Blake Farmer

reporter for WPLN, Nashville

Blake Farmer appears in the following:

As KFC Trucks Nashville Hot Chicken Around The Nation, A Look At The Original

Friday, January 08, 2016

Legend has it that hot chicken started as a would-be punishment for a cheating husband. Blake Farmer brings us the story.


Amid Economic Recovery, School Districts Desperate For Bus Drivers

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

When unemployment is high, school districts have very little trouble finding drivers. But low unemployment spawns an exodus. In Nashville, Tenn., the needs are especially pressing.


Veterans React To Opening Of Combat Roles To Women

Friday, December 04, 2015

Men and women at Fort Campbell in Kentucky react to new rules allowing women to serve in combat positions.


When Drug Treatment For Narcotic Addiction Never Ends

Friday, November 20, 2015

Medicines that help users wean themselves from opioid drugs can be prescribed in a doctor's office or clinic. But some clients question whether the clinics always have their best interests at heart.


Drug Treatment Slots Are Scarce For Pregnant Women

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tennessee's "fetal assault" law is designed to push pregnant women into drug treatment programs. But there are not enough of those programs available for the people who need them.


In Tennessee, Giving Birth To A Drug-Dependent Baby Can Be A Crime

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The state's "fetal assault" law punishes women whose babies are born with drug withdrawal symptoms. Proponents say the law spurs women to seek treatment, while opponents say it deters them.


As An Investor, Tennessee Maintains Support For Volkswagen

Friday, October 30, 2015

While Congress was concerned about pollution and deception in the automaker's emission problems, the state that's home to VW's only U.S. plant wants some assurances that their investment is safe.


Tenn. Lawmakers Worry About Fate Of VW's Chattanooga Plant

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Volkswagen produces cars for the U.S. market in Chattanooga, Tenn. The state invested a lot of money to encourage VW to expand the plant and now the emissions scandal has them worried.


Religion Takes Spotlight In Final Days Of Nashville Mayoral Race

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Mayoral races often focus on issues such as traffic and development. And Nashville's current contest has camped out on those themes. But in the final days before voting concludes, one...


Knock Knock, Teacher's Here: The Power Of Home Visits

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

There was a time when a teacher showing up on a student's doorstep probably meant something bad. But increasingly, home visits are being used to spark parental involvement.


Cumberland Caverns: A Subterranean Concert Venue In Tennessee

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ever wanted to see Jason Isbell, Shovels & Rope or Billy Joe Shaver 333 feet underground? You'll have to take a hike.


Producer Billy Sherrill Brought Pop's Passion And Sheen To The Honky-Tonk

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

He discovered Tammy Wynette, revived the career of George Jones, and produced and co-wrote some of country's best-known hits, including Wynette's "Stand By Your Man." Sherrill died Tuesday at 78.


Buddy Emmons, The Pedal-Steel Guitarist Who 'Taught Everybody To Play,' Has Died

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The legendary musician worked with everyone from Ray Price to Ray Charles while making a complicated instrument seem effortless. He died Wednesday at 78.


A Mexican Restaurant Turned Iconic Venue? 'That's Nashville'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

3rd and Lindsley, a performance space for big and small acts in Music City, lets the music shine by keeping things (like its name) simple.


Chattanooga, Tenn., Shootings Prompt Push To Arm Stateside Service Members

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In the wake of twin attacks at military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week, vigilantes armed with pistols and high-powered rifles are standing guard outside recruiting center...


National Guard Seeks More Drones For Domestic Missions

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A dozen Guard units now pilot drones for missions here and abroad. Some are lobbying for increased use of the unmanned aircraft in the U.S., but critics have raised privacy concerns.


This Summer, The Cafeteria Comes To The Kids

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Twenty-one million kids eat free and reduced-price meals throughout the school year, but getting them fed during the summer is a challenge.


Stretching One Great Teacher Across Many Classrooms

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Nashville middle school is test-driving a big idea: To put a great teacher in charge of multiple classrooms.


Among NCAA Contenders, Belmont University Outsmarts Them All

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A private university in Nashville, Tenn., may have one of the smartest teams in this year's NCAA tournament. Off the court, they lead the NCAA in academic rankings.


Southern Baptist Leaders Highlight Benefits Of Youthful Matrimony

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Southern Baptist Convention is quietly nudging its 16 million members to tie the knot at a younger age. Baptist leaders say that marriage should be considered a foundation of adult life.