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Saint Thomas Midtown Began As A Schism. 100 Years Later, It’s Returned To The Fold.

The Nashville hospital formerly known as Baptist is marking a century in operation, though it's changed hands a few times. There's a 100-year celebration on Wednesday, with former executives invited back to speak.

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Tennessee could be failing to prevent school children from being exposed to dangerous levels of lead. That’s according to a new report from national environmental research group Environment America and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

In their review of 32 states, Tennessee was one of 22 states that received a failing grade in addressing the amount of lead in drinking water. The report says the state’s limit is too high.

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Tennessee lawmakers advanced a measure Wednesday that would give the state more of a role in approving charter schools, after scaling it back to preserve a role for local schools to give input.

The proposal — part of Gov. Bill Lee's education package — has been getting pushback from both parties.

But the issue isn't how applications to open a charter school are reviewed. It's who gets to do so. 

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The Metro police officer who was dragged by an ATV last weekend says that despite what the video may show, he did not grab ahold of the rider and try to tackle him. 

Sgt. John Bourque spoke to reporters for the first time on Wednesday. He says he thought he might get run over by the ATV if he hadn’t grabbed on after being struck by it.

"So I grabbed the handle bars and pulled myself up on it," he says. 

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Members of Nashville’s Metro Council expressed reservations about an incentive package for Amazon on Tuesday night, but after an hour of discussion, the council easily approved a grant worth up to $17.5 million.

The lopsided vote was 30 in favor and just three against.

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The Metro Council has its newest member from District 29, chosen Tuesday night by a narrow margin.

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The Nashville hospital formerly known as Baptist is marking a century in operation, though it's changed hands a few times. There's a 100-year celebration on Wednesday, with former executives invited back to speak.

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Before he founded Kronos Quartet, before the ensemble would go on to stretch the notion of what a quartet could be, before they would collaborate with some of the biggest names in classical music (earning 11 Grammy nominations along the way), violinist David Harrington heard a piece of music that would change everything. 

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Gov. Bill Lee's plan to create Tennessee's first school voucher program calls for extending the offer to middle-class families, in addition to low-income ones.

That was one of many details that emerged Wednesday when the plan was officially presented to state lawmakers.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

A long-nosed, 125-pound aardvark arrived at the Nashville Zoo last weekend.

One-year-old Winsol is the first aardvark to come to the zoo, and is part of the Animal Ambassador program — which means he will soon be doing outreach events.

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It's more or less human Tetris. Moving families of varying sizes around Nashville’s largest public housing complex so it can be torn down and rebuilt.

That’s because the city made a promise to overhaul the James A. Cayce homes without displacing low income families. And now, the city has the messy job of following through. Dozens of residents are supposed to be moving next month, but many say they’re still waiting on details.

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StoryCorps Returns To Nashville, May 13-24

We are proud to welcome back StoryCorps, as part of its Military Voices Initiative. The national nonprofit will be recording in our studio and inviting you to a special listening party on May 16.

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Before he founded Kronos Quartet, before the ensemble would go on to stretch the notion of what a quartet could be, before they would collaborate with some of the biggest names in classical music (earning 11 Grammy nominations along the way), violinist David Harrington heard a piece of music that would change everything. 

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A few years ago, when composer Rachel Grimes was helping some family members move, she suddenly found herself with a lot of stuff to sort through. Among the personal items and family photos, she found something that completely shocked her: a bill of sale for a woman and her three children from 1824. The single page document would become a spark for a new folk opera, which will have its Tennessee premiere this week.

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