Articles by: Bradley George

How To Make It Easier To Get Around Downtown? Metro Has 77 Ideas

How To Make It Easier To Get Around Downtown? Metro Has 77 Ideas

April 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

From meters that take credit cards, to a smartphone app that finds parking spots, Metro Public Works lets the ideas fly.

Ronnie Milsap Among Three Inducted Into Country Music Hall Of Fame

Ronnie Milsap Among Three Inducted Into Country Music Hall Of Fame

April 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Ronnie Milsap says he’s wanted to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame as long as he can remember. Tuesday, he got his wish.

Legislative Scorecard: Haslam Still Gets Most Of What He Wants, But Increasingly With A Fight

Legislative Scorecard: Haslam Still Gets Most Of What He Wants, But Increasingly With A Fight

April 21, 2014 at 4:33 am

WPLN’s Bradley George talks winners and losers with Andrea Zelinski, reporter for the Nashville Post and Nashville Scene.

Tennessee's state budget includes cuts to higher education funding, payments to TennCare providers, and contribution's to the state's rainy day fund. Governor Haslam amended his proposed budget, following months of lower than expected tax collections.

Few Lawmakers Try To Change It, So Governor Haslam Gets The Budget He Wants

April 14, 2014 at 5:03 am

It took lawmakers just 11 days to pass Governor Bill Haslam’s updated budget. It includes no pay raises for teachers or state employees, as the Governor originally promised. Although they considered changes, lawmakers passed the budget as-is.

Governor Haslam's proposed budget cuts include the elimination of promised raises for teachers. A one year delay of those raises is estimated to save the state $72 million. Image: TN Photo Services/Flickr

Tennessee Is Facing A Big Budget Gap, And There’s No Good Way To Fix It

April 7, 2014 at 5:10 am

State lawmakers will have to make tough choices before they go home for the year. Governor Bill Haslam says the state budget is more than $100 million short right now, and it will be even more next year.

A monorail train rolls through the central business district of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tennessee State Senator Bill Ketron wanted TDOT to examine the cost of building a monorail in the median of Interstate 24, between Nashville and Murfreesboro. Ketron says traffic congestion and Rutherford County's explosive population growth show the need for transportation alternatives along the busy corridor. Image: besopha/Flickr

House Panel Kills Nashville-Murfreesboro Monorail Study

April 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

A bill to study the feasibility of a Monorail from Nashville to Murfreesboro appears to be dead for the year. Murfreesboro State Senator Bill Ketron floated the idea of a monorail along Interstate 24, citing growing traffic congestion between Nashville and Rutherford County.

How Bad Is Nashville’s Sprawl? New Study Ranks It Among The Worst

How Bad Is Nashville’s Sprawl? New Study Ranks It Among The Worst

April 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

A new study ranks the Nashville region among the worst in the nation for urban sprawl. The report uses Census data to create a “Sprawl Index” based on residential and employment density, the concentration of businesses in downtown areas, and the mixture of jobs, homes and services in neighborhoods.

Why The ‘Stop Amp’ Legislation Is Not Just A Nashville Issue

Why The ‘Stop Amp’ Legislation Is Not Just A Nashville Issue

March 31, 2014 at 7:11 am

A fight has been brewing in the state legislature over a mass transit project in Nashville. While it may seem like a local issue, it’s gotten the attention of mayors in Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. They say the legislation could change the game for transportation projects of their own.

Nashville’s Airport To Soon Require Permits For Lyft, Uber To Pick Up Passengers

Nashville’s Airport To Soon Require Permits For Lyft, Uber To Pick Up Passengers

March 31, 2014 at 5:17 am

Services that allow regular drivers to give rides to paying customers may soon need a permit to work at Nashville International Airport. The regulations would be similar to those already in place for traditional cabs.

Changes Could Be Coming To Who Approves And Runs Charter Schools In Tennessee

Changes Could Be Coming To Who Approves And Runs Charter Schools In Tennessee

March 24, 2014 at 7:25 am

A debate over charter schools dominated the legislature last year. The discussion has been quieter this session. But there’s two proposals afoot, which would have long-term ramifications

What Really Happened In Last Week’s State House Vote On Common Core?

What Really Happened In Last Week’s State House Vote On Common Core?

March 17, 2014 at 5:16 am

Lawmakers in Tennessee and other states have been fighting over the education standards known as Common Core. In the Tennessee House last week, the fight boiled over.

If Tennessee Gets A School Voucher Program, What Would It Look Like?

If Tennessee Gets A School Voucher Program, What Would It Look Like?

March 10, 2014 at 5:25 am

Governor Bill Haslam wants to open the door to school vouchers in Tennessee. He’s looking to crack it just a little bit, targeting money to low-income families in the lowest performing schools to help them pay private school tuition. But some Republicans in the legislature want to go further.

From ‘StopAMP’ To ‘Go Nashville’: Amp Opponents Try A More Positive Message

From ‘StopAMP’ To ‘Go Nashville’: Amp Opponents Try A More Positive Message

March 6, 2014 at 4:46 am

A group opposed to the bus rapid transit line known as the Amp is trying to promote a more positive message. The StopAMP organization is trying to make the point that they’re for expanding mass transit in Nashville

White House Gives TVA Pat On The Back, But Still Wants To End Federal Ties

White House Gives TVA Pat On The Back, But Still Wants To End Federal Ties

March 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

The Obama Administration says the Tennessee Valley Authority has a better handle on its financial situation. But they’re still floating the possibility of the putting the nation’s largest public utility in private hands.

Nissan says it plans to unveil an all-new Titan pickup truck at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Nissan builds the Titan at its Canton, Mississippi assembly plant, along with several other trucks and SUVs. Image: Nissan North America

Nissan Sales Up, But Demand Lags For Aging Titan Truck

March 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Franklin-based Nissan North America says its sales were up more than 16 percent in February, compared to a year ago. But there was a sharp decrease in demand for some Nissan vehicles, including one of its trucks.

Is The State Legislature Trying To Erode Governor Haslam’s Power?

Is The State Legislature Trying To Erode Governor Haslam’s Power?

March 3, 2014 at 5:28 am

A kind of power struggle is playing out right now, among Governor Bill Haslam and Republican lawmakers. It’s a battle over boards. GOP lawmakers want to have their say on who sits on bodies like the State Textbook Commission and State Board of Education.

Governor Bill Haslam addresses a meeting of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in January, 2013. The Governor has the power to appoint morethan 3,500 members to a wide variety of board and comissions. Image: TN Photo Services/Flickr

GOP Lawmakers Want Power To Appoint Boards; Gov. Haslam Says Not So Fast

February 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Governor Bill Haslam says he knows best when making appointments to boards and commissions in Tennessee. The legislature’s Republican majority is working on bills which would take away some of that power

Could Tennessee GOP Lawmakers Approve In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students?

Could Tennessee GOP Lawmakers Approve In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students?

February 24, 2014 at 5:08 am

More than a dozen states offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. Could Tennessee be next? A Republican lawmaker from Chattanooga is sponsoring legislation to do just that.

Why Has The Fight Returned Over Whether A City Can Ban Guns In Parks?

Why Has The Fight Returned Over Whether A City Can Ban Guns In Parks?

February 18, 2014 at 5:16 am

Five years ago, Tennessee lawmakers voted to allow guns in parks. But they also gave cities the power to opt out of the law. Now, they want to take that power back.

A massive crane lowers a new steam generator into TVA's Sequoyah Unit 2 reactor in 2012. Image: Tennessee Valley Authority.

Why Is TVA Buying Spare Parts For A Nuclear Reactor It Hasn’t Finished Yet?

February 18, 2014 at 5:15 am

TVA says the steam generators at Watts Bar Unit 2 were installed decades ago, as the reactor sat unfinished. Agency officials insist it would be 8 to 10 years before the generators need to be swapped out, and it’s cheaper to buy them now rather than later.