UAW: Volkswagen Success May Make It Tougher To Organize In The South, Not Easier

UAW: Volkswagen Success May Make It Tougher To Organize In The South, Not Easier
Dennis Williams has been elected UAW president since the failed vote at Volkswagen in February. Credit: UAW via Facebook

The United Auto Workers’ recent recognition at VW in Tennessee – though short of collective bargaining – may make future unionizing more difficult in the region. That’s the opinion of UAW president Dennis Williams, who briefed reporters Monday.

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

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

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Nashville’s Uninsured Rush To Sign Up For Obamacare Health Plans Before Deadline

Nashville’s Uninsured Rush To Sign Up For Obamacare Health Plans Before Deadline
Sydney Jordan (right) discusses her health insurance circumstances with a certified counselor, who is waiting on hold for help from the federal Marketplace. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville’s Obamacare Navigators – who help people sign up for insurance plans on the federal Marketplace – are expecting a rush over the weekend. Monday is the last day to apply for coverage and have it kick in by January 1st.

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Here’s How Middle Tennessee Congressmen Voted On Last-Minute Spending Bill

Here’s How Middle Tennessee Congressmen Voted On Last-Minute Spending Bill
Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) says she preferred not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and voted for a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the next two years. Credit: TN Photo Services

Congresswoman Diane Black was the Nashville area’s only representative to vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed the House Thursday night.

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Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Joins Haslam In Call For Gas Tax Hike

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey Joins Haslam In Call For Gas Tax Hike
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says one can argue the prescription requirement either way. Apart from meth, Tennessee also has a serious issue with prescription painkillers. So Ramsey doubts requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine will fix the meth problem. “That’s the reason I’ve been going back and forth on this. What I’m gonna tell you is law enforcement, everybody says this needs to be (done). Again, I am just shocked by the poll that says 65 percent of the people think that needs to be done.” Image: WPLN/Daniel Potter

Ramsey said one proposal being weighed by state lawmakers would calculate a tax based on weight, making truckers, especially those passing through the state, contribute heavily.

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Tennessee Republican Party Rebuffs Tea Party Challenge For Leadership, Again

Tennessee Republican Party Rebuffs Tea Party Challenge For Leadership, Again
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell bested a tea-party opponent on Wednesday to again take the help of the legislature's lower chamber. Credit: Governor's Office

House Speaker Beth Harwell easily beat her opponent on Wednesday for over control of the state’s lower chamber, marking the second time in a week that the Tennessee Republican Party overwhelmed a tea party effort to get into leadership.

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Federal Grant Puts Nashville A ‘Giant Step’ Closer To Universal Pre-K

Federal Grant Puts Nashville A ‘Giant Step’ Closer To Universal Pre-K
Metro Schools opened three new pre-K centers this fall, including this facility at Casa Azafran on Nolensville Rd. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the district has 155 classrooms at 57 sites. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Metro Schools will get $33 million from the federal government over the next four years to expand pre-kindergarten - an amount that comes close to how much the district got from the much-heralded Race to the Top program.

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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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