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A new Gretchen Peters album is always cause for celebration and contemplation. Dancing With The Beast, her ninth studio project, released this spring to rave reviews, is no exception. Peters is back home in Nashville after multiple tours that included the UK and Ireland. She brings her pensive, story-driven songs to the Franklin Theatre this Saturday night. The CD release show is her only local one of the year.

Billy Strings and his band had played their last song. The Ryman Auditorium audience was on its feet emitting every manner of happy exultation at explosive volume. The quartet had taken a group bow and put their instruments to rest. Then emcee Eddie Stubbs, from his podium, suggested Billy Strings do one more song - a rare encore for an opening act.

In Episode 61 of The String, Craig H. and producer companion Gina Frary Bacon sit down with iconic Nashville Cat Wayne Moss.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES: Karl Dean for Governor

Jul 11, 2018

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.

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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they are following a federal court order by reinstating and reissuing licenses for free for drivers who lost them solely because of unpaid court debts.

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Megan Buell said drivers with any other revocations or suspensions that weren't squarely due to unpaid court debts must first address those.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A mid-state organization that was instrumental in defeating Nashville’s $5 billion transit plan has released its own ideas for solving the city’s transportation problems.

The Beacon Center is a conservative think tank and advocacy group that works to keep government bureaucracy in check.

Policy Coordinator Ron Shultis says the Center has developed a set of nine suggestions for improving Music City transit that can be implemented quickly and at a lower cost than the plan developed by former Mayor Megan Barry.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The City of Spring Hill just completed a special census and the tiny communty's growth rate is startling.

The federal government conducts a nationwide census every ten years, with the next population count scheduled for the year 2020.

But Murfreesboro, Brentwood, Ashland City, Smyrna, and LaVergne are all in the midst of conducting special head-counts hoping to pull down additional state and federal revenue.

How is your vet handling this week's fireworks?

Jul 5, 2018

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you have family member, colleague, or friend who is a combat veteran, you should be aware Independence Day celebrations can be a difficult time.

There are just under half-a-million vets living in Tennessee. Fireworks going off unexpectedly nearby can trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder reactions in some vets.

Dr. Erica Barnes is a PTSD specialist with the Tennessee Valley VA Hospital in Murfreesboro. She says sudden loud noises can trigger a very strong fight or flight response.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tourism officials say Nashville's riverfront Fourth of July celebration will again be the largest in the country.

Close to a quarter million people routinely show up for the festivities, so if you’re intent on being there Wednesday, better start planning now.

For example, there’s a short list of six items you can bring to the show, but a list of 29 items you can't bring. Look for that list at


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A researcher at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is out with a study that has striking implications for Tennessee’s opioid epidemic.

Dr. Stephen Stephen Patrick is a Neonatologist and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy. He’s released a study looking at barriers faced by pregnant women seeking treatment for prescription addictions.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you want to know exactly how many of your tax dollars went to convince the prestigious New York investment firm AllianceBernstein to move its headquarters and a thousand jobs to Nashville you’re out of luck.

City and state officials say the company will receive more than $17 million in grants as a part of the agreement. However, the state is refusing to reveal what kind of tax breaks it offered the firm to clinch the deal.

WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  Have you puzzled over why your salary isn’t keeping pace with rising cost of everything from cars to corn flakes? If so, you’re not alone.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker also wants to know why American workers aren’t seeing their wages increase at a time when the economy is booming.

In a Senate Banking Committee meeting Tuesday in Washington, Corker questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about why salaries are failing to keep pace with inflation.

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