Tom Flanigan

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, with a focus on covering local news personalities, issues and organizations.  He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and  covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas and his home state of Maryland.  In between, he spent a number of years in corporate communications for a few private firms, time that he calls “invaluable” for giving him a greatly expanded media perspective.  During the relatively rare times he’s not racing to cover various community events and activities, Tom enjoys reading and playing guitar (He was a professional drummer in a previous life and is trying to expand his musical horizons). Follow Tom Flanigan on Twitter: @flanigan_tom.

A true popular music legend is settling down in the place she says she feels most at home. Rita Coolidge is back in Tallahassee to stay. Coolidge says she first came to Florida’s Capital City in 1963-64.

Tallahassee, which is historically among the youngest places in Florida, is steadily adding more seniors to its population. That’s creating boom times for retirement living facilities, including a new concept in senior housing that’s now under construction.

Leon County schools have long been shelter locations during disasters. Now a concerted effort is underway to train school staff members to be shelter volunteers.

So much has been said by national experts about this week’s historic meeting between the leaders of America and North Korea. But Florida State University has its own expert who has spent years studying the historic and modern dynamics of Northeast Asia and the politically fractured Korean peninsula.

A hometown Tallahassee business relies on its employees’ muscle-power to turn a profit. That small firm is also helping to organize more local businesses in an effort to preserve the community’s uniqueness.

A Tallahassee residential community for the disabled is edging closer to reality. The latest fundraiser for the proposed “Independence Landing” at Southwood gave the project a significant boost.

A Thomasville writer has penned an insightful biography of the “most famous woman sculptor you’ve never heard of.” That artist also had some very definite connections to the Tallahassee and Thomasville areas.

There are now an even dozen Republican candidates running for Florida governor. The latest is Bruce Nathan, who filed his papers, along with a filing fee of more than $7,800, at the Florida Secretary of State’s office first thing Monday (6/4) morning.

Last year's two hurricanes and last week's subtropical Storm Alberto apparently have more people taking advance preparation a lot more seriously than they used to. getting ready for the storms to come. Leon County and other community partners hosted a storm preparedness "Build Your Bucket" event at the North Florida Fairgrounds the day after the official start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

North Florida's regional counseling and referral hotline got a big boost from local runners on Saturday (6/2). Officials with 211 Big Bend are also hoping the organization's good reputation won't be tarnished by not-so-reputable hotlines elsewhere.

Now there are seven people running for Tallahassee Mayor. Former State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda has announced her candidacy.

Tallahassee’s Grace Mission at the corner of Bronough and Brevard streets is being graced with a giant mural on its eastern wall. The artist is Kollett Propst who wants the image to carry an important message about acceptance and redemption.

There are a lot of new developments at Leon County’s Innovation Park. The Park’s Executive Director provided a recent update, but before we get into all that’s new, a bit of history is in order.

Health fairs are fairly common happenings. But a first-of-its kind event at the North Florida Fairgrounds the evening of Tuesday, May 29 focused exclusively on mental health care.

A famous Tallahassee music venue has suffered serious - possibly fatal - damage.  The historic Bradfordville Blues Club is out of commission, at least for now.

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