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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.

New York-based startup Warby Parker plans on opening a call center in Nashville, expected to create 250 jobs over five years. Credit: Alexis Lamster/Flickr

New York Glasses Company Warby Parker Lured To Nashville By Subsidies, Cheaper Real Estate

September 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Although the announcement points to Nashville’s “vibrant city” status as part of the reason for the expansion, a generous state subsidy package was also a major consideration.

Assembly of the Rogue moved to Smyrna from Japan in 2013. In August,  21,419 Rogues were sold, an increase of 24 percent over the previous August. Credit: Nissan

Nissan’s Smyrna-Made Vehicles Hit Record Territory For August

September 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Franklin-based Nissan North America is celebrating big sales gains for August, and its top performers are built in Smyrna.

The pair of Seattle artists behind 'The River' also created the Emerald City entrance to the Seattle-Tacoma airport, a giant dog for Denver, and illuminated murals on San Fransisco's Pier 92 silos. Rendering courtesy Metro Nashville Public Arts Commission

Sculpture Mimicking Cumberland River Selected For Nashville’s New Riverfront Park

September 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Metro Arts Commission has approved a ribbon of of highly polished steel as Nashville’s next public art project. One percent of every construction bond issued by the city is set aside to pay for art in public places.

DCS employees Rob Johnson, Melvin Whitlow and Joel Player meeting with reporters on Tuesday about a detention facility break that occurred Monday night. Credit: Emily West/WPLN

Six Students Still At Large After Likely Planned Escape From Bordeaux Detention Facility

September 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm

A few minutes before 11 p.m., which was shortly after a shift change, security guards at the Woodland Hills facility in Bordeaux started to sense “the rumblings of trouble.”

Investigation Launched Into Nashville Detention Center Escape

Investigation Launched Into Nashville Detention Center Escape

September 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm

A press briefing has been planned for 2 pm at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center after 32 young men escaped overnight.

Recreations of 'American Gothic,' 'The Scream' and 'Girl With a Pearl Earring,' made from napkins, spoons and sugar packets. Credit: Brian Parker

Nashville Artist Tears and Twists Coffee Shop Napkins Into Masterpieces

September 2, 2014 at 6:30 am

Brian Parker recreates the Great Masters each week at a local cafe with nothing but the standard items other customers use to wipe their hands and sweeten their coffee.

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 Ups Takeover Offer, Threatens Hostile Bid

September 2, 2014 at 6:06 am

In a letter to Family Dollar’s board of directors, Goodlettsville-based Dollar General has increased its $10 billion bid by roughly two percent after being rejected in favor of a smaller offer from Dollar Tree.

The $53 million Gulch Crossing is under construction now, with a scheduled completion date of next spring. Sony Music, Earl Swensson Associates architecture firm and commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley plan to move in. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Gulch Developer Sees Downside To Exponential Growth: Losing ‘Neighborhood’ Feel

September 2, 2014 at 4:30 am

When Marketstreet Enterprises started snapping up property in what would become known as the Gulch fifteen years ago, the idea was to establish an urban neighborhood.

Singapore is one of the cities where MTSU recruiters travel. The university is focusing on recruiting students from Asia and the Middle East. Credit: Eustaquio Santimano via Flickr

Why MTSU And Other Public Universities Are Recruiting More International Students

September 2, 2014 at 3:54 am

One of the reasons why universities around the country, especially public ones, want more international students? Out-of-state tuition, says the author of a new study from the Brookings Institution. But MTSU says it’s globalization, not money, that is motivating the university to recruit students from other countries.