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