Blake Farmer appears in the following:
Monday, October 21, 2013
At auto plants, the tension is typically between the workers and the management. But not at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, where it's Republican officials who are trying to stand in the way. One of them is the Tennessee governor, who says a unionized plant might discourage other companies from coming to his state.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
As Congress prepares to take a vote on whether to launch a military strike against Syria, opinions vary widely among voters. We'll get a sampling of opinions from Fort Campbell, Ky., Los Angeles and State College, Pa.
Friday, August 23, 2013
It's already the No. 1 selling American whiskey, but Jack Daniel's sees huge potential as world-wide whiskey sales soar. The iconic company has announced a $100 million expansion of its distillery in tiny Lynchburg, Tenn.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Summer nights — for a small few in the South — are a time for wading through yucky ponds with a flashlight in one hand and a frog gig in the other. It's a good way to pass the time, hang out with friends, and find some yummy frog legs for a cookout later in the summer.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
A new fund on the New York Stock Exchange is a collection of stocks in publicly traded companies that have one thing in common: the city they call home. The fund managers say it will be an opportunity for locals to invest in companies they know. If it succeeds, other cities could be next.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
President Obama visits Chattanooga, Tenn., Tuesday to continue his "job creation" speeches around the country. He's stopping at a distribution center for Amazon.com. On Monday, the online retailer announced it's hiring 5,000 workers across several states.
Monday, July 08, 2013
In recent decades, worship music has trended away from the classic "organ backed" hymns, and churches have moved to rocking praise songs made popular by Christian radio. Now, some modern hymn writers are looking back to a more traditional style.
Monday, June 10, 2013
The small town of Manchester, Tenn., is trying to figure out what happened this past week. Hundreds of activists heckled a U.S. Attorney who was making a speech on hate crimes and cheered as Muslims described the firebombing of a nearby mosque. The activists say they feel Islam is getting unfair preference by the U.S. government. Muslims say the incident shows they have lots of work to do.
Monday, June 10, 2013
A forum meant to quell tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims in Tennessee was derailed by hecklers.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Military suicides hit a record high in 2012, and the Army has been the hardest-hit branch. Its prevention efforts have included everything from a buddy system to 24-hour hotlines. Now, the Army is deploying psychiatrists and counselors to the places where soldiers live and work.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
This year, three-quarters of the country are experiencing some level of drought, and many cities are temporarily banning fireworks. But restrictions may not keep committed revelers from the rush of lighting a fuse.
Monday, January 30, 2012
With no income tax, Tennessee lives and dies by the sales tax. Revenues have increased each of the last 21 months, but the budget still isn't where it was five years ago. Still, Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed lowering the tax on food and trimming back the estate tax.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Tennessee held Republican primaries for governor yesterday, along with a number of House primaries. The race for governor got national attention last month when Tennessee's Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey made controversial remarks about Islam in a video later published on YouTube.
"Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, a cult, whatever you want to call it," he continued. "But certainly we do protect our religions, but at the same time, this is something we are going to have to face."
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
The Cumberland River in Tennessee began to recede on Tuesday, after heavy rainfall over the weekend caused massive flooding in parts of Nashville. At least 29 people have died, and historic landmarks, like the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans, remain under water. The city is now urging residents to conserve water as one of two of the city's water treatment plants is flooded and currently shut down.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
- FLOOD TAKEOUT: 24 people have so far been confirmed dead in the floods that hit the Southeastern United States. More than half of those killed are in Tennessee. We get a live update from WPLN Reporter, Blake Farmer, in Nashville, Tenn.
- LISTENERS RESPOND: Following an attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square on Saturday, Takeaway listeners write and call in to share their experiences of the importance of being vigilant.
Below: Video from the floods
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Voters in Nashville, Tennessee head to the polls today to decide whether English should be the only language for all government business in town. This means marriage licenses, parking tickets, and court summons could only be written and responded to in English. Reporter Blake Farmer of WPLN has been covering the “English First" movement since the legislation was first proposed more than a year ago. He joins us from Nashville.