WGU Tennessee Climbs to Third-Largest Private, Nonprofit University in State


WGU Tennessee – a nonprofit, online university launched in 2013 as part of  Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative – has grown to the third-largest private, nonprofit university in the state based on full-time enrollment. The announcement comes as the college prepares to celebrate five years of providing quality, affordable education primarily to working adults across the state. “What impresses me the most about WGU Tennessee’s growth is the demographics of its students, many of whom wouldn’t be able to pursue degrees if not for the affordability and flexibility provided by WGU,” Haslam said. “More than 40 percent of … Read More

Hermitage to Host “Pinot with the President”

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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will be open for evening access and sunset wagon rides as part of its “Pinot With the President” event Tuesday, July 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy horse-drawn sunset wagon tours and quiet walks around the grounds of the house. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be offered in the picturesque formal garden before and after guests’ tours of the grounds, while the first floor of the mansion will be open throughout the evening. “The historic and scenic beauty of The Hermitage completely shifts as the sun sets,” said Howard J. Kittel, … Read More

3-D Technology Donates iPads to Summer Camp

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IT solutions company 3-D Technology Group, LLC has been a strong supporter of the Nashville Technology Council’s (NTC) summer camp program for the past two years, but this year it took its support to a new level by donating 10 iPads to the Programming Camp for kids ages 8 to 12. The weeklong camp ran from June 11-15 at NTC’s Tech Hill Commons and focused on teaching beginner-level coding students to program with Dash Robots. The iPads from 3-D Technology added an essential learning tool to the process. Using Dash apps on the iPads, campers practiced programming the robots to … Read More

Senior Ride Nashville Expands to Donelson, Hermitage

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Senior Ride Nashville, a transportation alternative and assisted ride service for seniors, is expanding its service area to include the Donelson and Hermitage communities in July. The nonprofit organization pairs volunteer drivers with local seniors to provide them with transportation to appointments, grocery stores, social gatherings or other activities. In anticipation of the official launch next month, Senior Ride Nashville is hosting an information session at FiftyForward Donelson Station on Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to community members interested in learning more or becoming drivers or riders. “More than 30,000 residents in Davidson … Read More

Sam’s Club Opens New eCommerce Fulfillment Center in Memphis

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Sam’s Club officially opened its new eCommerce fulfillment center (FC) in Memphis, Tenn., today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. The FC is the first in a series of planned conversions of former club locations across the country. The new Memphis FC is conveniently located 5 miles from a major regional shipping hub, which will shorten delivery times of members’ online orders in the region. Over time, Memphis and the network of additional smaller FCs will give Sam’s Club the ability to bring next day or two-day shipping to most members. The conversion of the club to an operational … Read More

Senior Ride Nashville Celebrates 1,000 Trips

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Senior Ride Nashville, a transportation alternative and assisted ride service for seniors, will complete its 1,000th trip Tuesday afternoon. The nonprofit organization pairs volunteer drivers with local seniors to provide them with transportation to appointments, grocery stores, social gatherings and other events. For the 1,000th ride, the senior rider will be picked up by the volunteer driver and taken to a class at The Meadows Senior Community. “This is a very special milestone for us,” said Carrie Brumfield, executive director of Senior Ride Nashville. “We launched with the mission to help the thousands of residents in Davidson County who have … Read More

BlueCross and MP&F Win The Nation’s Most Prestigious Communications Honor

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Campaign To Combat Tennessee’s Opioid Epidemic Wins Best of Silver Anvil at the Public Relations Society of America’s Annual Awards BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and MP&F Strategic Communications were awarded Best of Silver Anvil at Thursday’s Public Relations Society of America’s annual awards ceremony in New York City for their efforts to combat Tennessee’s opioid epidemic through the “Don’t Be An Accidental Drug Dealer” public education campaign. The award is the nation’s top communications industry honor. “Over the course of two years, this campaign greatly increased awareness of the opioid epidemic and contributed to close to 50 tons of pills … Read More

National Museum of African American Music Issues First State of Black Music Address

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To celebrate the proclamation of June as Black Music Month (African American Music Appreciation Month), the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) has issued the first State of Black Music address. “Black music is America’s music,” said Henry Beecher Hicks, president of the NMAAM. “It’s global music. It crosses boundaries of culture and race and geography, bringing us together in moments of joy, celebration, challenge and contemplation. Black music is, in a word, transcendent, and it may be that the State of Black Music is stronger than ever.” “For the first time in the history of Nielsen Music measurement, … Read More

505 Offering Free Shoes and Fitness Consult to New Buyers and Renters

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What began as an offhand comment during a transit briefing to the Nashville Downtown Partnership on Wednesday is now the newest promotion for the few remaining units at the 505. Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority CEO Stephen Bland was briefing the NDP Board of Directors about upcoming transit improvements. Discussion moved to traffic in the downtown area, and Bland remarked that walking was still the most efficient form of transportation. That prompted Tom Turner, President and CEO, to suggest that developer and board member Tony Giarratana offer free shoes to new renters or buyers at the 505, which opened late last … Read More

3-D Technology Announces Cisco Premier Partner Certification

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3-D Technology Group, LLC, received a substantial boost for its aggressive growth plans by being certified as a Cisco Premier Partner, a designation that gives the Nashville-based IT services provider access to multinational powerhouse Cisco’s products and services. 3-D Technology’s vast and growing client base, which includes the top five for-profit hospital systems and the two largest nonprofit health systems, will now have access to best-in-class Cisco products and services, a certified level of Cisco expertise among 3-D Technology’s client service providers and engineers, and support for Cisco products and services that leads the IT industry. “Our partnership with Cisco … Read More