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Natasha Senjanovic

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Dolly Parton’s literacy program has hit an impressive milestone. Founded two decades ago by the singer-songwriter in her native Sevier County, the Imagination Library started out sending 1,500 books a month. It’s now hit one million free books a month to children around the globe. 

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Protests continued this weekend in Nashville, including a unity gathering in Centennial Park on Saturday and a march down Nolensville Pike on Sunday afternoon, where some 300 people held signs supporting illegal immigrants and other minorities. 

Kristin Sweeting

One of Nashville’s most prominent advocates for female survivors of sex trafficking and drug abuse has just been named a CNN Top 10 Hero of the year. An ordained minister, Becca Stevens founded a program that helps women get off the streets, as well as beauty and home care line Thistle Farms.

Jon Whittle

Thistle Farms, a prominent Nashville nonprofit that sells products made by survivors of prostitution and human trafficking, has signed a national distribution deal with Whole Foods. It is the company’s biggest expansion to date.  

Natasha Senjanovic

With thousands relocating to Nashville each year, the city’s real estate market is experiencing one of the most competitive booms in its history. And as housing demand has spiked, so have a few particular kinds of rental scams.

Chris Netterville

High school theater competition in Middle Tennessee has joined the major leagues. And students will now have a chance to compete nationally — on Broadway. 

Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay
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Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate visited the White House this week as one of five finalists vying for the National Youth Poet Laureate title.

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A Murfreesboro medical facility acquired earlier this year by Franklin-based Acadia Healthcare plans to more than double its size in the next year and a half.  TrustPoint Hospital announced a $57 million expansion on Wednesday, which would add nearly 150 new beds and 400 new jobs to the facility.

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Tennessee stands to lose millions in highway funding because of a recently passed bill, says Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper. The legislation deals with drivers ages 18 to 20. It changed the allowable Blood Alcohol Content from .02 to .08.

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If you don’t do theatre or improv comedy, kindergarten was probably the last time you stood around in a circle acting silly with other people — unless you practice laughter yoga. Those in Nashville who do say it has medical benefits, which have even been studied by a Vanderbilt University researcher.