Little Jimmy Dickens Remembered As ‘The Heart Of The Grand Ole Opry’

Little Jimmy Dickens Remembered As ‘The Heart Of The Grand Ole Opry’
Dickens final Opry performance was on December 20, as part of his birthday celebration. He performed regularly on the weekly show, playing songs like 'May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose' and participating in comedy bits. Credit Anne Swoboda via Flickr

Little Jimmy Dickens’ hat, boots and guitar held center stage of the Grand Ole Opry today as the country music community said a final goodbye to one of their mainstays.

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Record Number Of Nashville Families Trying To Get Into Schools They’re Not Zoned For

Record Number Of Nashville Families Trying To Get Into Schools They’re Not Zoned For
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

Decision day comes Friday for 13,300 families in Nashville. That's how many students have applied to attend a school other than the one that's closer to home.

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Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise

Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise
President Obama addresses a small group at Casa Azafran in South Nashville. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

In President Obama’s third visit to Tennessee in the past year, he will be announcing a proposal that would make community college free for all Americans. "We also have make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits," he said in a video Thursday night.

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200 Years Ago, Battle Of New Orleans Began Andrew Jackson’s Drive To White House

200 Years Ago, Battle Of New Orleans Began Andrew Jackson’s Drive To White House
H.B. Ball's engraving of the battle scene shows General Jackson at the center, surrounded by his relatively inexperienced soldiers. Jackson had fought briefly in the Revolutionary War as a 13 year old. Before taking command at New Orleans, he'd lead military efforts to drive Native Americans off of contested land in the South. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration

On January 8, 1815, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson lead a ragtag group of American soldiers to an unlikely victory in the Battle of New Orleans. Nobody could have known it at the time, but that win propelled Jackson to become the first self-made man in the White House and helped him change the nature of presidential campaigns.

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