Adam Tamburin
22 hours ago - News

Poll shows eroding school satisfaction

Note: Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number; Data: Nashville Public Education Foundation; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Nashville Public Education Foundation released on Thursday a new poll showing deepening dissatisfaction with public schools during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Nearly half of the 500 voters polled in September said they thought Metro Nashville Public Schools had gotten worse over the last five years.

Adam Tamburin
Oct 14, 2021 - News

Afghan refugee fund launches

 Refugees from Afghanistan walk through Washington Dulles International Airport in August.
Refugees from Afghanistan walk through Washington Dulles International Airport in August. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Several local advocacy groups are teaming up to raise money for Afghan refugees heading to Nashville.

  • At-large council member Zulfat Suara told reporters a new fundraising effort will give refugees "the resources and support that they need to transition into their new home."
Adam Tamburin
Oct 12, 2021 - News

Counterfeit pills surge in Tennessee

Prescription pills shown side by side with virtually identical counterfeit lookalikes.
Prescription pills can be virtually identical to counterfeit lookalikes. Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

"A growing and troubling" trend is complicating the fight against the opioid crisis, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said at a news conference Monday.

  • Rausch teamed up with health officials to warn residents of a surge in counterfeit pills from drug dealers, and many of the pills are laced with lethal doses of fentanyl.
Nate Rau
Oct 11, 2021 - News

Christian music gets top songwriting honor

Headshot of Songwriter Ethan Hulse.
Songwriter Ethan Hulse. Photo courtesy of Essential Music Publishing

For the very first time, Nashville's top songwriter is from Christian music, serving as a reminder of the genre's importance to Music City.

  • Ethan Hulse, with Essential Music Publishing, was honored last month as the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Songwriter of the Year.
Adam Tamburin
Oct 11, 2021 - News

Investigation into Rutherford's juvenile justice system released

The headline for the WPLN and ProPublica investigation into Rutherford County.
Image courtesy of WPLN

WPLN and ProPublica on Friday published a joint investigation into Rutherford County's juvenile justice system.

Adam Tamburin
Oct 8, 2021 - News

Belmont University expands full-ride scholarship

A sign in front of Belmont University.
Photo courtesy of Belmont University

Belmont University is expanding a scholarship program that sends Nashville public school graduates to college tuition-free.

How it works: Bridges to Belmont was initially open to a pool of graduates from four local high schools. This year the program offered 34 full-ride scholarships.

  • Starting next year, the program will grow to include 50 scholarships open to graduates from 10 public high schools.
Adam Tamburin
Oct 7, 2021 - News

Governor unveils pandemic relief funding plan

Gov. Bill Lee makes a television appearance on Fox sports.
Gov. Bill Lee makes a television appearance on Fox sports. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday announced the plan for spending some $3.9 billion in federal pandemic relief funding provided to the state by the American Rescue Plan.

  • Lee developed the plan with a group that included legislative leaders and administration officials.
Adam Tamburin
Oct 6, 2021 - News

Police plead for help in missing person cold case

The missing person's poster for Wanda Faye Walker. Photo courtesy of Metro Nashville Police Department

Five years after Wanda Faye Walker disappeared in Nashville, the FBI is stepping in to offer a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

  • Walker was last seen on Oct. 4, 2016. She was 60 at the time. Her abandoned car was found near her 11th Avenue South home with her blood inside.

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