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MTSU President Sydney McPhee on the right says Governor Bill Haslam promised as a candidate to build the science building

Why Did MTSU Enrollment Drop So Suddenly? President Says Students Can’t Pay

September 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Middle Tennessee State University is blaming a big enrollment drop-off on students’ ability to pay. While admission figures are only just now made final, president Sidney McPhee says the nearly five percent drop occurred just before the start of the semester.

Teachers are saying in a new study from Vanderbilt that they are less receptive to Common Core standards in their classrooms. Credit: alamosbasement via Flickr

Survey Says Common Core Support Drops Drastically Among Tennessee Teachers

September 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Teacher opinion of Common Core education standards has declined since this time last year.

Rayna James, played by Connie Britton, is a country music star trying to start her own music label. Credit: ABC Photo

How ‘Nashville’ Star Connie Britton Puts On Her Character’s Accent

September 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

The TV show Nashville has gotten praise for tackling the Southern accent — or at least, not always completely butchering it. And as many movies and TV shows have shown over the years, this isn’t an easy task.

Vanderbilt med students receive their white coats in a ceremony. Med school involves many traditions but a new project dubbed "Curriculum 2.0" is meant to modernize the experience. Credit: VUSM via Flickr

Vanderbilt Overhauling Med School Curriculum

September 24, 2014 at 5:31 am

Vanderbilt University is trying to rethink nearly every aspect of its medical school curriculum, and the American Medical Association likes where the school is headed.

Taxi companies are disgruntled with Lyft, whose pink mustache is shown here, and Uber, but Nashville has been working with the ridesharing companies to make them legal in Nashville. Credit via Flickr

Nashville Puts Writing To Lyft And Uber Regulations

September 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Lyft and Uber have maintained that they’re a logistical business, not a taxi business, putting them above local taxi rules. But city officials differ.

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and Nashville Sounds owner Frank Ward signed the two-year player development in the Omni Hotel this morning. Credit: Emily R. West.

Playing To Win: Sounds Owner Says Switch to Oakland A’s Is The Best Move

September 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

The Nashville Sounds sealed the deal today, becoming the farm team for the Oakland A’s.

Credit: Stephanie Saujon

Historic Nashville Says Preserving These Nine Sites Is Top Priority. See The Photos

September 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

A nearly 200-year old cemetery and the outbuildings of an antebellum home are on this year’s list of the most endangered historic properties in Nashville. But as the so-called Nashville Nine were announced today, much of the focus was on the place that also played host to the event: the old RCA Studio A.

The new school sits on Dickerson Pike, but it faces the side street. One parent said they were glad since across Dickerson Pike is an adult bookstore. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Report Finds Charters Have ‘Negative Fiscal Impact’ On Nashville District Schools

September 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

“Charter schools will – with nearly 100 percent certainty – have a negative fiscal impact on Metro Schools.” That’s a direct quote from a study ordered by the board of education, confirming the views of several charter skeptics on panel.

Bosco's, a brewpub that operated for 18 years in Hillsboro Village, called Sunday its last day. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Bosco’s Brewpub Falls Victim To Nashville’s Craft Beer Boom

September 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Co-owner Jerry Feinstone said bars in 12South, the Gulch and 8th Avenue have gobbled up many of his customers.

A veteran stands up and speaks to Juan Morales, director of the Tennessee Valley Health System, which oversees Veterans Affairs hospitals in the region. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville VA Hospital Promises Change During Contentious Town Hall Meeting

September 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

For more than two hours, veterans talked about unexpected appointment cancellations, lost paperwork and long wait times at the Nashville VA hospital. The regional healthcare director said they’re hiring more staff, but it will take time to recruit.

Sales Tax Hike On Ballot In Lebanon Again

Sales Tax Hike On Ballot In Lebanon Again

September 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Voters in Lebanon are again considering whether to raise the sales tax to the state maximum. The referendum is the only item on Tuesday’s ballot.

TSU's agricultural complex includes three new buildings. Credit: TSU

New TSU Ag Buildings Follow Expansion Into New Areas Of Research

September 22, 2014 at 5:32 am

Tennessee State University has cut the ribbon on a handful of new agricultural buildings. The lab facilities, greenhouses and classrooms were built in part with an $8 million grant from the USDA. And they’re part of an overall push to expand on one of the school’s original missions.

Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain are instructors at Roane State Community College. Since 2005, Cantrell has taken students to spend time working on the Marine Resources Development Foundation's MarineLab project. Credit: Roane State

Tennessee Community College Instructors Prepare For 73 Days Under The Sea

September 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

Two Tennessee community college professors are prepping to spend most of the fall underwater in a lagoon off Key Largo, Florida. They’ll be submerged for 73-days straight in what amounts to an undersea apartment, setting a world record according to Guinness.

Compared with the rest of the country, Nashville homes remain in line with the region's median income. Credit: Gary McNinch/Flickr Creative Commons

Percentage Of Income Going To Housing Much Better In Middle TN Than Nation

September 22, 2014 at 4:45 am

Because Middle Tennessee didn’t get caught up in the housing bubble as bad as other places, the crash wasn’t as dramatic, which effects home prices today.

Nashvillle's population has grown by about 7 percent since 2007, but its Millennial population has boomed beyond that. Credit: Jim Nix via Flickr

Millennials Are Flocking To Nashville, And Here’s Why It Matters

September 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm

A new report by housing research group RealtyTrac ranked Nashville in the top 10 cities for growth among those in their twenties and early thirties — an age group that will be spending more and more money as they get older.

Photos: Downtown Parking Spaces Converted Into Tiny Parks For Park(ing) Day 2014

Photos: Downtown Parking Spaces Converted Into Tiny Parks For Park(ing) Day 2014

September 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm

More than 30 parallel parking spaces on busy streets downtown were converted into little public parks. The idea is to get citizens visualizing new possibilities in our public spaces.

Joey Ryan, left, and Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids perform at the 13th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show on Sept. 17. Credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music

Listen: 60 Seconds With The Folk-Singing, Joke-Telling Milk Carton Kids

September 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan of the Milk Carton Kids have been compared to Simon and Garfunkle with their lush harmonies and fingerstyle guitar creations, but it was their witty banter that won over the audience at the Ryman Auditorium this week.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’

September 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker ultimately supported the Obama Administration’s short-term plan to arm Syrian rebels, even after berating Secretary of State John Kerry during a committee hearing this week.

The 2013 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Wanda  Lacy argued for more implementation Common Core standards on state test. Credit: Emily R. West.

Haslam’s Invitation-Only Education Summit Aims To Moderate Tone For Legislative Session

September 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Anti-Common Core protesters rallied outside of Governor Bill Haslam’s invitation-only summit on education Thursday. Inside, the governor attempted to quiet critics of the education standards and other recent reforms.

Airbnb rentals are now illegal in Nashville, but city officials are working on changing that. Credit: Airbnb

Nashville’s Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb Will Soon Face Regulation

September 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Councilmember Burkley Allen says the city is losing out on a significant amount of tax revenue.