Articles by: Bradley George

Governor Haslam’s Free Community College Promise:  How Will This Work?

Governor Haslam’s Free Community College Promise: How Will This Work?

by / on February 10, 2014

Tennessee community colleges have been getting a lot of calls in the past week, ever since Governor Bill Haslam announced plans to offer free tuition to high school graduates.

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Cold January Put Damper On Nationwide Home Sales, But Not Nashville

Cold January Put Damper On Nationwide Home Sales, But Not Nashville

by / on February 6, 2014

Freezing weather in January is expected to put a damper on home sales nationwide, but it didn’t in Nashville. Sales in the area increased, compared to the same month last year.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, center, speaks at negations with Iran in Geneva, last November.  Kerry insists the short-term deal is only a first step to a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Image: US State Department

Iran Benefits From Nuke Deal, Tenn. Senator Corker Says Leverage Lost

by / on February 5, 2014

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says Iran is reaping major economic benefits from a short-term deal over uranium enrichment, but the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the county doesn’t have to make sacrifices to its nuclear program.

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The Cold Winter Drove Up Demand For Power, But TVA Is Still Shuttering Some Coal Plants

The Cold Winter Drove Up Demand For Power, But TVA Is Still Shuttering Some Coal Plants

by / on February 4, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will likely press on with its plans to shut down several power generators, even though freezing temperatures in January led to record demand.

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Wine In Grocery Stores Wouldn’t Make Tennessee Liquor Laws Any Simpler

Wine In Grocery Stores Wouldn’t Make Tennessee Liquor Laws Any Simpler

by / on February 3, 2014

State lawmakers have tried for years to allow supermarkets to sell Chardonnay and Merlot. They’re making a go of it again this legislative session. But it’s not as simple as telling grocery stores, “ok, you can sell wine now.”

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Tennessee Senator’s School Choice Plan: Give Federal Money To Low-Income Parents

Tennessee Senator’s School Choice Plan: Give Federal Money To Low-Income Parents

by / on January 28, 2014

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is jumping on the school choice bandwagon. He wants to give low-income parents $2,100 dollars a year in federal money to spend on their child’s education.

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The map shows which states have expanded Medicaid (dark orange), which have not (dark green), and which are still on the fence (light green). States shaded in light orange have received permission from the Obama Administration to customize their expansion. Governor Haslam wants federal officials to approve his "Tennessee Plan" for Medicaid. Image: The Commonwealth Fund

Instead Of Expanding Medicaid In Tennessee, How About A ‘Stopgap?’

by / on January 27, 2014

A group of Republican state Senators is proposing a “stopgap” measure as an alternative to expanding Medicaid to the working poor. It comes as Governor Haslam says he’s still trying to negotiate an expansion and hospital are getting antsy over whether it will happen.

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Bradley George: Newscaster Entry, 2014

by / on January 24, 2014

1. 6:06am Newscast  Airdate: August 28, 2013 2. Spot: Scientists Seek Answer To Climate Change Mystery, Could It Be Our Summer Haze? Airdate: July 8, 2013 3. Feature: 9,300 Miles From Nashville And Nearly 50 Years After His Death, Jim Reeves Is As Popular As Ever Airdate: September 25, 2013    

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Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Ralph Schulz speaks at a press conference, announcing the formation of Businesses for Tennessee Prosperity. The group says it's already raised over $100,000 to lobby lawmakers and run ads in support of Common Core.

In New Ad, Pro Common Core Group Touts TN Education Progress

by / on January 23, 2014

A Tennessee businesses group supporting Common Core education standards is taking to the airwaves. A new radio ad features a conversation between two actors, portraying a teacher and a parent.

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Capitol Hill Conversation: The Governor’s New Fight Against Meth

by / on January 21, 2014

Governor Bill Haslam started 2014 not by talking about the budget, or education, but pseudoephedrine. That’s the key ingredient in many cold medicines and it’s a necessary ingredient in meth. Meth labs still flourish in rural areas, and the drug has spread into cities like Nashville and Memphis.

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In launching his campaign, Rob McGuire is touting his effectiveness as a prosecutor. In the more than 30 first degree murder cases he's tried, he says all but one ended in a guilty verdict. McGuire has also worked with Metro Police's gang unit. Image: Tennessee Bar Association

In Announcing Retirement, Nashville DA Endorses Possible Successor

by / on January 16, 2014

Torry Johnson has endorsed one of the top prosecutors in his office to succeed him as Davidson County District Attorney. Rob McGuire graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2001 and went straight to work as an assistant DA.

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Younger, Sicker Flu Patients Treated At Tennessee Hospitals

Younger, Sicker Flu Patients Treated At Tennessee Hospitals

by / on January 14, 2014

Tennessee is one of a dozen states reporting a high number of flu-like illnesses. The elderly and children are usually the most at risk of being hospitalized, but doctors are surprised at the number of healthy young adults with severe complications from the flu.

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A total eclipse will start around 1:25 p.m. on the afternoon of August 21, 2017. It will be visible over a wide swath of the US, from Oregon to South Carolina, but Hopkinsville is where the eclipse will last longest. Image: Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau

City Near Nashville Is THE Hotspot for 2017 Solar Eclipse

by / on January 13, 2014

On August 21, 2017, people in Nashville and a wide swath of Middle Tennessee will witness a total solar eclipse. But if you really want to bask in the darkness, head to Hopkinsville, Kentucky—about an hour northwest of Nashville

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For Sale: The Name Of Nashville’s New Downtown Baseball Stadium

For Sale: The Name Of Nashville’s New Downtown Baseball Stadium

by / on January 10, 2014

Construction will begin in the next few months on a new stadium for the Nashville Sounds. The stadium doesn’t yet have a name, but the team’s agreement with the city allows it to sell naming rights for the first time.

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Speaking on the Senate floor once debate began on the bill, Alexander characterized it as an example of 'runaway spending.'

Their Reasons Are Different, But Neither TN Senator Wants To Extend Jobless Benefits

by / on January 7, 2014

Both of Tennessee’s Republican Senators say they’re against extended long-term unemployment benefits that expired just before the new year, but the two oppose the measure for different reasons.

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A sampling of some of the delays and cancellations at Nashville International Airport. 36 flights were cancelled this morning, airport officials estimate another 37 will be grounded the remainder of today. Image: Nashville International Airport

Other Cities’ Winter Weather Makes For Cancellations, Delays At Nashville Airport

by / on January 6, 2014

More than three dozen flights in and out of Nashville International Airport were cancelled Monday morning. While a cold snap has gripped Middle Tennessee, airports elsewhere are digging out from a massive snowstorm.

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UT researchers have created a mass grave at the university's Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the "body farm." They're using spectral imagery and and a laser scanning technology known as LIDAR to examine how the burial site will change over a three year period. Image: University of Tennessee

Tennessee Lab Uses Lasers From The Sky To Find Unmarked Graves

by / on January 2, 2014

Technology from Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Lab could one day help in the discovery of war crimes or genocide. Researchers are looking for new ways to detect unmarked graves.

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Plenty Of Severe Weather In Middle Tennessee, But Only One Death In 2013

Plenty Of Severe Weather In Middle Tennessee, But Only One Death In 2013

by / on December 31, 2013

Ice storms, floods, and tornadoes left their mark on Middle Tennessee in 2013, but severe weather hasn’t taken as much of a human toll on the region as in years past.

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Crews work to repair power lines in Dickson County, following an ice storm in early December. Image: Dickson Electric System

Is All That Ice Going To Knock Out My Power? The Weather Service Might Be Able To Tell

by / on December 26, 2013

The National Weather Service is trying something new this winter. Forecasters are telling Middle Tennesseans not just how much ice will fall in an ice storm, but if the power will go out and for how long. The system could be useful one day, but right now it’s far from perfect.

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Officials in Franklin say an updated population count could lead to an additional $600,000 a year in state revenue. They're giving away iPads and gift cards to encourage people to take part in the special census. Image: City of Franklin

Tennessee Cities Recount Population, In Hopes Of Landing More State Dollars

by / on December 23, 2013

More than a dozen Tennessee cities are trying to get a better count of their populations. The state of Tennessee shares revenue with its cities, based on their population. More people equals more money.

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