After Months Of Avoidance, Lamar Alexander Acknowledges Challenger Joe Carr By Name

After Months Of Avoidance, Lamar Alexander Acknowledges Challenger Joe Carr By Name
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) is running for a third term, pictured here at a recent announcement regarding expansion of Volkswagen's Tennessee plant. While he has campaigned in the state, he's almost entirely ignored his competition. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has gone out of his way to avoid saying the name of his most viable opponent in the Republican Primary, until now.

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Nashville Schools Report Modest Test Gains, Make Pitch To ‘Abandon’ TCAP

Nashville Schools Report Modest Test Gains, Make Pitch To ‘Abandon’ TCAP
On Wednesday, MNPS superintendent Jesse Register went over district-wide TCAP results while also calling to move on from the outdated test. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Poor and minority students are improving faster in Nashville than they are statewide. Also, standardized test results released Wednesday show improvement in most subjects. The two problem spots are in Algebra I and English III, though district leaders say that’s partially explained by an increase in students opting for advanced courses.

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A Nashville Business Run By Former Prostitutes Celebrates $1M In Sales

A Nashville Business Run By Former Prostitutes Celebrates $1M In Sales
Shana Goodwin, a sales rep at Thistle Farms, had more than 22 years of sex trafficking and prostitution before coming to Magdalene and Thistle Farms. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

In addition to facing the normal challenges of running a small business, Thistle Farms has an unlikely model for success: It hires women like Shana Goodwin, whose sex trafficking began when she was 12. Most of the employees have survived years of homelessness, addiction and abuse.

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