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Blake Farmer

reporter for WPLN, Nashville

Blake Farmer appears in the following:

UConn Crushes Notre Dame In NCAA Women's Championship

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In a historic NCAA women's basketball game, two unbeaten teams vied for the national championship Tuesday night. The University of Connecticut beat Notre Dame 79-58. It's a record 9th title for UConn.

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The Writing's On The Wall For Cursive — Unless Lawmakers Can Save It

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Common Core State Standards have ended lessons in cursive writing, but lawmakers in some states are trying to change that. Blake Farmer of WPLN reports on an effort in Tennessee to revive cursive.

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Lost Album Gives Voice To A Johnny Cash In Recovery

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fresh out of rehab and a rocky point in his marriage to June Carter, Cash recorded an album in the early 1980s that his fans never got to hear.

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Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Kentucky Baptist Convention has found a surefire way for getting people through church doors: free guns. The church raffle events combine dinner, sermons and a Second Amendment message.

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Volkswagen Union Opposed By Tennessee Republican Officials

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.

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Ordinary Americans React To Calls For Strikes On Syria

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.

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Jack Daniel's To Expand Tennessee Distillery

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.

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The Old Gig: Catching Frogs On Warm Summer Nights

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.

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Firm Hopes 'Owning Nashville' Will Pay Off For Investors

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.

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Amazon Puts Out 'Help Wanted' Sign Around The Country

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.

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Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday

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.

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Outreach Meeting In Tenn. Clouded By Anti-Muslim Uproar

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.

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A Meeting On Tolerance Turns Into A Shouting Match

Monday, June 10, 2013

A forum meant to quell tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims in Tennessee was derailed by hecklers.

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To Combat Suicides, Army Focuses On The Homefront

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.

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Fear Of Fires Fizzles Some July Fourth Fireworks Fun

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.

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Tennessee Gov. Haslam Proposes Modest Tax Cuts

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.

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Spending and Controversy Heat Up Tennessee Primaries

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."

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Flood Waters Recede But Nashville Still in Crisis

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.

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Takeouts: Tennessee Floods, The Importance of Being Vigilant

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

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Language politics in Nashville

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.

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