Articles by: Nina Cardona

The app will show a vendor’s ID photo so that a buyer can be sure the QR card being scanned actually belongs to the vendor offering them a paper. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Now You Can Buy The Contributor Through An App, Spurring Homeless Vendors To Open Bank Accounts

October 9, 2014 at 5:46 am

Nashville street newspaper The Contributor is launching a smartphone app. It lets buyers pay via credit card with a quick scan of a QR code and a few clicks. The new technology means a whole set of changes for the homeless and formerly homeless vendors.

The photo Brezinka used as a guide is seen here behind the portrait's head, in process. The features are cut out of cereal boxes; foam core between the layers helps create dimension. The hair is made from frayed rope. Credit: Wayne Brezinka

After Teenage Son’s Death, Mom Trusts Nashville Artist To Create A Portrait From Mementos

October 6, 2014 at 5:09 am

Wayne Brezinka considered the chance to portray Zach Sobiech with the teen’s own belongings an honor–and a little intimidating, too.

Under Armour Picks Mt. Juliet for $100M Distribution Center

Under Armour Picks Mt. Juliet for $100M Distribution Center

October 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Mt. Juliet has snagged a new distribution center expected to create 15-hundred jobs in the next five years: Athletic apparel maker Under Armour.

The metal tags are much larger and more brightly colored than traditional ones, which are often just large enough to contain the tree's name. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Nashville Park’s New Tree Identifiers Could Be Exported To Other Cities

September 29, 2014 at 4:00 am

The new placards affixed to trees in Centennial Park link to videos and educational materials online.

Nashvillian Ruta Sepetys’ Novel To Be Next Citywide Read

Nashvillian Ruta Sepetys’ Novel To Be Next Citywide Read

September 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Once again, Nashvillians are being asked to all read and talk about the same book. Mayor Karl Dean today announced the selection of “Between Shades of Gray,” a novel about a teenage Lithuanian girl at the start of the Soviet occupation.

Register’s Exit Doesn’t Change Plans For East Nashville, Low-Performing Schools

Register’s Exit Doesn’t Change Plans For East Nashville, Low-Performing Schools

September 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Metro Schools Director Jesse Register says he’s got a lot of work to do before his contract with the district ends. Last night, Register essentially gave the school board nine months notice.

Credit: Stephanie Saujon

Historic Nashville Says Preserving These Nine Sites Is Top Priority. See The Photos

September 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

A nearly 200-year old cemetery and the outbuildings of an antebellum home are on this year’s list of the most endangered historic properties in Nashville. But as the so-called Nashville Nine were announced today, much of the focus was on the place that also played host to the event: the old RCA Studio A.

Voters in Putnam County were inspired by Amendment 1.

Sales Tax Hike On Ballot In Lebanon Again

September 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Voters in Lebanon are again considering whether to raise the sales tax to the state maximum. The referendum is the only item on Tuesday’s ballot.

TSU's agricultural complex includes three new buildings. Credit: TSU

New TSU Ag Buildings Follow Expansion Into New Areas Of Research

September 22, 2014 at 5:32 am

Tennessee State University has cut the ribbon on a handful of new agricultural buildings. The lab facilities, greenhouses and classrooms were built in part with an $8 million grant from the USDA. And they’re part of an overall push to expand on one of the school’s original missions.

Victor Wooten demonstrates the new electric bass he'll play at the premiere of 'The Bass Whisperer' concerto.

New Concerto, New Kind Of Bass Guitar For Nashville’s Victor Wooten

September 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

Try to imagine Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers using a cello bow on his instrument. Picture the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, with Paul McCartney bowing the bass line to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The bass guitar doesn’t really work that way, so soloist Victor Wooten had something brand new made to order: an instrument he’ll debut Thursday night with the Nashville Symphony.

Ben Cunningham speaks to the crowd at the evening event. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

Rally Seeks To Stir Up Excitement Over Anti-Income Tax Amendment

September 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

More than a hundred people showed up Wednesday night to voice their distaste for the idea of a state income tax. A constitutional amendment specifically barring Tennessee from ever adopting one is on the ballot in November.

Nashville’s August Home Sales Grow Slowly, Still Better Than National Average

Nashville’s August Home Sales Grow Slowly, Still Better Than National Average

September 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

There were 4.6% more closings than in the same month a year before, a growth rate that echoes the figures for July.

The pair of Seattle artists behind 'The River' also created the Emerald City entrance to the Seattle-Tacoma airport, a giant dog for Denver, and illuminated murals on San Fransisco's Pier 92 silos. Rendering courtesy Metro Nashville Public Arts Commission

Sculpture Mimicking Cumberland River Selected For Nashville’s New Riverfront Park

September 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Metro Arts Commission has approved a ribbon of of highly polished steel as Nashville’s next public art project. One percent of every construction bond issued by the city is set aside to pay for art in public places.

Recreations of 'American Gothic,' 'The Scream' and 'Girl With a Pearl Earring,' made from napkins, spoons and sugar packets. Credit: Brian Parker

Nashville Artist Tears and Twists Coffee Shop Napkins Into Masterpieces

September 2, 2014 at 6:30 am

Brian Parker recreates the Great Masters each week at a local cafe with nothing but the standard items other customers use to wipe their hands and sweeten their coffee.

Volkswagen's workers voted in February and narrowly rejected representation by the UAW following intense pressure from Republican politicians. Credit: VW

Anti-UAW Workers Rush To Form Volkswagen Union

August 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Workers who fought off the United Auto Workers earlier this year are now trying to form an their own union at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Paisley's website is scheduled to launch on the same day that his new album goes on sale. Image via YouTube

Brad Paisley Launches Country-Themed Online Video Venture

August 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

The country singer, touring artist and – now – online video distributor, Brad Paisley is branching out with a new digital channel about the country lifestyle: grilling, hunting, and life on the road.

Williamson County School Board Race Turns On Issue Of Partisanship

Williamson County School Board Race Turns On Issue Of Partisanship

August 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

Williamson County’s school board will definitely include new faces after this election. While six districts are on the ballot, only three incumbents are running to keep their seat. As newcomers come in, the question is how overtly political they’ll be.

Who’s Who In The Fight Over Keeping Tennessee’s Supreme Court Justices

Who’s Who In The Fight Over Keeping Tennessee’s Supreme Court Justices

August 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

All three justices currently up for reelection were appointed by a Democratic governor. If they are ousted, a Republican governor will get to choose their replacements. However, the lineup of groups and individuals backing the efforts to oust or retain the justices isn’t quite so straightforward.

Story Of The Race: Alexander vs. Carr

Story Of The Race: Alexander vs. Carr

August 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Conventional wisdom says that a scandal-free incumbent like Lamar Alexander shouldn’t have much trouble winning re-election, but the Tea Party has worked very hard to upend that assumption this year, with Lamar Alexander as one of its prime targets.

Metro School Board Races: A Snapshot

Metro School Board Races: A Snapshot

August 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Almost half of Davidson County’s School Board seats are up for grabs this election, and the outcome could change the board’s leadership, its approach to charter schools—and its relationship with Schools Director Jesse Register.