Supreme Court Announcement On Gay Marriage Cases Won’t Change Much In Tennessee Yet

Supreme Court Announcement On Gay Marriage Cases Won’t Change Much In Tennessee Yet
The Supreme Court will not yet hear gay marriage cases from the states. Credit: Jeff Kubina / WPLN

The U.S. Supreme Court announcement means that gay marriage is effectively legal in five more states. But not in Tennessee, which is still awaiting a decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals — a decision that could change the landscape of gay marriage throughout the country.

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Vanderbilt’s Online Courses Enroll 600,000 Students — And Most Haven’t Paid A Dime

Vanderbilt’s Online Courses Enroll 600,000 Students — And Most Haven’t Paid A Dime
Vanderbilt was one of the first schools in Tennessee to offer MOOCs — an acronym that refers to free, open online courses. They've put out 10 MOOCs in the past year and a half. Credit: Elspeth Briscoe via Flickr

Although MOOCs are completely free for students, the average course costs Vanderbilt $45,000 to $50,000 to produce. But Vanderbilt doesn't expect financial return here: It's hoping to get the university's work — and name — out to thousands of people.

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After Teenage Son’s Death, Mom Trusts Nashville Artist To Create A Portrait From Mementos

After Teenage Son’s Death, Mom Trusts Nashville Artist To Create A Portrait From Mementos
The photo Brezinka used as a guide is seen here behind the portrait's head, in process. The features are cut out of cereal boxes; foam core between the layers helps create dimension. The hair is made from frayed rope. Credit: Wayne Brezinka

Wayne Brezinka considered the chance to portray Zach Sobiech with the teen's own belongings an honor--and a little intimidating, too.

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