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Cayce Russell Tennessee folklife archives
Tennessee State Library & Archives

From ghost stories, to advice on how to build a banjo, to tales from the early days of electricity — all these subjects, along with traditional music, are captured in the Tennessee State Parks Folklife Collection.

Neuhoff slaughterhouse Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The brick building on the edge of the Cumberland River has been described as a dilapidated castle. And to some, it looks haunted. But the old Neuhoff slaughterhouse is getting a fresh round of attention this summer for possible redevelopment.

Nashville Public Library Special Collections

There’s a small area of downtown Nashville — about 5 square blocks — that says a lot about how neighborhoods get their names.

These days, it’s SoBro. But 130 years ago, it was Black Bottom.

Nashville brick sewer tunnel
Metro Water Services

Many of Nashville’s tunnel rumors were tough to confirm as anything more than legend. But there are a few things underground that probably should inspire more awe: the city sewers.

Lily Williams / WPLN

Some credit Nashville’s Ben West library, built in 1966, for changing the experience of going to a library for an entire generation. And the man who designed it, local architect Bruce Crabtree, considered it his favorite work.

Col. Tom Parker home
Historic Nashville Inc.

No doubt about it: In one unsuspecting Madison home office, Elvis was definitely in the building.

But now the site where “Colonel” Tom Parker made Elvis Presley a star has been named to a list of Nashville’s endangered historic properties as the desire to save history runs up against the skyrocketing value of the corner lot.

Historic Nashville Inc.

A heightened sense of urgency accompanied today’s announcement of the “Nashville Nine” list of endangered historic properties.

Just one day before the non-profit Historic Nashville Inc. revealed its list, a marquee building identified on last year’s list — the Trail West building on Lower Broadway — was abruptly torn down by its owners.

TN Department of Revenue

Gov. Bill Haslam says he favors removing a bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from the Tennessee Capitol.

But he says he doesn't have the authority to do it on his own.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

As debate intensifies in South Carolina over the Confederate flag, a Nashville lawmaker is calling for the removal of another controversial symbol — this one at the Tennessee Capitol.

U.S. Representative Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, used Twitter Monday to call for the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to be taken down.

The sculpture is on the top floor of the Tennessee Capitol, near the state Senate chambers.

The 14 New Historical Landmarks Nashville's Mayor Is Asking For

Jun 17, 2015

It’s become a tradition for outgoing mayors to preserve some of Nashville’s historic landmarks: Bill Purcell did it, Phil Bredesen did it, and now, Mayor Karl Dean. On Wednesday afternoon, Dean’s plan for 14 new landmarks goes to a public hearing.