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Legislators Fear Tennessee Students Can’t Type Fast Enough For New State Test

Some Tennessee lawmakers worry young students won’t be ready to type out all their answers on the state’s new standardized test, known as TNReady.
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For the first time in more than a decade, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is putting together a major exhibition of Islamic art.

Organizers hope it'll widen Tennesseans' conception of art from the Muslim world.

"Ink, Silk & Gold" has been three years in the making. It includes more than a 100 works from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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The homeless encampment between Adventure Science Center and Fort Negley has until the spring to clear out.

Metro Parks had tried to evict the campers several weeks ago, only to agree to allow more time for homeless outreach services to find other housing options.  Tuesday, the Parks Board approved an April 1st deadline for completely ending the encampment. Parks Director Tommy Lynch says the new mayor’s administration suggested that date as it began talks with the Homelessness Commission about possibly creating another place where encampments can be allowed.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says there’s been a possible cougar sighting in the northwest part of the state.

“We occasionally get reports of sightings.  But very rarely, if ever, do we get any photographic evidence or find any remains or anything like that,” said TWRA spokesman Don King. 

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Some Tennessee lawmakers worry young students won’t be ready to type out all their answers on the state’s new standardized test, known as TNReady. 

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The Music City Walk of Fame unveiled four new stars Tuesday afternoon.

Former Opry manager Bud Wendell, guitarist Steve Cropper and award-winning vocalist Miranda Lambert were all recognized for their work in preserving Nashville’s country music heritage.  

Music legend Johnny Cash was also honored with a star. His youngest brother, Tommy Cash, accepted in his place.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry opened the ceremony, saying she understands the need to maintain a relationship between music, business and politics.

Department of Children's Services

Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services — which oversees foster care — is closer than ever to ending a federal lawsuit that’s been ongoing for 15 years. DCS was required to treat foster children better and has made “substantial progress,” as reported in court Monday.

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Every Friday afternoon, Saleh Sbenaty sits down in his cluttered office, pulls out a cell phone and calls his 80-year-old mother in Damascus.


"Salaam, mama."

It's nearly midnight in the Syrian capital, but this is the one time they can catch up.

Old Hickory Quarry

The new Metro Council begins its work tonight after an election that produced historic turnover in the chamber. One of the first orders of business is a lingering controversy about whether to allow quarry operations in Nashville.

TN Photo Services

The state is now reporting how many students are taking advantage of Tennessee Promise, its free community college program: 15,830. That comes out to about a quarter of all high school seniors who were eligible to apply for the program last fall. 

It's a number the state is certainly proud of, says Tennessee Promise executive director Mike Krause, but that number doesn't say much yet about the success of the program.

“Our measure of success is not just based on how many enroll," he says. "A really key part is going to be how many complete [college], how many do we retain.”

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The conference room inside a Veterans Affairs center in Nashville feels distinctly clinical: beige walls, gray carpet, creaky chairs.

But on a Monday afternoon in August, there's an energy that might be felt more often at an intimate Nashville club. Two dozen people, mostly women, are sitting on those creaky chairs in a circle. Some hold guitars. About half are veterans, and they're waiting to debut their very personal songs about a shared experience: sexual assault.


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