NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst)  -- "This is weird," said songwriter Jason Isbell with a touch of irony as he joined his former band mates Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for an acoustic performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon. “I like weird,” Isbell added.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Nashville Symphony and Chorus will make history this week when they create the first-ever recording of the 9-11 inspired Requiem.

Symphony Chorus Director Tucker Biddlecombe says the piece was written by Pulitzer Prize winning American composer John Harbison following one of the worst days in the nation’s history.

“It was written shortly after the attacks on 9-11 and in response to that pretty horrible day. It’s not a programmatic piece. Instead it’s just sort of an emotional response to that time.”

charlieworsham.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jewly Hight/NPR)  --  Nashville has no shortage of country acts gunning for their breakthrough hits, and Charlie Worsham is one of them. But the singer, songwriter and guitarist is hardly your typical country hopeful. The few who heard the album he released four years ago understand that he's the sort of artist who can do it all. As he returns with his second album, 

Beginning Of Things, he's got everybody in the know in Nashville rooting for him.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Vanderbilt political scientist says Tennessee Senator Bob Corker could further fracture an already deeply divided Republican Party.

Corker heads the U.S. Senate’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee. The Senator reacted harshly this past week to the possibility that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russian diplomats. Corker was quoted saying the White House seemed to be “in a downward spiral.”

aaa.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you plan to travel on Tennessee highway's this holiday weekend, you won't be alone.

AAA says more than 39 million Americans are expected to travel during the Memorial Day holiday. The group's Stephani Milani says it will likely be the busiest Memorial Day since 2005.

“If you look at the number of Tennessee travelers, we’re expected to top 785.000 travelers, and that’s a two percent increase over last year.”

WHITEHOUSE.GOV

WASHINGTON, DC.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennesseans could see their federal benefits drastically reduced under a budget proposed by President Donald Trump.

Trump's plan cuts almost $3.6 trillion over ten years from an array of benefit programs including Obamacare, TennCare, student loan subsidies and food stamps.

State officials say there are currently just over 1 million Tennesseans receiving food stamps and one-and-a-half million receiving health care through TennCare -- Tennessee’s version of Medicaid.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill creating a new Tennessee license plate design featuring the phrase "In God We Trust."

The original version of the bill would have required the phrase to be printed on all license plates issued in the state. But after the state attorney general raised constitutional concerns, sponsors agreed to make the make the new design optional.

The new law requires the Department of Revenue to design plates to include the optional "In God We Trust" language once current stocks are exhausted.

United States Senate

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the Republican health care bill?

Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

Murfreesboro sees dramatic uptick in gun violence

May 17, 2017
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)

  --   Murfreesboro Police say the man killed Tuesday night is just one of more than 20 city residents shot, and the second person killed, since the first of the year.

City officials tell WMOT that nearly all the gunshot victims live in the ring of apartment complexes and rental homes that surround Middle Tennessee State University (see the included map) and cater primarily to students.

The most recent shooting resulted in the death of 18-year-old Kendrick Love.

No charges for white officer who shot, killed black man

May 11, 2017

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A white Nashville police officer won't face charges for shooting and killing an armed black man after a traffic stop in February, a district attorney said.

At a news conference Thursday, District Attorney General Glenn Funk said Officer Josh Lippert's actions met the legal definition of self-defense when he shot and killed Jocques Scott Clemmons following a traffic stop.

 

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — A woman followed a congressman down a Tennessee highway, jumped out of her own vehicle, then screamed at him while pounding on the windows of his car, authorities said.

NASHVILLE Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Earlier this week the Americana Music Association announced nominees for the 2017 Americana Music Awards. Those prizes will be handed out in September during the group’s Americanafest conference and music festival. Now word that the annual event’s economic impact on Middle Tennessee is growing rapidly.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce recently completed an economic impact study for the festival and conference. Study author Garrett Harper provided WMOT with the hard numbers.

Tenn. lesbian couple get divorce after politically charged battle

May 10, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lesbian couple have received a divorce decree after a custody battle that was targeted by dozens of conservative Tennessee lawmakers who tried to intervene in the case.

The same-sex divorce and custody case became a political flashpoint after a Knoxville judge initially ruled that one of the women had no parental rights to a child conceived by artificial insemination because she did not meet the legal definition of "husband."

The judge changed his mind, granted the divorce and approved a plan for Sabrina and Erica Witt to split custody.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Vanderbilt political scientist says Tennessee Senator Bob Corker could further fracture an already deeply divided Republican Party.

Corker heads the U.S. Senate’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee. The Senator reacted harshly this past week to the possibility that President Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russian diplomats. Corker was quoted saying the White House seemed to be “in a downward spiral.”

aaa.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you plan to travel on Tennessee highway's this holiday weekend, you won't be alone.

AAA says more than 39 million Americans are expected to travel during the Memorial Day holiday. The group's Stephani Milani says it will likely be the busiest Memorial Day since 2005.

“If you look at the number of Tennessee travelers, we’re expected to top 785.000 travelers, and that’s a two percent increase over last year.”

WHITEHOUSE.GOV

WASHINGTON, DC.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennesseans could see their federal benefits drastically reduced under a budget proposed by President Donald Trump.

Trump's plan cuts almost $3.6 trillion over ten years from an array of benefit programs including Obamacare, TennCare, student loan subsidies and food stamps.

State officials say there are currently just over 1 million Tennesseans receiving food stamps and one-and-a-half million receiving health care through TennCare -- Tennessee’s version of Medicaid.

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MTSU Jazz Network plays jazz 24-hours a day on WMOT HD 2 and 92.3 FM Murfreesboro. In the comin weeks 104.9 FM Brentwood will join the Network.

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Midnight to 4 a.m. Jazz with Greg Bridges

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Jazz is here to stay. WMOT HD 2 and 92.3 FM Murfreesboro are now playing the MTSU Jazz Network 24-hours a day. In the coming weeks 104.9 FM Brentwood will join the network.

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Police officers have arrested three men as part of the investigation into the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The arrests come after Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat level to "critical," the highest setting.

Charges against the men were not announced; they were arrested "after police executed warrants in South Manchester," the Greater Manchester Police department says. That's the same area of the city where suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, is believed to have lived.

Here at NPR headquarters in DC, MARVELous IMAGEs and FANTAstic GRAPHICS are dancing in our heads as we contemplate this year's edition of our famous Summer Reader Poll — who will make the cut? Will it be packed with old favorites or BOOM! Will a DARK HORSE muscle in?

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Alfred Turner

A colleague and I were listening to a Bach violin concerto on the radio some years back. After a while my colleague said, “You know, there are a thousand Baroque violin concertos. Why is it that this one is just…better?” Johann Sebastian Bach wrote sonatas, concertos, suites, preludes and fugues, overtures, oratorios, and cantatas—music in all the major forms of the Baroque era, with the exception of opera.

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