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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Meet Tennessee’s New Economic Development Chief

Meet Tennessee’s New Economic Development Chief
Randy Boyd previously was a "special adviser" - unpaid - to Governor Bill Haslam overseeing his "Driver to 55," an effort to increase college attainment rates in the state. Credit: TN Photo Services

The businessman who previously volunteered to spearhead a push to get more Tennesseans finishing college has now been named commissioner of the Economic and Community Development Department.

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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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Metro Council Gives Final Sign-Off On Incentives To Build Bridgestone Headquarters

Metro Council Gives Final Sign-Off On Incentives To Build Bridgestone Headquarters
Bridgestone executives and politicians announced the headquarters relocations Nov. 11. Bridgestone Americas' incentive package passed its third and final vote in Nashville's Metro Council on Tuesday. Credit: TN Photo Services

Officials at Bridgestone are projecting 600 new jobs and promising that their 30-story headquarters to be an economic engine for downtown Nashville.

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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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