Updated March 12: Butch Wilmore returned to Earth yesterday from the International Space Station, landing in remote Kazakhstan. He has spent a total of 178 days in space.

Meet Barry “Butch” Wilmore, your friendly local astronaut.

Wilmore grew up in Mt. Juliet and went to Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee. Then he enlisted in the Navy, became a pilot and then — an astronaut.

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A $100-million floodwall project unveiled Wednesday would be the costliest flood prevention effort in Nashville history. The plans are a response to the 2010 flood, when the Cumberland River engulfed part of downtown.

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A pair of Middle Tennessee lawmakers has filed a bill to let state officials seize property they believe has been used for terrorism.

That has a group that represents Muslims concerned their houses of worship could be targeted.

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Candidate Bill Freeman says it has been an "eye-opener" how alike Nashville's mayoral hopefuls sound. He says they've avoided taking strong positions — so he's stirring the pot.

"It seems as if the candidates are being so cautious that they have just decided not to take a position on anything," Freeman's campaign wrote in prepared remarks, though the candidate never delivered that line to a group gathered at E-Spaces in Belle Meade on Wednesday morning.

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Pothole reports are flooding into the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

"The two-plus inches of rain over the weekend right on the heels of the extreme cold was the perfect recipe for having mass issues, unfortunately," TDOT spokeswoman BJ Doughty writes in an email.

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Tennessee lawmakers are reopening the debate on medical marijuana for the year by taking on a bill that would allow one form – low-potency cannabis oil. Backers say the oil holds promise for treating kids who suffer from devastating seizures.

Gail Grauer’s granddaughter Chloe died shortly before Christmas from a neurological brain disorder. In a life that lasted barely three years, she suffered 75,000 seizures – many of which, Grauer believes, could have been prevented.

“When people say time is of the essence, that’s not just a slogan.”

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Vanderbilt University spends $14 million a year complying with federal higher education regulations, its chancellor told the U.S. Senate Education Committee. His point: That number is too high.

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Ice and snow linger around some Nashville schools — more than a week after falling — because snowplows have other priorities. The city’s 28 salt trucks with plows were only dispatched Monday to hit problem spots near schools.

"Why is public works not doing anything about these roads?" parent Sarah Paschal asked on the Metro Schools Facebook page.

Joe Nolan


Gallatin Pike is gritty, but it's also groovy — and even gorgeous if you know where to look. It's the main vein of the beating heart of one of the city's most dynamic communities, the East Nashville and Inglewood neighborhoods. The pike's used tire shops, fast food chains, vintage boutiques, music venues, bars and markets are as diverse as the neighbors they serve.


Some parents can’t believe Metro Schools has called off classes again for snow and ice, especially since most roads are completely clear.

Metro Schools spokesman Joe Bass says "a ton of considerations" go into the decision, but there’s no precise formula for making the call, such as a certain number of icy roads.