Blake Farmer

Tennessee students who took the ACT college entrance exam this year averaged a composite score of 19.8. That’s on par with last year, but still a high point over the last five years.

According to numbers released Wednesday morning, Tennessee fares well compared to other southern states that also require 100 percent of students to take the ACT. Only Kentucky has a higher average composite score with a 20.

Home sales in the Nashville area shot up again in the month of July, approaching the level of activity seen in 2006 during the last housing boom. But condos remain a weak spot. After months of ups and downs, the median price of a condo hit its lowest point this year — $161,000, down $10,000 from the same month last year.

Earlier this summer, high school freshman Jake Rowe was deep sea fishing, snorkeling and sailing at Sea Base, a Boy Scout camp in the Florida Keys. His dad, George, was home in Nashville, waiting on his nightly phone call. He'd wanted to accompany his son, as a chaperone — like he'd done on Scout camping trips closer to home — but he was told he couldn't go. George Rowe is openly gay.

Vanderbilt University acted swiftly to delete a tweet from the official football team account after it was widely seen as insensitive in light of the program’s history with sexual assault.

One of the most sought-after producers in country music died Tuesday. Billy Sherrill was 78 years old. He discovered Tammy Wynette, turned George Jones into a superstar and became a Nashville taste-maker for decades.

"Chow bus! Chow bus! Chow bus!" chants Gunner Fischer, 3, as a custom-painted school bus rounds the corner and rumbles toward his apartment complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

About 21 million students nationwide eat free and reduced-price meals throughout the school year, but getting those same kids fed during the summer is a challenge. Only a fraction of those make it to schools or community centers for summer meals.

A stack of research suggests that all the classroom technology in the world can't compare to the power of a great teacher. And, since we haven't yet figured out how to clone our best teachers, a few schools around the country are trying something like it: Stretching them across multiple classrooms.

Leaders of the country's largest Protestant denomination have a message for millennials: get married already.

The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention and its nearly 16 million members continue to resist societal trends like gay marriage and cohabitation. They also want to go against the grain on the rising marital age.

But back in 1972, Pam Blume was pretty typical. She was just a few years out of high school when she walked down the aisle.

It's Saturday in East Nashville, Tenn., and LaTonya White finds herself knocking on a stranger's door. It's awkward. Someone peers out at her through the window. White looks away, pretending not to notice. After an uncomfortable few seconds, the door finally cracks open. White seizes her chance:

"My name is LaTonya White. I'm the principal at Rosebank Elementary School. How are you doing?" she asks, glancing at the clipboard in her hands. On it: a list of families in the area with soon-to-be kindergartners. "Yes, you should have a child ready to come to school soon."

Country music singer and songwriter Ray Price died Monday at the age of 87 at his ranch in Texas. Price was a Grammy Award Winner and who had more than 100 country hits in his decades-long career. A 1996 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, he was credited with pioneering a shuffle beat and walking bass line that became standard in Texas dance halls.