On Thursday, the 101st Airborne Division packed up its battle flags to mark the end of its mission in West Africa. Troops didn’t have to build nearly as many Ebola treatment units as first expected, mostly because the number of cases began to drop off.
State Rep. Sheila Butt defended her Facebook comment calling for the creation of organizations to represent Christians and people of European descent in a speech this morning from the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
Butt (R-Columbia) said the comment was meant to be "inclusive," that she would stand for hers and other lawmakers' First Amendment rights, that she believes the nation is stronger when it stands for Christian values and that others were trying to make her comment seem divisive.
Tennessee astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore spent more than six hours Wednesday working outside the International Space Station. Wilmore, who’s been aboard for about six months, was helping prepare the station for the arrival of private space taxis.
Meet Barry “Butch” Wilmore, your friendly local astronaut.
Wilmore grew up in Mt. Juliet and went to Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee. Then he enlisted in the Navy, became a pilot and then — an astronaut.
“Step by step, eventually I was in a position where I had qualifications to do this job, and it was something that was always in the back of my mind,” Wilmore told WPLN during an interview in September, right before he launched up to the International Space Station.
A $100-million floodwall project unveiled Wednesday would be the costliest flood prevention effort in Nashville history. The plans are a response to the 2010 flood, when the Cumberland River engulfed part of downtown.