Articles by: WPLN Staff

Photos: State Of The State, From Beginning To End

Photos: State Of The State, From Beginning To End

by / on February 3, 2014

Experience Gov. Bill Haslam’s fourth State of the State address in pictures from photographer Stephen Jerkins.

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President Obama’s Nashville Visit In 12 Photos

President Obama’s Nashville Visit In 12 Photos

by / on January 31, 2014

Photographer Stephen Jerkins captures a rare presidential visit. Nashville was President Obama’s last stop on a tour following this week’s State of the Union Address.

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Victims Of Tainted Steroid Injections Still Struggling

Victims Of Tainted Steroid Injections Still Struggling

by / on October 30, 2013

Health problems linger from a fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds across the country a year ago. Some people are still receiving treatment. And some who got better relapsed for reasons that aren’t entirely clear.

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Trail Life USA, The ‘Other’ Boy Scouts Of America

Trail Life USA, The ‘Other’ Boy Scouts Of America

by / on September 9, 2013

A new faith-based boys group is taking shape, just three months after the Boy Scouts of America decided to change its membership policy to allow gay youth to join. The group, dubbed Trail Life USA, calls itself a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts, and says it will focus on adventure, character and leadership.

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On Syria, Everyone Has An Opinion

On Syria, Everyone Has An Opinion

by / on September 5, 2013

Members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation have begun telegraphing how they may vote on US military intervention in Syria. Non-elected Middle Tennesseans weigh in as well.

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Photos: Bringing Home The Blue Ribbon From Tennessee County Fairs

Photos: Bringing Home The Blue Ribbon From Tennessee County Fairs

by / on August 13, 2013

Photographer Stephen Jerkins has been making the rounds to some of Tennessee’s county fairs. Away from the lights of the midway, he found old fashioned contests alive and well – from tractor pulls to little miss princess pageants.                        

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On Its Way Out, The Nashville City Paper Makes Compelling Case For Newspapers

On Its Way Out, The Nashville City Paper Makes Compelling Case For Newspapers

by / on August 9, 2013

It’s been a tough couple of weeks in the newspaper business in Nashville. A number of journalists are off the beat for the time being. We at WPLN are sad to see the City Paper go. Its staff penned an eloquent argument on the need for newspapers in its final issue. In its entirety, here it is.

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Gallery: More than Music at CMA Festival

Gallery: More than Music at CMA Festival

by / on June 7, 2013

Downtown Nashville is abuzz this week with country music fans trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite artists. The CMA Music Festival, one of the city’s largest events, attracts tens of thousands of attendees annually. 

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Photos: A Visual Tour Of United Record Pressing

Photos: A Visual Tour Of United Record Pressing

by / on June 4, 2013

Located in Nashville, United Record Pressing is one of the largest and oldest continually operating vinyl record pressing plants in the US.

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Memories from 9/11

Memories from 9/11

by / on September 6, 2011

When terrorists attacked the United States ten years ago, watching from a distance, it seemed both hard to believe and sickeningly real. As part of our coverage on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, WPLN has been collecting memories around Middle Tennessee.

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Haslam Lands in Afghanistan on War Zone Tour

by / on August 3, 2011

Governor Bill Haslam flew into the cities of Kabul, Kandahar and Bagram today. The Tennessee governor is on a Department of Defense tour that took him to Afghanistan after visiting Kuwait and Iraq on Monday.

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Metro Voting Official Expects Light Turnout Thursday

by / on August 1, 2011

Thursday’s election vote total in Nashville probably won’t compare with the turnout four years ago. According to a Metro election official, only about one in four Davidson County voters is expected to cast a ballot.

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Conversations with IQT Halted, 900 Jobs Will Not Come to Nashville

by / on July 19, 2011

Metro negotiations with Canadian technology consulting company IQT have stopped, according to an announcement from the mayor’s office yesterday. That means the company will not be bringing 900 jobs to Nashville.

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Two of Carr’s Three Immigration Bills Deferred a Year

by / on May 18, 2011

State Representative Joe Carr began this year with the goal of passing three immigration bills. Yesterday, all three were up for consideration in legislative committees. But as WPLN’s Joe White reports, only one will see a floor vote before this year’s session ends.

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Bill to Overrule Metro Discrimination Ordinance Passes State Senate

by / on May 12, 2011

Metro Nashville’s recently passed anti-discrimination ordinance took another blow today. The Tennessee Senate joined the state House in passing a bill that says local governments can’t insist on more protections than the state does.

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Senate Speaker Stakes out Fight with Union

by / on March 11, 2011

State legislative Republicans have been criticizing the Tennessee Education Association for opposing several bills they are say are meant to reform education. Yesterday, the state’s lieutenant governor broadened that criticism to all unions.

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Governor’s Bid to Change Tenure Advances

by / on March 9, 2011

The governor’s bill to make it harder for teachers to get tenure took its first step in the Tennessee House Wednesday.

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Lawmakers Face Choice On How To Slow Meth Production

by / on February 14, 2011

Infighting continued at the Tennessee state legislature Monday over what to do about an increase in illegal methamphetamine production.

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Status Quo for Pre-K: Haslam

by / on February 14, 2011

As Governor Bill Haslam eyes potential budget cuts to programs across the state, one he expects he’ll leave alone is pre-Kindergarten education.

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Magnet Designation Meant to Improve Struggling Schools

by / on February 7, 2011

Six Nashville schools that have been struggling are being turned into magnet schools this fall. Metro hopes a new pool of students and parents will be drawn to them and academics will improve.

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