Attorney Known For Desegregation Of Tennessee Universities Dies

Attorney Known For Desegregation Of Tennessee Universities Dies
George Barrett stands with Rita Sanders Geier at a Vanderbilt University event. Credit: Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Nashville civil rights attorney George Barrett has died. He was affectionately known as “Citizen Barrett” as he would take up civil justice causes. In recent years, he unsuccessfully challenged Tennessee’s law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

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Nashville Schools Re-brand, Beef Up Middle Grades To Stem Student Loss

Nashville Schools Re-brand, Beef Up Middle Grades To Stem Student Loss
Metro Nashville Public Schools rebranded many of its high school reforms in recent years under the "Academies" program. The "Middle Prep" project is a similar effort to help describe some reforms already in place and others that are completely new. Credit: MNPS via Instagram

Don’t call it “middle school” in Nashville any more. The public school system is re-branding grades five through eight as “middle preps” and adding foreign languages and extracurriculars in an effort to compete with private schools and other county systems.

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Nashville’s Investment Fund Hanging In There After Year One

Nashville’s Investment Fund Hanging In There After Year One
The Nashville Area exchange traded fund will invest in public companies headquartered in Davidson and adjacent counties. Founders, including Bill Decker of Decker Wealth Management, announced the fund Friday on the east bank of the Cumberland River. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

CNBC called it a “wacky” idea when it launched a year ago – a fund that invests in companies solely because they’re based in a particular city, in this case - Nashville. The Nashville ETF has beat the odds, but maybe not for long.

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Nashville Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson Discusses Discrimination And How To Ease It

Nashville Town Hall Meeting On Ferguson Discusses Discrimination And How To Ease It
Dozens of people asked questions at the Nashville town hall meeting on Ferguson, Mo. Among them was longtime Nashville resident Ed Kindall, who asked about the frequency of diversity training within the police department. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Several hundred people squeezed into a North Nashville church Thursday night to hear what police had to say about the events in Ferguson, Mo. Some audience members thanked the police for their service, but others talked about perceived racial tension.

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