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The former mayor of Nashville says if he's elected governor, he would turn his economic development efforts far outside the city limits. Karl Dean spent an hour taking questions from Nashville journalists on Wednesday and began to flesh out his statewide campaign message.

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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is joining the faculty of Belmont University, as a professor of history and politics.

The school announced Wednesday morning that the outgoing mayor will become a "visiting professor" after he leaves office this fall.

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It’s not just any old bike lane that Nashville has paved on 11th Avenue in the quickly growing Gulch neighborhood near downtown.

Mayor Karl Dean is urging the Davidson County Election Commission to back off its plan to cut the number of early-voting sites.

Dean, a Democrat, says the commission has more than enough money to hold early voting throughout the city. Commissioners voted earlier this week to close all but one early-voting location during upcoming city elections, with Republican members saying they couldn't afford to hold voting in 10 satellite locations. 

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The fastest-growing part of Nashville is in line to get a major park. The Southeast corner of Davidson County was identified years ago as the only remaining area without significant open space owned by the city.

This morning, Mayor Karl Dean announced the preservation of 600 acres near Cane Ridge High School. The property includes rolling hills, ponds and streams.

“While I’ve worked hard to encourage development, I also know how essential it is for a thriving community to have open space and parks for residents to enjoy,” Dean said.

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In Mayor Karl Dean’s final State of Metro address, he said "I don't apologize" for focusing on downtown redevelopment. The mayor framed his signature project—and the most expensive in city history—as an economic stimulus.

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Some residents in predominantly black North Nashville are pushing back on plans to relocate the city’s police headquarters. Dozens rallied on the Jefferson Street site Wednesday night.

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Nashville Police and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office insist the time has come relocate. Both are just a stone’s throw from the criminal courthouse. The two departments are trying to explain why it makes sense to be anywhere else.

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The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles unveiled plans Thursday to establish a satellite display in Nashville. The interactive exhibit targets school children. It’s meant to explain the process of turning music into a recording.