Articles by: Rae Ellen Bichell

Humphreys County Rejects Wheel Tax, Increases Sales Tax to its Limit

Humphreys County Rejects Wheel Tax, Increases Sales Tax to its Limit

by / on August 5, 2011

Residents in Humphreys County overwhelmingly rejected a wheel tax, but narrowly said yes to increasing local sales tax yesterday.

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Teacher Performance to be Monitored Online

by / on July 29, 2011

When Tennessee teachers return to school this month, they’ll face a brand new way of being scored on their performance. Classroom observations will make up about half of that score, and the state plans to make the results of those in-class critiques available almost in real time.

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Study Shows in Elections, Yard Signs Can Be Powerful

by / on July 29, 2011

Winning an election may lie partly in reading the signs—yard signs, that is. The campaign ads that have popped up in yards and windows across the city could be subliminally sprouting votes.

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Hall of Fame Announces it will Double in Size

Hall of Fame Announces it will Double in Size

by / on July 28, 2011

The Country Music Hall of Fame announced Thursday that it plans to double its size by 2014.

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When it Comes to Grading Teachers, State Faces Math Problems

by / on July 28, 2011

Tennessee’s Education Commissioner appeared in a panel on teacher quality before Congress Wednesday. In his testimony, Kevin Huffman said that even though teachers’ jobs may depend on new evaluation scores, the state still hasn’t figured out just how to add those up.

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Heat Presses Down on Beef and Dairy Production

by / on July 25, 2011

Tennesseans aren’t the only ones overheated, thirsty, and tired. As temperatures remain in the nineties this week, farmers say livestock feel the same.

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Tennessee Flower Bounces Back from Extinction

Tennessee Flower Bounces Back from Extinction

by / on July 21, 2011

The purple coneflower grows in only one place in the world: Middle Tennessee. Right now, the wild Echinacea is on the verge of winning a conservation battle.

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Heat Dome Hovers over Middle Tennessee

by / on July 20, 2011

A heat advisory for the region continues until 7 o’clock Thursday night, though meteorologists say it could take a few weeks for the high-pressure system causing the heat to break up.

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NASA, and Tennessee Scientist Focus on Asteroids

by / on July 19, 2011

NASA’s final shuttle left the international space station for its return flight Tuesday. But while that program winds down, a Tennessee scientist is helping the agency launch into research on something deeper in space: asteroids.

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Bridgestone Arena Ranks Worldwide for Concert Attendance

by / on July 18, 2011

Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena has seen big music audiences this year, thanks in part to hockey. According to Pollstar, the venue ranked ninth in the country for selling the most concert tickets. That’s up 14 spots since the same time last year.

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Downtown Brings Out Big Fireworks

by / on July 1, 2011

This Fourth of July, the group that puts on Nashville’s riverfront fireworks will introduce the city to bigger explosions than it’s seen before.

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Schools Dispute, Defend Ranking on Rising College Cost List

by / on July 1, 2011

According to new federal rankings, Tennessee State and Lipscomb University have some of the fastest rising price tags of U.S. colleges.

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Tennessee’s National Parks Need Improvements

by / on June 30, 2011

A group that spent the past decade studying national parks says that Tennessee’s sites are in the same “fair” to “poor” condition as parks across the country.

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Tennesseans Hesitate to Buy Electric Cars

by / on June 27, 2011

Nissan’s electric car, the Leaf, hit the market almost six months ago, but so far only 79 have sold in Tennessee. Sales have topped 2,000 in the six other states where it’s available. Tennessee’s small numbers come despite big incentives.

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Lipscomb Caters to Aging Population with New Degrees

by / on June 24, 2011

Lipscomb University has announced it will open a school on aging.

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NFIB Warns Businesses about Immigration Audits

by / on June 23, 2011

The National Federation of Independent Businesses sent out a press release yesterday announcing that businesses could soon be audited to see if they’ve hired illegal immigrants.

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Definition of “Sports Agent” Expanded in Tennessee

by / on June 14, 2011

A new state law broadens the definition of a “sports agent” to even include fathers of athletes in some instances.

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