Why The Battle Of Franklin Matters, 150 Years Later

Why The Battle Of Franklin Matters, 150 Years Later
Confederate General John Hood later wrote that he resisted suggestions to flank the Union soldiers, thinking that a frontal assault would better build his men's nerve for the next battle. It had a quite different effect. Credit: Andrei Nacu via Wikimedia Commons

It's a fight that history seemed to forget for a while, but experts now consider the Battle of Nashville crucial to the end of the Civil War.

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Are Legislative Leaders Too Cozy With Haslam? Governor Defends Ties

Are Legislative Leaders Too Cozy With Haslam? Governor Defends Ties
House Speaker Beth Harwell is being challenged by the conservative wing of the legislature for being too close to Governor Bill Haslam, pictured together here at an education summit. Credit: TN Photo Services

The conservative wing of the Tennessee legislature has accused House leadership of being too cozy with the governor’s office. Bill Haslam is defending his ties, suggesting coziness is preferred over conflict.

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Mayor Says Congress Stopped The Amp

Mayor Says Congress Stopped The Amp
Nashville's top health official is making the case that the Amp could improve the health of the city's residents. (Photo Credit: Mayor's Office)

Nashville’s mayor is now saying it was never realistic to think funding for a bus rapid transit line would come through before his term ends, blaming congressional gridlock.

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$1 Million Exhibit Highlights Andrew Jackson — The Warrior, Hero And Controversial President

$1 Million Exhibit Highlights Andrew Jackson — The Warrior, Hero And Controversial President
Andrew Jackson has been called the 'first modern president.' He was the first who didn't grow up privileged, and once in office he strengthened the role of the White House to be more equal to that of Congress and the Judiciary. Via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hermitage is in the midst of a repositioning that focuses more on the man who lived there than on the house and belongings he left behind.

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Vol State Isn’t Sweating Over The Extra Interest From Tennessee Promise Applicants

Vol State Isn’t Sweating Over The Extra Interest From Tennessee Promise Applicants
A Volunteer State staff member helps Madison Cone, middle, complete the Tennessee Promise application, along with the community college's application for admission. Her mom came with her. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

If every student who applied for Tennessee’s free community college program actually went to community college, some schools, including Volunteer State Community College, would nearly double their full-time enrollment. But it's holding judgment about enrollment increases until the next step of the application process.

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150 Years Ago: Key Civil War Battles Began With A Race Through Middle Tennessee

150 Years Ago: Key Civil War Battles Began With A Race Through Middle Tennessee
Before the Civil War, Before the Civil War, Generals John Schofield (left) and John Hood (right) were West Point classmates and friends. Images via Library of Congress

Atlanta had fallen, Sherman was marching a path of destruction to the sea and Robert E. Lee was trapped in months-long siege that would last until nearly the end of the war. But Confederate General John Hood thought he saw one last chance to turn things around for the South.

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Two Nashville Schools Must Show Why They Shouldn’t Be Taken Over By The State

Two Nashville Schools Must Show Why They Shouldn’t Be Taken Over By The State
Aspire is a charter school in Memphis that is part of the Achievement School District. The ASD has 23 schools for the 2014-15 school year. Five are directly run by the district. The rest are run by charter organizations. Brick Church College Prep is the only ASD school in Nashville. The rest are in Memphis. Credit: TN Photo Services

Two Nashville middle schools have one last chance to save themselves from state takeover.

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Diane Ravitch Cheered By Anti Education Reform Crowd In Nashville

Diane Ravitch Cheered By Anti Education Reform Crowd In Nashville
Diane Ravitch, who writes a popular education blog and teaches at New York University, met with fans following an event at Vanderbilt University Wednesday night. In attendance were teachers union officials and some Metro school board members. Credit: David Wright Smith

A Nashville crowd of 400 was enthralled with education reform naysayer Diane Ravitch from the moment she was introduced by Metro school board member Amy Frogge to when she left the stage.

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Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer

Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer
Composer Stephen Paulus, center (in the brown shirt) was present when the NSO recorded his Concerto for String Quartet in 2012. He suffered a stroke before the recording in 2013 of his Organ Concerto. Both recordings are included on the album released last month. Credit: Brian D. Siewer

The Nashville Symphony’s concerts this weekend will take on an unusual layer of poignancy. They’re dedicated to composer Stephen Paulus, who died last month just days after the orchestra released an album of his music.

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