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Gibson, legally known these days as Gibson Brands, Inc., couldn’t be a bigger deal in American music. Its iconic electric guitars, banjos and mandolins changed the world in the hands of greats like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Mother Maybelle Carter.

But lately the lead story at Gibson isn’t about music. It’s about staggering amounts of debt and observers warning of impending bankruptcy.

A Quiet Giant of Roots Music, Randy Scruggs, Is Dead at 64

Apr 18, 2018

Randy Scruggs, a soft-spoken, multi-talented musician and artist from a great American music family, died on Tuesday at age 64, reportedly from an illness.

A Guitar Pull Of Greatness For A Merle Travis Centennial

Apr 16, 2018

As birthday parties go, this one’s a bit on the late side, but nobody, least of all the late great Merle Travis, will notice or care. He was born on Nov. 17, 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky, so this week’s tribute show on April 18, 2018 at the City Winery is more of a centenary celebration, but there’s a lot to acknowledge and the lineup of musicians pulled together by the Grammy Museum and Travis’s son Thom Bresh is a guitar pull of the gods.

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WASHINGTON DC, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee’s Senators scored a pair of legislative victories this week in Washington DC, thanks to bipartisanship that’s unusual in the nation’s deeply divided capital.

Senator Lamar Alexander’s opioid crisis response legislation is now headed to the full Senate for a final vote. On Tuesday the Senate Health Committee Alexander chairs voted unanimously to move the legislation forward.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville native and Waffle House shooting survivor James Shaw Jr. continues to be hailed as a hero for intervening to stop a gunman's rampage.

Four people were killed and others wounded during the Sunday morning attack on diners at an Antioch Waffle House by a man wielding an assault style rifle.

Shaw says when the gunman’s rifle jammed he rushed forward and grabbed the weapon by the barrel. Shaw and the gunman wrestled for the weapon, but Shaw was able to snatch it away and threw it behind a counter.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant.

Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device and could soon be located.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Luxury car maker BMW is conducting an experiment here in Nashville that allows customers to trade vehicles as often as they like on a monthly subscription basis.

BMW of Nashville is partnering with the car company to give the business model a try. Drivers can choose from several cars in one of two tiers or levels. The lowest tier is priced $2,000 a month, with the highest set at $3,700 a month.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  The May 1 primary and Metro Nashville referendum are fast approaching and opinions on the city’s $5.4 billion transit plan remain sharply divided.

The proposal calls for five light rail lines and four rapid bus lines to be complete by 2032. Four different city taxes would be increased to cover some of the cost.

Waffle House update: Reinking CAPTURED

Apr 23, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Few details available at this point but Metro Nashville Police now say Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking is in custody.

It appears Reinking was spotted then captured in a brushy area less than a mile from where the shooting took place.

Four people were killed early Sunday morning and two wounded when police say the 29-year-old Reinking attacked diners at the Waffle House in Antioch with an AR-15 assault rifle.

A massive manhunt has been underway in the 30 plus hours since.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle from a gunman at a busy Tennessee restaurant says his was a "selfish" act of self-preservation and he doesn't consider himself a hero. Never mind that he is being credited with saving several other lives.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn't care. It was life or death," said James Shaw Jr., a 29-year-old Nashville resident who found himself wrestling with the suspect after four people had already been fatally shot at a Waffle House bustling with patrons early Sunday in Nashville.

Waffle House suspect still being sought; residents on alert

Apr 23, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As an intensive manhunt continues for the suspect in a Waffle House restaurant shooting that killed four people, police are warning residents of a Nashville neighborhood to beware of the alleged killer.

More than 80 Nashville police officers continued to search for Travis Reinking early Monday, authorities said. Agents with the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were also assisting in the manhunt as disturbing reports about the wanted man's past behavior came to light.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Several mid-state communities are hoping to pull down more state and federal tax dollars by conducting population counts.

The federal government conducts a nationwide census every ten years. But a local community can conduct a special census in the years between. Murfreesboro, Brentwood, Ashland City, Smyrna, and LaVergne have all done so in recent months.

Are Tennessee children getting adequate healthcare?

Apr 19, 2018
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study says more American children have health insurance than at any point in history, but also says Tennessee children are still not getting adequate care.

Our WMOT reporting partners at Wallethub.com conducted the study. The personal finance website notes that it costs American parents about $230,000 to raise a child, with health care accounting for a big chunk of the bill.

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WASHINGTON DC, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee’s Senators scored a pair of legislative victories this week in Washington DC, thanks to bipartisanship that’s unusual in the nation’s deeply divided capital.

Senator Lamar Alexander’s opioid crisis response legislation is now headed to the full Senate for a final vote. On Tuesday the Senate Health Committee Alexander chairs voted unanimously to move the legislation forward.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville native and Waffle House shooting survivor James Shaw Jr. continues to be hailed as a hero for intervening to stop a gunman's rampage.

Four people were killed and others wounded during the Sunday morning attack on diners at an Antioch Waffle House by a man wielding an assault style rifle.

Shaw says when the gunman’s rifle jammed he rushed forward and grabbed the weapon by the barrel. Shaw and the gunman wrestled for the weapon, but Shaw was able to snatch it away and threw it behind a counter.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant.

Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device and could soon be located.

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