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DCS' Jim Henry describes the department's troubles to Gov. Bill Haslam. One of their biggest problems, Henry said, is recruiting and retaining foster parents. Credit: Bobby Allyn/ WPLN

Guards At Juvenile Facilities To Be Armed With Stun Guns, Pepper Spray

November 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

The Department of Children’s Services is planning to equip guards with stun guns and pepper spray in its juvenile detention centers, where currently guards who oversee youth are unarmed.

Nashville's top health official is making the case that the Amp could improve the health of the city's residents. (Photo Credit: Mayor's Office)

Mayor Says Congress Stopped The Amp

November 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Nashville’s mayor is now saying it was never realistic to think funding for a bus rapid transit line would come through before his term ends, blaming congressional gridlock.

Andrew Jackson has been called the 'first modern president.' He was the first who didn't grow up privileged, and once in office he strengthened the role of the White House to be more equal to that of Congress and the Judiciary. Via Wikimedia Commons.

$1 Million Exhibit Highlights Andrew Jackson — The Warrior, Hero And Controversial President

November 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The Hermitage is in the midst of a repositioning that focuses more on the man who lived there than on the house and belongings he left behind.

In the state report card for the last school year, KIPP Nashville showed top marks across the board for value added scores, while listing nearly 90 percent of students as "economically disadvantaged." (Image via KIPP Academy)

Nashville Has Nowhere Near Too Many Charter Schools, Mayor Dean Says

November 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is beating back critics who say the city’s 19 charter schools are enough for now.

Google Fiber has already expanded to three metro areas, including Kansas City, where this photo was taken. Credit: Paul Sableman via Flickr

Why Did Google Fiber File An Application For Tennessee’s Approval?

November 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Google has taken another step toward bringing high-speed fiber-optic internet to Nashville. But Fiber fans shouldn’t get too excited by the news: It’s still not a binding commitment.

A Volunteer State staff member helps Madison Cone, middle, complete the Tennessee Promise application, along with the community college's application for admission. Her mom came with her. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Vol State Isn’t Sweating Over The Extra Interest From Tennessee Promise Applicants

November 24, 2014 at 4:48 am

If every student who applied for Tennessee’s free community college program actually went to community college, some schools, including Volunteer State Community College, would nearly double their full-time enrollment. But it’s holding judgment about enrollment increases until the next step of the application process.

Tom Perez is the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He's been so fascinated by Volkswagen's relationship with unions, he visited the automaker in Germany. Credit: Dept. of Labor

Labor Secretary Wants Volkswagen’s Tennessee Plant To Become A Model

November 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

The U.S. Secretary of Labor is fresh off a trip to Wolfsburg, Germany, which had a very Tennessee connection.

Before the Civil War, Before the Civil War, Generals John Schofield (left) and John Hood (right) were West Point classmates and friends. Images via Library of Congress

150 Years Ago: Key Civil War Battles Began With A Race Through Middle Tennessee

November 24, 2014 at 4:07 am

Atlanta had fallen, Sherman was marching a path of destruction to the sea and Robert E. Lee was trapped in months-long siege that would last until nearly the end of the war. But Confederate General John Hood thought he saw one last chance to turn things around for the South.

Davidson County Chancery Court awaits the arrival of Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman, who rejected the state's motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the electric chair. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Tennessee’s Use Of The Electric Chair

November 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

In August, attorneys representing ten death row inmates sued the state alleging the electric chair is “cruel and unusual punishment.”

TV networks opted not to air President Obama's speech, so immigrants gathered to watch the announcement together. Credit: David Wright Smith

Nashville Immigrants Cheer Executive Action, Legislators Prep Legal Action

November 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

While they hoped for more, Nashville immigrants cheered President Obama’s announcement to focus deportation efforts on criminals. Legislators want Governor Bill Haslam to file suit.

Aspire is a charter school in Memphis that is part of the Achievement School District. The ASD has 23 schools for the 2014-15 school year. Five are directly run by the district. The rest are run by charter organizations. Brick Church College Prep is the only ASD school in Nashville. The rest are in Memphis. Credit: TN Photo Services

Two Nashville Schools Must Show Why They Shouldn’t Be Taken Over By The State

November 21, 2014 at 12:01 am

Two Nashville middle schools have one last chance to save themselves from state takeover.

Gov. Bill Haslam was elected to lead the Republican Governors Association in Boca Raton, Fla. on Thursday. Credit: RGA

Gov. Haslam Will Lead Republican Governors Association, Replacing Chris Christie

November 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

The RGA’s role is to try to forge consensus among the state’s top Republicans and also to raise money for the party.

Soldiers from the 159th CAB, 101st Airborne Division conduct joint Medevac training. Credit: John Giaquinto via DVIDS

Fort Campbell Losing Another 2,400 Soldiers In Army Downsizing

November 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade based at Fort Campbell has likely flown its final mission. The Pentagon has reportedly chosen to phase out the unit as part of a larger Army restructuring related to sequestration.

Diane Ravitch, who writes a popular education blog and teaches at New York University, met with fans following an event at Vanderbilt University Wednesday night. In attendance were teachers union officials and some Metro school board members. Credit: David Wright Smith

Diane Ravitch Cheered By Anti Education Reform Crowd In Nashville

November 20, 2014 at 5:50 am

A Nashville crowd of 400 was enthralled with education reform naysayer Diane Ravitch from the moment she was introduced by Metro school board member Amy Frogge to when she left the stage.

Composer Stephen Paulus, center (in the brown shirt) was present when the NSO recorded his Concerto for String Quartet in 2012. He suffered a stroke before the recording in 2013 of his Organ Concerto. Both recordings are included on the album released last month. Credit: Brian D. Siewer

Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer

November 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

The Nashville Symphony’s concerts this weekend will take on an unusual layer of poignancy. They’re dedicated to composer Stephen Paulus, who died last month just days after the orchestra released an album of his music.

Metro's Industrial Development Board asked Bridgestone representatives about its planned 30-story tower on Wednesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Could The Bridgestone Tower’s Tax Break Make The Playing Field Uneven In Office Rental Market?

November 20, 2014 at 5:37 am

One member of a city real estate board that reviews incentive deals is worried that if Bridgestone subleases part of its space, it would create an unfair market advantage.

About 100 attended the Nashville town hall meeting at the Veterans Affairs hospital there. Many shared their personal experiences. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

In Six Months, Slow Progress For Tennessee Veterans Waiting To See Doctors

November 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

The VA and the regional healthcare system has spent more than $17 million since May to send patients to private care, but the number of appointments with wait times of 30 days or longer still hasn’t decreased. In fact, it’s gone up a little.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez (right) toured LetterLogic, a Nashville invoice processor, which pays employees a starting wage of $12 an hour. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Labor Secretary Beats The Drum On Minimum Wage In Nashville

November 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Governor Bill Haslam said this week that raising Tennessee’s minimum wage would be a non-starter in the legislature. But the U.S. Secretary of Labor believes a majority of Tennesseans would welcome such a pay hike.

Payday lenders like this one on 8th Avenue will face new zoning restrictions.  Credit WPLN / Bobby Allyn

Nashville Payday Lenders and Pawnshops Now Have New Restrictions

November 19, 2014 at 5:20 am

Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell of Antioch sponsored the bill. It prevents payday lenders from setting up shop a quarter mile from each other.

Rep. John Duncan says he's willing to accept a government shutdown to block President Obama's immigration action. Credit: Rep. John Duncan's Office

Tennessee Congressman Considers Shutdown To Stop Obama’s ‘Amnesty’

November 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Obama’s executive action would allow up to five million undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. without the fear of deportation.