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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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Auditors are chiding Nashville General Hospital for lax use of credit cards, racking up $400,000 in charges over two years without much documentation to support the spending. The findings are part of a broader audit, monitoring progress in the cash-strapped hospital paying its bills on time.

Bill Lee for Tennessee/Karl Dean for Governor

One of the first major polls of the Tennessee governor’s race shows a pretty sizeable advantage for the Republican nominee. But it also highlights a question being asked across the state: Who are these guys?

A recent poll found that more than a quarter of likely voters are either unsure about or have never even heard of Williamson County businessman Bill Lee. Nearly a third are unfamiliar with former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

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