Blake Farmer

reporter for WPLN, Nashville

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'There Wasn't None Of Us': Jean Shepard, Country Music Trailblazer, Dies At 82

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Six decades ago, Shepard became the third woman to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The country music pioneer died Sunday outside Nashville.


Ed Temple, Track Coach Who Led Wilma Rudolph To Olympic Gold, Dies

Friday, September 23, 2016

One of the few coaches in the Olympic Hall of Fame has died. Ed Temple coached sprinter Wilma Rudolph and the legendary Tigerbelles of Tennessee State University.


Jack Daniel's Heralds A Slave's Role In Its Origin Story

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Jack Daniel learned how to make whiskey from a preacher. That's how the story goes. But a new figure is gaining prominence in the brand's corporate history.


East Nashville Festival Celebrates All Things Tomato Art

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville features the Second Line Parade — where participants must push, pull or wear their float — an entire gallery of tomato-themed artwork, and a Tomato King and Queen contest.


Bill Monroe's Estate Sale: The Stuff Of Bluegrass Legend

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Father of Bluegrass died 20 years ago. Now, Monroe's family is cleaning out the closets — and for music fans, even some of his most mundane possessions are meaningful.


Nashville High Schoolers Train As Baristas To Prepare For The College Grind

Friday, June 10, 2016

A program teaches highs schoolers to pull espressos and pour pretty lattes. The idea is to prepare them for college — for college tuition bills, that is.


Police Arrest Tennessee Elementary School Students Over Off-Campus Fight

Friday, April 29, 2016

On Monday, police are set to explain why they arrested 10 children at an elementary school in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Parents say the kids were accused of not intervening during an off-campus fight. Some were led away in handcuffs. Now the community is doing a bit of soul-searching.


Tennessee Lawmakers Discontinue Controversial Fetal Assault Law

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A small but pivotal group of Tennessee representatives voted Tuesday to discontinue one of the state's most divisive criminal laws. Known as "fetal assault," the measure empowered prosecutors to arrest women who abuse heroin or pain pills during pregnancy, if their babies were born dependent.


'Let's Go Peay': State University Brings Infamous Cheer To March Madness

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sixty-eight college basketball teams hit the court this week in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. There's always intrigue, drama and a few Cinderella stories — including one team this year that has an interesting team cheer.


The State That Pulled The Plug On Computer Testing

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tens of thousands of Tennessee students steadied their clammy, test-day hands over a keyboard several days ago. And, for many, nothing happened.

It was the state's first time giving standardized exams on computers, but the rollout couldn't have gone much worse.

In lots of places, the testing platform slowed to ...


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

Friday, January 08, 2016

It took KFC to get Nashville Hot Chicken to the masses. The fast food chain is launching the new offering by taking a food truck on a cross-country tour to places like Nashville, Minnesota, and Nashville, Indiana.

The Colonel is skipping Nashville, Tennessee, where the cult-favorite dish was born.

"Maybe ...


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.