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Features by Blake Farmer

How some rural areas are being pinched by lack of Medicaid expansion

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: tennessee, medicaid

Tax refunds can burn a hole in your pocket

Some retailers run special promotions to lure customers in during tax refund season.
Posted In: tax refund, Savings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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