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Dr. James Crowe, right, watches as graduate student Andrew Flyak adjusts equipment in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center used in the production of anti-Ebola antibodies. Credit: VUMC

Vanderbilt Chancellor Says Financial Independence Will Let Medical Center Move Faster

November 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

The change isn’t expected to affect employees, patients or students, but it will have a smaller board overseeing the hospitals to make business decisions “in a really dynamic healthcare environment.”

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You May Notice Some Changes To Morning Edition And All Things Considered

November 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

The program clocks are changing for the first time in many years, starting Monday.

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. Credit: NASA via Instagram

Our 8 Favorite Photos Taken By A Tennessee Astronaut In Space

November 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Tennessee native Barry “Butch” Wilmore has been aboard the International Space Station for about two months. But fortunately for us all, that doesn’t mean he’s taken time off from the mundane tasks of the world, like posting pictures to the ISS Instagram account.

Fifi Appih was clearly pleased to speak to the group, knowing that everyone in the room will understand if his voice catches or stumbles. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

A Nashville Public Speaking Group Helps People Who Stutter Find Their Voice

November 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

To overcome your fears, face them head on. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. But what if every time you talk, even just with a friend, there are moments when your voice gets stuck on a single sound?

Kornegay has lived on Nashville's streets on and off since 2008. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Warming Shelters Open In Nashville, But They’re Not Always The First Choice For Homeless

November 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Sometimes, sleeping bags and carefully chosen spots outside can seem safer to a person who feels vulnerable in large groups.

Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said he was brought to Tennessee to be a "change agent." He has defended Common Core standards, stayed the course on stepped-up teacher evaluations and unsuccessfully defended the state's participation in Common Core testing. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee’s Lightning Rod Education Commissioner Steps Down, Citing Toll Of The Job

November 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Governor Bill Haslam is going to have to find a new education commissioner for his second term. Kevin Huffman, who has often found himself at the center of controversy, is calling it quits after four years.

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

Airbnb Regs For Nashville Would Limit Guest Numbers, Tax Hosts Like Hotels

November 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

On Tuesday, Nashville’s Metro Council will take up regulations aimed at short-term vacation booking services, like Airbnb.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, right, at the dedication of Ebola treatment unit ceremony in Tubmanburg, Liberia, on Monday. Credit: DVIDS

101st Airborne Commander Says He Shouldn’t Need Reinforcements

November 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

The commander of the 101st Airborne Division will brief family members at Fort Campbell today via video conference from Liberia. Roughly 700 soldiers from the post are helping build Ebola treatment centers.

The East Nashville Advisory Committee met in the same room where there was an uproar Sunday night, in a meeting organized by parent activists with East Nashville United. Credit: David Wright Smith

How Much Input Will An East Nashville School Overhaul Advisory Panel Get?

November 13, 2014 at 5:41 am

In its first meeting, a special advisory committee for an East Nashville school overhaul heard an update for plans from central office administrators. But community organizer John Haubenreich says he heard too much from the district.

After the launch event, developer Jules White and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean used the app to get around the Music City Center. White clarified that cookies do not usually await the app users. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Listen: We Try The High-Tech New Way To Navigate Music City Center

November 13, 2014 at 5:34 am

Nashville’s Music City Center has had 750,000 visitors since it opened about a year and a half ago — and a lot of them have probably gotten lost. WPLN’s Emily Siner tried out the convention center’s new smartphone app intended to help people find their way.

What AT&T’s Announcement Means For Fiber-Optic Internet In Nashville

What AT&T’s Announcement Means For Fiber-Optic Internet In Nashville

November 12, 2014 at 6:34 pm

AT&T is likely putting the brakes on bringing gigabit-speed Internet to Nashville. It comes as a disappointment to Nashville residents hoping for competition to Google Fiber.

Volkswagen's workers voted in February and narrowly rejected representation by the UAW following intense pressure from Republican politicians. Credit: VW

VW Releases Policy To Recognize Unions Without Another Election

November 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

It appears Volkswagen may recognize the United Auto Workers to represent employees in Chattanooga. The automaker has released a statement establishing what it’s calling a “Community Organization Engagement” policy.

Rev. Micheal Ellis has led the Impact Baptist Church, which is a church plant of the massive Bellevue Baptist congregation in Memphis. Credit: IBC

Tennessee Baptist Convention Has First Black President After ‘Long Overdue’ Election

November 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Rev. Michael Ellis’ election comes two years after the national denomination, the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention, elected its first black president.

Bridgestone Americas announced Tuesday it will build an office tower in downtown Nashville, constructing a high-rise that will be one of the tallest in the city. Credit: Highwoods Properties

Bridgestone To Bring 600 More Jobs And A New Skyscraper To Nashville

November 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Bridgestone Americas is not only moving from the airport area to become part of the Nashville skyline. It’s also consolidating office functions from Chicago and Indianapolis in the process, bringing 600 more jobs to the city.

MTSU professor Cliff Ricketts stands next to the 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck he will drive from Key West, Fla., to Seattle, Wash., from Nov.  6 to 13. Credit: MTSU News and Media Relations

MTSU Professor Drives Cross-Country On Chicken Fat Fuel (If It Doesn’t Freeze)

November 11, 2014 at 5:04 am

An enterprising MTSU professor is driving from Key West, Fla., to Seattle, Wash. — without stopping for gas. The good news is that 66-year-old Cliff Ricketts is getting 40 miles per gallon on biodiesel so far. The bad news? It doesn’t fare well in cold weather.

Micah Miller is a retired Army medic from Murfreesboro. He's now studying to be a chemistry teacher at Lipscomb University, which has expanded scholarships for veterans and now have 200 on campus. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Recent War Vets In Tennessee Mark Veterans Day In Their Own Way

November 11, 2014 at 3:41 am

Tennessee has roughly 500,000 veterans by federal counts, and more than 10 percent of them served since 9/11. This new class of veterans is figuring out how to mark Veterans Day.

Revisiting An Era When Pop Didn’t Always Have Lyrics

Revisiting An Era When Pop Didn’t Always Have Lyrics

November 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

It might be unthinkable now, but groups like The Ventures cracked Top 40 radio with instrumental tunes. The Nashville duo Steelism hopes to do the same today by focusing on memorable melodies.

Moderator Kenny Byrd addresses Metro School Board Member Elissa Kim, who was questioned about having advance warning about a reorganization plan for East Nashville. Credit: David Smith

‘Antagonistic’ Meeting Shows Continued Mistrust In East Nashville School Overhaul

November 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

An East Nashville parent group is apologizing for the “antagonistic” tone of a meeting held Sunday night at the East Park community center.

NAEP--the National Assessment of Educational Progress--is nicknamed the Nation's Report Card. The same test is given to a sample group of 4th and 8th graders in every state. It's not the same thing as the annual standardized exams taken by all students; those are designed by the state. Past disparities between results on the state tests and NAEP were one of the factors that lead Tennessee to create a more stringent set of standards and tougher state assessments several years ago. Credit: Jason Selicksar via Flickr

Tennessee Report Card’s Comparison Tool Dovetails With School Choice Trend

November 10, 2014 at 5:36 am

The Tennessee Report Card released this month shows detailed stats on each of the state’s 1800 public schools, from racial breakdowns to reading scores. But state education officials are highlighting another key function – side-by-side comparison.

Gov. Bill Haslam talks about the Tennessee Promise program to students at Antioch High School in August. Credit: TN Photo Services

Who’s Not Included In Tennessee’s Free Tuition Program? Undocumented Students

November 10, 2014 at 5:06 am

Nearly every high school senior applied for Tennessee Promise, but a small percentage of them may not be eligible for free community college tuition. Before getting the state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid — which leaves undocumented students behind.