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Curious Nashville: How A Fringe Political Movement Named One Nashville Neighborhood

Nestled in the Haynes-Trinity area of Nashville is Free Silver Road. Though it appears to be one simple street, North Nashvillians often tell stories about the old Free Silver, which is said to have been a large neighborhood with a rich history.

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The largest insurer in Tennessee has announced it will no longer cover prescriptions for what was once a blockbuster pain reliever.

It's the latest insurance company to turn against OxyContin, whose maker — Purdue Pharma — faces dozens of lawsuits related to its high-pressure sales tactics around the country and contribution to the opioid crisis. Last fall, Cigna and BlueCross BlueShield of Florida both dropped coverage of the drug.

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An annual report tracking obesity rates state-by-state finds Tennessee to be a little bit thinner than the previous year, especially compared to other southern states.

Tennessee fell several positions to having the 15th-highest obesity rate in the nation.

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Tennessee Promise, the state’s free community college program for eligible high school seniors, could be shortchanging low-income students. Researchers say these students are often saddled with non-tuition expenses, which the program doesn’t pay for.

But a top education official in Tennessee argues their findings fail to take into account efforts to help needy students connect with sources of financial aid, as well as evidence that thousands of low-income students have enrolled in college as a result of the program.

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Physicians who seem to be over-prescribing painkillers or working with addicted patients may now get a tap on the shoulder from a Nashville startup working on behalf of insurors. The company uses sophisticated algorithms to identify problem patients and providers. But since this is such a delicate issue with doctors, they've hired a pharmacist to initiate those chats who — herself — is in recovery from opioid abuse.

On Sept. 14, Nashville celebrates its second annual Classical Music Day. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at Food Truck City with performances by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, SONUS, and Nashville Opera. 91Classical is also celebrating on-air, with a playlist that includes even more local music than usual.

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In what could be Nashville’s most ambitious mass transit endeavor since the failed transit referendum in May, officials are seeking federal funds to examine a possible “bus rapid transit” line along a 6-mile portion of Dickerson Pike between downtown and northeast Nashville.

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Across the country people are remembering 9/11. MTSU hosted a ceremony urging attendees to never forget, but many students have no memory in the first place.

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Nashville Mayor David Briley signaled Monday that his office is turning toward what he sees as the “fundamentals” of local government as he tries to move past a series of surprising events and intense debates.

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As students return to campuses across Middle Tennessee, more of them are from overseas. Vanderbilt and Belmont have more than doubled their international freshman enrollment since 2009. Public universities like Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State have also seen gains, and it isn’t by accident.

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Linda travelled to Mumbai to deepen her practice of meditation. She found herself instead in the middle of India’s most severe terrorist attack in decades.

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Cellist Larissa Maestro has made her way from the Opry and the Ryman to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Larissa, along with friends from the Nashville Concerto Orchestra, showed us that there's always room for cello.

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From vocal imitations of the sounds of combat in 16th century madrigal battaglias, to the sweeping music of Wagner’s Valkyries deciding the fates of warriors below, classical music has long been inspired by conflict, wartime triumphs, and military prowess.

But as today marks the International Day of Peace, a United Nations-sanctioned holiday dedicated to the absence of war and conflict, we’re shining a light on classical music penned by pacifist composers and work inspired by notions of peace. 

A selection of events from our community calendar this week.

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