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Three state agencies announce partnership to arrest alarming decline of pollinator species

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION The Tennessee Department of Transportation this week announced a new partnership with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to create pollinator meadows and expand a program to place beehives in state parks. The announcement coincides with National Pollinator Week, which focuses awareness on the

By | 2019-06-18T15:43:43-05:00 June 18th, 2019|Categories: BW-News, Featured, Featured - BVHP, Featured - SHHP|Comments Off on Three state agencies announce partnership to arrest alarming decline of pollinator species

Invasive pest could devastate 13% of Middle Tennessee’s tree canopy in next three years

STAFF REPORTS The invasive insect responsible for the death of hundreds of millions of trees in 35 states continues to spread across Middle Tennessee. First discovered in Tennessee at a truck stop just east of Knoxville in 2010, the Emerald Ash Borer has moved west toward Nashville at an alarming pace, killing hundreds of thousands of

By | 2019-06-14T15:01:59-05:00 June 14th, 2019|Categories: Business, BW-News, Featured, Featured - BVHP, Featured - SHHP|Comments Off on Invasive pest could devastate 13% of Middle Tennessee’s tree canopy in next three years

Vanderbilt Poll shows Lee as popular as Haslam; suggests increasing partisanship

By Stephen Elliott NashvillePost.com The latest Vanderbilt Poll, released June 6, found rising levels of partisanship among Tennessee voters. Among the findings: Republican Gov. Bill Lee enjoys a 61 percent approval rating. The high approval is similar to that of former Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, though poll director and Vanderbilt professor John Geer notes that

By | 2019-06-06T14:57:11-05:00 June 6th, 2019|Categories: BW-News, Featured, Featured - BVHP, Featured - SHHP, More News|Comments Off on Vanderbilt Poll shows Lee as popular as Haslam; suggests increasing partisanship

State reports boom so far in 2019 in applications to grow hemp

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Hemp, the non-psychoactive first cousin of marijuana, is taking off in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has licensed more than 2,900 hemp growers in 2019. In 2018, TDA approved 226 hemp producer applications. Federal and state laws require Tennessee hemp growers be licensed through TDA’s hemp program. While the 2018

By | 2019-06-03T18:20:27-05:00 June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Business, BW-News, Featured - BVHP|Comments Off on State reports boom so far in 2019 in applications to grow hemp

MTSU now accepting public comment on plan to raise tuition and fees

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY The Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees will consider a proposal to increase undergraduate in-state tuition and mandatory fees at its June 18 meeting. Undergraduate in-state tuition would go from $3,690 to $3,777, a 2.35% increase. Mandatory fees would go from $913 to $935, a 2.41% increase. According to information

By | 2019-05-29T22:00:36-05:00 May 29th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Featured - BVHP, Featured - SHHP, Schools|Comments Off on MTSU now accepting public comment on plan to raise tuition and fees

Tennessee’s median home price was 6.8% higher in April 2019 than a year before

TENNESSEE REALTORS There were 7,202 single-family home closings in Tennessee in April 2019, a slight rise (+1.4%) from 7,102 in April 2018; the median home price was $235,000, up +6.8% from $220,000 a year earlier; and the number of available homes on the market decreased -14.5%, from 21,823 to 18,654, according to data compiled by Tennessee REALTORS®. “The spring season is in

By | 2019-05-23T21:56:32-05:00 May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Business, BW-News, BW-Real-Estate, Featured - BVHP|Comments Off on Tennessee’s median home price was 6.8% higher in April 2019 than a year before

Local fans are planning a Star Wars convention featuring collectible toys worth more than your car

Participants at the 2018 Imperial Commissary Convention pose at the Ag Expo center in Franklin. // Photo courtesy of Imperial Commissary By MATT BLOIS A group of Star Wars fans, led by Nolensville resident Michael Havens, are planning the second iteration of a convention featuring collectible toys, including some that are worth more than a

By | 2019-05-15T21:22:34-05:00 May 16th, 2019|Categories: Business, BW-News, Featured - BVHP|Tags: , |Comments Off on Local fans are planning a Star Wars convention featuring collectible toys worth more than your car

Loveless Cafe owners buy adjacent gas station property; plans under wraps so far

ABOVE: The Shell gas station is closed, but indications are that the pumps will be reactivated under the new plan. // Photo by VINCE TROIA   By VINCE TROIA The Shell gas station, which included a Bar-B-Cutie take-out restaurant on Highway 100 at McCrory Lane, has closed, but new owners say the business will reopen

By | 2019-05-14T14:01:03-05:00 May 14th, 2019|Categories: Business, BW-News, Featured - BVHP|Comments Off on Loveless Cafe owners buy adjacent gas station property; plans under wraps so far

March unemployment numbers show continued strength in most counties

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Eighty of Tennessee’s 95 counties recorded an unemployment rate in March 2019 that is lower compared to the same time last year according to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Also, in the year-to-year comparison, the rates in nine counties held steady,

By | 2019-04-25T19:03:27-05:00 April 25th, 2019|Categories: Business, BW-News, Featured, Featured - BVHP, Featured - SHHP|Comments Off on March unemployment numbers show continued strength in most counties

Fairview getting unique hemp- and CBD-inspired eatery and shop

ABOVE: Harvest by LabCanna photo   By VINCE TROIA The Nashville company that was awarded the state's first-ever hemp processing license is about to open the first hemp and CBD cafe, rolling out menu items such as banana hemp bread and hemp matcha lattes. The Fairview cafe, Harvest by LabCanna, has its ribbon cutting and

By | 2019-04-15T22:47:15-05:00 April 15th, 2019|Categories: Business, BW-News, Featured - BVHP|Comments Off on Fairview getting unique hemp- and CBD-inspired eatery and shop