Articles by: JR Mahung

Mayor Dean speaking at a news conference last year. The Mayor referred to Metro's pre-kindergarten initiative as both "thoughtful" and "innovative". (photo credit: creative commons/Lee Roberts)

Mayor Dean Gives Tepid Response To Metro Schools Budget Increase

April 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean wouldn’t give a “yes” or “no” to any of the initiatives in Metro Schools’ budget presentation Wednesday, which asked for $32.5 million more than last year.

If Haslam Won’t Give Teachers a Raise, Schools Want Nashville Mayor To Cover It

If Haslam Won’t Give Teachers a Raise, Schools Want Nashville Mayor To Cover It

April 15, 2014 at 5:51 am

Metro Schools will ask Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to foot the bill on a pay raise for both teachers and support staff. Their request comes after Governor Bill Haslam cancelled his plan for a statewide increase in teacher salaries due to flagging tax revenues.

Study Says Suburbs Are Sweet Spot For Tennessee Homeowners

Study Says Suburbs Are Sweet Spot For Tennessee Homeowners

April 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Whether you’re better off buying or renting a home in Tennessee may depend on where in the state you live. According to a new study, it’s suburbs and small cities that give homeowners the most bang for their buck.

Council Proposal Would Mandate More Bike Parking

Council Proposal Would Mandate More Bike Parking

April 3, 2014 at 4:55 am

Nashville may soon require a minimum of two bicycle parking spaces for new and expanding businesses. Supporters say it’s part of the effort to embrace transportation options in the city.

Mayor Dean Says ‘No Tax Increase’

Mayor Dean Says ‘No Tax Increase’

March 31, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Dean says the city’s revenue growth has seen a slight increase each year since the recession, but he’s still asking departments where they can cut 3 percent.

Horticulturist David Cook says that peach trees, such as the one in this photo, could see a 10 to 20 percent loss in fruit because of the weather this past winter. (photo credit/ Alan Levine)

Plant Pros Say Hold Off On Pruning

March 28, 2014 at 4:04 am

Winter weather may have left your trees brown and shrubs withered, but Middle Tennessee horticulturists say resist the urge to prune for now.

Stratford High School, one of twelve schools on MNPS Director Jesse Register's list of potential closures. (credit: MNPS)

Metro School Board Doesn’t Plan to Close Schools, But Hasn’t Ruled It Out, Either

March 18, 2014 at 8:29 am

The Metro School Board does not have plans to close any schools right now, but that doesn’t mean the idea won’t come up later. The board is facing a $15 million shortfall, based on a budget proposed by Schools Director Jesse Register

Players from Trousdale  County High School and Goodpasture Christian Academy shake hands before a second round matchup in the 2013 Class AA playoffs. Coach Kevin Creasy's Trousdale team won the contest and then went on to lift the state title. (credit: goodpasturefootball)

Tennessee Private Schools Will Still Play Sports With Public, For Now

March 12, 2014 at 6:12 pm

The state’s governing body over high school sports has decided to hold off on a proposal that would block private schools from playing against public teams. The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association—known as the TSSAA—voted 7 to 2 at a legislative council meeting Wednesday morning.

Clarence Thomas will be the sixth Supreme Court Justice (sitting and former) to speak as part of Vanderbilt's Cecil Sims Lecture Series.

Justice Clarence Thomas To Speak To Chosen Few At Vanderbilt

February 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Clarence Thomas will be speaking in Nashville next month, but most Tennesseans won’t get the chance to hear him.

The $15 million pedestrian/cycling bridge is designed to stand out. It features a 200 foot tower with support cables stretching across its length. (Credit Metro Public Works)

Metro Council Members Want More Sidewalks Before Building $15 Million Pedestrian Bridge

February 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Mayor Karl Dean’s planned pedestrian and cycling bridge faced a setback on Tuesday. The Metro Council voted to put off acquiring land for the $15 million project downtown. It‘s not clear when the Council will revisit the plan.