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Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register will visit each of the schools in East Nashville to explain what a "choice zone" might look like. The meeting pictured here is from Inglewood Elementary, which is well under capacity. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

How East Nashville’s ‘Choice Zone’ Would Work, Explained In 90 Seconds

October 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

East Nashville may soon become a petri dish for education reform. Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register has proposed scrapping traditional schools zones in favor of a special “choice zone.” That has parents asking what on earth a choice zone is. We gave WPLN’s Blake Farmer 90 seconds to explain.

The federal indictment alleges James R. Jones stole the identities of soldiers deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year. Credit: 101st CAB via Flickr

101st Airborne Unit Headed To Liberia In Response To Ebola Outbreak

September 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Roughly 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell will deploy to West Africa as part of the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak.

DCS Spokesman Rob Gordon inside the Woodland Hills facility. Credit: Bobby Allyn

What Life Is Like Inside The Woodland Hills Detention Center

September 30, 2014 at 5:37 pm

The hallways of Woodland Hills evoke an eerily quiet high school, only there are cages enforcing almost every window.

The Citizen Advisory Committee was assembled by Mayor Karl Dean to review the Amp project. The panel is a team of rivals, including several vocal opponents of the Amp. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Revised Traffic Study Fails To Impress Amp Advisory Committee

September 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm

A panel of citizens charged with revising the troubled bus rapid transit line known as the Amp spent Tuesday afternoon picking apart new traffic projections. The figures for the scaled-back bus line didn’t wow the advisory committee.

Dr. James Crowe (right) watches as graduate student Andrew Flyak adjusts equipment in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center used in the production of anti-Ebola antibodies. Credit: VUMC

Vanderbilt Partnering With Drug Maker To Develop Ebola Vaccine

September 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

The goal is to develop a vaccine that provides “short-term protection to health care workers and others at risk of exposure,” according to a news release.

Gordon Ball's campaign website lifted nearly 30 passages from other elected officials. Credit: Gordon Ball

Senate Hopeful Gordan Ball On Website Plagiarism: So What?

September 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

A BuzzFeed report revealed that Ball borrowed passages whole-cloth from websites of other elected officials.

New Poll On Abortion Amendment Comes With Conflicting Interpretations

New Poll On Abortion Amendment Comes With Conflicting Interpretations

September 30, 2014 at 4:28 am

Exactly half of Tennessee voters support the constitutional amendment concerning abortion regulations, according to a new poll commissioned by a conservative Christian policy group Family Research Council. It’s a shift from a Vanderbilt University poll earlier this year.

Newly-elected UAW president Dennis Williams announces the creation of Local 42 in Chattanooga earlier this year. Credit: UAW via Facebook

Autoworkers Union Gets Help From German Counterparts For Chattanooga Push

September 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Previously, lone representatives of VW’s works council and IG Metall have voiced support for the UAW effort in Chattanooga, but this letter of intent formalizes the support.

Gov. Bill Haslam has been pitching his Tennessee Promise free community college plan around the state, like at this event in Greeneville. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Universities Begin Adapting To Impact Of Free Community College

September 29, 2014 at 4:45 am

Four-year schools have sweetened scholarship packages and financial aid to transferring students.

The metal tags are much larger and more brightly colored than traditional ones, which are often just large enough to contain the tree's name. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Nashville Park’s New Tree Identifiers Could Be Exported To Other Cities

September 29, 2014 at 4:00 am

The new placards affixed to trees in Centennial Park link to videos and educational materials online.

Tennessee operates three youth detention centers across the state like Woodland Hills. The teens have all committed three or more felonies. Credit: DCS

13 Teens Who Escaped Woodland Hills Caught, But What Triggered Second Breakout Remains Unclear

September 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

On Friday night, a group of 13 juvenile delinquents injured a guard and let themselves out of the same Department of Children’s Services facility where 32 teens escaped under a perimeter fence early this month.

Business managers from Franklin-based MEDHOST experimented with the new job training on the grounds of the Battle of Franklin. Credit: Priscilla Harris Photography.

What Can Modern Day Business Leaders Learn From Confederate Failures At The Battle of Franklin?

September 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

A new job training from Vanderbilt has Tennessee business leaders learning from the mistakes of Confederate generals in the Civil War.

Tennessee Supreme Court Pushes Back Billy Ray Irick’s Execution Date, Again

Tennessee Supreme Court Pushes Back Billy Ray Irick’s Execution Date, Again

September 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

His scheduled Oct. 7. execution date has been indefinitely delayed.

Parents gathered Wednesday night to hear from Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register. The purple shirts are people who identify with East Nashville United, which has opposed a plan to make the schools that feed Stratford and Maplewood a special "choice" zone. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

Inglewood Parents Make Plea To Keep Their School Open Amid East Nashville Shakeup

September 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

Parents crammed into the library of Inglewood Elementary Wednesday night to make their case for keeping the underperforming school open.

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket launched in Kazakhstan last November. Barry Wilmore will be going up to the International Space Station in a similar vessel. Credit: NASA.org

Countdown Over: Mount Juliet’s Barry Wilmore Launches Space Mission

September 25, 2014 at 5:26 am

After more than two years of preparation, the U.S. astronaut will be taking off from Kazakhstan on Thursday afternoon. He says he’s looking forward to the weightlessness and potential spacewalks.

Nashvillian Ruta Sepetys’ Novel To Be Next Citywide Read

Nashvillian Ruta Sepetys’ Novel To Be Next Citywide Read

September 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Once again, Nashvillians are being asked to all read and talk about the same book. Mayor Karl Dean today announced the selection of “Between Shades of Gray,” a novel about a teenage Lithuanian girl at the start of the Soviet occupation.

Register’s Exit Doesn’t Change Plans For East Nashville, Low-Performing Schools

Register’s Exit Doesn’t Change Plans For East Nashville, Low-Performing Schools

September 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Metro Schools Director Jesse Register says he’s got a lot of work to do before his contract with the district ends. Last night, Register essentially gave the school board nine months notice.

MTSU President Sydney McPhee on the right says Governor Bill Haslam promised as a candidate to build the science building

Why Did MTSU Enrollment Drop So Suddenly? President Says Students Can’t Pay

September 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Middle Tennessee State University is blaming a big enrollment drop-off on students’ ability to pay. While admission figures are only just now made final, president Sidney McPhee says the nearly five percent drop occurred just before the start of the semester.

Teachers are saying in a new study from Vanderbilt that they are less receptive to Common Core standards in their classrooms. Credit: alamosbasement via Flickr

Survey Says Common Core Support Drops Drastically Among Tennessee Teachers

September 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Teacher opinion of Common Core education standards has declined since this time last year.

Rayna James, played by Connie Britton, is a country music star trying to start her own music label. Credit: ABC Photo

How ‘Nashville’ Star Connie Britton Puts On Her Character’s Accent

September 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

The TV show Nashville has gotten praise for tackling the Southern accent — or at least, not always completely butchering it. And as many movies and TV shows have shown over the years, this isn’t an easy task.