Erin Logan

Spring 2017 Intern
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Humanities Tennessee, the nonprofit group that puts on the Southern Festival of Books, says that the annual event is in jeopardy. The budget proposal introduced by the White House last week would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities which funds the organization that hosts the festival.

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Even as snow hit Nashville late Friday night, people were already lining up outside Meharry Medical College for a student-organized event set to start Saturday morning. Meharry's chapter of American Student Dentist Association (ASDA) provided free oral surgeries, cleanings, and fillings for those without dental insurance.

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Since mid-February, four cases of mumps have been reported at Vanderbilt University — even though the school says every student on campus is vaccinated. 

The mumps have been nearly eliminated from the U.S. for decades, but there are still outbreaks. According to the CDC, over 900 cases have been reported this year alone, including one at Belmont and the four at Vanderbilt.

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On Saturday night, Vanderbilt basketball players will face off against South Carolina in black Nike jerseys specially made to honor Nashville civil rights leaders. The athletics department says it's honoring these icons as part of the university's attempt to bring diversity and inclusion to campus.

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The FBI has been asked to monitor an investigation into the shooting of Jocques Clemmons by a Metro police officer on Friday. The third-party review was requested by federal prosecutors in Nashville.

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Over the weekend, twenty disabled veterans donned air tanks and scuba masks and spent time in the pool at Glencliff High School.

 

The event was part of a national effort to introduce disabled veterans to alternative forms of low-impact exercise. The scuba diving program is designed for veterans like Kyle Sexton.

The Nashville airport broke ground today on the first project in a major expansion: building a 2,000-space parking garage and a new roadway, which will cost $122 million in total. The parking garage itself will cost $85 million.

Over the next several years, it also plans to build an onsite hotel and international arrivals building, relocate roads to accommodate traffic, and expand ticketing and baggage claims.