Fort Campbell Soldiers Returning From Ebola Mission Will Spend 3 Weeks Quarantined In Texas

Fort Campbell Soldiers Returning From Ebola Mission Will Spend 3 Weeks Quarantined In Texas
Sgt. 1st Class Brian Smith and Capt. Eric Swett, both assigned to 101st Airborne Division watch a football game while at a USO facility in Monrovia, Liberia. Soldiers will also have some downtime as they complete a three-week isolation period. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rashene Mincy

Soldiers will be kept on task for eight hours a day as they wait out the incubation period of the Ebola virus.

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Generations Later, One Of President Jackson’s Most Prized Possessions Is Back At The Hermitage

Generations Later, One Of President Jackson’s Most Prized Possessions Is Back At The Hermitage
The gold used to make the box is better than 18 karat. Its inscription reads: 'Feb 23d 1819 Presented by the Mayor, Aldermen & Community of the City of New York to Major General Andrew Jackson, with the freedom of the city, as a testimony of respect for his high Military services.' Credit: The Hermitage

Of all the tokens of appreciation governments sent him after the Battle of New Orleans, a small gold box, about the size of a deck of cards, was one of only five Jackson mentioned in his will. The snuff box was recently returned to Jackson's home, but for years, it seemed the box might never leave the Hermitage at all.

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Tennessee’s Largest Public College System Wants To Eliminate Undecided Majors

Tennessee’s Largest Public College System Wants To Eliminate Undecided Majors
MTSU will be encouraging students to choose a major or focus area before they step foot on campus, although the school isn't eliminating the "undeclared" option yet. Credit: Emily R. West / WPLN

The Tennessee Board of Regents is trying to do away with undecided majors. According to their data, officials say, students who choose a college major right away are more likely to graduate.

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Is There A Way To Predict How Many Tennessee Promise Students Will Graduate?

Is There A Way To Predict How Many Tennessee Promise Students Will Graduate?
It's hard to find a graduation rate that predicts the situation Tennessee Promise students will have — partly because the program will likely attract students who wouldn't normally attend college. Screenshot of tennesseepromise.gov

In just a few weeks, students who applied for free community college — and almost every high school senior in the state did — will have their first mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting.

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Explained: How The Internet Physically Travels Around Nashville

Explained: How The Internet Physically Travels Around Nashville
The fibers — a fraction of a millimeter each — are separated into color coated tubes and tinted to keep track of each strand. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

As much as that process seems virtual and wireless, the Internet is, for the most part, a very physical series of cables around the world. They’re even laid under the ocean. In Nashville, you just have to look up — they're strung on utility poles across the city.

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Belcourt Theatre To Show Controversial Sony Pictures Film ‘The Interview’

Belcourt Theatre To Show Controversial Sony Pictures Film ‘The Interview’
The Belcourt Theatre was one of many independent cinemas to sign a petition to show "The Interview" Christmas Day. Credit: Belcourt Theatre

Nashville’s independent movie theater will be showing the film that has garnered everything from terrorism threats to presidential support. “The Interview,” a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, will be screening at the Belcourt starting Christmas Day.

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As Race To The Top Money Dries Up, Tennessee’s Achievement School District Forced To Find New Funding

As Race To The Top Money Dries Up, Tennessee’s Achievement School District Forced To Find New Funding
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

The agency charged with turning around Tennessee’s lowest performing schools has to find new funding. The Achievement School District was born in 2010 out of the Race to the Top program. All of that prize money will be gone next year.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Revealing Execution Team

Tennessee Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Revealing Execution Team
Members of Tennessee's Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday over the identities of those who conduct executions. Credit: Reading Tom, via flickr

Justice Sharon Lee asked Smith: What if a pharmacist doesn't have a license, or had some criminal convictions, don't death row inmates have a right to know if the lethal injection team is qualified? And why should they take the state's word for it?

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