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Nashville's Mayoral Contenders Also Love To Hate Dockless Scooters

Nashville's first mayoral forum of the 2019 election found unanimity on the issue of dockless scooters and their increasingly apparently safety hazards.

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A West Tennessee man was put death Thursday night at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.

Donnie Johnson received lethal injection for the 1984 slaying of his wife, Connie. Supporters had emphasized Johnson's religious awakening while behind bars, and his final moments reflected a spiritual theme.

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Nashville’s housing authority has claimed for years that its ambitious plan to overhaul public housing could be done almost exclusively with private financing. But now, the city is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the project. And the move has some officials worried it could leave Metro on the hook for even more.

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The sun was shining and the sky was blue as fifth- and sixth-graders from Scales Elementary who make up Steel de Boro performed in our first-ever out-of-studio production of Live In Studio C.

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This Saturday night at 8, 91Classical will live broadcast the Nashville Symphony’s performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie. Before you tune in, here’s a look at a few of the defining features of Messiaen’s life and career. 

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A complaint against House Speaker Glen Casada was filed Thursday with the Nashville District Attorney.

A local activist said Casada’s political action committee broke a state election law in 2018.

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An overhauled agreement will dramatically change how downtown Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is funded and managed. 

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The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network will more than double in size thanks to a budget bump from state government. Governor Bill Lee directed an additional $625,000 in recurring money to the nonprofit as part of a broader effort aimed at improving mental health.

In the tiny town of Erwin, Tenn., history is the elephant in the room.

At the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce, Cathy Huskins remembers one particularly angry tourist "came barreling through the door, and came up to the counter here and slung her hands down. ... And she says, 'I cannot believe that you killed an elephant!' "

Librarian Angie Georgeff is used to the strange phone calls and unannounced visits from world travelers:

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Despite widespread agreement that Nashville’s public transportation needs improvements, the city’s WeGo bus system will need to reduce services this year — and raise bus fares — if the mayor’s proposed budget is approved as it now stands.

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Sometimes, when Pierre Tra works the night shift at a nursing home in southeast Nashville, he’ll step off into a corner and record himself singing into his cell phone, to store it for later.

That’s how he captures ideas. Peter, as he calls himself now, is a quiet 63-year-old and a musician in his free time. That in itself is not unusual in Nashville, but few have lived the kind of trajectory that Peter has.


The BBC's Arts Hour On Tour Will Be Live At Nashville's Turner Hall On June 3!

Host Nikki Bedi will be joined on stage by "Liberal Redneck," comedian Trae Crowder and country singers Cam and  Jimmie Allen.

The Moth StorySLAM in Nashville: Monday, May 20

Join us at The Basement East. The night's theme will be "Mama Rules" Come tell a story involving a mother or mothering! Your womb of origin or the person who raised you. Or just come enjoy the show.

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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As the school year comes to a close, we have all the music you need for your mixed feelings.

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A selection of events from the Arts Calendar that caught our eye as we wrap up the month of May.

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Each day on 91Classical, amid the variety of the day's playlist, we offer a handful of featured selections at set times. Breakfast Baroque gets your day off to a light start, the Lunchtime Local features composers and performers from right here in the Midstate, the 5:00 Waltz celebrates the end of the workday, and our evening features take a different tack each night, from music that carries you to a specific spot on the globe to orchestral music first heard in the movie theater. Here's what's coming up this week:



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