was filed earlier this month, by state Rep. Mike Sparks, R-Smyrna. He says it irks him when highly paid administrators get raises and others in the system don't.

Inglewood overlay Nashville
Metro Historical Zoning Commission

In the coming months, debate about development in Nashville will be stirred up by two Nashville neighborhoods that want to protect their historic character. If approved, parts of Inglewood and the Waverly-Belmont area would get neighborhood overlays that govern homebuilding.



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