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Airbnb rentals are now illegal in Nashville, but city officials are working on changing that. Credit: Airbnb

Nashville’s Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb Will Soon Face Regulation

September 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Councilmember Burkley Allen says the city is losing out on a significant amount of tax revenue.

Jim Cooper says supplying Syrian rebels will not be productive in combating the Islamic State. Credit: Jim Cooper Facebook.

Jim Cooper Breaks With Party Ranks On Syria Vote

September 18, 2014 at 5:39 am

Jim Cooper surprised Democrats after he chose not to back President Barack Obama’s proposal for dealing with the Islamic State.

Victor Wooten demonstrates the new electric bass he'll play at the premiere of 'The Bass Whisperer' concerto.

New Concerto, New Kind Of Bass Guitar For Nashville’s Victor Wooten

September 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

Try to imagine Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers using a cello bow on his instrument. Picture the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, with Paul McCartney bowing the bass line to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The bass guitar doesn’t really work that way, so soloist Victor Wooten had something brand new made to order: an instrument he’ll debut Thursday night with the Nashville Symphony.

Loretta Lynn talks to the media and other artists before the 2014 Americana Music Association awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Loretta Lynn Accepts Americana Lifetime Achievement Award (And Then Drives 800 Miles To A Show)

September 18, 2014 at 4:55 am

Loretta Lynn is an icon in country music, but another group of musicians have called her their own. The Americana Music Association honored her Wednesday night for being a pioneer among female songwriters.

Ben Cunningham speaks to the crowd at the evening event. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

Rally Seeks To Stir Up Excitement Over Anti-Income Tax Amendment

September 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

More than a hundred people showed up Wednesday night to voice their distaste for the idea of a state income tax. A constitutional amendment specifically barring Tennessee from ever adopting one is on the ballot in November.

The finale of the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show. Credit: Folk Alley

Tonight’s Americana Awards Show Features Legends And Newcomers

September 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Celebrating its most high-profile night of the year, Americana Music holds its Awards show at the Ryman Wednesday. We’ll offer live streaming video.

After a Farmers Insurance luncheon Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bill Haslam told WPLN there will be lots of topics discussed at his education summit Thursday. He gave no specifics. Credit: Emily R. West.

Unclear If Common Core Will Be Discussed At Gov. Haslam’s Education Summit, But Protests Still Planned

September 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

The governor’s office would not provide any specific details of topics or potential speakers on the agenda for Gov. Bill Haslam’s education summit this week.

MTSU Enrollment Decline Causes Funding Cuts, Worries About Tennessee Promise

MTSU Enrollment Decline Causes Funding Cuts, Worries About Tennessee Promise

September 17, 2014 at 4:52 am

MTSU’s decline in enrollment has professors worrying this is foresight into the future, and it has administrators cutting millions from the academic budget.

Former Nashville Scene Publisher Puts Some Details To His Nashville Banner Revival Effort

Former Nashville Scene Publisher Puts Some Details To His Nashville Banner Revival Effort

September 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Emboldened by recent round of layoffs at the Tennessean, Dobie purchased the domain for the Banner while lying on his couch last Saturday, but the glib gesture quickly morphed into a business proposal.

Andre Agassi tells a class at Rocketship's school on Dickerson Pike that he never wanted to play tennis, but it allowed him to get into what he considers a more fulfilling job building schools. Agassi said he dropped out of school in 8th grade to play tennis. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Andre Agassi Backs Nashville Charter School Building As An Investor, Not A Philanthropist

September 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Tennis great Andre Agassi has been building charter schools since his retirement, and he toured his first Nashville facility Tuesday. At a ribbon cutting ceremony, Agassi described his conversion from an education philanthropist to investor.

Earlier this year, Alexander protested recent rule changes, saying in a floor speech that being a member of the minority party is increasingly like 'being asked to join the Grand Ole Opry and not being allowed to sing.' Image Source: Lamar Alexander/YouTube

Alexander Compares Ebola To A Fire, Says US Should Charge Toward The Flames

September 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says US leaders need to take the deadly outbreak of Ebola as seriously as the militant group Islamic State.

The movie "October Sky" filmed a train in East Tennessee in 1998. Credit: Arthur Miller

Tennessee Film Workers Union Organizes Safety Course After Fatal Train Accident In Georgia

September 16, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is sponsoring a class on how to film safely around train tracks. This comes after a deadly accident on a movie set in Georgia earlier this year.

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh met with reporters on Monday to discuss what he sees as a partisan attorney general appointment. Credit: File Photo

Tennessee Democratic Leader Dismayed By Slatery Appointment

September 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm

The news follows a failed campaign spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to push out three Democratic judges from the five-member bench.

Herb Slatery has been picked to serve eight years as Tennessee's Attorney General. He was named Governor Bill Haslam's general counsel in 2011. Prior to that, he was a private practice attorney in Knoxville. Credit: Jakob Lewis

Tennessee Supreme Court’s AG Pick Pleases Republicans, Rankles Democrats

September 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has been passed over for a second term. Instead, the Supreme Court has named Governor Bill Haslam’s general counsel — Herb Slatery — as the state’s top attorney.

Cancer patient __ lies under the radiation machine at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Radiation therapists snap it to the table. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville Cancer Survivors Find Meaning In Radiation Masks After Treatment

September 15, 2014 at 5:18 am

Survivors of head and neck cancer sometimes see the mask, which bolts them to a table during radiation, as representing the trauma of cancer — whether they burn it, keep it or turn into art.

Barry Wilmore wears an "Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit" in a vacuum chamber at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. He is assisted by astronaut Mike Foreman. Credit: NASA

U.S. Astronaut (And Mt. Juliet Native) Preps For His Launch Aboard A Russian Rocket

September 15, 2014 at 5:08 am

Despite a tense political relationship between the U.S and Russia, Americans astronauts like Barry Wilmore are still riding Russian rockets into space. The Tennessee Tech alumnus and Mt. Juliet native is in his final weeks of preparation at a cosmonaut training center in Moscow before he launches up to the International Space Station.

Vince Durnan is the director of University School of Nashville. The school was previously known as the Peabody Demonstration School, a name that's been added to the new school seal used on the entrance doors of a recent expansion. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville’s University School Has Avoided ‘Ancestor Worship’ But Focuses On History During 100th Year

September 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

University School of Nashville is turning 100 years old. And to mark its centennial, the private K-12 academy is trying to reconnect with its past as Peabody College’s demonstration school.

Governor Bill Haslam was a panelist at a New York Times conference on 21st Century Community College. Credit: NYT via YouTube

Haslam: Free Community College Has 4-Year Universities Trying Harder

September 12, 2014 at 5:22 am

The prospect of free community college in Tennessee has increased competition with universities, who have ramped up recruiting preemptively. Governor Bill Haslam relayed several candid conversations with college presidents at an event in New York this week.

Steve Ahlstedt holds some pale lilliput mussels before they're reintroduced into the Duck River. They were bred from some of the last surviving mussels in Alabama. Credit: Sally Palmer / The Nature Conservancy

Rare Mussel Species Returns To The Duck River After More Than Two Decades

September 12, 2014 at 5:05 am

Biologists released 800 pale lilliput mussels — tiny brown shellfish, each about the size of a fingertip — into Tennessee’s Duck River this week. “Never thought in my wildest dreams I’d see this many,” one biologist said.

Carl Abramson and Kim Sarubbi and their three children. Credit: Sabr family

Tennessee Won’t Let A Brentwood Family Create A New Last Name

September 12, 2014 at 4:00 am

For a Brentwood couple, coming up with a new last name for their newborn pitted personal choice against state law.