Articles by: Nina Cardona

Across Nashville, residents and Union troops not called into action found positions on high ground to watch the battle. Credit: Jacob Coonley, via Library of Congress

150 Years Ago In Nashville, The Beginning Of The Civil War’s End

December 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

150 years ago, the eyes of the nation were on Nashville. A Confederate army was camped just outside of town, ready to try and win it back from the Union. But those Southern soldiers probably never had a chance.

Somewhere between 300 and 400 people stood in line to meet Perry Wallace and author Andrew Maraniss after a discussion of Wallace's experiences in the early days of Vanderbilt's integration. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Pioneering Black Athlete Perry Wallace No Longer Faces Icy Reception At Vanderbilt

December 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

The man who integrated SEC basketball will be honored at Thursday night’s Vanderbilt game. Nashville native Perry Wallace began playing for the university in 1966. And at the time, he angered many at the school for telling the world it was a cold and lonely place for black students.

Kurz and Allison's romanticized illustration of the Battle of Franklin, part of a series of prints distributed in the 1880s.

After The Battle Of Franklin: A Town Overwhelmed By 10,000 Casualties

December 1, 2014 at 5:00 am

The town was surprised to find itself the front line of the Civil War. Then it was left to deal with the carnage.

Confederate General John Hood later wrote that he resisted suggestions to flank the Union soldiers, thinking that a frontal assault would better build his men's nerve for the next battle. It had a quite different effect. Credit: Andrei Nacu via Wikimedia Commons

Why The Battle Of Franklin Matters, 150 Years Later

November 26, 2014 at 5:00 am

It’s a fight that history seemed to forget for a while, but experts now consider the Battle of Nashville crucial to the end of the Civil War.

Andrew Jackson has been called the 'first modern president.' He was the first who didn't grow up privileged, and once in office he strengthened the role of the White House to be more equal to that of Congress and the Judiciary. Via Wikimedia Commons.

$1 Million Exhibit Highlights Andrew Jackson — The Warrior, Hero And Controversial President

November 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The Hermitage is in the midst of a repositioning that focuses more on the man who lived there than on the house and belongings he left behind.

Before the Civil War, Before the Civil War, Generals John Schofield (left) and John Hood (right) were West Point classmates and friends. Images via Library of Congress

150 Years Ago: Key Civil War Battles Began With A Race Through Middle Tennessee

November 24, 2014 at 4:07 am

Atlanta had fallen, Sherman was marching a path of destruction to the sea and Robert E. Lee was trapped in months-long siege that would last until nearly the end of the war. But Confederate General John Hood thought he saw one last chance to turn things around for the South.

Composer Stephen Paulus, center (in the brown shirt) was present when the NSO recorded his Concerto for String Quartet in 2012. He suffered a stroke before the recording in 2013 of his Organ Concerto. Both recordings are included on the album released last month. Credit: Brian D. Siewer

Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer

November 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

The Nashville Symphony’s concerts this weekend will take on an unusual layer of poignancy. They’re dedicated to composer Stephen Paulus, who died last month just days after the orchestra released an album of his music.

Fifi Appih was clearly pleased to speak to the group, knowing that everyone in the room will understand if his voice catches or stumbles. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

A Nashville Public Speaking Group Helps People Who Stutter Find Their Voice

November 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

To overcome your fears, face them head on. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. But what if every time you talk, even just with a friend, there are moments when your voice gets stuck on a single sound?

Kornegay has lived on Nashville's streets on and off since 2008. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Warming Shelters Open In Nashville, But They’re Not Always The First Choice For Homeless

November 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Sometimes, sleeping bags and carefully chosen spots outside can seem safer to a person who feels vulnerable in large groups.

State Income Tax Ban Approved By Tennessee Voters

State Income Tax Ban Approved By Tennessee Voters

November 5, 2014 at 12:52 am

Voters have cemented Tennessee’s status as one of just nine states without a tax on personal wages.

Haslam Promises To ‘Double Down’ On Current Policies In His Second Term

Haslam Promises To ‘Double Down’ On Current Policies In His Second Term

November 5, 2014 at 12:17 am

Tennessee’s Governor promised to stay the course after an easy reelection.

Astronaut Butch Wilmore prepares his suit in advance of his October 15 spacewalk. Image Courtesy NASA

Supply Rocket Explosion Doesn’t Temper Thrill Of Space For Tennessee Astronaut

October 30, 2014 at 5:00 am

Mt. Juliet native Butch Wilmore watched this week’s rocket explosion from 200 miles above the surface of the planet. The accident destroyed both food and scientific equipments earmarked for the astronaut’s six-month mission. But just the fact that he’s on the International Space Station seems to be keeping Wilmore in good spirits.

Ben Cunningham speaks to the crowd at a rally in support of the amendment. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

Is Tennessee’s Amendment 3 Vote Just About The Income Tax?

October 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

In some political battles, the two sides see a core issue so differently that they barely seem to speak the same language. And then there’s the fight over adding an amendment to Tennessee’s constitution that would ban a state income tax.

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.