Blake Farmer

reporter for WPLN, Nashville

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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 candidate is trying to turn attention to the religion of his opponent, characterizing her as "anti-Christian" in an effort to win over African-American voters.


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 centers across the country. This comes as a handful of governors are allowing National Guard members to arm themselves — and making it easier for active-duty service members to obtain concealed-carry permits — while working inside these facilities.


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.


Tenn. VW Plant Closer To Unionizing With UAW Agreement

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The United Auto Workers secured recognition to represent workers at a Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Tennessee on Tuesday. It's the first time a foreign car manufacturer in the South has agreed to have its employees represented by a union.


Teachers Go Door-Knocking In Nashville

Thursday, December 04, 2014

In Nashville, Tenn., several public schools are struggling to compete with nearby charters. To recruit more students, teachers are tearing a page from the charter playbook: going door to door.


101st Airborne Switches Gears; Prepares To Fight Ebola

Friday, October 10, 2014

The 101st Airborne leaves for Liberia over the next few weeks to help battle the Ebola outbreak. Soldiers say in some ways, the Ebola virus is a more intimidating enemy than insurgents.


Making Sure Those Walking Horses Aren't Hurting Horses

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Animal rights groups say Tennessee walking horses' distinctive high-stepping gait is partly the result of trainers hurting the animals. This year, a major show is testing to try and curb abuse.


Faker Tots: The 'Kids' In Sing-Alongs Aren't So Young As You May Think

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sometimes the kids you hear on records for kids aren't really kids. In fact, there's a crew of adult singers in Nashville that specializes in sounding young — very young.


Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

Friday, July 25, 2014

One of the most conservative members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals.


Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Though the denomination still considers homosexuality a sin, some leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are telling pastors to rein in harsh rhetoric and accept that gay people are in their pews.