Blake Farmer

reporter for WPLN, Nashville

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Beloved Singer And Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies At 85

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fans and fellow musicians are mourning the death of entertainer Mel Tillis. Tillis died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 85. He had three dozen Top Ten country hits of his own and wrote dozens more for others, including a monster hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town."

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Country Music Association Awards Honor Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The Country Music Association stirred controversy late last week by threatening journalists with expulsion if they asked any questions about the Las Vegas massacre or musicians' positions on guns.

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Nashville Begins Tearing Down Some Homes To Prevent Future Flooding

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Nashville, Tenn., has found a way to make sure some homes never flood again. It's tearing them down.

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United Automobile Workers Confront Renewed Resistance In The South

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's been nearly 30 years since the United Automobile Workers started trying to organize at foreign-owned plants in the southern U.S. After a third drubbing at a Nissan plant, the UAW faces as much resistance in the South as it did in the late 1980s.

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Glen Campbell, Country Music Legend, Is Dead At 81

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Singer, guitarist and Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell has died after a very public struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.

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Despite Trump's Push, Obstacles Remain For Return Of Apprenticeships

Saturday, June 17, 2017

President Trump is on a campaign to promote apprenticeships at U.S. companies, but high costs and workplace regulations are just some of the challenges keeping these programs from catching on widely.

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Should High School Students Need A Foreign Language To Graduate?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Many Tennessee high schoolers graduated in 2015 without meeting state requirements. How they did it reveals a disconnect between district and state expectations.

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Is 'Fred Douglas' Park Named After Frederick Douglass?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

After decades of confusion, officials in Nashville are finally clarifying whether a park named after "Fred Douglas" was meant to honor the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass, or not.

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In Nashville, Spelling Frederick Douglass' Name Correctly Ends An 80-Year Mystery

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nashville ends decades old Frederick Douglass mystery.

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As Braille Literacy Declines, Reading Competitions Held To Boost Interest

Monday, March 13, 2017

As blind children depend more on technology to help them read, braille is seeming antiquated, with literacy rates at just 10 percent. So now, braille reading competitions are held to keep it in use.

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Tennessee Says A Third Of Its High School Graduates Didn't Meet Requirements

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tennessee becomes the latest reason to doubt much-touted improvement in the nation's high school graduation rate.

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Will Trump Deliver On Promises To Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs?

Friday, November 25, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back manufacturing jobs — even to union members who've historically supported Democrats. But it's not clear how or if Trump can deliver.

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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Legend Leon Russell Dies At 74

Monday, November 14, 2016

Russell was one of the best-known musicians of the1960s and 70s — a member of the famed "Wrecking Crew" studio musicians. His career was revived by Eton John in 2010.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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