Industrial Hemp Goes From Fringe To Front Burner For Tenn. Legislature

Industrial Hemp Goes From Fringe To Front Burner For Tenn. Legislature
Hemp has not been grown legally in the US since 1958, though some farmers have tried small scale plots. Credit: sareoutreach via Flickr

The time for growing hemp in Tennessee has come, according to leaders of the state legislature who have recently opened their minds to the agricultural potential. The cousin to cannabis has been legalized for industrial use in nine other states.

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Obama’s Visit Gives Metro Schools A Boost

Obama’s Visit Gives Metro Schools A Boost
Students made up most of the crowd at McGavock High School. Politicians also got an invite, though primarily Democrats came. They included former Vice President Al Gore. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

Metro schools have sometimes struggled with a reputation, but they got a big lift Thursday when President Obama came to Nashville. In a speech at McGavock High, Obama said he wants to “encourage more high schools to do what you are doing.”

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Hold Off A Couple Years On The Champagne? Wine Compromise Passes Tennessee Senate, En Route To The House

Hold Off A Couple Years On The Champagne?  Wine Compromise Passes Tennessee Senate, En Route To The House
The amendment passed by the state Senate today would allow liquor stores to sell beer and other items, and let grocery stores sell wine in 2016 or 2017, pending approval in local referendums. (Photo: Andreea/flickr)

While many legislators are glad the measure is almost through, they say the compromise is not simple—and its effect will be a couple years out. The measure passed the state Senate 23 to 8, and backers say the House could sign off in a matter of weeks.

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The Day My Sister Greeted The Nixons At Nashville’s Airport

The Day My Sister Greeted The Nixons At Nashville’s Airport
As we expect President Obama in Nashville today, we started looking at past presidential visits. This photograph, now stuck to its frame was a staple in my household growing up. Like President Obama, As we expect President Obama in Nashville today, we started looking at past presidential visits. This photograph of my sister giving birthday flowers to Pat Nixon was a staple in my household growing up. Like President Obama, Richard Nixon was in the 5th year of his presidency when he visited nearly 40 years ago.Richard Nixon was in the 5th year of his presidency when he visited nearly 40 years ago.

As President Obama will be in Nashville today, we remember another presidential visit from 40 years ago: a celebration with a side of Watergate.

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Gallatin’s Newest Employer Is SO Italian

Gallatin’s Newest Employer Is SO Italian
What's the best way to sell shoes designed for hunters and outdoorsmen? If you're a nearly 500-year old Italian firearms manufacturer, the answer seems to be draping them over the shoulders of shirtless male models during a runway show. Credit: Beretta via YouTube

When Beretta opens its Gallatin factory, that facility will be devoted to straightforward firearms manufacturing. Even so, a quick look at the nearly 500 year old company's broader operations shows a certain continental style to doing business.

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Memphis Parents Travel To Capitol By The Busload For School Voucher Rally

Memphis Parents Travel To Capitol By The Busload For School Voucher Rally
At an event organized by the libertarian Beacon Center of Tennessee, attendees had yellow scarves waiting for them in their seats. While the event was meant to mark national "school choice week," vouchers were the topic of the day. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Parents wearing yellow scarves filled an auditorium near the Tennessee capitol Tuesday to advocate for school vouchers. Many traveled from Memphis to ask for help paying private school tuition.

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Push To Let Grocery Stores Sell Wine Passes Two Tennessee House Committees

Under the proposal, grocery stories wouldn't be able to start selling wine until 2016, at the earliest. (Photo: Paulo Garbarino, via flickr)
Under the proposal, grocery stories wouldn’t be able to start selling wine until 2016, at the earliest. (Paulo Garbarino/flickr)

A legislative push to allow wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores has been revived and is moving quickly. The compromise revealed Tuesday would let liquor stores sell other items like corkscrews and ice, while leaving the decision to allow wine sales up to local referendums. (more…)

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New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards
Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles. Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

In this year's Grammy Awards, the classical music was as new as the pop. A jazz composer and a soprano captured multiple prizes, while the Academy recognized a performances by an adventurous American orchestra and a compelling young vocal group. See the full list of classical winners.

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