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The 30th annual Folk Alliance International conference recently wrapped in Kansas City. It’s a confab like no other, with countless showcase performances large and small, with a deep ethos of human connection and artistic freedom. And it’s the subject of this week’s multi-artist edition of The String. Of the interviews I did on site, these emerged as the best cross section of this unique and intense event. Listen to the full show here.

 

 

 

Roots musicians Keiran Kane and Rayna Gellert visited MTSU and WMOT’s Wired In sessions to play songs from their new album The Ledges, a spare duo recording made by themselves last summer in a cabin in upstate New York.

In the new feature film American Folk, the character Joni (played by Amber Rubarth), on an unplanned cross-country road trip in the days after 9/11, makes a pact with her traveling companion and fellow musician Elliott (Joe Purdy), to “bring back the folk.” She shouts it out the window to a passing America - a cry for communication, unity and empathy invigorated through music.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Court documents say the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has found a nude and partially nude photo of a woman the agency believes were taken with the phone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former bodyguard.

The agency believes the evidence shows that Barry engaged in an affair with former Sgt. Rob Forrest while he was on duty. The Tennessean first reported the documents.

The photos are referenced in an affidavit seeking possession of Barry's cellphone. The phone was obtained and then turned over to a third party Thursday for analysis.

capitol.tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  State lawmakers are pushing hard to finish the current session of the Tennessee General Assembly early.

Half the State Senate and the entire Tennessee House are up for reelection and incumbents can’t legally raise campaign funds while the Assembly is in session. That can make lawmakers a bit testy at times.

On Wednesday, representatives from Gov. Bill Haslam’s Administration appeared before a House committee asking for changes to opioid legislation. Republican Rep. Matthew Hill was not pleased.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Did you know that the State of Tennessee will under some circumstances reimburse you for damage done to your car by potholes?

You can find the details and the claim form on the state Treasury Department's website.

Mid-state Flood Watch in effect through Saturday

Feb 21, 2018
NWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  More heavy rains are moving into a water-logged Middle Tennessee.

Rainfall for the month and year are already well above average and the Weather Service says we could get anything from three to five more inches by the end of the week.

Nashville Meteorologist Faith Borden says the Cumberland at Nashville will likely be pushed back toward flood stage.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  FBI Director Christopher Wray says he’s concerned about a now common type of partnership between the Chinese government and American universities, partnerships that can be found on three Tennessee campuses.

The Chinese currently sponsor Confucius Institutes at about 100 colleges in the United States. UT Knoxville, the University of Memphis and Middle Tennessee State all host Institutes on their campuses.

TENNESSEE DIVIDED: Bridging the Divide

Feb 19, 2018
WMOT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --   WMOT wraps up its exploration of the cultural, racial and political discord roiling Middle Tennessee and the nation by looking to local initiatives and organizations for solutions. In short, how do we bridge the current divide?

Plant a tree this weekend...hugging is optional

Feb 19, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Environmentalists are closing in on their goal of planting 250,000 trees across Tennessee this coming weekend.

The Tennessee Environmental Council has been hosting annual tree planting events for several years. This year’s 250K Tree Day is scheduled for Saturday.

Council President John McFadden says volunteers are being asked to plant trees on their own property and at pre-approved public sites as well.

TENNESSEE DIVIDED: Jewish community perspective

Feb 16, 2018
The Temple

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Temple is Nashville’s oldest Jewish Synagogue.

The congregation first met in the home of a prominent Nashville family in the 1840s and began building a synagogue on Vine Street in 1851.

Senior Rabbi Mark Schiftan says the Jewish community has enjoyed a mostly positive relationship with Nashville’s majority Christian population in the decades since. He believes that bond has only grown stronger in recent years.

TENNESSEE DIVIDED: LGBTQ Community Perspective

Feb 16, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Jensen Kai Barber-Rhone recently reached a toddler’s developmental milestone when he first used the word “mama.” Jensen and mother Sondra celebrated with a game of tickle on the living room couch.

Jensen actually has two moms, Sondra and Dakerri Barber-Rhone. The two women have been together 14 years and married five years ago. But they chose not to have a child until both could be listed as parents on the birth certificate.

That was made possible by the 2015 Supreme Court decision affirming same sex unions.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general wants the state Supreme Court to set eight execution dates before June 1, saying it's uncertain whether officials can get the lethal injection chemicals after that.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery's court filing Thursday says juries delivered death sentences decades ago, and each man has exhausted the three-tier appeals process.

The state's last execution was in 2009.

Slatery cited "ongoing difficulty" getting lethal injection drugs.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Court documents say the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has found a nude and partially nude photo of a woman the agency believes were taken with the phone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former bodyguard.

The agency believes the evidence shows that Barry engaged in an affair with former Sgt. Rob Forrest while he was on duty. The Tennessean first reported the documents.

The photos are referenced in an affidavit seeking possession of Barry's cellphone. The phone was obtained and then turned over to a third party Thursday for analysis.

capitol.tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  State lawmakers are pushing hard to finish the current session of the Tennessee General Assembly early.

Half the State Senate and the entire Tennessee House are up for reelection and incumbents can’t legally raise campaign funds while the Assembly is in session. That can make lawmakers a bit testy at times.

On Wednesday, representatives from Gov. Bill Haslam’s Administration appeared before a House committee asking for changes to opioid legislation. Republican Rep. Matthew Hill was not pleased.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Did you know that the State of Tennessee will under some circumstances reimburse you for damage done to your car by potholes?

You can find the details and the claim form on the state Treasury Department's website.

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