Sacrifice, Not Battle, Made Tennessean Sam Davis The Confederate ‘Boy Hero’

Sacrifice, Not Battle, Made Tennessean Sam Davis The Confederate ‘Boy Hero’
A crowd gathered around the statue of Sam Davis in Nashville at its dedication, roughly 50 years after his death. Image via Wikimedia Commons

150 years ago, a young man from Smyrna died and became the “Boy Hero of the Confederacy.” Sam Davis is hardly a well-known figure anymore, but he once captured the attention of people all over the South. There’s a statue of him on the grounds of the state capitol. At one time, his name was even used to sell canned vegetables.

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Mayor To State: Nashville Is First To Need Mass Transit, Won’t Be Last

Mayor Karl Dean wants federal money to cover around 43 percent of construction for the Amp, which would create a dedicated bus lane from East Nashville to West End. He's also hoping the state will kick in 20 percent.
Mayor Karl Dean wants federal money to cover around 43 percent of construction for the Amp, which would create a dedicated bus lane from East Nashville to West End. He’s also hoping the state will kick in 20 percent.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean says there’s a case for his new bus proposal to get some funding from the state.  Right now all eyes are on whether the project, known as the Amp, wins federal money – which Dean hopes would make up almost half the Amp’s budget. (more…)

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All’s Fair In Metro Vs. State ‘Food Fight’ Against Hunger

All’s Fair In Metro Vs. State ‘Food Fight’ Against Hunger
Gov. Bill Haslam speaks as Nashville Mayor Karl Dean looks on Tuesday at Second Harvest Food Bank. (Credit WPLN/ Daniel Potter)

350 pounds per person. That’s how much food the Metro Arts Commission donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. All part of the annual “food fight” between workers for the state and the City of Nashville, to see who can haul in more to feed needy families.

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Remembering When A Teacher Had His Back

Remembering When A Teacher Had His Back
NPR's Mike Pesca (right) reminisces about his middle school days with former teacher Kevin Sheehan. Image Courtesy Mike Pesca

Friday is the National Day of Listening, a chance to sit down with a loved one, turn on a tape recorder and ask that person about his or her life. NPR's Mike Pesca chose to talk with his one of his middle school teachers, Kevin Sheehan, about lessons they learned from each other.

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State Holds Its Cards Close On Nashville’s Bus Proposal

Opponents of the Amp include Lee Beaman, whose car dealership the bus system's route would run right past. They take issue with how construction of the dedicated bus lane would affect their neighborhood, as well as left turns on West End Avenue. Backers say new transportation infrastructure has to start now to make ready for growth in the area over the next few decades. (Credit Metro Transit Authority)
Opponents of the Amp include Lee Beaman, whose car dealership the bus system’s route would run right past. They take issue with how construction of the dedicated bus lane would affect their neighborhood, as well as left turns on West End Avenue. Backers say new transportation infrastructure has to start now to make ready for growth in the area over the next few decades. (Credit Metro Transit Authority)

Neither Governor Bill Haslam nor his top transportation official has shown much enthusiasm for Nashville’s new bus proposal, known as the Amp.  But at a state budget hearing today, neither would fully rule out helping pay for the project, either. (more…)

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New Stadium Proposal Clears Hurdle With State Executives

Sharon Hurt spoke for Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP) saying for years North Nashville has needed just the kind of economic influx the proposed ballpark would provide. (Credit WPLN/ Daniel Potter)
Sharon Hurt spoke for Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP) saying for years North Nashville has needed just the kind of economic influx the proposed ballpark would provide. (Credit WPLN/ Daniel Potter)

The plan for a new ballpark near downtown Nashville got the blessing today of a panel of top Tennessee officials.  As part of the fast-moving deal, the state is trading some land with the city, which is also giving it millions of dollars to build two new parking garages. (more…)

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Is A Holiday Week Ideal For Public Comment On A New Nashville Ballpark? Metro Councilman Says No

The complex deal includes not just Metro and the minor-league Nashville Sounds, but also the state, which is trading land for the deal, and a private real-estate investment. (Image via Mayor Karl Dean's office)
The complex arrangement involves not just Metro and the minor-league Nashville Sounds, but also the state, which is trading land for the deal, and a private real-estate investment. (Image via Mayor Karl Dean’s office)

Members of the Metro Council are frustrated there aren’t more chances to weigh in on a proposed ballpark near the state capitol.  Executives on Tennessee’s Building Commission gave notice last week they’ll take comments from the public later this morning. (more…)

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Tenn State Rep ‘Wouldn’t Say A Word’ In Proposed Session With Congress

Tenn State Rep ‘Wouldn’t Say A Word’ In Proposed Session With Congress
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook

State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook

Tennessee lawmakers are still trying to schedule a time for the state’s entire Congressional delegation to drop by for a chat about states’ rights and federal powers. One of the Republicans pushing for what’s being called a “bi-lateral session” is also running for congress, though he says he’d be happy to sit out. (more…)

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For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter’s Block Is A Game

For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter’s Block Is A Game
Singer and songwriter Bob Schneider invented "The Song Game" a decade ago, inviting a closed group of fellow musicians to submit a new song every week. Image: Chris Miller/Courtesy of the artist

Bob Schneider, a songwriter from Texas, has challenged fellow musicians to a game for 12 years: Every Friday, a closed email group submits a new song of the week. Ben Folds, Jason Mraz and Patty Griffin have all answered the call, and Schneider says the game has gotten him through five albums.

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Music City Finds Music Class Helps Students, Echoing National Trend

Music City Finds Music Class Helps Students, Echoing National Trend
Metro Nashville Public Schools has been adding "contemporary curriculum" as part of the Music Makes Us program, including bluegrass, songwriting, mariachi and hip hop. Credit: Music Makes Us

Metro Nashville Public Schools has been adding "contemporary curriculum" as part of the Music Makes Us program, including bluegrass, songwriting, mariachi and hip hop. Credit: Music Makes Us
Metro Nashville Public Schools has been adding “contemporary curriculum” as part of the Music Makes Us program, including bluegrass, songwriting, mariachi and hip hop. Credit: Music Makes Us

Students in Metro Schools who take even one year of music are more likely to graduate and do better on college entrance exams than those who take no music class. That’s according to a study released Friday and commissioned by philanthropists who want increased funding for music education in Nashville. (more…)

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Reacting To Filibuster Vote, Corker Says “Really Bad Day” For Senate

"As one of the folks who's taken so many of the tough votes necessary to cause this place to function, I could not be more disappointed," Corker told reporters after the vote. (Image via Corker's site)
“As one of the folks who’s taken so many of the tough votes necessary to cause this place to function, I could not be more disappointed,” Corker told reporters after the vote. (Image via Corker’s site)

Tennessee Republican Bob Corker says Thursday was a “really bad day for the Senate.” Democrats narrowly voted to take away the GOP’s power to block judicial nominations with a filibuster. (more…)

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