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Gordon Ball's campaign website lifted nearly 30 passages from other elected officials. Credit: Gordon Ball

Senate Hopeful Gordan Ball On Website Plagiarism: So What?

September 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

A BuzzFeed report revealed that Ball borrowed passages whole-cloth from websites of other elected officials.

The Duggar family, stars of the TV show 19 Kids and Counting, appeared in the Tennessee statehouse with 17 out of 19 children. The eldest, Joshua Duggar, presented the findings from a new poll commissioned by the Family Research Council. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

New Poll On Abortion Amendment Comes With Conflicting Interpretations

September 30, 2014 at 4:28 am

Exactly half of Tennessee voters support the constitutional amendment concerning abortion regulations, according to a new poll commissioned by a conservative Christian policy group Family Research Council. It’s a shift from a Vanderbilt University poll earlier this year.

Newly-elected UAW president Dennis Williams announces the creation of Local 42 in Chattanooga earlier this year. Credit: UAW via Facebook

Autoworkers Union Gets Help From German Counterparts For Chattanooga Push

September 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Previously, lone representatives of VW’s works council and IG Metall have voiced support for the UAW effort in Chattanooga, but this letter of intent formalizes the support.

Gov. Bill Haslam has been pitching his Tennessee Promise free community college plan around the state, like at this event in Greeneville. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Universities Begin Adapting To Impact Of Free Community College

September 29, 2014 at 4:45 am

Four-year schools have sweetened scholarship packages and financial aid to transferring students.

The metal tags are much larger and more brightly colored than traditional ones, which are often just large enough to contain the tree's name. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Nashville Park’s New Tree Identifiers Could Be Exported To Other Cities

September 29, 2014 at 4:00 am

The new placards affixed to trees in Centennial Park link to videos and educational materials online.

Tennessee operates three youth detention centers across the state like Woodland Hills. The teens have all committed three or more felonies. Credit: DCS

13 Teens Who Escaped Woodland Hills Caught, But What Triggered Second Breakout Remains Unclear

September 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

On Friday night, a group of 13 juvenile delinquents injured a guard and let themselves out of the same Department of Children’s Services facility where 32 teens escaped under a perimeter fence early this month.

Business managers from Franklin-based MEDHOST experimented with the new job training on the grounds of the Battle of Franklin. Credit: Priscilla Harris Photography.

What Can Modern Day Business Leaders Learn From Confederate Failures At The Battle of Franklin?

September 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

A new job training from Vanderbilt has Tennessee business leaders learning from the mistakes of Confederate generals in the Civil War.

Tennessee Supreme Court Pushes Back Billy Ray Irick’s Execution Date, Again

Tennessee Supreme Court Pushes Back Billy Ray Irick’s Execution Date, Again

September 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

His scheduled Oct. 7. execution date has been indefinitely delayed.

Parents gathered Wednesday night to hear from Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register. The purple shirts are people who identify with East Nashville United, which has opposed a plan to make the schools that feed Stratford and Maplewood a special "choice" zone. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

Inglewood Parents Make Plea To Keep Their School Open Amid East Nashville Shakeup

September 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

Parents crammed into the library of Inglewood Elementary Wednesday night to make their case for keeping the underperforming school open.

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket launched in Kazakhstan last November. Barry Wilmore will be going up to the International Space Station in a similar vessel. Credit: NASA.org

Countdown Over: Mount Juliet’s Barry Wilmore Launches Space Mission

September 25, 2014 at 5:26 am

After more than two years of preparation, the U.S. astronaut will be taking off from Kazakhstan on Thursday afternoon. He says he’s looking forward to the weightlessness and potential spacewalks.

Nashvillian Ruta Sepetys’ Novel To Be Next Citywide Read

Nashvillian Ruta Sepetys’ Novel To Be Next Citywide Read

September 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Once again, Nashvillians are being asked to all read and talk about the same book. Mayor Karl Dean today announced the selection of “Between Shades of Gray,” a novel about a teenage Lithuanian girl at the start of the Soviet occupation.

Register’s Exit Doesn’t Change Plans For East Nashville, Low-Performing Schools

Register’s Exit Doesn’t Change Plans For East Nashville, Low-Performing Schools

September 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Metro Schools Director Jesse Register says he’s got a lot of work to do before his contract with the district ends. Last night, Register essentially gave the school board nine months notice.

MTSU President Sydney McPhee on the right says Governor Bill Haslam promised as a candidate to build the science building

Why Did MTSU Enrollment Drop So Suddenly? President Says Students Can’t Pay

September 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Middle Tennessee State University is blaming a big enrollment drop-off on students’ ability to pay. While admission figures are only just now made final, president Sidney McPhee says the nearly five percent drop occurred just before the start of the semester.

Teachers are saying in a new study from Vanderbilt that they are less receptive to Common Core standards in their classrooms. Credit: alamosbasement via Flickr

Survey Says Common Core Support Drops Drastically Among Tennessee Teachers

September 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Teacher opinion of Common Core education standards has declined since this time last year.

Rayna James, played by Connie Britton, is a country music star trying to start her own music label. Credit: ABC Photo

How ‘Nashville’ Star Connie Britton Puts On Her Character’s Accent

September 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

The TV show Nashville has gotten praise for tackling the Southern accent — or at least, not always completely butchering it. And as many movies and TV shows have shown over the years, this isn’t an easy task.

Vanderbilt med students receive their white coats in a ceremony. Med school involves many traditions but a new project dubbed "Curriculum 2.0" is meant to modernize the experience. Credit: VUSM via Flickr

Vanderbilt Overhauling Med School Curriculum

September 24, 2014 at 5:31 am

Vanderbilt University is trying to rethink nearly every aspect of its medical school curriculum, and the American Medical Association likes where the school is headed.

Taxi companies are disgruntled with Lyft, whose pink mustache is shown here, and Uber, but Nashville has been working with the ridesharing companies to make them legal in Nashville. Credit via Flickr

Nashville Puts Writing To Lyft And Uber Regulations

September 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Lyft and Uber have maintained that they’re a logistical business, not a taxi business, putting them above local taxi rules. But city officials differ.

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and Nashville Sounds owner Frank Ward signed the two-year player development in the Omni Hotel this morning. Credit: Emily R. West.

Playing To Win: Sounds Owner Says Switch to Oakland A’s Is The Best Move

September 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

The Nashville Sounds sealed the deal today, becoming the farm team for the Oakland A’s.

Credit: Stephanie Saujon

Historic Nashville Says Preserving These Nine Sites Is Top Priority. See The Photos

September 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

A nearly 200-year old cemetery and the outbuildings of an antebellum home are on this year’s list of the most endangered historic properties in Nashville. But as the so-called Nashville Nine were announced today, much of the focus was on the place that also played host to the event: the old RCA Studio A.

The new school sits on Dickerson Pike, but it faces the side street. One parent said they were glad since across Dickerson Pike is an adult bookstore. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Report Finds Charters Have ‘Negative Fiscal Impact’ On Nashville District Schools

September 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

“Charter schools will – with nearly 100 percent certainty – have a negative fiscal impact on Metro Schools.” That’s a direct quote from a study ordered by the board of education, confirming the views of several charter skeptics on panel.