Articles by: Emily Siner

Listen: What It’s Like To Be A Bouncer At One Of Nashville’s Busiest Honky-Tonks

Listen: What It’s Like To Be A Bouncer At One Of Nashville’s Busiest Honky-Tonks

June 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

Andrew Kingery, who usually works Friday and Saturday nights, has pretty much seen it all. In 90 seconds, here’s what it’s like working the weekend crowds, fending off unwanted advances and keeping the bar under control.

With More Visitors From Out Of Town, This Will Be Nashville’s Biggest Pride Festival Yet

With More Visitors From Out Of Town, This Will Be Nashville’s Biggest Pride Festival Yet

June 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Nashville’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Pride Festival is expected to bring more than 18,000 people downtown this weekend. This would the highest turnout in the festival’s 26-year history.

Nashville’s Jewish Cemetery, An Often Overlooked Reflection Of Religious History

Nashville’s Jewish Cemetery, An Often Overlooked Reflection Of Religious History

June 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Standing inside the gates, you can almost forget that there are houses and busy roads outside — the primarily African American neighborhood of Buena Vista. And outside the gates, you can almost forget what’s inside.

Al Gore speaks to Sarah Lacy, founder of Pando Daily, about Internet surveillance, Uber and Edward Snowden. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Al Gore To Nashville Tech Conference: The Internet Has A ‘Stalker Economy’

June 10, 2014 at 4:28 am

The former vice president and current Silicon Valley investor criticized both the federal government and companies for collecting too much information, saying it was a threat to democracy. He was speaking about his views on the Internet and politics at a tech conference in Nashville.

CMA Fest’s Most Surprising Stars Are Nashville’s Shelter Dogs

CMA Fest’s Most Surprising Stars Are Nashville’s Shelter Dogs

June 6, 2014 at 5:00 am

Last year, the CMA festival was the Metro Animal Care and Control shelter’s second largest adoption event of the year, thanks in part to canine-loving tourists.

Gay Rights In Tennessee, Explained In One Minute

Gay Rights In Tennessee, Explained In One Minute

June 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

From city ordinances that extend benefits to domestic partnerships to a statewide ban on gay marriages, here’s a rundown of Tennessee policies affecting same-sex couples.

Nashville Public Schools To Follow City’s Lead On Recognizing Domestic Partnerships

Nashville Public Schools To Follow City’s Lead On Recognizing Domestic Partnerships

June 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm

If the Metro adopts an ordinance extending employee benefits to same-sex couples, the school district will do the same. Without this decision, teachers and other certificated staff wouldn’t have been included.

Statewide Plan To Target Prescription Drug Abuse Focuses On Treatment

Statewide Plan To Target Prescription Drug Abuse Focuses On Treatment

June 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Among the recommendations is to provide specialized treatment for mothers with addictions to painkillers. This comes months after the governor signed a bill that criminalizes pregnant women who harm their fetus by illegally using drugs without getting treatment.

Frank Jones presents Play IT Safe, a prototype of a website that would monitor park safety based on real-time conditions. His project was one of about a dozen presented Sunday at Music City Center. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

‘Civic Hacking’: When Government Agencies And Geeks Get Along

June 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

At Hack For Change Nashville, developers created apps based on government data. Most of the dozen or so projects were still in the prototype stage by the end of the weekend, but some of the ideas that came out of it might be developed into a final product that could benefit the city government and the community.

Tennessee Governor To Navigate Divisive Issue Of Prescription Drug Abuse

Tennessee Governor To Navigate Divisive Issue Of Prescription Drug Abuse

June 2, 2014 at 5:30 am

Earlier this year, the state legislature discussed repealing a law that some say gives physicians too much leeway to prescribe potentially dangerous pain relievers. Doctors were divided over whether this was a good idea.

Squirrels hop along power lines in Gallatin, Tenn. It's harder for them to get up there in the nearby trees are trimmed, according to the Nashville Electric Service. Credit: Mike via Flickr

Power’s Out? There’s A Good Chance You Can Blame It On A Squirrel

May 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

An unruly squirrel knocked out electricity to 145 homes earlier this week after chewing on a transformer. Perhaps it was trying to compete with the raccoon a few weeks ago that left an entire neighborhood in West Nashville without power.

Pastor Sara Tate says that the new law is a step backward, but she is happy that it's spurring a larger conversation. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Backlash Against Tennessee’s Electric Chair Law Fuels Death Penalty Opponents

May 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

A few dozen United Methodist clergy held a prayer vigil near the Capitol Tuesday. They were protesting Governor Haslam’s signing of law legalizing the electric chair as a backup to lethal injection.

Gov. Haslam Says The Legislature And Courts Prompted Electric Chair Signing

Gov. Haslam Says The Legislature And Courts Prompted Electric Chair Signing

May 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam signed a bill Thursday reinstating the electric chair as a backup means of execution. It would be used if the state can’t obtain pentobarbital, which has become more and more difficult to obtain.

Poll Says Tennessee Voters Oppose Giving Lawmakers More Power Over Abortion

Poll Says Tennessee Voters Oppose Giving Lawmakers More Power Over Abortion

May 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm

But that doesn’t necessarily mean voters will strike down a similar amendment on the ballot in November.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke on a panel at Brick Church Middle School, which is transitioning to become a charter school. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

U.S. Secretary Of Education: States (Like Tennessee) Need ‘Courage’ To Implement Common Core

May 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Arne Duncan praised Tennessee for setting higher standards in schools but said the state is focusing on the wrong battles. His visit came shortly after state lawmakers delayed a testing portion of the Common Core.

No Plans To Replicate Ryman Lofts, Nashville’s Subsidized Housing For Artists

No Plans To Replicate Ryman Lofts, Nashville’s Subsidized Housing For Artists

May 20, 2014 at 4:10 am

There’s a constant wait list for the building’s 60 units, and residents say they love the community and price. It’s likely to be the only housing for low-income artists in the city for awhile.

Gov. Bill Haslam gives out pens to Overton High School students after the final ceremonially signing of the bill. Credit: Micah Bradley / WPLN

Governor Finishes Promotional Tour Of ‘Tennessee Promise’ Bill Signings

May 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Gov. Bill Haslam signed this bill into law today — for the seventh time. He’s been holding ceremonies around the state to talk about the push for more college graduates. The legislation will let any Tennessee resident attend community college for free.

Herb Williams sifts through a box of purple crayons. After cutting the ends off, he stores them in bins, shown to the right. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

How Long Can Artists Afford To Live In Nashville?

May 16, 2014 at 7:30 am

Nashville’s music scene has long been on the national map, and within the past few years, the visual art scene has boomed too. But while Nashville artists are happy to see the growth, some are worried it could also push them out.

'Nashville' has scenic shots of the city in each episode, which help boost the city's image. Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

Mayor Karl Dean: ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Means More To The City Than Free Advertising

May 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

The TV drama “Nashville” has yet to announce whether the show will continue to film in its namesake city. Even if it moves out, the city would still get a tourism boost from the show — but while Mayor Karl Dean says the free advertising is invaluable, he says losing the show to another city would still hurt.

A screenshot of Nashville's open data site, showing some of the beer permit locations listed. Credit: data.nashville.gov

The Next Step For Nashville’s Open Government Data: Make It User-Friendly

May 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

People can look up which businesses have beer permits, who’s been violating property codes and where to find public parks, among other things. The spreadsheet-heavy site itself probably won’t attract many everyday people, but developers can make that information more accessible.