Smoking in public housing to be banned nationwide

By the end of July, two years after a rule was issued, a nationwide ban on smoking in public housing will be in effect. As of July 31, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department will forbid the use of cigars, pipes and cigarettes in all public housing and common areas in addition to any outdoor area that comes within 25 feet of public housing property...


70 Tennessee communities receiving infrastructure grants

State officials say 70 communities in Tennessee are receiving nearly $28 million in grants to improve infrastructure and health and safety programs. Gov. Bill Haslam said in a news release Wednesday that the Community Development Block Grants will help economic growth and create better environments for residents of the communities receiving the grants to live and work...


Nashville Nonprofit Is State's First Sanctioned Needle Exchange Program

Although it has been handing out clean needles for some time, local nonprofit Street Works became the first sanctioned syringe service program in the state. ..


Tax Free Weekend includes baby items to help parents

Tax Free Weekend is a great time to get your back-to-school supplies, but the state is also looking out for parents whose kids might be too young for school...


$100M water park to Rocky Top

Four years after Lake City changed its name to Rocky Top, the tourism boom has been delayed longer than some would like. ShopRite managers said Monday the grocery store will close by the weekend, leaving yet another vacancy in Rocky Top's downtown. The city formerly known as Lake City changed it's name back in 2014 to Rocky Top in hopes of drawing in tourism dollars. Business owners in downtown told reporter David Ball they don't feel optimistic that a tourism boom will ever come to Rocky Top...


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    Remembering The Deadliest Train Crash In U.S. History

    It was just after 7 a.m. of July, 9 1918. On the railroad, two passenger trains operated by the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway headed straight toward one another at speeds believed to reach 50 to 60 miles an hour. At 7:20 a.m., as both trains navigated a portion of the single tracks called Dutchman's Curve, the locomotives collided head on. The impact derailed both trains and destroyed several wooden cars. ..


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    An urban cowboy rides through gang-ridden streets, preaching a gospel of redemption

    Tony Monroe spends five days a week riding his horse Grace through the most dangerous streets of Fresno, California. His peculiar pursuit began with a vision he had of himself riding a dark horse through a gang-controlled neighbourhood, which he took as a divine message. Twenty-five years later, Monroe is an odd yet familiar presence in Fresno, riding and preaching a Christian gospel of encouragement and God’s love to those who are struggling...


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    Multilayered Photos Capture the Energy of 10 International Cities

    How can you capture the rich culture of a city in one image? The Big Domain, a UK-based company specializing in holiday rentals around the world, attempted to give us a taste of well-known cities “in a split second” through the use of composite photography....


Tech Bites

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    Don't forget that Instagram is creepy, too

    With Facebook in the news for all the wrong reasons this week, it may be tempting to overlook the social media giant's photo-oriented sibling, Instagram. That would be unwise. Instagram, which you should absolutely never forget is owned by Facebook, has around 800 million monthly active users — and it exploits their data for ad targeting much like its scandal-prone big brother. This should worry you...