Parker Millsap WMOT Studio A Session

Parker Millsap visited WMOT's Studio A for a video and recording session in April 2018. Check out four songs from his current album, "Other Arrangements"

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Just days after she was nominated for three Americana Music Awards, Margo Price began a three-night run at the Ryman Auditorium. Landing even one headlining show at the Mother Church is part of the holy trinity of country music career landmarks, falling in stature and difficulty between playing the Grand Ole Opry and induction into the Hall of Fame. So when Price said “I feel like I’m dreaming” early in the show, we understood.

 

 

If power comes with responsibility, like Voltaire and Spiderman said, then legacy comes with scrutiny. So many eyes and ears are trained on 31-year-old Ashley Campbell. The multi-talented artist spent the early 2010s as a band member supporting her father Glen Campbell’s long farewell tour. Through his final years of decline with Alzheimer’s disease, she helped with a documentary about the star, landed and wrangled out of a major label record deal, and wrote the songs that would become her solo debut.

 

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It’s a format that generally favors songwriters and veterans, but young instrumentalists were given starring roles at the nominations announcements for the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards on Tuesday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A recent audit gives local officials a mixed score for their response to a new state law intended to make access to public records easier.

The law requires that each municipality create and publish a policy outlining how residents could access its public records.

The watchdog group Tennessee Coalition for Open Government conducted the audit. Executive Director Deborah Fisher says TCOG wanted to find out if the 2016 law was being followed and what local officials were including in their policies. 

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A prominent Southern Baptist Convention leader has been removed as president of a Texas seminary following allegations that he made abusive and demeaning comments to women.

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary board of trustees said in a statement that 75-year-old Paige Patterson was removed Wednesday following a 13-hour meeting.

The statement says the board decided to "to move in the direction of new leadership."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has added a long-debated $125 million flood protection system for the downtown area to the city's proposed capital improvements budget.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  With Memorial Day fast approaching you might be interested to learn that some historians believe the annual remembrance for veterans evolved out of a much older southern tradition called Decoration Day.

Unlike Memorial Day, there’s no fixed date for Decoration Day. Each cemetery where it’s practiced chooses its own date, usually in late spring or early summer.

The late historian Alan Jabbor researched Decoration Day as practiced in the South. He spoke at the Library of Congress about how the events typical unfold.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he's allowing legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature, saying it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides.

Haslam told reporters Monday that Tennessee has no sanctuary cities and state law prohibits them. He said it's not a mass deportation bill.

Haslam said it's best for Tennessee to move on.

The legislation bars local "sanctuary" policies and threatens to withhold future state economic and community development money from those not complying.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study suggests Tennessee’s drug addiction problem may get worse before it gets better.

WMOT’s reporting partners at Wallethub.com have ranked the states by problem drug use. Tennessee ranked in the top 15 worst in the nation when considering factors such as the number of opioid prescriptions written, meth lab seizures, addiction rates, and rehab availability.

But Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says the numbers reveal Tennessee has an even worse problem when considering drug abuse by young people.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The former dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School is out with a new book that highlights some of the contradictions of Christianity as it’s practiced in the American South.

Dr. James Hudnut-Beumler is a Distinguished Professor of American Religious History. His latest research took him to eleven southern states and more than ten years to complete.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The State of Tennessee is waiting for a waiver from the federal government that will allow it to end all TennCare Medicaid payments to abortion providers.

The state withdrew all public funding for abortion procedures in 2011. But state health care dollars have continued to flow to organizations like Planned Parenthood to support other forms of medical treatment for women.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge has ruled that a lawsuit by local prosecutors against prescription opioid producers can proceed.

According to a news release from the law firm representing the prosecutors, Sullivan County Chancellor E.G. Moody ruled this week against multiple motions to dismiss by the drug companies.

In the complaint, district attorneys general for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd districts target Purdue Pharma L.P. and its related companies, Mallinckrodt PLC, Endo Pharmaceuticals and three convicted opioid dealers.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A recent audit gives local officials a mixed score for their response to a new state law intended to make access to public records easier.

The law requires that each municipality create and publish a policy outlining how residents could access its public records.

The watchdog group Tennessee Coalition for Open Government conducted the audit. Executive Director Deborah Fisher says TCOG wanted to find out if the 2016 law was being followed and what local officials were including in their policies. 

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A prominent Southern Baptist Convention leader has been removed as president of a Texas seminary following allegations that he made abusive and demeaning comments to women.

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary board of trustees said in a statement that 75-year-old Paige Patterson was removed Wednesday following a 13-hour meeting.

The statement says the board decided to "to move in the direction of new leadership."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has added a long-debated $125 million flood protection system for the downtown area to the city's proposed capital improvements budget.

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Unveiling a new policy after months of controversy and debate over players taking a knee or otherwise making statements during the national anthem, the NFL says all of its athletes and staff "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem" if they're on the field.

The State Department said that a U.S. government employee assigned to Guangzhou, China, has reported experiencing "vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that "the medical indications are very similar and entirely consistent" with the symptoms reported by Americans working at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. "We have medical teams that are moving to be on the ground there. We are working to figure out what took place both in Havana, and now in China, as well."

Though Americans spend an estimated $80 billion to $100 billion each year in hopes of easing their aching backs, the evidence is mounting that many pricey standard treatments — including surgery and spinal injections — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.

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