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Crowded Ballot Has Nashville Voters Doing Their ‘Homework’

The final day of early voting in Nashville turned out to be the biggest. According to The Tennessean, a total of 54,000 people turned out to cast a ballot early. That’s effectively the same pace of voting as eight years ago. Many voters say having seven candidates for mayor made it tough to pick one.
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Mt. Juliet's W.A. Wright Elementary School stands at the head of its class, even when compared to the state's top schools.

Principal Jill Giles says it begins with the school's mentoring program. Each year, teachers pick out students who could use a little extra adult attention. They're then paired with a member of the school's staff — be it a librarian, a secretary or Giles herself.

"They have to know that they're cared about and that we're here for them, no matter what the situation may be at home. And we bring them in. We love them. And then we start to teach."

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Nashville’s District Attorney is now investigating an anonymous robocall that characterizes mayoral candidate David Fox as an extreme rightwing Republican. The message does not disclose who paid for it, a potential violation of federal law.

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The final day of early voting in Nashville turned out to be the biggest. According to The Tennessean, a total of 54,000 people turned out to cast a ballot early. That’s effectively the same pace of voting as eight years ago. Many voters say having seven candidates for mayor made it tough to pick one.

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While Metro Schools will not have a permanent superintendent in place for the first day of school this week, the board of education is looking on the bright side.

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Handguns will continue to be banned from Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater — at least for the near future — despite a legal opinion from the state's top lawyer that seemed to throw the policy in doubt.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery wrote last week that a new state law opens all parks in Tennessee, including venues like Ascend that are run by private companies. That suggests Live Nation, Ascend's operator, would have to allow guns at the venue's concerts.

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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker today said he wants to talk to international inspectors before deciding whether to ratify the Iranian nuclear deal. Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, indicated there’s a bipartisan hunger for information about the agreement’s limitations.

For instance, Corker says they need to know why inspectors won’t have the kind of total access to Iranian facilities as they had in Iraq during the 1990s.

But at a hearing Thursday, one expert hinted that level of inspection may not be a realistic goal. 

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If you check out Spotify’s Nashville Top 100 playlist, you’ll find Elliot Root, an alternative band led by frontman Scott Krueger in the top spot.

"Doesn't means he's getting more plays again, than anyone in Nashville, but you could say he's the 'Nashvillist' artist right now,” said Eliot Van Buskirk, Data Storyteller and editor with Spotify. 

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With an influx of Tennessee Promise students heading to community college in a few weeks, one program is trying to prepare some of them for coursework before the first day of college. The three-week Summer Bridge program is part of an effort to decrease the number of community college students — usually a high percentage — who have to take remedial classes in reading or math during the school year.  

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Nashville rocker Jessi Zazu, of Those Darlins, has come full circle, from attending the Southern Girls Rock Camp for teenage female musicians, to teaching guitar and performing at the camp.

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