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Koch Brothers-backed Forum Pushes Voucher Advocacy In Nashville

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.

Haslam Hasn’t Blocked Same-Sex National Guard Benefits, But Then, 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 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.

The inside of Portland's Ace Hotel. The company is reportedly eyeing a site in Nashville's Printers' Alley. (Photo Credit: Kenn Wilson)

Nashville In Line For A Boutique Hotel Boomlet, If All The Plans Go Through

July 17, 2014 at 4:46 am

A group of well-heeled investors has an acre of property in the heart of Printer’s Alley in downtown Nashville under contract. The developers are thinking about a boutique hotel there, just as several other similar hotels are being considered.

Barry Wilmore, front right, and a crew of astronauts prepare to launch on the space shuttle Atlantis in 2009. Wilmore was in space for 10 days. Credit: NASA.gov

Tennessee Astronaut (And Dad) Gets Ready To Launch Into Space

July 17, 2014 at 4:45 am

Barry Wilmore, a native of Mt. Juliet, will be taking command of the International Space Station. He talked to WPLN’s Emily Siner about what it’s like to leave his family for the final frontier.

Judge Hands Victory To Developer Planning Tallest Building In Green Hills

Judge Hands Victory To Developer Planning Tallest Building In Green Hills

July 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

The Green Hills Neighborhood Association sued the developers in the project, claiming that the tall building violated the area’s height restrictions.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association says more than 1,000 bridges in Tennessee are deficient. (Photo Credit: WikiCommons)

Repairs Needed On Nashville’s Bridges Highlight Country’s Faltering Infrastructure 

July 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

Statewide, Tennessee has more than a 1,000 bridges that need work.

The RTI2 (or "RTI-squared") model divides students into three "tiers." Credit: TN.gov

In Tenn. Schools, A New Attempt To Help Struggling Students Without Special Ed

July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

It’s called Response to Intervention and Instruction, or RTI2 for short, and it’s part of a statewide effort to help students catch up earlier. Elementary schools already have a similar model in place, but it could be challenging for high schools to implement it.

Melinda Gates spoke in Nashville on Monday to a group of Southern teachers. (Photo credit: DFID)

Melinda Gates Says Common Core Has Become Too Political

July 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Gates said the fact that not all students are college-ready by graduation is the country’s “great injustice.”

Spectators at the main stage, listening to the "Uncle Dave Macon Daze “Ad-hoc” Band"

Photos: Uncle Dave Macon Days, 2014

July 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

WPLN photographer Stephen Jerkins went to Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro last week. Here are some of his photos.