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Alana Watson

Alana Watson is the 2019 spring reporting intern for WPLN. She is a Nashville and Franklin native and previously worked as a fellow for NPR member station WKYU in Bowling Green, Ky. She won Best College Radio Reporter in 2016 by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association for her work in post-apartheid South Africa.

She is currently a master's student at Austin Peay State University. In her free time, she enjoys writing, paddleboarding on Percy Priest Lake, experiencing different cuisines, and traveling to new places. 

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The city of Nashville is anticipating over 100,000 people for the 2019 NFL Draft next week, making it one of the biggest multi-day sport events in Nashville’s history.

The Draft, which is being hosted by the Tennessee Titans and Nashville for the first time, is expected to draw visitors from around the country. City and team officials say they're working hard to ensure their safety, while keeping a fun environment for the festivities.

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Hillsboro High School is hard to miss. The tall, white building trimmed in green sits across from the Mall at Green Hills. And front and center, high above the ground, is the school’s iconic exterior clock.

Belmont University

Belmont’s women’s basketball team is preparing to go to the NCAA Tournament for the 4th consecutive year. And this is the last tournament for their scoring powerhouse, Darby Maggard. The senior guard has become a Belmont legend for scoring nearly 2,000 points, and she's achieved these record-breaking numbers despite her size.

Micah Van Huss
Stephen Jerkins / WPLN (File photo)

Supporters of the so-called “heartbeat bill” broke out in applause after a state House committee approved the measure, but already both sides are anticipating the court fight ahead if the measure succeeds in passing the Tennessee General Assembly.

Southern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention is issuing 10 recommendations to improve how churches respond to sexual abuse — a major step for a denomination that prides itself on its decentralized structure and independent congregations.

Courtesy of TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority has voted to shut down two aging coal plants — the Bull Run Fossil Plant in East Tennessee and Paradise Unit No. 3 in western Kentucky — after determining they are outdated and unable to operate as efficiently as other plants.

Shalina Chatlani / WPLN

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he agrees with state lawmakers that police oversight boards should operate without subpoena powers. He said Tuesday that he would sign the legislation, formally introduced this week, that would take away the ability of oversight boards to conduct their own investigations. 

Courtesy of TDOT

Tennessee's Department of Transportation is dealing with funding complications as a result of the month-long shutdown.