Articles by: Emily Siner

MTSU Graduation. Cap and Gown. Not exactly a hard hat, but we couldn't resist including it. Image: TN Photo Services

MTSU Lowers ACT Scores Needed For Scholarships In Response To Tennessee Promise

August 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Middle Tennessee State University is expecting to give out 250 more merit scholarships next year because it is lowering the ACT scores needed to qualify. It’s making this move as the state is putting less funding toward freshman and sophomores at four-year schools.

Mark Rowan, president of Griffin Technologies, announces the official naming of the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology at Hunters Lane High School. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

The Benefits — And Pitfalls — Of Private Sponsorships In Public Schools

August 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Two Nashville-based companies will officially be putting their names on public high school academies this week. One principal says this partnership helps students by exposing them to real world careers, but critics warn that such relationships could hurt students when they’re not done with students’ best interests in mind.

Sen. Bob Corker, right, stands next to former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki during a news conference in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Credit:

Nashville’s Kurds Disappointed, But Not Surprised, By U.S. Policy In Iraq

August 17, 2014 at 6:03 am

Despite Nashville Kurds rallying for independence from Iraq, they’re not getting the full support they want from Sen. Bob Corker and other U.S. foreign policy makers.

Corker has served on the U.S. Senate since 2007. Credit:

Sen. Bob Corker Seems To Regret Mentioning The Presidency

August 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

At a media event Friday, during a question about his possible presidential run, Corker clarified that he had given a “stream-of-consciousness” answer earlier this week and that he’s not ready to make a decision yet.

Current protocol says that if patients' injuries will result in certain death, they do not need to be taken to the hospital. The fire department is clarifying: Make sure they're not breathing. Credit: Dave via Flickr

Nashville Fire Department Spells Out What ‘No Signs Of Life’ Means

August 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

This comes after emergency responders left a man as dead Wednesday morning, though later they were called back because he was still breathing. He was taken to the hospital two and a half hours after they first responded.

The Libertarian Party's lawyer, Jim Linger, says minor parties have filed six federal lawsuits in the past six years. Credit: Vox Efx via Flickr

One Route To Getting On The Ballot As A Third-Party Candidate: File A Lawsuit

August 14, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Libertarian Party is suing state election officials to get its candidate for governor listed as a Libertarian on November’s ballot. Lawsuits like these have forced the state legislature to change ballot access laws, as they’re known, in recent years.

Mayor Karl Dean was the one cutting the ribbon at the opening of KIPP Nashville's new high school, but Nashville schools superintendent Jesse Register spoke at the ceremony. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Charter School Director Calls Jesse Register’s Increasing Support ‘Refreshing’

August 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

When KIPP Nashville celebrated the opening of its new high school, Metro’s school superintendent was there to help cut the ribbon. It marks a continuing shift in the rocky relationship between the school board and charter operators.

The Kurdish region in northeast Iraq is drawing refugees from the northwest, where a militant group has conquered several cities. Credit: Winkpolve / Wikimedia Commons

Nashville Kurds Organize Efforts To Send Medical Supplies To Iraq

August 11, 2014 at 5:04 am

They’re working with the Kurdish regional government in Washington, D.C., which will fly in medical supplies including IV fluids, band-aids and antibiotics.

Academy Sports's existing distribution centers are in Katy, Texas, and Jeffersonville, Ga. Credit: Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr

Academy Sports To Open New Distribution Center In Cookeville

August 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

Academy Sports already has nine stores in the state, with a 10th coming soon to Memphis. The retailer’s CEO says part of the appeal of Tennessee is its central location.

Lamar Alexander gives his victory speech in Nashville after the AP calls the election. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Sen. Lamar Alexander Accepts Republican Nomination With Bipartisan Message

August 8, 2014 at 12:25 am

Tea party challenger Joe Carr repeatedly accused Alexander of siding with Democrats. Alexander seemed to at least partially embrace that accusation during his acceptance speech.

hot air balloon / Emily Siner

Listen: Here’s How One Nashville Middle School Celebrated Its First Day

August 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Spoiler: It has to do with a hot-air balloon made out of tissue paper.

Judges Pepper Attorneys With Questions Over Tennessee’s Gay Marriage Law

Judges Pepper Attorneys With Questions Over Tennessee’s Gay Marriage Law

August 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held a lively courtroom Wednesday as they heard arguments over whether Tennessee should recognize out-of-state gay marriages.

Sophy Jesty, left, and Valeria Tanco, second from left, were legally married in New York before moving to Knoxville. The couple sued the state last fall for refusing to recognize their marriage. Credit: Daniel Potter / WPLN

U.S. Appeals Court To Weigh In On Gay Marriage In Four States, Including Tennessee

August 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

The Sixth Circuit’s decision could affect only the three Tennessee couples who sued the state. But since the court is ruling on several other cases, the impact could be broader.

A Nashville Armory salesman holds up a $1,000 Saiga rifle, whose imports have been banned with the new sanctions against Russia. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville Gun Owners Aren’t Clamoring To Buy Banned Russian Rifles

August 4, 2014 at 5:17 am

American distributors can no longer import certain brands of popular AK-47 style rifles. Normally, a potential shortage leads gun enthusiasts to snatch up the last items on the market, but Nashville gun shops are not seeing a hike in sales.

George Gruhn opened up the guitar store that would become Gruhn Guitars in 1970. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Listen: Can You Hear The Difference Between A $275 and $100,000 Guitar?

August 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

The difference between Gruhn Guitars’ acoustic guitars comes in the materials, the collector value and the manufacturing. But how much do those things affect the sound?

A map of affected areas. Click to enlarge. Credit: Nashville Mayor's Office

Broken Water Pipe Leaves Thousands In Davidson County With Little Or No Water

July 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

A water pipe failure that the city is calling “catastrophic” is affecting service for more than 15,000 customers in Southwest Davidson County. The water shortage is expected to continue until some time tomorrow.

Why Are ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ Classes A Thing?

Why Are ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ Classes A Thing?

July 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Nettie Kraft, a dialect coach on the TV show “Nashville,” teaches some actors how to master the regional twang and helps others shed it.

Why Google Fiber Fans Are Rejoicing Over AT&T’s High-Speed Internet Announcement

Why Google Fiber Fans Are Rejoicing Over AT&T’s High-Speed Internet Announcement

July 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Nashville is now one of five cities in the country that will carry GigaPower. The announcement comes months after Google Fiber started to eye the city. One community organizer says competition is the whole point of the Google Fiber buzz.

Shana Goodwin, a sales rep at Thistle Farms, had more than 22 years of sex trafficking and prostitution before coming to Magdalene and Thistle Farms. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

A Nashville Business Run By Former Prostitutes Celebrates $1M In Sales

July 28, 2014 at 4:45 am

In addition to facing the normal challenges of running a small business, Thistle Farms has an unlikely model for success: It hires women like Shana Goodwin, whose sex trafficking began when she was 12. Most of the employees have survived years of homelessness, addiction and abuse.

For Workers Without Bachelor’s Degrees, Healthcare Is A Booming Field

For Workers Without Bachelor’s Degrees, Healthcare Is A Booming Field

July 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

According to a new study from the Brookings Institution, the number of pre-baccalaureate healthcare workers in Nashville has grown by 42 percent since 2000.