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Metro Council Questions Priority Of $100M Downtown Floodwall

The Metro Council took its first look at a $100 million flood wall system to protect Nashville’s core Monday afternoon. And many council members disagree that downtown should take priority, especially those who represent areas where entire neighborhoods flooded in May 2010.
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Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are big draws for music tourists. But a new website hopes to convince people to visit the rural areas and small towns in between.

Aubrey Preston is the man behind the Americana Music Triangle. It includes detailed histories of the nine genres of music born in the region, from blues to southern gospel. It’s also a clearinghouse of information for where to hear that music and how get to places like the new Tina Turner museum in Nutbush, Tennessee or the Mississippi hotel where Bessie Smith died.

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The percentage of veterans in the Tennessee and Kentucky region waiting more than 30 days to see a doctor is nearly double that of the rest of the country. About one in 20 appointments in the Tennessee Valley healthcare system failed to meet the VA’s completion goal, according to new data from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

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The Metro Council took its first look at a $100 million flood wall system to protect Nashville’s core Monday afternoon. And many council members disagree that downtown should take priority, especially those who represent areas where entire neighborhoods flooded in May 2010.

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Tennessee has taken a small step toward legalizing medical marijuana, but Gov. Bill Haslam says he's not ready for more.

Haslam signed a bill Monday that decriminalizes possession of cannabis oil, a low-potency marijuana extract. The new law is aimed at children who suffer debilitating seizures.

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Gov. Bill Haslam is standing by a decision to limit tax relief to veterans.

The governor says he supports a bill passed by the Tennessee legislature to rein in the rapid growth of a state program that helps veterans pay their local property tax bills.

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A former environmental chief under President George W. Bush toured Watts Bar Unit II in Spring City, Tenn., last week. She used the visit to remind the Tennessee Valley Authority and its ratepayers about the benefits of nuclear power.

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This week, Tennessee's Supreme Court will tackle yet another question related to the death penalty.

Can death row inmates sue to avoid the electric chair?

Justices will meet in Knoxville on Wednesday to consider one of the latest spinoffs to the national debate over executions.

Emily Siner / WPLN

Nearly 7,500 Tennessee adults have applied for free technical college under a program called Tennessee Reconnect. This means Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are expecting more students than ever before.

TCAT Nashville, for example, currently has 1,000 students enrolled, says director Mark Lenz. The number who have applied there for the fall through Tennessee Reconnect is more than 1,600, according to the governor's office.

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Allied forces declared victory in Europe 70 years ago this week. Many of those World War II veterans who returned home started gathering for annual reunions just a few years later. But that tradition is coming to an end. The strapping soldiers from units like the 30th Infantry Division are now too sick or unsteady to travel.

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Tennesseans will soon be able to get alcohol with their takeout.

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a measure, House Bill 1011, that will let delivery services bring along up to a gallon of alcohol per customer. Deliverers must first get a state license, and they'll have to ask for ID.

They're allowed to start providing the service July 1.

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Tuesday May 5th

We are pleased to participate in the second annual Big Payback, 24 hours of giving to Middle Tennessee non-profits. It starts at 12am on May 5th!