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Dozens of people asked questions at the Nashville town hall meeting on Ferguson, Mo. Among them was longtime Nashville resident Ed Kindall, who asked about the frequency of diversity training within the police department. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson Discusses Discrimination And How To Ease It

August 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

Several hundred people squeezed into a North Nashville church Thursday night to hear what police had to say about the events in Ferguson, Mo. Some audience members thanked the police for their service, but others talked about perceived racial tension.

Mayor Karl Dean included funding to extend benefits to same-sex partners of Metro employees. Doing so, he said, shows Nashville respects individual dignity and embraces differences. Image: Office of Mayor Karl Dean

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Throws His Support Behind Same-Sex Marriage

August 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Mayor Karl Dean has been promoting giving domestic partnership benefits to Metro employees since last year but recently signaled his support of gay marriage in general.

Tritium is produced in the unit 1 reactor at Watts Bar. Currently, TVA is completing unit 2. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

TVA Raises Rates And Cuts Efficiency Programs To Fund Capital Projects

August 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Power bills will go up by 1.5 percent starting in October as part of a TVA rate hike approved by the utility’s board Thursday.

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Legal Or Not, Drones Fly Over Nashville

August 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

To pilot a drone in Nashville is to wander into legal gray area. In these videos, people are doing just that.

Nashville voters will decide in November whether to let grocery stores sell wine.  Credit: Red White and Food

Wine In Groceries Clears Another Hurdle: Getting On The Ballot

August 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Nashville joins more than 60 cities that will be voting on the issue.

Dollar General has not said whether Family Dollar locations would be rebranded under a buyout. Credit: Dustin Peck Photography via Family Dollar

Family Dollar Stiffarms Dollar General $9.7B Buyout Bid

August 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

Family Dollar is citing anti trust concerns for its rejection.

Belmont University admissions officials say 2,000 new undergraduates are on campus this year, including more than 500 transfer students. Credit: Belmont

Belmont No Longer A ‘Small Liberal Arts College’ And Lipscomb Boasts Record Retention

August 21, 2014 at 5:44 am

Belmont University has more than doubled its enrollment since the year 2000.

In Seattle, Wash., protesters march in support of those in Ferguson. Credit: Joe Wolf via Flickr

Nashville Police And Black Leaders Ask How The City Would Handle A Ferguson Situation

August 21, 2014 at 5:25 am

The head of one of Tennessee’s largest African American churches is organizing a town hall meeting to ask: How would the city address a tense racial incident? And how can the city prevent one altogether?

The diary of Randal McGavock, which detail early stories of the Civil War. Credit:

Lost Civil War Diary Makes Its Way Back To Nashville

August 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

It belonged to Randal McGavock, a storied Civil War soldier who served as Nashville’s mayor for a one-year term in 1824.

MTSU Graduation. Cap and Gown. Not exactly a hard hat, but we couldn't resist including it. Image: TN Photo Services

MTSU Lowers ACT Scores Needed For Scholarships In Response To Tennessee Promise

August 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Middle Tennessee State University is expecting to give out 250 more merit scholarships next year because it is lowering the ACT scores needed to qualify. It’s making this move as the state is putting less funding toward freshman and sophomores at four-year schools.

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With Improvement In Memphis, More Nashville Schools Become State’s Lowest-Performing

August 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Another 10 schools in Nashville have been deemed eligible for state takeover because of their slow rate of improvement. Tennessee education officials released their list of “priority” schools Tuesday, and the number in Nashville went up, while the figures in Memphis went down.

Councilman Walter Hunt, who sponsored the contextual overlay district, which passed on Tuesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn

New Nashville Law Gives Neighbors A Regulation Tool

August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

Metro Council passed a new law adopting the so-called contextual overlay.

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Two Houses, One Lot? Councilman Wants New Homes To Be More Like The Old Ones

August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

Many Nashvillians are fed up with residential development that’s out of character with neighborhoods. Metro Council members are well aware of this. On Tuesday night, Metro Council will take up two measures aimed at these concerns.

Mark Rowan, president of Griffin Technologies, announces the official naming of the Griffin Academy of Design and Technology at Hunters Lane High School. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

The Benefits — And Pitfalls — Of Private Sponsorships In Public Schools

August 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Two Nashville-based companies will officially be putting their names on public high school academies this week. One principal says this partnership helps students by exposing them to real world careers, but critics warn that such relationships could hurt students when they’re not done with students’ best interests in mind.

Paisley's website is scheduled to launch on the same day that his new album goes on sale. Image via YouTube

Brad Paisley Launches Country-Themed Online Video Venture

August 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

The country singer, touring artist and – now – online video distributor, Brad Paisley is branching out with a new digital channel about the country lifestyle: grilling, hunting, and life on the road.

Visitors line up on Tuesday to see the eclectic collection of photos, records, albums and knickknacks collected by Paul MacLeod, an Elvis superfan who turned his Holly Springs, Miss., home into the offbeat museum called Graceland Too. Credit: Rogelio V. Solis/AP

With Its Eccentric Owner Gone, What To Do With Graceland Too?

August 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm

The home of Paul MacLeod — with its Elvis shrine and offbeat owner — drew tourists to the postcard town of Holly Springs, Miss. Now, a tragedy has left the town reeling and debating the home’s fate.

Dollar General is already the largest small-box retailer in the U.S. and has been expanding into new states in recent years. Credit: Dollar General

Dollar General Enters Bidding War For Family Dollar

August 18, 2014 at 6:47 am

According to a news release from the company, Dollar General has made a $9.7 billion all-cash counter-bid, which tops the cash and stock offer made by Dollar Tree three weeks ago.

The Volkswagen Academy currently has 53 students learning "mechatronics" over the course of three years. The 12 who completed their studies this month are the second graduating class of the program. Credit: VW

Volkswagen Brings German-Style Vocational Training To Tennessee

August 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

The automaker has been pulling teenagers off the traditional American track for its German-style apprenticeship program in Chattanooga.

Sen. Bob Corker, right, stands next to former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki during a news conference in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Credit: Corker.Senate.gov.

Nashville’s Kurds Disappointed, But Not Surprised, By U.S. Policy In Iraq

August 17, 2014 at 6:03 am

Despite Nashville Kurds rallying for independence from Iraq, they’re not getting the full support they want from Sen. Bob Corker and other U.S. foreign policy makers.

Corker has served on the U.S. Senate since 2007. Credit: Corker.Senate.gov

Sen. Bob Corker Seems To Regret Mentioning The Presidency

August 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

At a media event Friday, during a question about his possible presidential run, Corker clarified that he had given a “stream-of-consciousness” answer earlier this week and that he’s not ready to make a decision yet.