Articles by: Bobby Allyn

Koch Brothers-backed Forum Pushes Voucher Advocacy In Nashville

Koch Brothers-backed Forum Pushes Voucher Advocacy In Nashville

July 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

The out-of-state advocacy comes months after state lawmakers failed to pass a voucher bill.

Kansas City-based VML created the "Made in Tennessee" ad campaign, part of a $60 million contract. (Credit: VML)

Tennessee Invests More Tax Dollars Than Ever Before in Tourism Advertising

July 22, 2014 at 5:23 am

Governor Bill Haslam’s current budget included a nearly $11 million tourism budget, $6 million of which is being dedicated to the VML contract. It’s a 5-year agreement, and the firm’s total maximum payout is $60 million.

Some businesses along Nashville's Printer's Alley will be displaced to make way for a boutique hotel. Credit: Nina Cardona / WPLN

Effort To Block Printer’s Alley Hotel Picks Up Momentum

July 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

The new owners plan to renovate the old building but displace the tenants, which include Lonnie’s Western Room, Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar and others.

Music City Center Cited As Example In New Book About The ‘Follies’ Of Convention Centers

Music City Center Cited As Example In New Book About The ‘Follies’ Of Convention Centers

July 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm

He’s often been cited in Nashville stories casting doubt on the success prospects of the Music City Center.

The inside of Portland's Ace Hotel. The company is reportedly eyeing a site in Nashville's Printers' Alley. (Photo Credit: Kenn Wilson)

Nashville In Line For A Boutique Hotel Boomlet, If All The Plans Go Through

July 17, 2014 at 4:46 am

A group of well-heeled investors has an acre of property in the heart of Printer’s Alley in downtown Nashville under contract. The developers are thinking about a boutique hotel there, just as several other similar hotels are being considered.

Judge Hands Victory To Developer Planning Tallest Building In Green Hills

Judge Hands Victory To Developer Planning Tallest Building In Green Hills

July 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

The Green Hills Neighborhood Association sued the developers in the project, claiming that the tall building violated the area’s height restrictions.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association says more than 1,000 bridges in Tennessee are deficient. (Photo Credit: WikiCommons)

Repairs Needed On Nashville’s Bridges Highlight Country’s Faltering Infrastructure 

July 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

Statewide, Tennessee has more than a 1,000 bridges that need work.

Melinda Gates spoke in Nashville on Monday to a group of Southern teachers. (Photo credit: DFID)

Melinda Gates Says Common Core Has Become Too Political

July 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Gates said the fact that not all students are college-ready by graduation is the country’s “great injustice.”

Volkswagen has said it wants to have a 7-passenger SUV on the market by 2016. The company has not finalized the design but has released concepts like this, the Cross Blue. Credit: VW

Volkswagen Expected To Create 2,000 New Jobs In Chattanooga, But At A Hefty Price

July 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm

The announcement closes months of speculation about whether the automaker will add the new line in Tennessee or Mexico.

Governor Bill Haslam sat on a panel about health care at the National Governor's Association meeting, though there was no discussion about the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: TN Photo Services)

Federal Letter On TennCare Failings Surprised Haslam

July 14, 2014 at 5:39 am

Thousands of Tennesseans are not getting access to subsidized health care because state officials are failing to following rules set forth in the Affordable Care Act.

Bill Sanders, the creator of TVAAS, at his home in Columbia, Tenn.

The Man All Tennessee Teachers Have An Opinion About (But You’ve Never Heard Of)

July 14, 2014 at 5:00 am

Bill Sanders devised a way to assess teacher performance that many educators say is unfair, though it’s been embraced by many states.

Mom Charged With Assault For Drug Use Under New Tennessee Law

Mom Charged With Assault For Drug Use Under New Tennessee Law

July 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm

In response, the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue state officials. Last year, more than 900 newborns were dependent on drugs in Tennessee.

TennCare director Darin Gordon says part of the reason the state's Medicaid system is not meeting benchmarks has to do with Northman Grumman, the contractor.

Federal Officials Rap Tennessee’s Knuckles For Being Unhelpful To Those Who Qualify For TennCare

July 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Even though state officials were expecting a new wave of applicants with the federal health-care law, Tennessee no longer offers counselors to help enrollees sign-up for TennCare in person.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the newly elected president of the National Education Association, takes a hard stance against assessment systems like TVAAS. (Source NEA)

New President Of Country’s Largest Teachers’ Union On TVAAS: It’s ‘The Mark Of The Devil’

July 9, 2014 at 6:54 am

The new president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, says part of her strategy will be attacking an assessment that has deep roots in Tennessee.

Haslam told reporters Tuesday morning he spoke to the state's transportation commissioner to "make certain anything we do doesn't... either in a legal way or in a precedent way cause us issues with how the department of transportation has traditionally run projects." (Photo via Gov. Bill Haslam's flickr)

National Governors Association Helped Create Common Core, But That Won’t Be On Nashville Agenda

July 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Even though Common Core isn’t an official topic this week, some say it’ll be unavoidable.

Despite a boom in apartment construction around the city, including in the Gulch, apartments are still relatively difficult to come by, according to new study. Credit: Joseph via Flickr

Rent In Middle Tennessee Keeps Getting More Expensive, With Apartments Harder To Find

July 7, 2014 at 5:45 am

Searching for an apartment in Middle Tennessee is not getting any easier. A new study says the Nashville area is the seventh hardest place to find an apartment, and rents are rising faster than in Austin.

A rally Ben Folds organized on Monday brought out hundreds of supports around the idea of preserving RCA Studio A. (Photo by Stephen Jerkins)

Breaking Down The RCA Studio A Debate Between Ben Folds And Harold Bradley

July 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

What started as a rallying cry from musician Ben Folds to preserve RCA Studio A has now essentially morphed into a landlord-tenant dispute.

At a rally organized by Ben Folds on Monday, he called on the attendees to band around saving the history of Music Row. ( Photo: Stephen Jerkins)

Why Didn’t Ben Folds Just Buy RCA Studio A?

June 30, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Tim Reynolds, the Brentwood buyer, says it “is, and always was” his aim to preserve Studio A, suggesting that Folds’ ostensible victory didn’t really change the buyer’s plans.

Martin Holdrich at his office, Woods and Poole, located in Washington, DC.

The Man Behind The ‘It’ City’s Most Popular Number: 1 Million

June 27, 2014 at 4:30 am

Where did it come from? One economist in Washington, D.C. who crunches population numbers for a living.

Ryman Auditorium officials announced on Thursday plans to expand the non-historic parts of the building. (Bobby Allyn/WPLN)

Ryman Auditorium Set To Invest $14 Million In Lobby Expansion Due To Lack of Space

June 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

The expansion includes a new box office, more bathrooms and a reworked concessions area, and other renovations totaling $14 million.