Articles by: Nina Cardona

Elsie Quarterman in the Cedar Glades, 1948. Credit: Quarterman family

Remembering The Champion Of Middle Tennessee’s Cedar Glades, Elsie Quarterman

June 13, 2014 at 4:53 am

Middle Tennessee lost a trailblazing woman this week. Elsie Quarterman began working at Vanderbilt as a lab assistant during World War II; roughly twenty years later she was the university’s first female department chair. But the ecologist’s greatest legacy is in the small forest clearings she studied and preserved.

Why Nathan Bedford Forrest Is The Civil War Officer We Still Fight About

Why Nathan Bedford Forrest Is The Civil War Officer We Still Fight About

June 10, 2014 at 4:30 am

While some admire the fearless leader, whose unorthodox tactics confounded the enemy, others remember him as a man responsible for racial atrocities.

D-Day Remembered In Middle Tennessee, Where Thousands Of Troops Prepared To Invade

D-Day Remembered In Middle Tennessee, Where Thousands Of Troops Prepared To Invade

June 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

World War II veterans joined state officials Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Fisk Jubilee Singers Leader Matthew Kennedy Dies At 93

Fisk Jubilee Singers Leader Matthew Kennedy Dies At 93

June 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Pianist, Fisk professor, and longtime director of the Jubilee Singers Mathew Kennedy has died.

Gary Casteel Credit: UAW

Regional Union Director Wins National UAW Office

June 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Tennessee’s top official in the United Auto Workers is now secretary and treasurer for the national union.

Credit: TN Dpt. Labor and Workforce Development

Unemployment Down In Every Tennessee County

May 23, 2014 at 5:23 am

Hamblen County saw the most improvement compared to last month, while Williamson and Lincoln Counties continue to hold the two lowest jobless figures in Tennessee.

Belmont Mansion Accepts Gift Of Nearly 200 Artifacts From Antebellum Owner

Belmont Mansion Accepts Gift Of Nearly 200 Artifacts From Antebellum Owner

May 16, 2014 at 5:30 am

More than a century after her death, some of Adelicia Acklen’s most personal possessions are returning to Nashville’s Belmont Mansion: family portraits that hung in the most private rooms of the house, the jewelry box she would have used each day, even toothbrush cases made of fine china.

Another Legendary Music Row Studio Preserved As A Recording Classroom

Another Legendary Music Row Studio Preserved As A Recording Classroom

May 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Columbia Studio A was converted to office space in the 80s; record executive Mike Curb made it an analog studio again and is renting it to the school for $1 a year, just like he did nearby with Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut and RCA Studio B.

How Marty Stuart Became Country Music’s Family Photographer

How Marty Stuart Became Country Music’s Family Photographer

May 9, 2014 at 4:30 am

Here’s a sneak peak of Marty Stuart new photography exhibit at the Frist Center – portraits of Johnny Cash, Lester Flatt, and others from country’s golden era.

For nine months, the writers met regularly with each other and artistic director Renee Copeland. Near the end, they got a chance to go through their scripts with Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright. From left: Poyner, Sony, Copeland, Eppler, Wright, Kramer. Credit: TN Rep

In Tennessee Rep’s Script Lab, Playwrights Get Feedback From Concept To Stage

May 7, 2014 at 4:30 am

Four playwrights, writing four plays, gathered around one table. That’s been the scene one weekend a month since September, as a quartet of scripts moved from concept to staged reading.

McCloud looks on as Willie Groce finishes his portrait: a face superimposed on a cracked wall. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Art Project Captures Nashville’s Self-Portrait, One Person At A Time

April 25, 2014 at 4:30 am

A roaming art project called Our Town is challenging Nashvillians to make self portraits with rubber stamps and ink.

Applications To Fisk University Nearly Doubled In Single Year

Applications To Fisk University Nearly Doubled In Single Year

April 21, 2014 at 4:10 am

Interest in attending the historically black school is the highest it’s been in a dozen years. That’s especially good news, given that the last decade was marked by financial crisis and rapid declines in enrollment.

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

April 17, 2014 at 4:00 am

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.

Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

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

April 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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.

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

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

April 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

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

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

April 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm

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.

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

March 28, 2014 at 5:00 am

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.

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

March 28, 2014 at 4:55 am

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.

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

March 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm

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.

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

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

March 26, 2014 at 4:15 am

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