Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:16:48 GMT
A Grammy-winning R&B power house has canceled her stop in Nashville one night before the scheduled performance. Mary J. Blige's "Liberation Tour" was set to make a stop at Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday. RightMore >>
A Grammy-winning R&B powerhouse has canceled her stop in Nashville one night before the scheduled performance. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:51 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:51:58 GMT
Clarksville's downtown has a whole new sound. "I don't know where I'm at sometimes," said trumpet soloist and singer Ron Michaels. "I'm just listening. I'm playing, and I see colors with music." MichaelsMore >>
Clarksville's downtown has a whole new sound.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:40 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:40:39 GMT
The parents of a boy who died last summer after being left alone in a hot car for hours are speaking out, hoping their story will prevent another tragedy. Joel Gray died when his mom thought he had beenMore >>
The parents of a boy who died last summer after being left alone in a hot car for hours are speaking out, hoping their story will prevent another tragedy.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:28:27 GMT
A 6-year-old girl who was badly bitten by her family's dog is back home from the hospital after several surgeries to repair the damage to her head. Now, Madison Mason said she wants to thank the peopleMore >>
A 6-year-old girl who was badly bitten by her family's dog is back home from the hospital after several surgeries to repair the damage to her head.More >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
The state is spending millions of dollars to lease private office space even though there are often vacant state buildings just down the street.
Now, state officials are undertaking a massive project to fix this issue.
Taxpayers may wonder if their money is being put to good use, but leaders said the $70 million project, called T3, will save even more money in the long run.
"The idea is good, and the execution of it is very important," said Robert O'Connell, with the Tennessee State Employees Association.
Tennessee spends about $40 million to lease office space despite about 1 million square feet of vacant space in state buildings.
Gov. Bill Haslam said that has to change.
"The truth is the state of Tennessee, we're leasing and owning too much office space, and that's not what the citizens hired us to do," Haslam said.
The so-called "densification" project uses a lot of money up front, and it is changing the entire look and feel of employee workspaces in state buildings.
"What we're doing is changing the footprint of employees, and also - more importantly - changing the way they relate to each other through collaboration," said Tennessee General Services Commissioner Steve Cates.
Even many managers will be trading walled offices for cubicle-sized spaces, but with any big change comes with big concerns.
State employees groups support the idea as long as privacy and other concerns are taken into account.
"All we're saying is look closely. Don't just charge off into it," O'Connell said.
Officials estimate the $70 million price tag for the T3 project is expected to save $100 million over the next decade.
"Our responsibility is to set it up in the most effective way we can," Haslam said.
Other issues that need to be addressed, Haslam said, are the power going out two weeks ago in the Andrew Jackson Building, and the speaker apparently got stuck in an elevator for 30 minutes when trying to see the governor in his relocated office at the Tennessee Towers.
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Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:54:33 GMT
A man that has been previously arrested for exposing himself in public is facing more charges. On Monday night, Metro police arrested Aquiles Rojas, 19, after a 14-year-old victim identified him last weekMore >>
A man that has been previously arrested for exposing himself in public is facing more charges.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:21 AM EDT2013-06-18 11:21:55 GMT
Investigators have made an arrest in connection with an underage prostitution business. Police responded to an ad for an escort service, which led them to Room 421 at the La Quinta Inn on Atrium Way inMore >>
Investigators have made an arrest in connection with an underage prostitution business.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:54:23 GMT
A woman who was fired from a West End yogurt shop is accused of harassing her former supervisor. The incident occurred between a former employer and supervisor at Pinkberry. Police said the PinkberryMore >>
A woman who was fired from a West End yogurt shop is accused of harassing her former supervisor. Morning Report More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:22 AM EDT2013-06-18 11:22:35 GMT
Two Jack in the Box employees were hurt in a south Nashville robbery. Police said a man and women were assaulted by a robber with a handgun at a Jack in the Box on Capital Funds Court. Investigators saidMore >>
Two Jack in the Box employees were hurt in a south Nashville robbery.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:40 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:40:14 GMT
Franklin police are searching for a man and a woman in connection with an unsolved car burglary. Earlier this month, a wallet was stolen from an unlocked car on Carothers Parkway. Police said theMore >>
Franklin police are searching for a man and a woman in connection with an unsolved car burglary.More >>