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Policy Expert: Nashville Must Move Urgently, Methodically On Affordable Housing

About 50 of Nashville’s most important players in housing development heard an urgent message last night: The city can’t delay in creating more affordable units.
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In an attempt to diversify the state's attractiveness to visitors, tourism officials are eyeing growth in rural areas of Tennessee.

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Officials in Gov. Bill Haslam's administration tried at a hearing Tuesday to sell Tennessee lawmakers on the benefits of outsourcing, though they said they haven't made up their minds yet whether to do more privatizing.

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For just the second time since GM built a plant in Spring Hill 30 years ago, the automaker is hiring locally. The company has the potential to double its current workforce of 1,800 with two new vehicles to build.

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Tennessee economic development officials are setting aside $8 million to spark growth in struggling small towns — money will be used to improve broadband service, upgrade industrial parks and promote tourism. 

Officials say the spending will help narrow the gap between Tennessee's prosperous cities and towns where unemployment remains high.

The sums of money are small, but the Department of Economic and Community Development says they'll go a long way in rural pockets of Tennessee. Commissioner Randy Boyd says one of the big needs is manufacturing sites.

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Mayor's Office

Talia Lomax-O’dneal became Metro’s new finance director on Tuesday, “breaking two glass ceilings at once” as the first African-American and the first woman to hold the position, Mayor Megan Barry said.

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In the biggest event of Walk Nashville Month, about 15,000 students are expected walk to school with their parents and teachers Wednesday as part of Walk To School Day. Organizers hope it will show how walking can make a big dent in traffic.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

About 50 of Nashville’s most important players in housing development heard an urgent message last night: The city can’t delay in creating more affordable units. 

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Murfreesboro is leading Tennessee into the drone era. The city has achieved federal authorization to fly training missions over Barfield Crescent Park starting this month.

Nine Tennesseans have applied for a powerful new job: to serve on the highest court in the state. The slate of applicants — all men —  are vying to replace former Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade, who retired in September. They’ll be interviewed at a public hearing in Nashville on Oct. 27. 

Listen as we explain the next steps, and scroll down to read the highlights of their bios — including the most interesting facts we could find from their application.

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Tennessee's community colleges have been the center of attention this year while the governor's office implemented Tennessee Promise, a free-tuition program for graduating high school seniors. But another branch of the state's higher education system far surpasses community colleges in terms of enrollment growth: technical schools.


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