Some Fort Campbell Soldiers Fighting Ebola May Have To Stay In West Africa

Some Fort Campbell Soldiers Fighting Ebola May Have To Stay In West Africa
Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, right, greets a soldier in Liberia. No handshakes in an Ebola zone. Credit: Joint Forces Command United Assistance

More soldiers from the 101st airborne division will be coming home from Liberia in early February. But the rest are waiting to hear whether the mission to fight Ebola is over — or whether they’ll be sent to a different part of West Africa.

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President Obama Wants Tennessee Promise To Go Nationwide, But What Is It, Anyway?

President Obama Wants Tennessee Promise To Go Nationwide, But What Is It, Anyway?
Students at Red Bank High School in Red Bank, Tenn., raise their hands at the governor's signing of the Tennessee Promise Bill. Credit: TN Photo Services

As President Obama rolls out the details of a national free community college proposal, Tennessee’s version has been thrust into the spotlight. We've been covering Tennessee Promise since it launched late last summer. Here's how it works, in 54 seconds:

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Tennessee GOP Support For Obama’s Free Community College Plan Is Lukewarm So Far

Tennessee GOP Support For Obama’s Free Community College Plan Is Lukewarm So Far
President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College to introduce "America's College Promise," a free community college program. Credit: WhiteHouse.gov

As President Obama announced his free community college plan in Knoxville today, he was joined by top Republican lawmakers. But this doesn’t necessarily mean Obama’s proposal is getting bipartisan support.

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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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The Next Big Thing For Nashville’s Tech Startups? One Investor Is Betting On Healthcare

The Next Big Thing For Nashville’s Tech Startups? One Investor Is Betting On Healthcare
Ryan Macy from Octovis pitches his business to potential funder at Jumpstart Foundry 2014 Investor Day. His software uses wearable technology like Google Glass to collect patient data. Credit: Jumpstart Foundry

Jumpstart is what’s called an accelerator in the tech world. It’s a company that helps other companies grow — playing the roles of mentor, shareholder and money matchmaker.

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To Reduce Traffic Deaths, Tennessee Troopers Handed Out 30,000 More Seat Belt Citations In 2014

To Reduce Traffic Deaths, Tennessee Troopers Handed Out 30,000 More Seat Belt Citations In 2014
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, half of people killed in traffic crashes were not wearing seat belts. About one in five fatal accidents were alcohol-related. Credit: greeblie via Flickr

Tennessee drivers received 102,000 seat belt citations in 2014. The increasing enforcement of seat belt laws is part of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's effort to bring down the number traffic deaths.

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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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Southwest Announces Direct Flight To Oakland, Thanks To Promises From Nashville Businesses

Southwest Announces Direct Flight To Oakland, Thanks To Promises From Nashville Businesses
Nashville Airport's new flight to Oakland, starting June 7, will depart around 2 p.m. daily. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Technology leaders in Nashville have long bemoaned the fact that there’s no direct flight near Silicon Valley. Part of the reason it’s finally happening is because businesses like healthcare tech company Emdeon have promised to frequent the route.

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Nashville Chamber Gives School Board A Low Grade In Presenting A Unified Front

Nashville Chamber Gives School Board A Low Grade In Presenting A Unified Front
Members of the Chamber's education report card committee toured Nashville's Isaac Litton Middle Prep. Credit: Emanuel O. Roland / Nashville Chamber of Commerce

Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce business leaders have a message to the Metro school board: It needs to present a more unified front, especially on the issue of charter schools. The critique was part of its annual review of the school system.

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Police: Shooting Death In Nashville Is ‘Starkly Different’ From Ferguson, New York

Police: Shooting Death In Nashville Is ‘Starkly Different’ From Ferguson, New York
An email exchange with police chief Steve Anderson and an angry resident has become an Internet hit. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville police are defending the officers involved in the shooting death of a black teenager Sunday night. In a highly unusual move, they’ve also released an interview with one of the officers before the investigation is complete.

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State Sees Most Obamacare Signups In Antioch, Where Recruiting Efforts Are High

State Sees Most Obamacare Signups In Antioch, Where Recruiting Efforts Are High
According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, more than 151,000 Tennesseans signed up for healthcare on the federal marketplace during the first round of signups.

Nearly 2,900 residents living in ZIP code 37013 signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act as of April. That's more than double the signups of any other ZIP code in the state, except the neighboring 37211.

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Tennessee’s Newest Public College Will Double As A Training Center For Nissan

Tennessee’s Newest Public College Will Double As A Training Center For Nissan
Gov. Bill Haslam, fourth from left, along with architects of the new TCAT building, symbolically broke ground on the building's site in Smyrna. It's directly across from a Nissan North America plant. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

A new $35 million building, across the street from Nissan's factory in Smyrna, will serve as both an extension of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Murfreesboro, as well as a training center for Nissan.

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