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The truck burned for hours after slamming into the supports for the Peytonsville Rd. overpass in Williamson County. Credit: TDOT via Twitter

Second Nashville-Area Tanker Truck Explosion This Week Kills Driver, Closes I-65

August 15, 2014 at 8:01 am

Emergency responders received calls at 3:40 a.m. Friday with word that a tanker truck had hit the Peytonsville Rd. overpass. No other vehicles were involved, and police confirm the driver was the single fatality.

Uber will team up with the company Bellhops to offer moving services this weekend. Credit: Uber Blog

Uber’s Way Of Finding New Nashville Users: First Ice Cream, Now Movers

August 15, 2014 at 5:04 am

Smartphone-based car service Uber has been on an experimental kick.

Current protocol says that if patients' injuries will result in certain death, they do not need to be taken to the hospital. The fire department is clarifying: Make sure they're not breathing. Credit: Dave via Flickr

Nashville Fire Department Spells Out What ‘No Signs Of Life’ Means

August 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

This comes after emergency responders left a man as dead Wednesday morning, though later they were called back because he was still breathing. He was taken to the hospital two and a half hours after they first responded.

Democratic candidate Lenda Sherrill calls likely voters at her headquarters in Murfreesboro. While Sherrill hales from Monteagle, the highest concentration of voters in the 4th Congressional District is in Rutherford County. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

If DesJarlais Squeaks Out GOP Primary Win, Democratic Opponent Says She’ll Lay Off His Past

August 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

State Sen. Jim Tracy’s campaign used that checkered personal history for attack ads. Apparently, it didn’t work as well as hoped, because he’s still 37 votes behind as provisional ballots are being counted one-by-one.

The Libertarian Party's lawyer, Jim Linger, says minor parties have filed six federal lawsuits in the past six years. Credit: Vox Efx via Flickr

One Route To Getting On The Ballot As A Third-Party Candidate: File A Lawsuit

August 14, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Libertarian Party is suing state election officials to get its candidate for governor listed as a Libertarian on November’s ballot. Lawsuits like these have forced the state legislature to change ballot access laws, as they’re known, in recent years.

One of the mailers sent to voters in Williamson County. Credit: Americans for Prosperity

Americans For Prosperity Claims Victory in Williamson County School Board Race

August 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm

The statewide ads tied Common Core to President Obama — and even Obamacare. The ads said several other states have pushed back against the standards, and it’s now time for Tennessee to do the same.

A rendering of the proposed 17-story tower in Green Hills. Credit: Southern Land Co.

Green Hills Neighbors Continue To Fight Planned 17-Story Tower

August 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Last month, a judge handed a victory to Franklin-based Southern Land Co., which is planning the $100 million project. This latest volley by the neighbors has the case moving to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

A student at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival uses Scratch in a coding competition. In Nashville, schools have had to teach teachers the programming language before starting a new coding class. Credit: Ryan Somma via Flickr

Nashville Charter Schools Start Teaching Coding But First Must Teach Teachers

August 13, 2014 at 4:04 am

There’s a predicted shortage of a million coders over the next decade. But there’s another shortage that may be more pressing – the almost non-existence of coding teachers.

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.