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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 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 show how walking can make a big dent in traffic.

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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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Crane-spotting has become a pastime in Nashville, but it’s possible to overlook the most powerful equipment in town. 

Bridgestone Americas

Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas is a step closer to having vehicles rolling on domestically-produced natural rubber. The company is cultivating its own alternative to the rubber tree: a desert shrub found in the American Southwest.

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Anti-abortion protesters lined Charlotte Avenue over the weekend with the goal of keeping pressure on Planned Parenthood in the wake of a series of sting videos that began circulating in July.

Several dozen people turned out Saturday morning for the second protest since August aimed at a Nashville abortion clinic. Organizers said the crowd peaked at just over 200 protesters.

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Two state lawmakers are reminding parents that they have the right to review what their children are being taught about Islam.

State Sens. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield, and Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, issued the statement Thursday afternoon.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Amid Nashville’s storytelling culture — which tends to come out through song — a new experiment has emerged. It’s called “poetry on demand.”

A group of writers hangs out at events, including this weekend’s Southern Festival of Books, and quickly writes poems based on stories shared from passers-by. Whoever wanders up answers a few questions and then the poets go to work.  


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