Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of the strongest advocates of an American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria. He was unhappy when President Obama decided to seek congressional authorization for an attack, and then unhappy when his fellow lawmakers voiced disapproval of the president's plan. Graham believes the diplomatic path chosen by the administration will lead to a debacle. Read The Full Story
Nearly every member the Nashville Metro Council signed a letter to Mayor Karl Dean asking him to support their request for a performance audit of Metro Nashville Public Schools.
The school district has not undergone a performance audit since 2001 and council members felt it was time to once again go through the process.
"We'll get to hear about what MNPS is doing well, and then we'll get to hear about things that maybe they need to improve on to raise our schools to the next level," Evans said.
Metro Council has no say in how the school board runs the district, but they do set the operating budget for schools.
"We're not responsible for how they spend the money, but we are responsible for making sure they are adequately funded. And that is the mayor's job, and that is the council's job," According to Evans.
The audit process is a mechanism afforded to council to ensure the district is efficiently using tax dollars. Read The Full Story
The Metro Council Tuesday voted to give UBS up to $2.5 million as an incentive for bringing 1,000 new jobs downtown, The Tennessean reports.
Under the agreement, UBS -- which announced plans to bring 1,000 jobs to the downtown's Regions Center (soon to be called UBS Tower) last month -- will receive up to $500,000 a year for five years. Read The Full Story
Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.
The fine line that the retailer is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings.
Most states allow people to openly carry licensed guns in some way and many companies do not have laws banning firearms in their stores. But Starbucks has become a target for gun control advocates, in part because of its liberal-leaning corporate image. In turn, gun rights advocates have been galvanized by the company's decision to defer to local laws. Read The Full Story