Articles by: Nina Cardona

Director Makti Dapp instructs extras as they prepare to shoot a scene for Jaida Utley's film. Image via ICiT

Seasoned Pros Turn Youths’ Screenplays Into Festival-Ready Films

by / on April 17, 2014

The Nashville Film Festival opens tonight with one of its biggest schedules in the event’s history, but the festival still has room for a pair of short films from scripts written by Nashville school kids.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away: Nashville Fashion Week Prepares For Outdoor Runway Show

by / on April 3, 2014

Organizers of Nashville Fashion Week are betting that the skies will be clear Friday night. That’s when they plan to show the work of five designers in the middle of Fifth Avenue, downtown.

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New Evidence Of Native American Metropolis Found At Sulphur Dell Stadium Site

New Evidence Of Native American Metropolis Found At Sulphur Dell Stadium Site

by / on April 3, 2014

According to Middle Tennessee State University professor Kevin Smith, archaeologists have identified fire pits and large ceramic salt pans.

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In her opening remarks, Blackburn pointed out that the problematic  switch was first used in a vehicle made at GM's plant in Spring Hill, the Saturn Ion. Credit: Congressman Blackburn's official photo

Rep. Blackburn Gets An Answer And An Admission In GM Ignition Switch Hearing

by / on April 1, 2014

In Congressional HearingTu, Brentwood Republican Marsha Blackburn tried to pin down just when General Motors executives knew about problems with a faulty ignition switch. The flawed device has been blamed for dozens of fatal wrecks.

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Nashville’s Used Book Scouts Prove The Printed Word Can Still Be Profitable

Nashville’s Used Book Scouts Prove The Printed Word Can Still Be Profitable

by / on March 28, 2014

The digital age seems to be making some books all the more special and valuable. A small community of knowledgable people are looking for the gems amongst everyone else’s castoffs.

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Most entries in the photo contest use the book's cover as part of the image; instead Elissa Pugh posed a baby near a display promoting Nashville Reads in the library's lobby. Via Instagram

Nashville Reads Contests Use Book As Jumping Off Point

by / on March 28, 2014

Only one prompt was given in the first ever Nashville Reads short story contest: tackle the idea of a “non traditional family.” Winner Rosie Forrest responded with a snapshot of a teenage girl left alone.

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Historic preservationists have urged the state to keep the Cordell Hull, calling the building next to the statehouse a key example of midcentury modernist architecture. Credit: Bartleby via Flickr

Still Another Step Before State Decides Fate Of Cordell Hull Office Building

by / on March 26, 2014

Everyone agrees the state’s Cordell Hull office building is old and leaky. But just how extensive its damage is and whether it’s worth saving continues to be a matter of contention. Before officials make up their minds whether to fix the structure or tear it down, they want to reconcile the differences between two conflicting reports.

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Architect’s Estimates Raise Potential Price Tag For Cordell Hull Repairs

Architect’s Estimates Raise Potential Price Tag For Cordell Hull Repairs

by / on March 26, 2014

The newest look at what repairs the Cordell Hull and Central Services buildings need is the most exhaustive-and potentially expensive-yet.

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Alexander Hopes Bipartisan Bill Shows US Senate Doesn’t Need To Be So Divided

Alexander Hopes Bipartisan Bill Shows US Senate Doesn’t Need To Be So Divided

by / on March 12, 2014

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander today held a press conference for the kind of small bill that would normally only merit a short, written statement. Four Senators each said a few words about a proposal to help working mothers pay for day care. But the bigger point may just who the Senators were: two Republicans, and two Democrats.

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Connie Pearson created the petition to save the building. She handed it to General Services department spokesman David Roberson on the steps of what was originally intended to be the building's front entrance. Behind them is a photograph of Cordell Hull, the Tennessean who was the longest-serving US Secretary of State. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

Dear Tennessee Officials: Keep The Cordell Hull Building. Signed, 1422 Petitioners

by / on March 5, 2014

A former state employee on Wednesday delivered a petition with more than 14-hundred signatures asking Governor Bill Haslam to spare the Cordell Hull Building from the wrecking ball. Officials are currently reconsidering plans to demolish the 60-year old structure that some say is beyond repair. Preservationists argue it’s an example of modernist architecture that’s worth keeping.

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York’s show is inspired by the presidencies of John Adams and Abraham Lincoln, using images taken from art lampooning the politics of their day. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

Reporter’s Notebook: High And Low Art Find Common Ground

by / on February 14, 2014

Works by great Impressionist masters by morning, self-portraits of the city’s poorest residents in the afternoon, and the thread that ties them together.

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A neutrality agreement in place at the VW plant prohibits executives from badmouthing the UAW before workers have the chance to vote. Senator Bob Corker characterizes that as a muzzle on management.

Corker Points To Spring Hill GM Plant In Case Against VW Union

by / on February 11, 2014

Senator Bob Corker says it wouldn’t make sense for Volkswagen employees to invite the UAW into the Chattanooga plant.

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Private Colleges Contend Plan For Free Community College Limits Options

Private Colleges Contend Plan For Free Community College Limits Options

by / on February 7, 2014

Schools like the idea of free higher education, but not at the cost of scholarships for their students.

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What's the best way to sell shoes designed for hunters and outdoorsmen? If you're a nearly 500-year old Italian firearms manufacturer, the answer seems to be draping them over the shoulders of shirtless male models during a runway show. Credit: Beretta via YouTube

Gallatin’s Newest Employer Is SO Italian

by / on January 29, 2014

When Beretta opens its Gallatin factory, that facility will be devoted to straightforward firearms manufacturing. Even so, a quick look at the nearly 500 year old company’s broader operations shows a certain continental style to doing business.

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Tennessee’s Pre-K May Have Long Term Benefits, After All

by / on January 28, 2014

If the goal for prekindergarten is to give students a permanent academic advantage, it doesn’t seem to hit the mark. But as researchers look beyond test scores, there are other indications of lasting, positive effects.

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Huge Gains Aside, Tennessee’s Reading Scores Are Abysmally Low

Huge Gains Aside, Tennessee’s Reading Scores Are Abysmally Low

by / on January 28, 2014

A decade of making gains on a national test is nothing to sneeze at, but there’s still a lot of ground together before a majority of Tennessee fourth graders are deemed proficient.

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Nina Cardona, Newscaster entry

by / on January 24, 2014
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$85 And A Background Check To Keep Your Shoes On Through Nashville Airport Security

$85 And A Background Check To Keep Your Shoes On Through Nashville Airport Security

by / on January 15, 2014

Having to take off shoes and pull out three ounce bottles at airport security is no fun and can slow down the line. Those steps may soon be eliminated for more Middle Tennesseans.

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The 2013 totals from still lag slightly behind the figures recorded a decade ago, which was the first time sales hit the 30-thousand mark.

Nashville Home Sales Reach Pre-Recession Milestone

by / on January 8, 2014

Just over 30,000 homes were sold in the Nashville area last year. According to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, it’s the first time that’s happened since 2007, and marks a rapid rise towards pre-recession levels.

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Brad Postlethwaite plays with his band, Snowglobe, on an episode of $5 Cover. He's one of several Memphis musicians who played fictional versions of themselves on the MTV web drama. Credit: MTV

Memphis Named A Top Place For Making Movies

by / on January 8, 2014

A Tennessee city is back on an industry ranking of the best places for filmmakers–and it’s not Nashville.

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