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The American Road and Transportation Builders Association says more than 1,000 bridges in Tennessee are deficient. (Photo Credit: WikiCommons)

Repairs Needed On Nashville’s Bridges Highlight Country’s Faltering Infrastructure 

July 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

Statewide, Tennessee has more than a 1,000 bridges that need work.

The RTI2 (or "RTI-squared") model divides students into three "tiers." Credit: TN.gov

In Tenn. Schools, A New Attempt To Help Struggling Students Without Special Ed

July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

It’s called Response to Intervention and Instruction, or RTI2 for short, and it’s part of a statewide effort to help students catch up earlier. Elementary schools already have a similar model in place, but it could be challenging for high schools to implement it.

Melinda Gates spoke in Nashville on Monday to a group of Southern teachers. (Photo credit: DFID)

Melinda Gates Says Common Core Has Become Too Political

July 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Gates said the fact that not all students are college-ready by graduation is the country’s “great injustice.”

Spectators at the main stage, listening to the "Uncle Dave Macon Daze “Ad-hoc” Band"

Photos: Uncle Dave Macon Days, 2014

July 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

WPLN photographer Stephen Jerkins went to Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro last week. Here are some of his photos.

Taxi companies are disgruntled with Lyft, whose pink mustache is shown here, and Uber, but Nashville has been working with the ridesharing companies to make them legal in Nashville. Credit via Flickr

Unlike Memphis, Nashville’s Not Likely To Halt Lyft, Uber Service

July 15, 2014 at 7:18 am

Taxi companies are disgruntled with ridesharing services, but Nashville has been working with Lyft and Uber to make them legal under city ordinance.

Volkswagen has said it wants to have a 7-passenger SUV on the market by 2016. The company has not finalized the design but has released concepts like this, the Cross Blue. Credit: VW

Volkswagen Expected To Create 2,000 New Jobs In Chattanooga, But At A Hefty Price

July 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm

The announcement closes months of speculation about whether the automaker will add the new line in Tennessee or Mexico.

Keeping Cordell Hull Building Now Considered The State’s Cheapest Choice

Keeping Cordell Hull Building Now Considered The State’s Cheapest Choice

July 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

The report that called for tearing down the Cordell Hull State Office Building in Nashville was sound, according to a new study commissioned by Tennessee’s Department of General Services. But now officials say keeping the building might be the most cost-effective plan.

John Seigenthaler Eulogized As Defender Of The Constitution

John Seigenthaler Eulogized As Defender Of The Constitution

July 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

John Seigenthaler was memorialized today at Nashville’s Cathedral of the Incarnation as a man devoted to America’s founding tenets.

JUMP, a local organization for immigrant youth, has many members who have DACA and hosts renewal info sessions.

Over 5,000 Who Came To Tennessee As Children Must Renew Documents That Keep Them Legal

July 14, 2014 at 5:40 am

Thousands of Tennesseans who were brought to America as children are currently renewing the documents that let them stay in the country legally.

Governor Bill Haslam sat on a panel about health care at the National Governor's Association meeting, though there was no discussion about the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: TN Photo Services)

Federal Letter On TennCare Failings Surprised Haslam

July 14, 2014 at 5:39 am

Thousands of Tennesseans are not getting access to subsidized health care because state officials are failing to following rules set forth in the Affordable Care Act.

Bill Sanders, the creator of TVAAS, at his home in Columbia, Tenn.

The Man All Tennessee Teachers Have An Opinion About (But You’ve Never Heard Of)

July 14, 2014 at 5:00 am

Bill Sanders devised a way to assess teacher performance that many educators say is unfair, though it’s been embraced by many states.

In April, the Shelby Avenue pedestrian bridge was renamed after John Seigenthaler at an event attended by top state and city officials. Credit: Metro Photo Services

Giant Of Journalism John Seigenthaler Dies At 86

July 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

The journalist, political advisor and civil rights advocate – has died at age 86. He passed away at home, surrounded by family, according to his son.

Speaking on the Senate floor once debate began on the bill, Alexander characterized it as an example of 'runaway spending.'

Sen. Alexander Wants To Send The National Guard Back To The Mexican Border

July 11, 2014 at 7:43 am

As Congress considers what to do about the flood of unaccompanied minors flooding across the Mexican border, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is calling to send guardsmen. At a hearing in Washington on Thursday, he advocated dispatching soldiers to parts of the border where there is no wall or fence.

Mom Charged With Assault For Drug Use Under New Tennessee Law

Mom Charged With Assault For Drug Use Under New Tennessee Law

July 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm

In response, the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue state officials. Last year, more than 900 newborns were dependent on drugs in Tennessee.

Brooks had a string of multi-platinum albums in the 1990s. Since then, he's performed only sporadically. This shot is from a concert at the Staples Center in 2008. Credit: Carlos via Flickr

Garth Brooks Returns: New Label, New Album and Digital Sales

July 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Country superstar Garth Brooks is back in the recording studio. At his much-heralded press conference today, Brooks announced he’s signed on to Sony Music and will soon release a double album of new music.

Newly-elected UAW president Dennis Williams announces the creation of Local 42 in Chattanooga on Thursday. Credit: UAW via Facebook

UAW Starts Chattanooga Chapter Despite Volkswagen Rejection

July 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

The United Auto Workers have started a local chapter in Chattanooga meant for Volkswagen workers, UAW local 42. Employees narrowly rejected the UAW earlier this year in a secret ballot at the plant, so union officials are trying another route to show how much support they have.

This highway is in Germany, but highways in the U.S. are facing a potential crisis: The trust that finances many of them, along with bridges and mass transit projects, is set to run out of money by Aug. 1 if Congress doesn't figure out a way to fund it. Credit: Randolf Rautenberg via Flickr

Sen. Corker Calls His Party’s Highway Fund Fix ‘Political Cowardice’

July 10, 2014 at 4:45 am

Right now, an 18.4-cent gas tax pays for $50 billion of transportation projects each year, like highways, bridges and mass transit. But the Highway Trust Fund is set run out of money Aug. 1., and Republican leaders in the House proposed an unusual way to finance it.

Candidate George Flinn recently returned from a trip to McAllen, Texas. He used photos of him by the border in his most recent ad. Credit: Flinn for Senate

What Eric Cantor’s Loss Has To Do With Immigration Jabs At Lamar Alexander

July 10, 2014 at 4:34 am

In the final weeks of campaigning, two Republicans challenging Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander are harping on the same issue – illegal immigration. Both Memphis businessman George Flinn and Rutherford County state Rep. Joe Carr have released ads trying to tie Alexander to the current influx on the southern border.

The Nashville Zoo already has an exhibit with elephants and giraffe, added in 2006. The expansion calls for a new 44-acre African exhibit that would include a boat ride between displays. Credit: Amiee Stubbs / Nashville Zoo

Plan To Make Nashville Zoo A National Contender Calls For Lions, Rhinos And Gorillas

July 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm

The Nashville Zoo unveiled ambitious plans Wednesday for a $160 million expansion – effectively doubling the number of animals on display.

TennCare director Darin Gordon says part of the reason the state's Medicaid system is not meeting benchmarks has to do with Northman Grumman, the contractor.

Federal Officials Rap Tennessee’s Knuckles For Being Unhelpful To Those Who Qualify For TennCare

July 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Even though state officials were expecting a new wave of applicants with the federal health-care law, Tennessee no longer offers counselors to help enrollees sign-up for TennCare in person.