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The future plan for 200 acres of wild land in West Nashville will be decided Thursday afternoon. The Metro Planning Commission hearing may determine whether current development plans — 864 housing units — are appropriate for the Bellevue property.

But conservationists want to protect this parcel, which is located on the corner of Highway 70 and Old Hickory Boulevard. The land contains 300-year-old trees, streams, undulating hills, sharp slopes and caves filled with sensitive species, they say. 

AT&T announced Monday it's offering gigabit-speed internet to more Nashville residences, and it's focusing on luxury apartment buildings. 

The company has expanded to a couple dozen properties in Middle Tennessee, including Pine Street Flats in the Gulch and the Lofts at Taylor Place in Germantown. These are buildings where 500-square-foot studio apartments start at $1,200 to $1,400 a month, and that offer amenities like free gyms and dog parks.

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Google Fiber will be providing free home Internet service to some residents in Nashville's public housing, as part of a White House initiative to get low-income Americans connected to high-speed internet.

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Terry Jo Bichell is cut off in the middle of her sentence by a loud shout.

"That's Louie, giving his two cents worth," she says with a smile. "Even though he can't talk, he can make himself heard, let me tell you."

Bichell and her family live in a laidback farmhouse in Brentwood, where she's a doting mother to her 16-year-old son Louie. He's tall and friendly, and he loves dessert. His gestures are often clumsy. She does her best to interpret them.

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Researchers at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are trying to figure out how to dry clothes faster without heat. It’s part of the lab's ongoing project to create more efficient home appliances.

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There's an effort underway to demolish old dams in order to allow creeks and streams to flow more freely. Tuesday morning a team led by *Cumberland River Compact took down a four-foot tall barrier of stone and mortar that stretched across Seven Mile Creek near Brentwood.

Courtesy of Google


Google Fiber’s announcement last week that it’s finally starting to install high-speed Internet service stirred up a little buzz. The tech giant has a Nashville fan base that can’t wait to get ahold of its fiber-optic option. As Google enters the scene, Internet providers are battling for the best reputation in the new gigabit market.

12 South resident Michael Harrington is ready to join the “Fiberhood.”


“I think it’s fantastic, it’s the greatest thing," he says.

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Some parents bemoan the fact that their kids play too many video games, but researchers from the University of Tennessee say one growing gaming genre might be good for health. They measured children's energy output playing outside compared to playing "active video games."

Music City Center rooftop bees
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Eight stories above Nashville's SoBro neighborhood, beekeeper Jamie Meredith gently works a wooden frame free from a small box.

He holds it up, showing hundreds of bees on this frame alone. Many have their heads buried deep in a honeycomb.

"You can see that it's filled with honey," Meredith says. "And they seem to be doing really quite well."

Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville is hosting two conferences during consecutive weeks for technology entrepreneurs and investors. On the surface, the dueling events seem nearly identical, but they're trying to differentiate themselves after a contentious split.