Features by Blake Farmer
Posted In: Education, charter schools
One knock on charter schools is the lack of diversity -- filled with either all minority and low-income students, or mostly affluent students. Some charter schools see a benefit to pulling students from both sides of the tracks.
Posted In: Amazon, Wal-Mart, profits
Amazon is looking to grow and dominate, and is willing to sink billions into risky ventures like its streaming video service.
Posted In: tennessee, high school. college attendance
In parts of Tennessee, about one third of working-age residents have a college degree. In a few counties, the rate drops to fewer than one in 10.
Posted In: homelessness, homeless, Nashville
Nashville's homeless get housing from private landlords in a new experimental program.
Posted In: college sports, Sports, football, college
Vanderbilt still has the poorest attendance record in the Southeastern Conference even though it’s coming off its best season in a century.
Posted In: dead malls, Malls, shopping, shopping mall
Shopping malls around the country are dropping like flies. Roughly a third have trouble keeping the lights on.
Posted In: Obama, federal budget, energy
President Obama floated the idea of selling the Tennessee Valley Authority in his budget, released last month. He started receiving pushback almost immediately.
Posted In: Nashville, conventions
Nashville's Music City Center cost $600 million and has a lot of cutting-edge bells and whistles. But convention organizers looking for a new convention center have a lot of options.
Posted In: tennessee, medicaid
An expansion of Medicaid is supposed to cover more of the working poor. But Republican-led states have been opting out and outlying areas in states like Tennessee may be the hardest hit.
Posted In: tax refund, Savings
Some retailers run special promotions to lure customers in during tax refund season.