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In the winter of 1978, a quartet called Hot Rize, newly formed in Boulder, CO, played its first gig. The name was deftly plucked from the annals of bluegrass and the slogan of Grand Ole Opry sponsor Martha White Self Rising Flour. Within a few months, a permanent lineup had taken shape: Tim O’Brien on mandolin, Peter Wernick on banjo, Nick Forster on bass and Charles Sawtelle on guitar. They began their own yeasty leavening into one of the most influential and beloved bluegrass bands of the modern era.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Craig Fitzhugh for governor

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (SARAH GRACE TAYLOR)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 mid-term candidates for statewide office. We recently spoke with Democratic candidate for governor, Craig Fitzhugh.

Fitzhugh, the minority leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives, says early grade school education would be one of his main focuses as governor.

Women look to shake up Tennessee's 2018 elections

Jul 13, 2018
jennifervannoy.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Early voting is now underway in Tennessee for the August 2 state and federal primaries and the county general elections. Expect to see a lot of new names when you get a look at the ballot.

The nation’s super-charged political climate is attracting a number of first time candidates for public office, including an unusually large class of rookie female candidates.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's biggest health insurers are cutting the premiums for individual plans under the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange market for the first time.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Lipscomb Univeristy economist says new federal data suggests Middle Tennessee employers are going to have to raise wages if they want to hire and retain a qualified workforce. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics released numbers on Tuesday that show American workers are quitting their jobs at rates not seen since the Dot.com bubble peaked in 2001.

WMOT News asked Lipscomb College of Business Economist Andy Borchers to explain the so-called "quit rate" and suggest what the development means for the Nashville market. 

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Diane Black for Governor

Jul 11, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 candidates for statewide office. Today we speak with Republican Congressional Rep. Diane Black, now running for Governor.

On the subject of health care, Black notes that Tennessee’s opioid crisis is personal. She says her husband has lost two siblings to overdoses. Black says if elected governor she’ll stress more drug prosecutions and an education campaign to educate patients to the dangers pain killer pose.

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Karl Dean for Governor

Jul 11, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 candidates for statewide office. Today we speak with former Democratic Mayor of Nashville Karl Dean, now running for Governor.

Our conversation began with health care. Mr. Dean says Tennessee’s Republican dominated legislature made a mistake when it failed to expand Medicaid.

He says as a result state residents lost access to some $4 billion in federal funding. He also notes that ten mostly rural hospital have closed statewide in the years since.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Tennessee law seeking to require Medicaid recipients to work for health care coverage is on hold after a similar Kentucky law was struck down by a federal judge.

Medicaid is federally subsidized health insurance administered by the states for their poorest residents. TennCare is Tennessee’s version of Medicaid.

This past legislative session, mid-state lawmaker Kerry Roberts sponsored a bill that seeks to require able-bodied TennCare recipients to work, look for work or volunteer to qualify for benefits.

JACKSON, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Spokesman for two of Tennessee’s largest farm groups are expressing alarm at the impact President Donald Trump’s tariffs are having on their markets.

Charles Hord speaks for the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association says the growing threat of a trade war is concerning. He says the Association is a strong advocate of open markets.

Hord says Canada has already placed a 10 percent retaliatory tariff on American beef. He notes that after a 20 year effort, American beef recently gained entry to the Chinese market.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Senior Pastors at two of Middle Tennessee’s largest Southern Baptist churches say they’re seeing a greater sensitivity to incidents of sexual harassment within the nation’s largest protestant denomination.

The viral #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements against sexual harassment and assault are being felt within the SBC.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jimmy Tosh's sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

Yet his 15,000 acres (6,000 hectares) two hours west of Nashville showcase the practical risks of President Donald Trump's trade policies and the political threat to red-state Republican Senate candidates such as Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Craig Fitzhugh for governor

4 hours ago
craigfitzhugh.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (SARAH GRACE TAYLOR)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 mid-term candidates for statewide office. We recently spoke with Democratic candidate for governor, Craig Fitzhugh.

Fitzhugh, the minority leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives, says early grade school education would be one of his main focuses as governor.

Women look to shake up Tennessee's 2018 elections

Jul 13, 2018
jennifervannoy.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Early voting is now underway in Tennessee for the August 2 state and federal primaries and the county general elections. Expect to see a lot of new names when you get a look at the ballot.

The nation’s super-charged political climate is attracting a number of first time candidates for public office, including an unusually large class of rookie female candidates.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's biggest health insurers are cutting the premiums for individual plans under the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange market for the first time.

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