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2015 TCAP Results Have Middle Tennessee Districts Looking For Reading Help

Nearly every school district in the Nashville area needs help in one subject — reading. Standardized test data released Wednesday shows language is a common sore spot.
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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 and performing at the camp.

This year, Zazu debuted a new song about a lack of respect for women in rock — and said she's preparing her students to change the industry.

At camp, the girls choose an instrument to learn, make up band names — think Glitter Bomb or the Atomic Flying Elbows — and design rock ‘n’ roll T-shirts.

Zazu, who is 25, teaches screenprinting and guitar. She’s passing on the same skills and swagger that she learned at camp, starting when she was just 12. She had frizzy brown hair at the time that made her look like a feral child — or like a heavy metal drummer.


One of the most respected pedal steel guitar players of all time died Wednesday in Nashville.

Buddy Emmons may not be a household name, but he played on records for everyone from Ray Price to Ray Charles and George Straight to Judy Collins.

Emmons mastered one of modern music's more complicated instruments. Country music wouldn't sound like itself without the pedal steel. And the instrument sounds the way it does today because of Emmons.

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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker largely focused on one “what if” question today at a hearing into the Iran nuclear deal. In his words: “What would happen if we decided not to lift our Congressionally mandated sanctions?”

The agreement, as negotiated, calls for stringent limits on Iran’s nuclear activity. In exchange, world powers would lift economic sanctions against Iran. Nicholas Burns is a former diplomat who helped hammer out those sanctions during the Bush Administration. He thinks the deal is a relatively good one.

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African American leaders held a pep rally for Angela Huff last night in the hopes of swaying the Nashville school board to reconsider her for the superintendent job. Ministers and politicians lightly suggested her race is playing against her.

“I don’t say that you’re racist, but listen, there’s smoke coming up out the basement and nobody is calling the fire department.”

Pastor Enoch Fuzz called the gathering. Speakers included school board member Tyese Hunter, who has publicly supported Huff.

Brick Church College Prep

Tennessee’s lowest performing schools now get lumped into one district. And three years in, that state-run system is finding improvement seems to accelerate over time.

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Nearly every school district in the Nashville area needs help in one subject — reading. Standardized test data released Wednesday shows language is a common sore spot.

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The largest school district in Middle Tennessee is patting itself on the back for modest improvements over last year. School-level test scores show Metro is making gains faster than the state as a whole.

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Gary Wade's decision to retire from the Tennessee Supreme Court will be the first real test of the state's new system for selecting judges.

With the stakes so high, what if Gov. Bill Haslam takes a while to pick a replacement?


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