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nashvilleballet.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Bluebird Café and the Nashville Ballet will collaborate on this year’s Attitude performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Rehearsals for the unlikely collaboration are underway now. Twenty dancers and four choreographs have been paired with three of the Bluebird’s most popular singer-songwriters, including Victoria Banks, J.T. Harding and Georgia Middleman.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling says community collaborations like the Bluebird Café project are his passion.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's $34.8 billion spending plan includes new spending for schools, colleges and road projects along with another large deposit into Tennessee's emergency budget reserves.

Haslam made his sixth budget proposal in his annual State of the State address at the state Capitol on Monday.

The governor touted his proposed $261 million increase in spending on public education as the state's largest ever investment in K-12 education without a tax increase.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to create a limited school voucher program has been scheduled for a Monday floor vote in the state House.

The measure cleared its last hurdle on a voice vote in the House Calendar Committee on Tuesday after clearing the Finance Committee by a single vote last week.

Tuesday's hearing appeared to largely be a formality, as there were no audible votes in favor of the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville before the acting chairman declared that the bill had been approved.

MPD

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Police confronted a naked man waving a gun in the air at the Dana Downs condos on Lascassas Pike in Murfreesboro over the weekend.

Police say 22-year-old Cadari D. Lindsey of Hazelwood St. was wandering around the complex waving a pistol early Saturday morning. The incident report says he fired a number of shots, but officers weren’t sure what he was shooting at because he’d just walked out of sight around the corner of a building.

Tennessee Business Barometer sees steep decline

Feb 1, 2016
MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Business Barometer dropped almost 100 points in the last quarter, reflecting growing pessimism among the state’s business leaders.

The online survey is compiled by Middle Tennessee State’s Jones Business of College and is designed to gauge business sentiment. The Business Barometer dropped from 243 points in October to 146 points January 20.

Poll Director Tim Graeff says Tennessee business community is increasingly concerned about the current state of their industries and, even more troubling, their own particular businesses.

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