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Tennessee's Most Popular State Park Becomes A Test Case For Gov. Haslam's Privatization Plans

Just up the road from the entrance to Fall Creek Falls State Park sits a motel. "You know, this is not a kind of place that you come (to) if you want a spa treatment," owner Melissa Harmon says deprecatingly. She and her husband have owned the Way Inn for a decade. It's your 1950s-style motor lodge: A long row of ground-level, drive-up rooms situated behind a diner and convenience store.

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Governor Bill Haslam has been outsourcing some functions of state government almost since he took office. For many Tennesseans who don’t work in state government, it’s been out of sight. But the effects of privatization are becoming more and more apparent.

WPLN’s statehouse reporter Chas Sisk has been following what could be a test case for the state. He sat down with Jason Moon Wilkins.

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Two of the most buzzed about films of 2016, Moonlight and La La Land, have garnered a collective 22 Academy Award nominations between them, including nods for Best Original Score.

On the surface, the music couldn’t be more different: The soundtrack for Moonlight is an amalgam of classical piano, strings, and hip-hop chopped and screwed techniques; while La La Land offers a modern yet starry-eyed homage to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals.

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Just up the road from the entrance to Fall Creek Falls State Park sits a motel.

"You know, this is not a kind of place that you come (to) if you want a spa treatment," owner Melissa Harmon says deprecatingly.

She and her husband have owned the Way Inn for a decade. It's your 1950s-style motor lodge: A long row of ground-level, drive-up rooms situated behind a diner and convenience store.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

The leader of the Tennessee Senate says he sees no need for lawmakers to debate regulations on which bathroom transgender students get to use.

That's after President Donald Trump's administration repealed federal guidance this week that required schools to let them use the bathroom of their choice.

courtesy TN Education Dept.

Tennessee education leaders are trying to convince legislators to stand by the new TNReady standardized test, which went through a disastrous rollout last year. Some lawmakers have proposed giving districts the option go with a national test instead.

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On May 29, 1913, the premiere of The Rite of Spring was infamously met with a cacophony of boos, hisses and jeers from the audience.

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The Davidson County sheriff says he'll more closely monitor the number of requests his office is getting from federal officials to hand over immigrants in custody. This comes after President Trump's administration detailed plans to increase deportation enforcement.

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Some of the first job approval numbers show President Donald Trump losing support in Tennessee. An MTSU poll released Wednesday suggests he's no more popular than President Obama was during his first few months in office.

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

In August, Tennessee Tech University clarinetist Won Kim traveled to Seoul, South Korea to perform Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with the Mirus Trio. Now, the chamber group is returning the favor, playing the piece with Kim here in Middle Tennessee. They'll perform it Wednesday evening at Tech, then at Nashville's Cathedral of the Incarnation on Thursday night.

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

Pianist Agnes Wan left Nashville for a faculty position at Virginia State University, but she's back in Middle Tennessee this week for a private recital in Brentwood and a performance and master class at Tennessee Tech. She brought an assortment of music from both the keyboard and vocal repertoire to Studio C.

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President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, NPR fact checkers attempt to do just that for key tweets.

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Two of the most buzzed about films of 2016, Moonlight and La La Land, have garnered a collective 22 Academy Award nominations between them, including nods for Best Original Score.

On the surface, the music couldn’t be more different: The soundtrack for Moonlight is an amalgam of classical piano, strings, and hip-hop chopped and screwed techniques; while La La Land offers a modern yet starry-eyed homage to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals.

Herbert Migdoll/Unknown / Joffrey Ballet/Wikimedia Commons

On May 29, 1913, the premiere of The Rite of Spring was infamously met with a cacophony of boos, hisses and jeers from the audience.

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

In August, Tennessee Tech University clarinetist Won Kim traveled to Seoul, South Korea to perform Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with the Mirus Trio. Now, the chamber group is returning the favor, playing the piece with Kim here in Middle Tennessee. They'll perform it Wednesday evening at Tech, then at Nashville's Cathedral of the Incarnation on Thursday night.

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