Articles by: Bradley George

John Seigenthaler (center) at the dedication ceremony for the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge on April 29, 2014. The Shelby Street bridge was renamed in his honor. In 1954, Seigenthaler saved the life of a suicidal man who was about to jump off the bridge. Image: Metro Photo Archive

At 86, John Seigenthaler Still Reads The Tennessean Like He’s The Editor

July 7, 2014 at 5:46 am

The Tennessean has defined John Seigenthaler’s life. Even in retirement, he still looks at stories in the paper with the sharp eyes of a tough editor.

Dolly Parton Plays For Her Largest Crowd Ever At British Festival

Dolly Parton Plays For Her Largest Crowd Ever At British Festival

June 30, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Parton played for an estimated 150,000 at Britain’s Glastonbury festival this weekend.

Roseanne Cash chats with Rep. Doug Collins (R-Georgia) prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. Her father, Johnny Cash, testified before the same panel in 1997. Image: House Judiciary Committee

Rosanne Cash Tells Congress: Pandora Is The Future, But Needs To Pay Musicians Fairly

June 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash was on a different kind of stage Wednesday. She testified in front of a congressional committee on the thorny issue of music royalties and online streaming services, like Pandora.

President Obama Makes Nashville’s Acting U.S. Attorney Permanent

President Obama Makes Nashville’s Acting U.S. Attorney Permanent

June 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

President Obama has nominated a new US Attorney for Middle Tennessee. David Rivera has already served in that role for more than a year.

"As one of the folks who's taken so many of the tough votes necessary to cause this place to function, I could not be more disappointed," Corker told reporters after the vote. (Image via Corker's site)

Tennessee’s Bob Corker Plays Dealmaker In Restoring Highway Trust Fund

June 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Tennessee’s Bob Corker is once again casting himself as a Washington dealmaker. This time, the Republican Senator is touting a bipartisan plan to refill the federal highway trust fund, which is set to run out of money by the end of the year.

Nashville-Based App Tells Conservatives Where To Shop, But Liberals Use It Too

Nashville-Based App Tells Conservatives Where To Shop, But Liberals Use It Too

June 16, 2014 at 4:31 am

The app, known as 2nd Vote, rates businesses on their support of same-sex marriage, abortion rights, and environmental issues.

Congressman Jim Cooper

At Bergdahl Hearing, Jim Cooper Blasts ‘Prosecutorial’ Republicans, Asks About Notice

June 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Nashville’s Democratic congressman criticized his Republican colleagues during a hearing on the deal to swap five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Jim Cooper told the House Armed Services Committee that the hearing had become too partisan.

Lawmakers passed Senator Bill Ketron's bill, requiring TDOT to study building a monorail in the median of I-24. The agency must report back to the legislature by February 1, 2015. Image: Joe Penniston/Flickr

Monorail To Murfreesboro: Transit Planners Say It’s Too Costly, But TDOT Will Study It Anyway

June 9, 2014 at 5:19 am

State Senator Bill Ketron says he’s serious about building a monorail down the median of I-24, and has even discussed it with a Canadian train manufacturer. Others say we’ve already considered this idea.

Nashville Home Sales Slow Dramatically, But The Price Is Right If You’re Selling

Nashville Home Sales Slow Dramatically, But The Price Is Right If You’re Selling

June 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

The pace of home sales in the Nashville area continued to slow last month, but the median price for a house set a new record. The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors says the median price for a home in May was $209,900

Municipal was the original home of Fan Fair, now known as CMA Music Fest. This year's festival will be held at the new convention center. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

It’s Booking More Events, But Municipal Auditorium Still Relying On Metro Funds

June 5, 2014 at 5:27 am

Downtown Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium is hosting more events in 2014, but the 52-year-old venue is still relying on funds from Metro to balance its budget for now.

Dollar General Expanding As Primary Rival Shrinks

Dollar General Expanding As Primary Rival Shrinks

June 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Goodlettsville-based Dollar General already has more than 11,000 stores in 40 states. In 2015, the discount retailer will open stores in Oregon, Rhode Island and Maine for the first time. The news comes after rival Family Dollar announced it will close 370 locations.

East Tennessee Congressman Calls On VA Secretary To Step Down

East Tennessee Congressman Calls On VA Secretary To Step Down

May 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Republican Phil Roe’s request follows a report showing that the Veterans Affairs agency systemically delayed care to wounded veterans and manipulated records to cover it up.

From Small Town North Carolina to… North Korea? Hearing The World On Shortwave Radio

From Small Town North Carolina to… North Korea? Hearing The World On Shortwave Radio

May 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

Long before I became WPLN’s morning host, my fascination with the airwaves began with a shortwave radio I saw in a Sears catalogue.

Congressman Cooper To Governor Haslam: It’s Past Time For Medicaid Expansion In Tennessee

Congressman Cooper To Governor Haslam: It’s Past Time For Medicaid Expansion In Tennessee

May 19, 2014 at 4:15 am

For more than a year, Governor Haslam has been talking to Washington about what a Tennessee Medicaid expansion would look like. Haslam has released few details about those discussions, and Nashville congressman Jim Cooper says it’s time for action.

Jim Cooper Defends Embattled VA Secretary, But Still Wants Answers

Jim Cooper Defends Embattled VA Secretary, But Still Wants Answers

May 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Nashville Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper says he is waiting for answers from the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Vets groups are calling for Shinseki’s resignation after a CNN investigation alleged that the VA kept a secret list of patients at its hospital in Phoenix. The list was meant to hide the fact that thousands had to wait months to see a doctor.

Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation Votes Along Party Lines For Benghazi Investigation

Tennessee’s Congressional Delegation Votes Along Party Lines For Benghazi Investigation

May 9, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Tennessee’s congressional delegation split along party lines Thursday, to create a special committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Harlan Mathews, Former US Senator And Adviser To Tennessee Governors, Dies At 87

Harlan Mathews, Former US Senator And Adviser To Tennessee Governors, Dies At 87

May 9, 2014 at 4:20 am

Former Democratic US Senator and Tennessee state treasurer Harlan Mathews has died. He was 87 years old.

TN Senator Alexander To Health Secretary Nominee: Help Republicans “Repair The Damage Obamacare Has Done”

TN Senator Alexander To Health Secretary Nominee: Help Republicans “Repair The Damage Obamacare Has Done”

May 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander was the first Republican to ask questions of President Obama’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Sylvia Burwell appeared before a Senate committee Thursday.

Tennessee’s Power Producer Gets Lift From Cold Winter, But Still Cuts Jobs

Tennessee’s Power Producer Gets Lift From Cold Winter, But Still Cuts Jobs

May 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Record cold this winter means the Tennessee Valley Authority sold more electricity to local power companies in the past six months. But the news comes as the federally owned utility is looking to make big cuts to its workforce.

3,200 Workers Are Helping Complete The Nation’s First New Nuclear Reactor In 20 Years

3,200 Workers Are Helping Complete The Nation’s First New Nuclear Reactor In 20 Years

May 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Over 3,500 people were working at Watts Bar, at the height of construction. TVA’s Mike Skaggs says that number is declining, as the reactor nears completion.