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Tennessee Democrats Condemn Trump's Questioning Of Black Immigrants; Republicans Silent

This post contains strong language. Both of the Democrats who represent Tennessee districts in the Congress condemned language used by President Donald Trump to disparage several majority-black nations, but the state's Republicans were silent after asked to comment by Nashville Public Radio on Friday.

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Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville’s Music City Center has had 750,000 visitors since it opened about a year and a half ago — and a lot of them have probably gotten lost. 

The convention center spans 1.2 million square feet over several floors. To help people find their way, the MCC released a smartphone app, called Music City Center. I tried it out after the official launch event Wednesday morning.

Tajhiee Cockerham has a small frame, big brown eyes and a baby face. Clad in the standard-issue orange jumpsuit, the 18-year-old joined me in a tiny, bare room where inmates usually conference with attorneys. I wrote letters to Cockerham and the other eight teens who escaped from Woodland Hills in September and have since been placed in Nashville’s Criminal Justice Center, an adult jail. Though most of the them ignored my request, Cockerham agreed to sit down for a conversation. Jail officials gave us 20 minutes.

Tajhiee Cockerham has a small frame, big brown eyes and a baby face. Clad in the standard-issue orange jumpsuit, the 18-year-old joined me in a tiny, bare room where inmates usually conference with attorneys. I wrote letters to Cockerham and the other eight teens who escaped from Woodland Hills in September and have since been placed in Nashville’s Criminal Justice Center, an adult jail. Though most of the them ignored my request, Cockerham agreed to sit down for a conversation. Jail officials gave us 20 minutes.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

The monthly Bill Goodman Gun & Knife Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds has just about everything a weapons collector could want: Handguns and high-powered rifles, tomahawks and tasers – in colors that range from survivalist camo to hot pink.

But perhaps the most surprising find is at the table of dealer Eva Simmons: a 1970s-era switchblade, the kind with a black-and-silver handle and a curlicue guard. These were illegal in Tennessee until recently.

Justin Ochs

Justin Ochs, a businessman from Hendersonville, Tenn., is a pretty smooth talking guy. But when you get him in front of a crowd of people, his voice becomes mesmerizing.

Ochs was the winner of the 2012 International Auctioneer Championship. WPLN’s Emily Siner talked to him about what he’s really saying up there — and how he gets the bids rising.

Photos: A Visual Tour Of United Record Pressing

Jun 4, 2013
Stephen Jerkins

Located in Nashville, United Record Pressing is one of the largest and oldest continually operating vinyl record pressing plants in the US.

It's current location — on Chestnut Street, near Greer Stadium — opened in 1962, when segregation made it difficult for visiting Motown artists to find lodging. So, the pressing plant provided an on-site apartment that still exists today as a pristine time capsule of a bygone era.

Transitioned: Keeping My Calluses

Jul 23, 2011
Kim Green / WPLN

Fifty-three-year-old Alison Prestwood leads a double life. She’s a newly-minted lawyer and a veteran bass sideman who has loved making music for as long as she can remember.

She recalls a photo taken of her when she was a toddler. “I’ve got on this crazy majorette outfit, you know, my hat is askew and I think I’ve got a black eye,” she says. “But I’ve got a little guitar in my hand, and so I know that for whatever reason, guitar was just it for me from nearly day one.”

Transitioned: ":Fear Not"

Apr 13, 2011
Kim Green

 


The economy’s not just in a downturn. It’s in transition. The rules of the game are changing, industries are transforming, and many jobs don’t feel so secure anymore. This spring, WPLN’s Kim Green is collecting stories of Tennesseans who are learning to survive and adapt to an uncertain marketplace, and an economy in flux.

Two years ago, Ann Jetton lost her job with a contractor that serves mortgage companies. She’d been working at one company or another for more than 36 years. Her first job was cleaning houses with her mother during summer breaks. In high school, she worked at Steak ‘n’ Shake.

Transitioned: Nobody Can Survive Without Backup

Mar 22, 2011

Two years ago, with unemployment on the rise, Rachel Agee was grateful to have a job. She worked at a law firm, producing training videos, including ones about, ironically, how to properly fire someone. “Pretty much everything that the training video tells you to do, yeah, that didn’t happen,” says Agee.

The company terminated her, without warning, in February of 2009. “The first thought that popped into my head,” she says, “was ‘Oh god, how am I going to pay my mortgage?'”

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The Promise: Life, Death and Change in the Projects

This WPLN limited-run podcast explores life in public housing, smack in the middle of a city on the rise. Launching Jan. 24.

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On a cold January afternoon, voices ring out from the choir, speaking text that echoes throughout the sanctuary of Fisk Memorial Chapel.

headshots provided by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

Nashville's ALIAS Chamber Ensemble today announced that cofounder and longtime Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers is retiring from her role at the organization's helm. The violinist will continue to perform  with ALIAS and will be given the title Artistic Director Emeritus.
 

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For the 16th year in a row, Roger Wiesmeyer is organizing a birthday celebration for one of music's greatest geniuses: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This year's annual Mozart Celebration will feature several vocal selections as well as Wiesmeyer playing the solo part in a piano concerto (all by Mozart, of course.) 

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