Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) http://wkms.org en Country Music Legend Ray Price Dies At 87 http://wkms.org/post/country-music-legend-ray-price-dies-87 Country music singer and songwriter Ray Price died Monday at the age of 87 at his ranch in Texas. Price was a Grammy Award Winner and who had more than 100 country hits in his decades-long career. A 1996 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, he was credited with pioneering a shuffle beat and walking bass line that became standard in Texas dance halls. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:06:00 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 37391 at http://wkms.org Volkswagen Union Opposed By Tennessee Republican Officials http://wkms.org/post/volkswagen-union-opposed-tennessee-republican-officials When it comes to union organizing at an auto plant, the tension is typically between the workers and the management. But not at Volkswagen in Tennessee. There, the United Auto Workers is attempting to finally unionize the automaker's first foreign-owned plant in the South. And so far, Republican officials are the ones trying to stand in the way.<p>Just outside Chattanooga, in an idyllic industrial park, surrounded by green hills and even a nature park, Volkswagen built a plant a few years ago. It is still Volkswagen's only car plant in the U.S. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 35909 at http://wkms.org Volkswagen Union Opposed By Tennessee Republican Officials Even If It Doesn’t Get Paid Back, Austin Peay Covering Soldier-Student Tuition http://wkms.org/post/even-if-it-doesn-t-get-paid-back-austin-peay-covering-soldier-student-tuition <p></p><p>Austin Peay State University may lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process, but it plans to float tuition for soldier-students if the government shutdown continues.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:33:12 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 35572 at http://wkms.org Even If It Doesn’t Get Paid Back, Austin Peay Covering Soldier-Student Tuition Is $119 For Obamacare Insurance A Good Deal In Tennessee? http://wkms.org/post/119-obamacare-insurance-good-deal-tennessee <p>Tennessee&rsquo;s biggest Obamacare critics are trying to squelch any excitement for cheaper-than-expected insurance rates &ndash; 16 percent lower than original estimates. And the White House announced this week that the state will have some of the least expensive plans in the country.</p><p>The Administration is highlighting what barebones coverage would cost a 27-year-old man. <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/marketplace_premiums_ib_final.pdf">According to the tables</a> &ndash; $119 a month on average.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:25:01 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 35220 at http://wkms.org Is $119 For Obamacare Insurance A Good Deal In Tennessee? In Shrinking Army, Vice Chief Says There Won’t Be Room For Everyone http://wkms.org/post/shrinking-army-vice-chief-says-there-won-t-be-room-everyone <p></p><p>The former commander of Fort Campbell is back on post this week preparing to help the Army slim down. He says some who thought they’d make a career of the military will have to leave.</p><p>The Army is already marching its numbers down to fewer than 500,000 in uniform. And further budget cuts being considered could chop another 100,000 from the ranks. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:36:51 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 33639 at http://wkms.org In Shrinking Army, Vice Chief Says There Won’t Be Room For Everyone TN Higher Ed Warms Up To New State Sponsored Online Degree Program http://wkms.org/post/tn-higher-ed-warms-new-state-sponsored-online-degree-program <p></p><p>An adult online degree program called Western Governors University officially opens in Tennessee on Tuesday. Lawmakers and even some higher education administrators have had to warm up to the concept.</p><p>Legislators were hesitant to spend $5 million to open an office of Western Governors University or WGU. After all, Tennessee’s existing public colleges could have started a similar program, targeting people who have some college credit and never finished a degree. But with prodding from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, it was decided WGU could do a better job.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:17:46 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 32944 at http://wkms.org TN Higher Ed Warms Up To New State Sponsored Online Degree Program Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday http://wkms.org/post/modern-hymn-writers-aim-take-back-sunday <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZuIyrwSqHY</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:28:00 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 32868 at http://wkms.org Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday A Meeting On Tolerance Turns Into A Shouting Match http://wkms.org/post/meeting-tolerance-turns-shouting-match The public meeting in Manchester, Tenn., about 70 miles from Nashville, was supposed to address and tamp down discrimination toward Muslims there.<p>But instead it turned into a shouting match.<p>Bill Killian, the local U.S. attorney who organized the meeting, told the people in attendance that hate speech was not protected by the First Amendment. Over the last few years, there have been tensions between Muslims and many Christians in Tennessee. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:47:35 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 31955 at http://wkms.org A Meeting On Tolerance Turns Into A Shouting Match TN Senate Compromises On Arming Teachers http://wkms.org/post/tn-senate-compromises-arming-teachers <p></p><p>The Tennessee Senate has signed off on a compromise plan to allow teachers with a law enforcement background to carry a gun to class. But several Republican lawmakers objected, calling the proposal “neutered.”</p><p>Bills that would have broadly allowed teachers to go armed failed to get support. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:46:19 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 30759 at http://wkms.org TN Senate Compromises On Arming Teachers TN Gov. Bill Haslam Says He Was As Surprised As Anyone That FBI And Internal Revenue Service Agents http://wkms.org/post/tn-gov-bill-haslam-says-he-was-surprised-anyone-fbi-and-internal-revenue-service-agents <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Bill Haslam says he was as surprised as anyone that FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents locked down the headquarters of his family’s company Monday.</p><p>“They came in looking for certain records, and that’s all I know,” Haslam told reporters at the state capitol.</p><p>The governor remains a primary shareholder in Pilot Flying J, which produces $20 billion in annual revenue. He stepped down as president of the company in 1998 to pursue another business venture and eventually enter politics. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:21:42 +0000 Blake Farmer (Nashville Public Radio) 30645 at http://wkms.org TN Gov. Bill Haslam Says He Was As Surprised As Anyone That FBI And Internal Revenue Service Agents