Before they passed away last week, Francis Guess and J.D. Elliott were business leaders, civic activists and pillars of the Nashville community.
But their styles could not have been more different.
Elliott was not a vocal leader. The taciturn executive was in his element in the boardroom, quietly building consensus.
But the nonprofit he oversaw, the Memorial Foundation, was one of Nashville's most active charities. Its gifts impacted countless organizations across the city, and it essentially saved the Adventure Science Center with a $1 million donation.
Tennessee has been trying to help kayakers and canoe enthusiasts find more places to put in to the state’s rivers. But some paddlers say the state hasn’t kept up with demand and may even be going backward.
A Methodist pastor has been suspended from her ministerial duties for 90 days by the Nashville area bishop after performing a marriage between two men. Rev. Pam Hawkins of Belmont United Methodist married a gay couple who had been members for 15 years.
More than 40 percent of students who are still eligible for Tennessee Promise have completed the final requirement before school starts: eight hours of community service. But the organization in charge of tallying the hours expects more students to finish by Aug. 1.
In exchange for receiving tuition-free community college, high school graduates are expected to volunteer or job shadow for eight hours. The state says it's a way to make students feel invested in the scholarship and start thinking about possible careers.
Not many people have sat face-to-face with communist dictators, the leaders of military coups and men who’ve been found guilty of war crimes. Fewer yet can say those meetings have helped defuse some of the world’s most tense standoffs.