Andrew Mannheimer
photo c/o Andrew Mannheimer's Facebook page

Within about two weeks of being posted, a rap video featuring Tallahassee has gotten more than 20,000 views. 

Andrew Mannheimer is a southern boy from Tallahassee who loves his home town so much he’s sticking around to get his Ph.D. in sociology at Florida State University. He works there now as a co-teacher for a class on sociology and hip-hop.  And in his free time he raps.

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The first Christmas celebrated in what would become the United States was likely in Tallahassee, according to historians. The Florida House of Representatives is considering officially recognizing the site of America’s first Christmas, a move the Senate took last year.

The first Europeans to spend Christmas in the New World, historians speculate, would likely have been Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and about 600 of his men and servants. De Soto had set up camp in an Apalachee Indian village, just down the street from the current-day state Captiol.

Tallahassee Students Get The Chance To Play Lawmaker

Jan 14, 2013
Steven Rodriguez / WFSU-FM

Some Tallahassee middle and high school students had the opportunity to participate in Florida's legislative process Monday. A lawmaker asked for their ideas as he prepares for the legislative session.

The plight of homeless military veterans in the U.S. keeps growing, but a local group is planning a major effort in Tallahassee a few months from now to help this area’s homeless vets achieve more normal lives.

Joe West tells the story of a veteran on the edge who almost lost everything.

“That veteran did not end up on the street because other veterans stuck out their hands and prevented him from going there when they found out about it.  He had fallen through the cracks of the programs that we have available.  I am that veteran.” 

Tallahassee’s bustling midtown district is home to popular bars, quirky businesses and according to new federal data, a hot jobs market.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau listed the 32312 area code as the best place in Florida for young people to find jobs. Tallahassee officials have worked for years to diversity the local economy and have focused their attention in the area around the state capitol building. But Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer says the Midtown and Thomasville Road area pretty much happened on its own.

Zombies Invade Tallahassee's Tom Brown Park

Oct 20, 2012

Tallahassee’s Tom Brown Park was over-run with the un-dead on Saturday. A health advocacy group held a zombie-themed event to try and raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries.

The event’s organizers said they were trying to capitalize on the popular TV show, The Walking Dead. So, The Brain Injury Association of Florida held a 5k run that had people playing the part of either zombies or survivors. Vice President of the charity, Sandra Dreker, said proceeds will help support people with brain injuries.

Leon County is looking for the public’s help as it plans to update its joint cultural plan with the city of Tallahassee. It’s seeking four private citizens to serve on the committee that will make recommendations to both governments about how the arts should intersect with tourism, the local economy and education.

The county will be accepting applications for its four citizen spots on the cultural-plan committee until Sunday, Oct. 28.

Kim Dressel, Senior Assistant to the Leon County Administrator, says the four county appointees will serve alongside 14 other members.

Leon County's Little-Known Campaigns

Oct 12, 2012

The general election is less than one month away, and campaigns big and small are heading in to the home stretch.  Officials said the big races are just as important as the little ones, but some voters are left wondering what exactly the candidates at the bottom of the ballot do.

It’s a big football double-header weekend in Tallahassee.  Seven million: That’s the amount of extra revenue Tallahassee businesses are expected to bring in over the next three days. No other individual event brings in more income to Tallahassee than college football. Lee Daniel, director of the Leon County Division of Tourism Development, says the income will help all kinds of businesses.

Local Bank Donates to Leon School's Best and Brightest

Oct 3, 2012
Best and Brightest

Envision Credit Union delivered a $175,000 check to the Best and Brightest scholarship awards program Wednesday.

Now in its eighth year, the Best and Brightest awards recognize academic achievement and community service among high school students.  Leon County Assistant Superintendent Barbara Wills said the program gives more students the opportunity to shine.

 “I think the best thing about this program is that it recognizes students who excel in areas that weren’t recognized before we did this.” Wills said.

Florida is a hub for human trafficking, or moving people against their will to be slaves or sex workers. The Florida State Attorney’s Office, law enforcement officers from across the state and Georgia, and several nonprofit groups are meeting this weekend in Tallahassee to learn how to identify victims and fight against traffickers.

The Salvation Army Corp of Tallahassee is sponsoring the seminar because, the group’s Julie Smith says, more than 24,000 people in the U.S. are here against their will. Many of them come through Miami and end up all over Florida, she says.

Beer Lovers Rejoice! New Craft Brewery in Tallahassee

Jul 24, 2012
Momo's Pizza and Brewpub

We’re talking craft breweries: small, independent, and traditional. Fresh beer in Tallahassee hasn’t been the easiest to find in recent years, but that’s changing. Now there’s Proof Brewing Company, the city’s second brewery, formally known as Proof – an American Pub. But first there was Momo’s Pizza and Brewpub.

Tallahassee No. 6 for foreclosure rates

Jul 13, 2012

Foreclosures are on the rise and the state of Florida is outpacing others with the most cites dealing with the foreclosures crisis. A list compiled by Forbes magazine and Realty Trac, shows the Sunshine state taking up nearly half the list.

Out of 20 metro areas across the country, Florida is taking the lions share with eight cities seeing a serious uptick in Foreclosures, including its capital, Tallahassee. Daren Blomquist is with the foreclosure listing site RealtyTrac.

Flooded road
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Debby has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression, and she continues her slow, eastward trek across Northern and Central Florida. The storm is bringing flash floods and the threat of tornadoes to major cities like Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. After Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, many areas have been drenched for days by torrential rains. And rivers continue to rise and displace people from their homes.

Leon Co. Gives Four Families New Homes

Jun 19, 2012
Virginia Lamb
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Four Leon County families now have new homes after their old ones were damaged by Tropical Storm Fay in 2008. County officials handed over keys to the homeowners at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

Emily Gerrell was living here, at the Greenwood Park Mobile Home Estates in Southeast Tallahassee, in 2008 when Tropical Storm Fay hit.

“The water was gushing in the back door," she says.

The flood left black mold in the walls and carpet of her home. But today, she’s seeing her brand new home for the first time.

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A non-profit organization is traveling coast to coast paying drug addicts and alcoholics $300 in exchange for them to get permanent birth control through surgeries. Ryan Benk reports the project’s mission is to make sure babies are not born addicted to drugs or infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

It’s been almost three months since the actual Florida Legislature wrapped up this year’s session and left Tallahassee.  But the Capitol was again the scene for policy disputes, bill debates and political intrigue.

In a legislative committee room, the action was hot and heavy as a group of "lawmakers" set to work amending and voting on proposals that could eventually become law. Moments later, the Speaker of the Florida House gave an informal news conference in a nearby hallway to bring reporters up to speed on all the bill action.

Young professionals sometimes complain there’s nothing going on in Tallahassee.  Tom Flanigan reports some of them changed their minds after hearing people connected with the Knight Creative Communities Institute.

Tallahassee embraces "Million Bones" project

Apr 27, 2012

The Bones of genocide victims bear mute testimony to the extremes of human cruelty. Ryan Benk reports in Tallahassee, a Florida State University Professor is calling attention to victims of atrocities, using hand-made replicas of those bones.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee’s Cynthia Barber was honored in Washington D.C. Wednesday as a “Champion for Change.” Barber heads the city’s Department of Environmental Policy and Research Department.

"This Department ensures environmental regulatory compliance…and programs and initiatives that help build a sustainable and livable Tallahassee," said David Agnew, Deputy Assistant to the President in charge of inter-governmental affairs.

Tallahasee rated "best place to retire"

Apr 16, 2012

Tallahassee is at the top of the list when it comes to retirement destinations. Ryan Benk reports the city’s universities played a major role in helping to get that distinction.

A Florida State University Alumni, academic advisor is scheduled to appear on Jeopardy Monday evening. Regan McCarthy has more.

Trevor Bryan says he’s been what he calls a “huge trivia nerd” his whole life.

“I’ve watched Jeopardy my whole life and grew up in a very competitive household.”

Bryan says to get on the show first he had to take an online test. The test is made up of 50 questions, and gives takers about 8 seconds to answer each. Bryan says that’s to beat people who might try to search for answers on the internet.

Some Tallahassee college students are organizing a weekend event in the city’s Frenchtown community. Ryan Benk reports the students hope to draw their peers into activism and counter stereotypes.

The project, “Frenchtown Getdown” is seeking to get college students in Tallahassee more involved in that community. The event will feature public forums on health, mental wellness, and finance and also provide live music, free food, and a community clean up. Event organizer, Alexandria Collins says the once thriving community is in great need of revitalization.

Fire heavily damaged a Tallahassee quadruplex overnight. Investigators say the cause of the blaze appears to be malicious.

It seems the Capital City area is just swimming in vacant commercial real estate.  Tom Flanigan reports there’s a new move afoot to connect all that empty space with occupants.

Tallahassee/Leon County Economic Development Council Chair Karen Moore says it’s simply a fact of life….every business has to have somewhere to call home.

“Businesses that need to have space to grow, businesses that want to come into our economy and invest in this community, we welcome…we want you!”