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Metro Council Seeks Better Public Comment Format

A series of listening sessions are underway around Davidson County with the mission of making Metro Council business more transparent — receiving public input on the best ways to receive public input.

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Parents pass on their genes, their values — and sometimes, their careers. When children grow up and take over the family business, how does their relationship with parents change? Do familial ties make them see the work differently? And what responsibility do they feel to pass it on to the next generation?

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Jessica Dunnavant, Sheri Hoffman and Yvonne Kendall play trios by Joseph Boismortier and Johann Quantz.

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This week, Tennessee becomes the first state to adopt an official safety ratings system for youth sports leagues.

The program hopes to corral a wild west of safety standards across all sports. It will award levels like Bronze and Gold to organizations based on their level of compliance.

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A Nashville man could serve five years in prison for making violent threats against Tennessee law enforcement, even though some of what he said and posted online is protected by the First Amendment.         

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Senator Bob Corker sang the praises of Bill Hagerty before the chamber overwhelmingly confirmed the Nashville businessman Thursday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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For the first time ever, Metro employees have paid family leave. The new benefit was unanimously approved this week by the city’s Civil Service Commission and went into effect immediately.

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On any given afternoon, the Nashville Zoo's lorikeet habitat is a symphony of chirps and squawks. The green, blue and red parrots zip around their enclosure, looking for visitors to perch on.

But on August 21st, at 1:27 p.m., bird keeper Ashley Gwaltney isn't quite sure what they'll sound like.

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More than a dozen walk-in health care clinics inside Walgreens locations will soon carry the Vanderbilt name. The medical center is taking over these Middle Tennessee clinics as part of its efforts to reach more patients cheaply.

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Aspiring farmers face a long shot to earn a living on the land, and that’s partly because land itself is getting so expensive. And since new farmers have to supplement their income with outside jobs, they also can’t afford to move too far out of town where property is more affordable. It's a conundrum for young people in the Nashville area trying to get back to the land. 

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The prolonged debate in Congress over health care is having a ripple effect on Tennessee's race for governor, and it may be a few more weeks before the field for 2018 is set.

A key figure is Diane Black. The Congressional representative from Sumner County is a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for governor. But Black has work in Washington she wants to wrap up first, including a job that stems from a major position she holds — chair of the House Budget Committee.

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The Nashville Symphony has selected a new conductor to handle the orchestra’s community, pops and educational concerts. Enrico Lopez-Yañez has served in a similar role with the Omaha Symphony since 2015.  

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Cellist Nicholas Gold put his own spin on 19th century music during this week's Live in Studio C. First, he and Brian Eades followed the tradition of violin virtuoso Paganini as they improvised additions to a set of variations. Then fellow cellist Elizabeth Browne filled in for the orchestra in a reduction of music by Schumann.

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The notion of the traveling musician is nothing new. From the transient troubadors of the 13th century to modern touring artists, musicianship and travel have gone hand in hand for centuries. 

With summer in full swing and families making pilgrimages to favorite beach spots and mountain retreats, spend some time with a few composers that found musical inspiration in their travels.  

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