Features By Blake Farmer

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Short line railroads face tough track ahead

Even with a new tax break for upgraded train tracks, short line railroads have trouble picking up business.
Posted In: short line railroad, rail, railroad, Transportation
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Nashville may ease ban on home studios

The 'Music City' is considering loosening the rules on home recording studios.
Posted In: music industry, working from home, Nashville
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Report: FHA foreclosures feed off each other

Government-backed loans with the Federal Housing Administration help borrowers who might look like a foreclosure risk. And the reality is many of them are.
Posted In: Federal Housing Administration
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Country musicians often sing a GOP tune

Both presidential campaigns have their soundtracks. And on the Republican side, it’s got a twang, with a list of country music artists either endorsing or campaigning with Mitt Romney.
Posted In: Republicans, country music, tennessee, Music
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Nashville tries to capitalize on TV spotlight

The new ABC drama "Nashville" is shot in and around the Tennessee city, and local tourism officials are basking in the TV spotlight.
Posted In: television, tourism, abc
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Former health care executive pushes critical film

A documentary critical of the health care industry has an unlikely benefactor -- a Tennessee entrepreneur who made his money as a health care executive.
Posted In: health care, documentary
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Dogs trained to spot diabetics' blood sugar swings

There's a burgeoning industry of inexpensive classes that promise to train dogs to alert their diabetic owners to a change in their blood sugar.
Posted In: dogs, diabetes, Health
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Memphis tries to lure its natives home

Memphis -- a city that has struggled with population decline and high unemployment -- wants its native sons and daughters to help fuel a comeback.
Posted In: cities, Memphis, tennessee
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Drought could push farmers to ditch the till

Many farmers in Tennessee tend their fields without tills to cut down on erosion, but they've found that their method also helps conserve water during droughts.
Posted In: farming, drought
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Teach for America fields political candidates

Teach for America is tapping its nationwide network of alumni to recruit candidates for public office -- so much so that in one Tennessee race, two TFA alums are squaring off against one another.
Posted In: politics, teachers, Teach for America, Education, 2012 election

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