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Election Education: What to Know Before You Vote

In case you somehow haven’t noticed, this year is a presidential election year, and Albert Tieche, Administrator of Elections for Nashville/Davidson County wants you to exercise your rights as an American and get out and vote!  Albert talks about how many people vote on average (the numbers are very encouraging), where and when to register to vote, new technology involved in this year’s election, plus how to vote if you’re out of town, change your registration information, and what photo IDs are accepted at voting stations.  For more, visit

Fall is the PERFECT Time to Spruce Up That Yard!

The incoming cool fall weather presents the perfect opportunity to get out and work in the yard, and David Cook, UT Agricultural Extension agent for Davidson County, talks about how to spot physical signs of your plants’ health, what grass to plant and how much to water it, the importance of having your soil’s pH tested, proper pruning technique, the right way to apply fertilizer and mulch, and more.  For more information, call 615-862-5995, or check out Nashville.gov/AES.

Make-A-Wish and Famous Dave's

To date, the Make-a-Wish Foundation has granted more than 200,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in the United States.  Beth Torres, President and CEO of Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee, and Doug Renegar, and Mike Lister from Famous Daves talk about their partnership of over a decade, share emotional stories of how the children of Make-a-Wish have touched their lives, and give all the details of the Birdies, Bogeys, and Bones Golf Tournament, September 26th at Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club, to benefit the Make-a-Wish program.  To learn more, volunteer, or

Conexión Américas

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing one of the most rapidly expanding communities both here in Nashville and nationwide.  Conexión Américas specializes in outreach to the Nashville Latino community, offering tax assistance, homeownership and entrepreneurship resources, legal aid, and help learning English.  Renata Soto, Executive Director and Co-founder, also discusses their new Casa Azafran community center, slated to open in December, which will provide a clinic providing health assistance, children’s counseling, after

Mayor Karl Dean: Health Crusader!

Tennessee currently has the 2nd highest obesity rate of any state overall, 4th for childhood obesity, and Nashville specifically has an obesity rate of 30%.  Mayor Karl Dean is sick and tired of those numbers, and he's taking action to get the city up and moving.  The mayor discusses his health initiatives, including community walks to promote more active living, expanding the Greenway system and adding parks, continuing efforts to make the city more bike-able, and how businesses are getting involved with the Workplace Challenge.  To start getting active yourself, visit <a hr

Williamson Co. Animal Control and the No-Kill Model

Mark Basenberg, Community Relations Coordinator for the Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center talks about the importance of getting involved with your local animal shelter, through volunteering time, or offering to foster an animal until a permanent home can be found.  He also describes how Williamson County is making great strides in reducing the number of animals that have to be put down.  Jim Sherrill with No-Kill Williamson County joins as well, to speak on how shelters can adopt a “no-kill” model, and promote pet adoption.  To browse pets available for ado

Bullying Prevention Begins at Home

With school starting back up, students have much more to worry about nowadays than just clothes and classes.  Bullying, while not a new problem, has seen a dramatic rise in the past several years, not just in frequency, but severity as well.  Dr.

Governor's Books from Birth Foundation

For most children, developing strong reading skills is the gateway to accelerated learning, and to the imagination.  Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam joins the program to talk about her work with the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, the importance of reading at an early age, and the impact that strong reading skills have on crime rates, the job market, and more.  She also shares her experience meeting Imagination Library founder Dolly Parton, who also shares a few words.  To get involved, visit GovernorsFoundation.org.

Back to School for Metro Nashville: New Calendar, "Intercessions" Explained

It’s back to school time!  Olivia Brown, Communications Director for Metro Nashville Public Schools explains the new balanced calendar for this school year, which helps students retain what they learned and minimizes "summer learning loss".  She also talks about what “intercessions“ are, and explains the switch to a new 5 point grading scale.  For more information on what supplies and immunizations students will need, as well as bus routes, school assignments, and more tips, visit MNPS.org.

Maintaining a Healthy Landscape: Benefits to You, Benefits to the Environment

With this lovely summer weather, you’re probably getting a little lawn and garden work done, or looking ahead and planning projects for this fall.  Dwight Barnett, Certified Arborist and Area Forrester with the TN Division of Forestry, talks about which type of sunlight and shade is best for your plants, gives tips to help trees grow faster and stronger, suggests which plants are most resilient in the Middle Tennessee area, and cautions against certain plants which can be invasive and harmful.  He also explains the health benefits of getting into the outdoors, and explains how if

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