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Tennessee Walking Horses are permanently outfitted with pads also known as stacks. Credit: HSUS

Record Violations Cited At Shelbyville Walking Horse Celebration

September 11, 2014 at 7:54 am

USDA inspectors disqualified a record number of walking horses at this year’s National Celebration in Shelbyville, according to a Celebration spokesman.

Mayor Karl Dean speaking in support of the Gulch Bridge at an event on Wednesday. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Mayor’s Office Proposes New Way to Finance The Stalled Gulch Bridge

September 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Seven months after Metro Council overwhelmingly shelved the idea of building a $17-million pedestrian bridge connecting the Gulch with downtown, the mayor’s office is proposing a new way to fund the ambitious project.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks to parents, teachers and administrators at Oliver Middle School in Nashville. Credit: U.S. Dept of Ed via Flickr

Ed Secretary Arne Duncan Still Showing Love For Tennessee, Despite Growing Resistance To Reforms

September 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan just spent three days on a bus, trekking through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, cheering on teachers and administrators even as they push back on federal involvement in K-12 education.

Tennessee Republicans Prepared To Support Plan To Combat ISIS

Tennessee Republicans Prepared To Support Plan To Combat ISIS

September 10, 2014 at 8:46 am

Tennessee’s congressional delegation is ready to hear President Barack Obama’s plan for combating militants in Syria and Iraq.

School Superintendent Floats Extreme Measures For Charter-Heavy East Nashville

School Superintendent Floats Extreme Measures For Charter-Heavy East Nashville

September 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register is proposing to create what he’s calling a special “choice zone” in East Nashville, which will also include closing one or more zoned schools. He floated the idea to the board of education Tuesday night.

Dollar General Takes Buyout Offer Directly To Family Dollar Shareholders

Dollar General Takes Buyout Offer Directly To Family Dollar Shareholders

September 10, 2014 at 8:11 am

A bidding war over the Family Dollar discount chain has officially turned hostile. After being twice rejected, Goodlettsville-based Dollar General is taking its offer directly to Family Dollar shareholders.

Wallace Nabaa, the father of Kuyvonta Cain, one of the teens still on the loose from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Father Of One Of The Teens Who Escaped Speaks Out At DCS Public Forum

September 9, 2014 at 9:13 pm

At a public forum held at a YMCA in North Nashville, Department of Children Services Commissioner Jim Henry spent more than an hour telling a crowd of around 300 what has changed since 32 teens broke out of the Woodland Hills facility.

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

Nashville Universities Rise In U.S. News Rankings

September 9, 2014 at 7:56 am

Nashville universities are highlighting their rising status on the US News and World Report’s annual rankings made public Tuesday morning.

Nance Place, a subsidized workforce apartment complex, is one of two projects overseen by MDHA that have incurred unexpected taxes. Credit: MDHA

$400K Tax Bill On Two Nashville Affordable House Properties Being Appealed

September 9, 2014 at 5:06 am

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is appealing its nearly $400,000 tax bill on two of its signature affordable housing properties.

Nashville’s August Home Sales Grow Slowly, Still Better Than National Average

Nashville’s August Home Sales Grow Slowly, Still Better Than National Average

September 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

There were 4.6% more closings than in the same month a year before, a growth rate that echoes the figures for July.

"Fiddlin' John" Sharp (center), seen here with daughter Evelyn and banjo player Red Morris, is among the many musicians whose stories and songs are documented in Bobby Fulcher's archive. Credit: Tennessee State Parks

In Tennessee, Scenes From A Nearly Lost Musical History

September 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Thanks to an intrepid park ranger who became a part-time folklorist, an archive of sound recordings and lyric sheets bears witness to a tradition that could well have died off.

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper interviews to keep his job for another eight year term. Behind him, seven other men who want his job, interviewing before the Tennessee Supreme Court. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Competition Hails The Work Of Tennessee’s Attorney General, But Still Wants His Job

September 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Tennessee’s Attorney General defended himself before the state Supreme Court Monday as he vies for a second term.

Heidi Williams, an assistant professor who's teaching freshman English, shows students how they can follow along with her PowerPoint slides on their tablets. Credit: Rick Delahaya / TSU

Not All TSU Freshmen Are Ready To Swap Physical Textbooks For Digital Ones Just Yet

September 8, 2014 at 5:43 am

Tablets are part of Tennessee State University’s plan to make textbooks cheaper for students.

A perimeter fence has been repaired at Woodland Hills after Monday night's escape. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

Woodland Hills Detention Doors Kept Open Because Of Rules Now Being Questioned

September 8, 2014 at 5:00 am

An attorney working for the Tennessee Department of Children Services says a decades-old consent decree prevents teens from being locked in their rooms.

Companies that distribute online courses are among the most successful in education technology right now. Credit: nyuhuhuu via Flickr

Lipscomb Is Hoping Students Will Get College Credit For Its Free Online Courses

September 5, 2014 at 4:58 am

It’s pretty rare in the world of MOOCs to receive college credit for them, but Lipscomb University is designing its MOOCs with a twist.

Entire Congressional Delegation Invited To Tour Charter Schools, Even Those With None In Their Districts

Entire Congressional Delegation Invited To Tour Charter Schools, Even Those With None In Their Districts

September 5, 2014 at 4:51 am

One charter school advocacy group is offering tours to Tennessee’s Congressional delegation, even though most of their districts don’t have any charters.

Housing advocates say they will push a bill next Legislative session to standardize the way low-income properties as taxed. Credit: MMA

Affordable Housing Officials Push Back Against New Tax On Low-Income Properties

September 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Housing advocates and developers say if it doesn’t change, private builders might completely pull out of subsidized housing.

What Is Woodland Hills, Exactly? A 50-Second Explanation

What Is Woodland Hills, Exactly? A 50-Second Explanation

September 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville has made international headlines this week after 32 teens escaped and 10 teens staged a small riot. The BBC called it a prison. Other news outlets are calling it a detention center or simply a state-run facility. In reality, it’s a little bit of all of those things.

Jim Henry was named interim commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services following the departure of Kate O’Day. She left under pressure because of unreported child deaths. Credit: Blake Farmer/WPLN

Lawmakers Trace Nashville Escape, Riots To Closure Of State’s Taft Youth Development Center

September 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

In 2012, Then-Commissioner Kathryn O’Day recommended closing the Taft Youth Center. It was the most expensive detention facility to operate — around $8.5 million a year.

A perimeter fence has been repaired at Woodland Hills after Monday night's escape. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

No Escapes, But It Was A Night Of Mini Riots At Nashville Youth Detention Center

September 4, 2014 at 7:15 am

Ten detainees who’ve been identified as ringleaders have been taken to a Rutherford County facility after rioting at Nashville’s Woodland Hills Youth Development Center overnight. These are many of the same teens who escaped Monday night.