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A Quiet Giant of Roots Music, Randy Scruggs, Is Dead at 64

Apr 18, 2018

Randy Scruggs, a soft-spoken, multi-talented musician and artist from a great American music family, died on Tuesday at age 64, reportedly from an illness.

A Guitar Pull Of Greatness For A Merle Travis Centennial

Apr 16, 2018

As birthday parties go, this one’s a bit on the late side, but nobody, least of all the late great Merle Travis, will notice or care. He was born on Nov. 17, 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky, so this week’s tribute show on April 18, 2018 at the City Winery is more of a centenary celebration, but there’s a lot to acknowledge and the lineup of musicians pulled together by the Grammy Museum and Travis’s son Thom Bresh is a guitar pull of the gods.

Kelly Christine Sutton

The critical reception to Golden Hour, the third major-label, non-holiday album from Kacey Musgraves, reminds me of a particle accelerator - an atom smasher they used to call them - where we learn about something invisible by observing where the sparks fly after a collision. The quantum system at issue involves a unique artistic vision colliding with the ways music writers tend to frame the music business.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OSBORNE)  --  In a scathing critique Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says the American people, President Trump and politicians on both sides of the aisle are to blame for the nation’s rising debt.

In a meeting Thursday of the Senate Budget Committee Corker was unsparing in his criticism of last year’s tax cuts and this year’s budget plan.

Corker was reacting to a presentation by Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall that suggests the two measures taken together will balloon the national debt to an estimated $33 trillion within ten years.

Chinese tariffs could hit Tennessee farmers hard

Apr 11, 2018
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MARTIN, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  One of Tennessee’s foremost agricultural experts says the state’s farmers are deeply worried by the trade war President Trump has precipitated with China.

Dr. Todd Winters is the Dean of Agriculture for the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Dr. Winters says soybean farmers in West Tennessee are especially concerned about the trade impasse. He says farms in that region can range up to 10,000 acres and soybeans are big business.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new poll shows solid support among Tennessee voters for immigrants and for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Middle Tennessee State University surveyed 600 registered voters from across the state in late March.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Tuesday marks Equal Pay Day, the point more than three months into 2018 when American women earn what American men earned in 2017.

In other words, it takes female workers more than 15 months to earn what their male colleagues earn in 12.

The Census Bureau says on average Tennessee women earn almost eight-thousand dollars less than men.

Tennessee State Representative John Ray Clemmons has introduced equal-pay legislation every year since he was elected in 2014.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  A bill that would allow liquor sales on Sunday passed the Tennessee House Monday evning after passionate debate among lawmakers.

The measure would allow grocery stores to sell wine on Sundays and liquor stores to be open for business seven days. Chattanooga Republican Gerald McCormick is a bill sponsor.

“Tennessee will join 40 other states in repealing this outdated regulation, including five of the states that surround Tennessee and that we’re in a competitive situation with.”

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Tennessee researcher says support is eroding among conservative Christians for the separation of church and state.  

Joseph Baker is a sociologist at East Tennessee State. He specializes in the study of religion. Dr. Baker says conservative Christians have traditionally been staunch supporters of church-state separation. He cites the Tennessee based Southern Baptist Convention as an example.

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Becky Buller is as recognizable for her songwriting as she is for her mane of curly red hair and retro chic, cat-eye glasses. And the bluegrass multi-instrumentalist, singer and band leader is measurably more recognized by the music community today than she was just a few short years ago.

As a side musician for a relatively low profile band, Buller’s name was best known as composer of songs recorded by others, including Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson. She’d made only one album under her own name way back in 2004 and she didn’t seem inclined to do so again.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new poll says Republican Congressional Rep. Marsha Blackburn trails Democrat Phil Bredesen in the race for Tennessee’s junior Senate seat, but a clear leader has yet to emerge in the race for governor.

The survey by Middle Tennessee State University shows Bredesen with a ten point lead over Blackburn two months ahead of the primaries and eight months ahead of the General Election.

Poll Director Dr. Ken Blake says it really doesn’t c ome as a surprise that Bredesen would get cross-party support.

Ladies Rock Camp gives adult women the chance to rock

Apr 5, 2018

NASHVILLE, TENN. (HAGGARD) — Southern Girls Rock Camp gives young girls aged 10-to-17 the opportunity to learn and instrument, form a band and perform a showcase at a weeklong day camp. Now the organization that puts on SGRC is putting on similar camps for adult women.

Hailey Rowe with Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities says they started the Ladies Rock Camp to give women and gender nonconforming people the chance to learn something new in a supportive environment.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The group Walk Bike Nashville says four people have been killed on the city’s highways so far in 2018.

If pedestrian deaths continue at that pace, it would represent a significant decrease in fatalities from 2017 The organization says 23 pedestrians were struck and killed on Nashville streets last year, the highest number in recent history.

Walk Bike Nashville’s Nora Kern notes that an even larger number of people were struck but survived. Some suffered life-changing injuries, but she says those incidents are harder to track.

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Waffle House suspect still being sought; residents on alert

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As an intensive manhunt continues for the suspect in a Waffle House restaurant shooting that killed four people, police are warning residents of a Nashville neighborhood to beware of the alleged killer.

More than 80 Nashville police officers continued to search for Travis Reinking early Monday, authorities said. Agents with the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were also assisting in the manhunt as disturbing reports about the wanted man's past behavior came to light.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Several mid-state communities are hoping to pull down more state and federal tax dollars by conducting population counts.

The federal government conducts a nationwide census every ten years. But a local community can conduct a special census in the years between. Murfreesboro, Brentwood, Ashland City, Smyrna, and LaVergne have all done so in recent months.

Are Tennessee children getting adequate healthcare?

Apr 19, 2018
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study says more American children have health insurance than at any point in history, but also says Tennessee children are still not getting adequate care.

Our WMOT reporting partners at Wallethub.com conducted the study. The personal finance website notes that it costs American parents about $230,000 to raise a child, with health care accounting for a big chunk of the bill.

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

James Comey To 'Fresh Air': The FBI Isn't 'On Anybody's Side': The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo is on track to make history this week, but probably not in the way his supporters envisioned.

The secretary of state-designate's nomination is unlikely to be favorably recommended out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday night because no Democrat on the 11-10 panel supports his nomination, and neither does Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

"I'm not a hero. I'm just a regular person," said James Shaw Jr., who police say saved lives by disarming a man who opened fire Sunday at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Shaw insists he acted only to save himself — but many others are calling him a hero for stopping the violence.

"I think anybody could've did what I did if they're just pushed in that kind of cage," Shaw said, "and you have to either react or you're going to, you know, fold."