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Nine in 10 dental assistants have an associate's degree or less, according to the Brookings study. Credit: US Army Garrison Red Cloud - Casey via Flickr

For Workers Without Bachelor’s Degrees, Healthcare Is A Booming Field

July 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

According to a new study from the Brookings Institution, the number of pre-baccalaureate healthcare workers in Nashville has grown by 42 percent since 2000.

Watch: Charter School Founder Jeremy Kane Announces Mayoral Run

Watch: Charter School Founder Jeremy Kane Announces Mayoral Run

July 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

The former charter school CEO joins Metro councilwoman Megan Barry, attorney Charles Bone and former school board chairman David Fox, though others are also expected to enter the race for Nashville mayor.

The Kurdish region in northeast Iraq is drawing refugees from the northwest, where a militant group has conquered several cities. Credit: Winkpolve / Wikimedia Commons

Nashville’s Large Kurdish Community To Rally For Independence From Iraq

July 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

They hope one day for Kurdistan to include parts of all four countries where Kurds currently live. But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently urged them to remain part of Iraq.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is attempting to quell the lines at polling sites this year in light of what could be the state's longest ballot ever. Credit: Eliza Brown via Flickr

State Urges Early Voting to Combat Longest Ballot Ever

July 24, 2014 at 5:24 am

The state wants to quell the lines at polling sites this year in light of what could be the Tennessee’s longest ballot ever.

Gov. Bill Haslam and TennCare director Darin Gordon address reporters in 2013. Gordon has put most of the blame for delays in a new computer system on the contractor hired to build it. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Patients Sue TennCare For Giving Them The Runaround

July 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Infants waiting on vaccinations, pregnant women forgoing prenatal care and people with deadly infections refusing to go to the hospital — these are the kinds of anecdotes contained in a new lawsuit against Tennessee’s Medicaid program.

SBC president Ronnie Floyd held a press conference along with other Baptist leaders after touring government facilities along the border housing unaccompanied minors from Central America. Credit: ERLC via Facebook

Back From The Border, Southern Baptists Call For Compassion Toward Immigrants

July 23, 2014 at 10:38 am

Leaders of the largest protestant denomination in the U.S. are returning from the Texas border. They’re calling on evangelicals to have compassion for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding from Central America.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, left, made an appearance with Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander at an event last month. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Why Politicians Shy Away From The Phrase ‘I Endorse’

July 23, 2014 at 4:45 am

To voters, the semantics probably don’t make a difference. So why don’t politicians always just turn a perceived endorsement into an official one?

Steve Perry, who spoke in Nashville on Wednesday, often appears on cable television weighing in about public education issues.

Koch Brothers-Backed Forum Pushes Voucher Advocacy In Nashville

July 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

The out-of-state advocacy comes months after state lawmakers failed to pass a voucher bill.

Haslam speaks at a Rotary and Kiwanis Club luncheon in Springfield, Tennessee, where he addressed current issues. Credit: Leah Johnson/WPLN

Haslam Hasn’t Blocked Same-Sex National Guard Benefits, But Then Again, Nobody’s Applied

July 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Some states are attempting to block this Pentagon-issued directive by not processing applications. When asked, Governor Bill Haslam said he has yet to be faced with that decision.

The U.S. Army practices with the M-9 Beretta.  The Beretta M-9 9 mm pistol will continue to be produced in Maryland, until all the current orders for the U.S Armed Forces have been filled.  Credit: U.S Army

Italian Gun-Maker Moves All U.S. Production To Tennessee

July 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Earlier this year, Beretta announced plans to open a research and development facility and new production lines in Gallatin. Now, the Italian company says it will move the Maryland production lines “in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility.”

New York Times Explores Nashville Fashion In 12 South

New York Times Explores Nashville Fashion In 12 South

July 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

There’s new evidence that the New York Times still thinks Nashville is cool.

Kansas City-based VML created the "Made in Tennessee" ad campaign, part of a $60 million contract. (Credit: VML)

Tennessee Invests More Tax Dollars Than Ever Before in Tourism Advertising

July 22, 2014 at 5:23 am

Governor Bill Haslam’s current budget included a nearly $11 million tourism budget, $6 million of which is being dedicated to the VML contract. It’s a 5-year agreement, and the firm’s total maximum payout is $60 million.

A hobbiest uses a drone to survey a cow pasture. Currently, drones are not allowed by the FAA for commercial purposes without a special permit. Credit: Lima Pix via Flickr

Tennessee Farmers Shown The Potential In Drones, But Told To Hold Off Using Them

July 22, 2014 at 4:11 am

When thousands of farmers gather this week in West Tennessee, they’ll be learning what drones could do for the agricultural industry, but only in the near future.

It's been primarily conservative groups protesting Common Core. This is a photo from a Sacramento protest. Many see the standards as a federal take over of the education system. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Nashville School Board Candidates Wander All Over The Map On Common Core

July 21, 2014 at 4:52 am

Common Core has become a clear differentiator in Nashville’s school board races. Incumbents are confident in the new education standards adopted by most states. Challengers range from confused to fed up.

A Sounds' staff member power washes the stadium in preparation for Monday night's game. Credit: Leah Johnson/WPLN

Take Me Out To The Sounds Game, Minus The Peanuts

July 21, 2014 at 4:30 am

Nashville Sounds’ staff scrubbed down Greer Stadium in preparation for a peanut allergy-friendly night at the park.

Houses converted to song publishers and record labels have long been the norm for Music Row. But increasingly, those businesses have neighbors from other industries; in this case, the US Tennis Association and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Associations. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

With All The Talk About Saving Music Row, We Ask: What Is Music Row Anymore?

July 21, 2014 at 4:30 am

The cry to “Save Studio A” quickly expanded into “Save Music Row,” but what is Music Row in a time when condos are moving in and big labels are headed downtown?

Some businesses along Nashville's Printer's Alley will be displaced to make way for a boutique hotel. Credit: Nina Cardona / WPLN

Effort To Block Printer’s Alley Hotel Picks Up Momentum

July 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

The new owners plan to renovate the old building but displace the tenants, which include Lonnie’s Western Room, Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar and others.

The Aug. 7 election features races in the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th districts. Credit: MNPS.org

Listen: A Q&A With Nashville’s School Board Candidates

July 18, 2014 at 5:19 am

We asked the school board candidates the exact same 10 questions about their views on education in Nashville and Tennessee.

Four seats on the Metro Schools board of education are on the ballot, and charter schools in the district have become one of the few differentiators between the candidates. Credit: Metro Photo Services

Nashville School Board Candidates Heed Register’s Truce On Charters

July 18, 2014 at 4:44 am

Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register has called for more civility in the sometimes-toxic debate over charter schools. Candidates for school board are having no trouble complying.

Music City Center Cited As Example In New Book About The ‘Follies’ Of Convention Centers

Music City Center Cited As Example In New Book About The ‘Follies’ Of Convention Centers

July 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm

He’s often been cited in Nashville stories casting doubt on the success prospects of the Music City Center.