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

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

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.

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Tennessee Hunters Bristle At Proposed Fee Increase

Tennessee Hunters Bristle At Proposed Fee Increase
A TWRA agent releases trout at Nice's Mill in Smyrna. The agency says it has stocked 100 million fish in Tennessee and manages 1.5 million acres of publicly accessible land. Credit: TWRA via Facebook

Wildlife officials are proposing a fee hike of more than 20 percent for in-state hunting licenses — the first increase in a decade.

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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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