There’s More To Do Before Nashville Airport Snags A Direct Flight To Tokyo

There’s More To Do Before Nashville Airport Snags A Direct Flight To Tokyo
A Boeing 787 flies in San Francisco. Japan Airlines is one of several to offer direct flights to Tokyo, in a total of about a dozen U.S. cities. Credit: iflyfsx via Flickr

What are the odds that Nashville will get a nonstop flight route to Japan? “Ten years ago, you’d be better off getting a lottery ticket," according to one analyst, who is now a bit more optimistic.

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Tennessee’s GOP Re-Elects Chairman Despite Tea Party Challenge

Tennessee’s GOP Re-Elects Chairman Despite Tea Party Challenge
State representative Joe Carr addressing Republican Party executive committee during a chairman election on Saturday. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Devaney’s opponent was state representative Joe Carr --- who notched 41 percent of the Republican vote against Lamar Alexander during the August primary --- and he painted the state's Republican party as a fractured body in need of repair.

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Gov. Haslam Will Decide On Medicaid Expansion Before Christmas, He Says

Gov. Haslam Will Decide On Medicaid Expansion Before Christmas, He Says
Tennessee hospitals have warned that some will close if the state doesn’t expand its Medicaid program as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act. Credit: Marissa Anderson via Flickr

The governor said Friday morning he’s been talking with the White House about funding an alternative expansion plan for Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income residents.

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Amid Questions And Uncertainty, Meetings Over Nashville School Takeover Turn Combative

Amid Questions And Uncertainty, Meetings Over Nashville School Takeover Turn Combative
Cari Hassell-Morrows, who has two children at Madison Middle School, asks questions about the possibility of conversion to a charter school. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Meetings at Nashville’s Madison and Neely's Bend middle schools — over which of the two low-performing schools will be taken over by the state — turned contentious last night. The nearly two-hour discussions attracted parents, teachers, school officials and a handful of students.

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

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

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.

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Kirkpatrick Elementary Will Be Handed Over To KIPP Charter Schools

Kirkpatrick Elementary Will Be Handed Over To KIPP Charter Schools
Metro Schools superintendent Jesse Register will visit each of the schools in East Nashville to explain what a "choice zone" might look like. The meeting pictured here is from Inglewood Elementary, which is well under capacity. Credit: Emily West / WPLN

Metro Schools has come to a decision on which elementary will be handed over to charter operator KIPP Academy. Kirkpatrick will be making a year-by-year conversion starting next fall, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.

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Nashville Area Home Sales Had The Best November Since 2006

Nashville Area Home Sales Had The Best November Since 2006
For the first seven months of 2014, GNAR reports home closings are up 3.2 percent compared to 2013. Credit: American Advisors Group via Flickr

The housing market in East Nashville is booming — thats's nothing new. But one Goodlettsville resident was surprised to find out that her older fixer-upper in was in demand as well. Nearly 2,500 homes were sold in the Nashville area last month.

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Tennesseans Are Wary Of The Words ‘Common Core’ And Some Abortion Restrictions, New Poll Finds

Tennesseans Are Wary Of The Words ‘Common Core’ And Some Abortion Restrictions, New Poll Finds
It's been primarily conservative groups protesting Common Core. This is a photo from a Sacramento protest. Many see the standards as a federal take over of the education system. Credit: Steve Rhodes via Flickr

Tennesseans' opinion on national education standards depends partly on the wording, according to results from a new Vanderbilt University poll. Meanwhile, they favor certain restrictions on abortion — including a two-day waiting period — but not eliminating abortion access altogether.

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