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Every day in Nashville, music executives try to figure out how much money, time and effort to invest in amateurs. This week, as the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, that projection plight is mirrored in the world of sports.

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Sheryl Crow released a song Friday that’s not exactly new. "Redemption Day" was originally released in 1996 on her multi-platinum self-titled album. But for the Nashville-based Grammy winner, the song has new meaning and new weight, thanks to the voice of an old friend: Johnny Cash.

And Crow tells WPLN, it's the first song to be released on what she thinks will be her final album.

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Williamson County Schools recently decided to do away with a series of training videos meant to help teachers better approach sensitive subjects like race.

The move came after pressure from the Williamson County Republican Party, which objected to a section on privilege. It also followed allegations of racially motivated bullying and complaints about insensitive homework assignments, leading two teachers to resign.

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Many of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's initiatives are making their way through the state legislature, and some are faring better than others.

In his first year, the governor’s proposals range from increasing vocational education to faith-based initiatives to implementing a pilot program for school vouchers.

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Rick Byrd, the coach of Belmont men's basketball for more than three decades, announced today that he's retiring, following a season of historic milestones.

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The Tennessee General Assembly is getting to the do-or-die point for new legislation.

The end of committee meetings means lawmakers have to make important decisions regarding bills that could determine whether they’ll pass or they’ll fail. This also means, in some cases, it’s time for compromise. 

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Gov. Bill Lee was the only candidate last year with no previous political experience.

He touted his outsider status and business background as an advantage, promising to bring new perspectives to the office. But some recent hiccups point to how hard it can be going from running a business to a running a state.

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The Tennessee Education Savings Account.

That’s the name of the school voucher program proposed by Gov. Bill Lee during his first State of the State address.

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Last week the conflict over Confederate monuments came back to a boil at the Tennessee State Capitol.

Protestors demanding removal of a bust honoring Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest clashed in the halls with Republican leadership.

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CNN isn’t usually interested in the minutiae of state politics. But comments from Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada about Rep. David Byrd have brought the network and other national outlets to the state Capitol.