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Remembering 'Stand By Your Man' Record Producer Billy Sherrill

One of the most sought-after producers in country music died Tuesday. Billy Sherrill was 78 years old. He discovered Tammy Wynette, turned George Jones into a superstar and became a Nashville taste-maker for decades.
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The Metro Council voted Tuesday to block a gas pipeline compressor station from being built in a rural area in northern Davidson County — but the council doesn’t have the final say.

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One of the most sought-after producers in country music died Tuesday. Billy Sherrill was 78 years old. He discovered Tammy Wynette, turned George Jones into a superstar and became a Nashville taste-maker for decades.

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Tuesday's political forum at the Southern Baptist Convention's Send conference in downtown Nashville drew Republican presidential contenders Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

At least two others, Scott Walker and Ben Carson, regretfully turned invitations down. But organizer Russell Moore, the leader of the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says it was another presidential hopeful that he was most disappointed had decided not to attend.

"I invited Hillary Clinton to be here with us," Moore told several thousand Baptists inside Bridgestone Arena, "and I wish that she had agreed to come."

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State government inspectors — not the Metro Council — will decide whether a limestone quarry can begin operations on 141 acres in Old Hickory.

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After an elected official in Tennessee posted an anti-Muslim joke on Facebook a couple of years ago, Kasar Abdulla, a leader in Nashville's Kurdish community, helped organize a response: a public forum, open to anyone who wanted to meet a Muslim. She talked to WPLN's Emily Siner about responding to hurtful, and sometimes hateful, comments.

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The University of Tennessee system is doing something that has some faculty on edge: examining how it reviews tenured professors. 

When UT president Joe DiPietro was going over the budget this spring, he announced he wanted to look at how professors are evaluated after they get tenure. But some worried that really meant he wanted to downsize departments.

But DiPietro says any change would only affect a small number of professors who aren’t doing well.

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Mt. Juliet's W.A. Wright Elementary School stands at the head of its class, even when compared to the state's top schools.

Principal Jill Giles says it begins with the school's mentoring program. Each year, teachers pick out students who could use a little extra adult attention.

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Nashville’s District Attorney is now investigating an anonymous robocall that characterizes mayoral candidate David Fox as an extreme rightwing Republican. The message does not disclose who paid for it, a potential violation of federal law.

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The final day of early voting in Nashville turned out to be the biggest. According to The Tennessean, a total of 54,000 people turned out to cast a ballot early. That’s effectively the same pace of voting as eight years ago. Many voters say having seven candidates for mayor made it tough to pick one.

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