Interview: Governor Haslam Justifies Corporate Subsidies Even When Money Is Tight

Tennessee's multi-million dollar corporate subsidies don't get quite the same public scrutiny that the state budget is getting this week in live-streamed hearings with Governor Bill Haslam. So in an interview with WPLN, we press Haslam to justify his recent spending on economic development incentives, especially since he’s been asking for much of state government to do more with less.

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Tennessee Lab Will Be Home To World’s Fastest Computer, Unless Someone Beats Them To It

Tennessee Lab Will Be Home To World’s Fastest Computer, Unless Someone Beats Them To It
A team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory installs the Titan supercomputer in September 2012. It reigned as the fastest computer in the world — until one in China was build less than a year later. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tennessee may once again be home to the world’s fastest supercomputer — and that’s not an easy title to keep. It announced last month it’s building a machine capable of running several times faster than the current leader in China. An ORNL director explains how powerful that is.

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Why The Battle Of Franklin Matters, 150 Years Later

Why The Battle Of Franklin Matters, 150 Years Later
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

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.

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Are Legislative Leaders Too Cozy With Haslam? Governor Defends Ties

Are Legislative Leaders Too Cozy With Haslam? Governor Defends Ties
House Speaker Beth Harwell is being challenged by the conservative wing of the legislature for being too close to Governor Bill Haslam, pictured together here at an education summit. Credit: TN Photo Services

The conservative wing of the Tennessee legislature has accused House leadership of being too cozy with the governor’s office. Bill Haslam is defending his ties, suggesting coziness is preferred over conflict.

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Mayor Says Congress Stopped The Amp

Mayor Says Congress Stopped The Amp
Nashville's top health official is making the case that the Amp could improve the health of the city's residents. (Photo Credit: Mayor's Office)

Nashville’s mayor is now saying it was never realistic to think funding for a bus rapid transit line would come through before his term ends, blaming congressional gridlock.

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

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

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.

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Vol State Isn’t Sweating Over The Extra Interest From Tennessee Promise Applicants

Vol State Isn’t Sweating Over The Extra Interest From Tennessee Promise Applicants
A Volunteer State staff member helps Madison Cone, middle, complete the Tennessee Promise application, along with the community college's application for admission. Her mom came with her. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

If every student who applied for Tennessee’s free community college program actually went to community college, some schools, including Volunteer State Community College, would nearly double their full-time enrollment. But it's holding judgment about enrollment increases until the next step of the application process.

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

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

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.

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