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Tennessee’s Business Taxes Flattening Out, Says State Economist

Tennessee’s Business Taxes Flattening Out, Says State Economist

August 13, 2014 at 3:11 am

Tennessee’s business taxes are starting to pick up again, after a period of steady decline. That’s according to an economist who’s analyzed the state’s latest economic figures.

State Rep. Joe Carr won 40 percent of the vote for U.S. Senate on Thursday. Credit: Daniel Potter

Joe Carr’s Strong Turnout Shows Tea Party’s Strength, But Now They Must Wait Until 2018

August 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Tea Party upstart Joe Carr performed better than many had expected in his matchup with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, and political analysts say last week’s primary results shows that Tennessee has a strong base of more conservative voters.

Mayor Karl Dean was the one cutting the ribbon at the opening of KIPP Nashville's new high school, but Nashville schools superintendent Jesse Register spoke at the ceremony. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Charter School Director Calls Jesse Register’s Increasing Support ‘Refreshing’

August 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

When KIPP Nashville celebrated the opening of its new high school, Metro’s school superintendent was there to help cut the ribbon. It marks a continuing shift in the rocky relationship between the school board and charter operators.

Former chairman of the state's Democratic Party Chip Forrester sent an email to supporters suggesting that one candidate of his own party shouldn't have run. Credit: TNDP

Inner-Party Fight Over Outcome Of Nashville Race Shows Divisions In Tennessee’s Democratic Party

August 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Days after attorney Bill Beck landed a victory in the race over House District 51, an intra-party spat has taken off over who would’ve best represented the state’s Democrats in the district.

Postal Service Continues to Shred Imagination Library Books

Postal Service Continues to Shred Imagination Library Books

August 12, 2014 at 6:11 am

The U.S. Postal Service says that the new State law banning them from discarding Imagination Library books violates federal laws on customer discrimination.

Bob Cooper announced on Monday that he will seek another eight-year term as Tennessee's top attorney.

Pledging Not To Bow To Conservatives, Tennessee Attorney General Asks For Another Term

August 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Cooper said in a statement that voters last Thursday “sent a clear message last week that they want an independent, nonpartisan judicial branch.”

The Kurdish region in northeast Iraq is drawing refugees from the northwest, where a militant group has conquered several cities. Credit: Winkpolve / Wikimedia Commons

Nashville Kurds Organize Efforts To Send Medical Supplies To Iraq

August 11, 2014 at 5:04 am

They’re working with the Kurdish regional government in Washington, D.C., which will fly in medical supplies including IV fluids, band-aids and antibiotics.

One of some 40,000 mailers that Councilwoman Emily Evans has sent to Nashville voters.

Campaign To Shrink Metro Council May Really Be About Extending Term Limits

August 11, 2014 at 4:48 am

The personal motivation behind the movement seems to be quite different than the messaging in the mailers some 40,000 voters have received.

Academy Sports's existing distribution centers are in Katy, Texas, and Jeffersonville, Ga. Credit: Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr

Academy Sports To Open New Distribution Center In Cookeville

August 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

Academy Sports already has nine stores in the state, with a 10th coming soon to Memphis. The retailer’s CEO says part of the appeal of Tennessee is its central location.

These women are counting ballots in a previous election. In Tennessee, there are now two kinds of provisional ballots - one is when someone doesn't have their photo ID, another is when a voter can't be found in the registry. Both are counted only if needed. Credit: Lance Fisher via Flickr

We Won’t Know The Final Tally On DesJarlais/Tracy For Weeks

August 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

It could be weeks before a final outcome is determined in the race between Congressman Scott DesJarlais and state Sen. Jim Tracy. The incumbent was almost considered the underdog following revelations that he once pressured a mistress to have an abortion. And Thursday night, both men claimed victory.

Cheryl Mayes was elected as chair of the MNPS board following the defeat of former chair Gracie Porter in 2012. Credit: MNPS

Nashville School Board Chair Ousted, Two New Faces Added

August 8, 2014 at 6:43 am

For the second election cycle in a row, the chair of Nashville’s school board has been voted out of office.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais waits for election results to come in at a gathering in South Pittsburg, Tenn. DesJarlais ran a tight race against challenger Jim Tracy. Credit: Jakob Lewis for WPLN

Tracy Declares Victory, But DesJarlais Ekes Out The Unofficial Win

August 8, 2014 at 4:32 am

Though the results are yet to be official, and most likely to be challenged, incumbent Congressman Scott DesJalais beat State Senator Jim Tracy by 35 votes.

Justices Sharon Lee and Connie Clark address supporters after voters elected to retain them for eight more years. Credit: Bobby Allyn

Three Tennessee Justices Overcome Push To Oust Them

August 8, 2014 at 2:15 am

The victory comes after they collectively spent more than $1 million to defend their seats against an infusion of cash from outside groups.

Lamar Alexander gives his victory speech in Nashville after the AP calls the election. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Sen. Lamar Alexander Accepts Republican Nomination With Bipartisan Message

August 8, 2014 at 12:25 am

Tea party challenger Joe Carr repeatedly accused Alexander of siding with Democrats. Alexander seemed to at least partially embrace that accusation during his acceptance speech.

For the first seven months of 2014, GNAR reports home closings are up 3.2 percent compared to 2013. Credit: American Advisors Group via Flickr

Hot Home Sales In Nashville Mean Sellers ‘Ain’t Fixing Nothing’

August 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

It continues to be a sellers real estate market in Nashville. New figures from July show high demand and low supply of homes.

Williamson County School Board Race Turns On Issue Of Partisanship

Williamson County School Board Race Turns On Issue Of Partisanship

August 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

Williamson County’s school board will definitely include new faces after this election. While six districts are on the ballot, only three incumbents are running to keep their seat. As newcomers come in, the question is how overtly political they’ll be.

hot air balloon / Emily Siner

Listen: Here’s How One Nashville Middle School Celebrated Its First Day

August 6, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Spoiler: It has to do with a hot-air balloon made out of tissue paper.

Who’s Who In The Fight Over Keeping Tennessee’s Supreme Court Justices

Who’s Who In The Fight Over Keeping Tennessee’s Supreme Court Justices

August 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

All three justices currently up for reelection were appointed by a Democratic governor. If they are ousted, a Republican governor will get to choose their replacements. However, the lineup of groups and individuals backing the efforts to oust or retain the justices isn’t quite so straightforward.

Story Of The Race: Alexander vs. Carr

Story Of The Race: Alexander vs. Carr

August 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Conventional wisdom says that a scandal-free incumbent like Lamar Alexander shouldn’t have much trouble winning re-election, but the Tea Party has worked very hard to upend that assumption this year, with Lamar Alexander as one of its prime targets.

Metro School Board Races: A Snapshot

Metro School Board Races: A Snapshot

August 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Almost half of Davidson County’s School Board seats are up for grabs this election, and the outcome could change the board’s leadership, its approach to charter schools—and its relationship with Schools Director Jesse Register.