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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.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the newly elected president of the National Education Association, takes a hard stance against assessment systems like TVAAS. (Source NEA)

New President Of Country’s Largest Teachers’ Union On TVAAS: It’s ‘The Mark Of The Devil’

July 9, 2014 at 6:54 am

The new president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, says part of her strategy will be attacking an assessment that has deep roots in Tennessee.

Haslam told reporters Tuesday morning he spoke to the state's transportation commissioner to "make certain anything we do doesn't... either in a legal way or in a precedent way cause us issues with how the department of transportation has traditionally run projects." (Photo via Gov. Bill Haslam's flickr)

National Governors Association Helped Create Common Core, But That Won’t Be On Nashville Agenda

July 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Even though Common Core isn’t an official topic this week, some say it’ll be unavoidable.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area are up 3.2 percent with 15,336 through mid-year 2013. Image via Flickr

Nashville’s June Home Sales Pick Back Up — And Set Another Record

July 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Homes in Nashville are moving faster than previous months and selling for more than ever before, according to numbers for June released by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

Dale Richardson (left) leads her troupe of teens and college students through a children's worship song in the studio of producer Dennis Scott. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Listen Closely To This Child Singing, Because She’s Actually An Adult

July 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm

The secret to producing great children’s music is not to hire children, apparently. “Kid” singer Maggie Richardson, 21, demonstrates how she makes her voiced high-pitched and perfectly imperfect.

Artist Ben Folds rallies supporters in RCA Studio A, which was designed to fit an orchestra. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

Fight Over RCA Studio Boiled Down: The Preservationist Vs. The History Maker

July 8, 2014 at 4:49 am

The fate of RCA Studio A remains unclear. The developer who was said to have a $4.4 million contract on the property hasn’t stated his plans for the building, and the sale has not yet closed. But the battle lines on Music Row have been drawn.

Tennessee State University Tries To Defray ‘Sticker Shock’ Of Buying Textbooks

Tennessee State University Tries To Defray ‘Sticker Shock’ Of Buying Textbooks

July 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

The college has negotiated with textbook publishers to lower their prices — probably because not a whole lot of students were buying from them anyway. Students will now be able to access their general education textbooks online for $365 per semester.

VGT specializes in making Class II gaming machines which are more like electronic bingo than traditional Class III slot machines. Credit: Hyun Lee via Flickr

A Franklin Man Just Hit The Jackpot On Indian Casino Slot Machines — And It Wasn’t By Playing Them

July 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm

A Franklin businessman stands to make more than a billion dollars by selling his company that designs and builds slot machines. Video Gaming Technologies, headquartered in Cool Springs, has quietly become one of the biggest players in tribal casinos.