MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The 24th annual Southern Festival of Books kicks off Friday on Legislative Plaza in Nashville.
Festival officials say they’re expecting about 250 authors, most of them from the South. Every author will take part in a panel discussion, or do a solo reading, followed by a book signing.
Two of the authors participating this year are mother and daughter writing team Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams. Nashvillian Alice Randall is both a song writer, with a number of top selling country hits to her credit, and a best-selling author.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker who has criticized the Tennessee Department of Children's Services over the years says the agency's commissioner shouldn't be scrutinized for deeply rooted problems she has inherited.
About two weeks ago, the embattled agency released information that showed 31 children it had investigated died during the first six months of 2012. The figures were provided after repeated requests by another Democratic lawmaker.
Critics want DCS Commissioner Kate O'Day to be replaced.