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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.

MTSU Graduation. Cap and Gown. Not exactly a hard hat, but we couldn't resist including it. Image: TN Photo Services

MTSU Lowers ACT Scores Needed For Scholarships In Response To Tennessee Promise

August 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Middle Tennessee State University is expecting to give out 250 more merit scholarships next year because it is lowering the ACT scores needed to qualify. It’s making this move as the state is putting less funding toward freshman and sophomores at four-year schools.

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With Improvement In Memphis, More Nashville Schools Become State’s Lowest-Performing

August 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Another 10 schools in Nashville have been deemed eligible for state takeover because of their slow rate of improvement. Tennessee education officials released their list of “priority” schools Tuesday, and the number in Nashville went up, while the figures in Memphis went down.

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

New Nashville Law Gives Neighbors A Regulation Tool

August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

Metro Council passed a new law adopting the so-called contextual overlay.

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Two Houses, One Lot? Councilman Wants New Homes To Be More Like The Old Ones

August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

Many Nashvillians are fed up with residential development that’s out of character with neighborhoods. Metro Council members are well aware of this. On Tuesday night, Metro Council will take up two measures aimed at these concerns.

Mark Rowan, president of Griffin Technologies, announces the official naming of the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology at Hunters Lane High School. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

The Benefits — And Pitfalls — Of Private Sponsorships In Public Schools

August 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Two Nashville-based companies will officially be putting their names on public high school academies this week. One principal says this partnership helps students by exposing them to real world careers, but critics warn that such relationships could hurt students when they’re not done with students’ best interests in mind.

Paisley's website is scheduled to launch on the same day that his new album goes on sale. Image via YouTube

Brad Paisley Launches Country-Themed Online Video Venture

August 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

The country singer, touring artist and – now – online video distributor, Brad Paisley is branching out with a new digital channel about the country lifestyle: grilling, hunting, and life on the road.

Visitors line up on Tuesday to see the eclectic collection of photos, records, albums and knickknacks collected by Paul MacLeod, an Elvis superfan who turned his Holly Springs, Miss., home into the offbeat museum called Graceland Too. Credit: Rogelio V. Solis/AP

With Its Eccentric Owner Gone, What To Do With Graceland Too?

August 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm

The home of Paul MacLeod — with its Elvis shrine and offbeat owner — drew tourists to the postcard town of Holly Springs, Miss. Now, a tragedy has left the town reeling and debating the home’s fate.

Dollar General is already the largest small-box retailer in the U.S. and has been expanding into new states in recent years. Credit: Dollar General

Dollar General Enters Bidding War For Family Dollar

August 18, 2014 at 6:47 am

According to a news release from the company, Dollar General has made a $9.7 billion all-cash counter-bid, which tops the cash and stock offer made by Dollar Tree three weeks ago.

The Volkswagen Academy currently has 53 students learning "mechatronics" over the course of three years. The 12 who completed their studies this month are the second graduating class of the program. Credit: VW

Volkswagen Brings German-Style Vocational Training To Tennessee

August 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

The automaker has been pulling teenagers off the traditional American track for its German-style apprenticeship program in Chattanooga.

Sen. Bob Corker, right, stands next to former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki during a news conference in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Credit: Corker.Senate.gov.

Nashville’s Kurds Disappointed, But Not Surprised, By U.S. Policy In Iraq

August 17, 2014 at 6:03 am

Despite Nashville Kurds rallying for independence from Iraq, they’re not getting the full support they want from Sen. Bob Corker and other U.S. foreign policy makers.

Corker has served on the U.S. Senate since 2007. Credit: Corker.Senate.gov

Sen. Bob Corker Seems To Regret Mentioning The Presidency

August 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

At a media event Friday, during a question about his possible presidential run, Corker clarified that he had given a “stream-of-consciousness” answer earlier this week and that he’s not ready to make a decision yet.

The truck burned for hours after slamming into the supports for the Peytonsville Rd. overpass in Williamson County. Credit: TDOT via Twitter

Second Nashville-Area Tanker Truck Explosion This Week Kills Driver, Closes I-65

August 15, 2014 at 8:01 am

Emergency responders received calls at 3:40 a.m. Friday with word that a tanker truck had hit the Peytonsville Rd. overpass. No other vehicles were involved, and police confirm the driver was the single fatality.

Uber will team up with the company Bellhops to offer moving services this weekend. Credit: Uber Blog

Uber’s Way Of Finding New Nashville Users: First Ice Cream, Now Movers

August 15, 2014 at 5:04 am

Smartphone-based car service Uber has been on an experimental kick.

Current protocol says that if patients' injuries will result in certain death, they do not need to be taken to the hospital. The fire department is clarifying: Make sure they're not breathing. Credit: Dave via Flickr

Nashville Fire Department Spells Out What ‘No Signs Of Life’ Means

August 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

This comes after emergency responders left a man as dead Wednesday morning, though later they were called back because he was still breathing. He was taken to the hospital two and a half hours after they first responded.

Democratic candidate Lenda Sherrill calls likely voters at her headquarters in Murfreesboro. While Sherrill hales from Monteagle, the highest concentration of voters in the 4th Congressional District is in Rutherford County. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

If DesJarlais Squeaks Out GOP Primary Win, Democratic Opponent Says She’ll Lay Off His Past

August 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

State Sen. Jim Tracy’s campaign used that checkered personal history for attack ads. Apparently, it didn’t work as well as hoped, because he’s still 37 votes behind as provisional ballots are being counted one-by-one.

The Libertarian Party's lawyer, Jim Linger, says minor parties have filed six federal lawsuits in the past six years. Credit: Vox Efx via Flickr

One Route To Getting On The Ballot As A Third-Party Candidate: File A Lawsuit

August 14, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Libertarian Party is suing state election officials to get its candidate for governor listed as a Libertarian on November’s ballot. Lawsuits like these have forced the state legislature to change ballot access laws, as they’re known, in recent years.

One of the mailers sent to voters in Williamson County. Credit: Americans for Prosperity

Americans For Prosperity Claims Victory in Williamson County School Board Race

August 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm

The statewide ads tied Common Core to President Obama — and even Obamacare. The ads said several other states have pushed back against the standards, and it’s now time for Tennessee to do the same.

A rendering of the proposed 17-story tower in Green Hills. Credit: Southern Land Co.

Green Hills Neighbors Continue To Fight Planned 17-Story Tower

August 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Last month, a judge handed a victory to Franklin-based Southern Land Co., which is planning the $100 million project. This latest volley by the neighbors has the case moving to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

A student at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival uses Scratch in a coding competition. In Nashville, schools have had to teach teachers the programming language before starting a new coding class. Credit: Ryan Somma via Flickr

Nashville Charter Schools Start Teaching Coding But First Must Teach Teachers

August 13, 2014 at 4:04 am

There’s a predicted shortage of a million coders over the next decade. But there’s another shortage that may be more pressing – the almost non-existence of coding teachers.