The homeless encampment between Adventure Science Center and Fort Negley has until the spring to clear out.
Metro Parks had tried to evict the campers several weeks ago, only to agree to allow more time for homeless outreach services to find other housing options. Tuesday, the Parks Board approved an April 1st deadline for completely ending the encampment.
Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services — which oversees foster care — is closer than ever to ending a federal lawsuit that’s been ongoing for 15 years. DCS was required to treat foster children better and has made “substantial progress,” as reported in court Monday.
The new Metro Council begins its work tonight after an election that produced historic turnover in the chamber. One of the first orders of business is a lingering controversy about whether to allow quarry operations in Nashville.
The state is now reporting how many students are taking advantage of Tennessee Promise, its free community college program: 15,830. That comes out to about a quarter of all high school seniors who were eligible to apply for the program last fall.
It's a number the state is certainly proud of, says Tennessee Promise executive director Mike Krause, but that number doesn't say much yet about the success of the program.
“Our measure of success is not just based on how many enroll," he says. "A really key part is going to be how many complete [college], how many do we retain.”
Because this story is about music, we recommend listening to the audio first.
The conference room inside a Veterans Affairs center in Nashville feels distinctly clinical: beige walls, gray carpet, creaky chairs.
But on a Monday afternoon in August, there's an energy that might be felt more often at an intimate Nashville club. Two dozen people, mostly women, are sitting on those creaky chairs in a circle. Some hold guitars. About half are veterans, and they're waiting to debut their very personal songs about a shared experience: sexual assault.