Articles by: Emily Siner

Nashville Airport's new flight to Oakland, starting June 7, will depart around 2 p.m. daily. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Southwest Announces Direct Flight To Oakland, Thanks To Promises From Nashville Businesses

December 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Technology leaders in Nashville have long bemoaned the fact that there’s no direct flight near Silicon Valley. Part of the reason it’s finally happening is because businesses like healthcare tech company Emdeon have promised to frequent the route.

Members of the Chamber's education report card committee toured Nashville's Isaac Litton Middle Prep. Credit: Emanuel O. Roland / Nashville Chamber of Commerce

Nashville Chamber Gives School Board A Low Grade In Presenting A Unified Front

December 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce business leaders have a message to the Metro school board: It needs to present a more unified front, especially on the issue of charter schools. The critique was part of its annual review of the school system.

Police chief Steve Anderson talks to reporters Monday afternoon about the shooting death of a 16-year-old the night before. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Police: Shooting Death In Nashville Is ‘Starkly Different’ From Ferguson, New York

December 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Nashville police are defending the officers involved in the shooting death of a black teenager Sunday night. In a highly unusual move, they’ve also released an interview with one of the officers before the investigation is complete.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, more than 151,000 Tennesseans signed up for healthcare on the federal marketplace during the first round of signups.

State Sees Most Obamacare Signups In Antioch, Where Recruiting Efforts Are High

December 15, 2014 at 5:43 am

Nearly 2,900 residents living in ZIP code 37013 signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act as of April. That’s more than double the signups of any other ZIP code in the state, except the neighboring 37211.

Gov. Bill Haslam, fourth from left, along with architects of the new TCAT building, symbolically broke ground on the building's site in Smyrna. It's directly across from a Nissan North America plant. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Tennessee’s Newest Public College Will Double As A Training Center For Nissan

December 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm

A new $35 million building, across the street from Nissan’s factory in Smyrna, will serve as both an extension of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Murfreesboro, as well as a training center for Nissan.

Gov. Bill Haslam has been pitching his Tennessee Promise free community college plan around the state, like at this event in Greeneville. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tuition Only Pays For Part Of Students’ Educations, Community Colleges Tell Governor

December 8, 2014 at 5:22 am

Higher education officials say tuition covers a little more half of the total price tag of community college. The school still has to dish out about $3,000 per student.

A Boeing 787 flies in San Francisco. Japan Airlines is one of several to offer direct flights to Tokyo, in a total of about a dozen U.S. cities. Credit: iflyfsx via Flickr

There’s More To Do Before Nashville Airport Snags A Direct Flight To Tokyo

December 8, 2014 at 4:31 am

What are the odds that Nashville will get a nonstop flight route to Japan? “Ten years ago, you’d be better off getting a lottery ticket,” according to one analyst, who is now a bit more optimistic.

Tennessee hospitals have warned that some will close if the state doesn’t expand its Medicaid program as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act. Credit: Marissa Anderson via Flickr

Gov. Haslam Will Decide On Medicaid Expansion Before Christmas, He Says

December 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm

The governor said Friday morning he’s been talking with the White House about funding an alternative expansion plan for Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income residents.

Cari Hassell-Morrows, who has two children at Madison Middle School, asks questions about the possibility of conversion to a charter school. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Amid Questions And Uncertainty, Meetings Over Nashville School Takeover Turn Combative

December 5, 2014 at 5:20 am

Meetings at Nashville’s Madison and Neely’s Bend middle schools — over which of the two low-performing schools will be taken over by the state — turned contentious last night. The nearly two-hour discussions attracted parents, teachers, school officials and a handful of students.

For the first seven months of 2014, GNAR reports home closings are up 3.2 percent compared to 2013. Credit: American Advisors Group via Flickr

Nashville Area Home Sales Had The Best November Since 2006

December 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

The housing market in East Nashville is booming — thats’s nothing new. But one Goodlettsville resident was surprised to find out that her older fixer-upper in was in demand as well. Nearly 2,500 homes were sold in the Nashville area last month.

It's been primarily conservative groups protesting Common Core. This is a photo from a Sacramento protest. Many see the standards as a federal take over of the education system. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Tennesseans Are Wary Of The Words ‘Common Core’ And Some Abortion Restrictions, New Poll Finds

December 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Tennesseans’ opinion on national education standards depends partly on the wording, according to results from a new Vanderbilt University poll. Meanwhile, they favor certain restrictions on abortion — including a two-day waiting period — but not eliminating abortion access altogether.

A team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory installs the Titan supercomputer in September 2012. It reigned as the fastest computer in the world — until one in China was build less than a year later. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tennessee Lab Will Be Home To World’s Fastest Computer, Unless Someone Beats Them To It

December 1, 2014 at 6:04 am

Tennessee may once again be home to the world’s fastest supercomputer — and that’s not an easy title to keep. It announced last month it’s building a machine capable of running several times faster than the current leader in China. An ORNL director explains how powerful that is.

The back porch of the historic Carnton Plantation, in Franklin, Tenn. Credit: Michael Noirot via Flickr

Listen: How A Nashville Songwriter From Germany Tells The Battle Of Franklin

November 26, 2014 at 6:01 am

Thomm Jutz has put out a three-part album about one of America’s thorniest periods — the Civil War. Volume 3 of the 1861 Project features singers including Kim Richey and Bobby Bare.

Google Fiber has already expanded to three metro areas, including Kansas City, where this photo was taken. Credit: Paul Sableman via Flickr

Why Did Google Fiber File An Application For Tennessee’s Approval?

November 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Google has taken another step toward bringing high-speed fiber-optic internet to Nashville. But Fiber fans shouldn’t get too excited by the news: It’s still not a binding commitment.

A Volunteer State staff member helps Madison Cone, middle, complete the Tennessee Promise application, along with the community college's application for admission. Her mom came with her. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Vol State Isn’t Sweating Over The Extra Interest From Tennessee Promise Applicants

November 24, 2014 at 4:48 am

If every student who applied for Tennessee’s free community college program actually went to community college, some schools, including Volunteer State Community College, would nearly double their full-time enrollment. But it’s holding judgment about enrollment increases until the next step of the application process.

About 100 attended the Nashville town hall meeting at the Veterans Affairs hospital there. Many shared their personal experiences. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

In Six Months, Slow Progress For Tennessee Veterans Waiting To See Doctors

November 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

The VA and the regional healthcare system has spent more than $17 million since May to send patients to private care, but the number of appointments with wait times of 30 days or longer still hasn’t decreased. In fact, it’s gone up a little.

Vanderbilt professor and software developer Jules White holds up the Music City Center app he created as part of the mayor's office initiative to bring city information to the public. Credit: Nashville Mayor's Office

Nashville Mayor’s Office Ponders What (Data) People Really Want To Know About Their City

November 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

Six months ago, the Nashville mayor’s office launched a project to get more government data online — things like public wi-fi locations or where the city fire stations are. But it’s still figuring out how to scale up that initiative.

Dr. James Crowe, right, watches as graduate student Andrew Flyak adjusts equipment in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center used in the production of anti-Ebola antibodies. Credit: VUMC

Vanderbilt Chancellor Says Financial Independence Will Let Medical Center Move Faster

November 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

The change isn’t expected to affect employees, patients or students, but it will have a smaller board overseeing the hospitals to make business decisions “in a really dynamic healthcare environment.”

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. Credit: NASA via Instagram

Our 8 Favorite Photos Taken By A Tennessee Astronaut In Space

November 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Tennessee native Barry “Butch” Wilmore has been aboard the International Space Station for about two months. But fortunately for us all, that doesn’t mean he’s taken time off from the mundane tasks of the world, like posting pictures to the ISS Instagram account.

After the launch event, developer Jules White and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean used the app to get around the Music City Center. White clarified that cookies do not usually await the app users. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Listen: We Try The High-Tech New Way To Navigate Music City Center

November 13, 2014 at 5:34 am

Nashville’s Music City Center has had 750,000 visitors since it opened about a year and a half ago — and a lot of them have probably gotten lost. WPLN’s Emily Siner tried out the convention center’s new smartphone app intended to help people find their way.