Articles by: Nina Cardona

Houses converted to song publishers and record labels have long been the norm for Music Row. But increasingly,  some houses are home to offices from other industries while others are knocked down to make room for condos and other large structures. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

‘National Treasure’ Designation Means Help For Music Row Preservationists

January 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Nashville’s Music Row has been officially declared a National Treasure. That means local groups trying to preserve the character of country music’s home neighborhood will have hands-on assistance from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

To put the success of Strong Inside in context, Betsy Phillips says initial numbers show Vanderbilt University Press' December sales figures were roughly what they'd expect for an entire financial quarter. Credit: Nina Cardona, WPLN

Vandy Press Finds A Hit In The Story Of A Basketball Civil Rights Trailblazer

January 12, 2015 at 4:52 am

When universities publish books, they’re usually only read by a handful of scholars. But the true account of how a Nashville’s Perry Wallace integrated SEC basketball is breaking that mold.

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 Remembered As ‘The Heart Of The Grand Ole Opry’

January 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

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.

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

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

January 8, 2015 at 4:20 am

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.

Father Ryan High School initially proposed the game against one of the strongest black basketball programs in the state. Pearl High Assistant Coach Melvin Black says he doubts any white public school would have done the same at that time. Image: screen shots from home movie of the game, courtesy Father Ryan High School

Black And White Basketball Teams First Faced Off In Nashville 50 Years Ago

January 5, 2015 at 4:00 am

A year before the TSSAA fully integrated, a pair of Nashville high schools decided to get a head start. Father Ryan and Pearl High played to a capacity crowd in one memorable night at Municipal Auditorium.

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

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

December 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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.

Fallen Soldiers Of The Mexican-American War May Soon Be Returned To Tennessee

Fallen Soldiers Of The Mexican-American War May Soon Be Returned To Tennessee

December 26, 2014 at 6:02 am

A team of historians and scientists from Middle Tennessee hope to soon welcome home the remains of soldiers who died on foreign soil nearly 170 years ago.

Across Nashville, residents and Union troops not called into action found positions on high ground to watch the battle. Credit: Jacob Coonley, via Library of Congress

150 Years Ago In Nashville, The Beginning Of The Civil War’s End

December 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

150 years ago, the eyes of the nation were on Nashville. A Confederate army was camped just outside of town, ready to try and win it back from the Union. But those Southern soldiers probably never had a chance.

Somewhere between 300 and 400 people stood in line to meet Perry Wallace and author Andrew Maraniss after a discussion of Wallace's experiences in the early days of Vanderbilt's integration. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Pioneering Black Athlete Perry Wallace No Longer Faces Icy Reception At Vanderbilt

December 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm

The man who integrated SEC basketball will be honored at Thursday night’s Vanderbilt game. Nashville native Perry Wallace began playing for the university in 1966. And at the time, he angered many at the school for telling the world it was a cold and lonely place for black students.

Kurz and Allison's romanticized illustration of the Battle of Franklin, part of a series of prints distributed in the 1880s.

After The Battle Of Franklin: A Town Overwhelmed By 10,000 Casualties

December 1, 2014 at 5:00 am

The town was surprised to find itself the front line of the Civil War. Then it was left to deal with the carnage.

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

Why The Battle Of Franklin Matters, 150 Years Later

November 26, 2014 at 5:00 am

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.

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.

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

November 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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.

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

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

November 24, 2014 at 4:07 am

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.

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

Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer

November 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

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.

Fifi Appih was clearly pleased to speak to the group, knowing that everyone in the room will understand if his voice catches or stumbles. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

A Nashville Public Speaking Group Helps People Who Stutter Find Their Voice

November 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

To overcome your fears, face them head on. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. But what if every time you talk, even just with a friend, there are moments when your voice gets stuck on a single sound?

Kornegay has lived on Nashville's streets on and off since 2008. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Warming Shelters Open In Nashville, But They’re Not Always The First Choice For Homeless

November 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Sometimes, sleeping bags and carefully chosen spots outside can seem safer to a person who feels vulnerable in large groups.

State Income Tax Ban Approved By Tennessee Voters

State Income Tax Ban Approved By Tennessee Voters

November 5, 2014 at 12:52 am

Voters have cemented Tennessee’s status as one of just nine states without a tax on personal wages.

Haslam Promises To ‘Double Down’ On Current Policies In His Second Term

Haslam Promises To ‘Double Down’ On Current Policies In His Second Term

November 5, 2014 at 12:17 am

Tennessee’s Governor promised to stay the course after an easy reelection.

Astronaut Butch Wilmore prepares his suit in advance of his October 15 spacewalk. Image Courtesy NASA

Supply Rocket Explosion Doesn’t Temper Thrill Of Space For Tennessee Astronaut

October 30, 2014 at 5:00 am

Mt. Juliet native Butch Wilmore watched this week’s rocket explosion from 200 miles above the surface of the planet. The accident destroyed both food and scientific equipments earmarked for the astronaut’s six-month mission. But just the fact that he’s on the International Space Station seems to be keeping Wilmore in good spirits.

Ben Cunningham speaks to the crowd at a rally in support of the amendment. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

Is Tennessee’s Amendment 3 Vote Just About The Income Tax?

October 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

In some political battles, the two sides see a core issue so differently that they barely seem to speak the same language. And then there’s the fight over adding an amendment to Tennessee’s constitution that would ban a state income tax.