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.

Sierra Hull's Bluegrass Odyssey on The String

Feb 14, 2018
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Sierra Hull resolved that bluegrass music would be her life’s work when she wasn’t even ten years old. Growing up in tiny Byrdstown, TN, the music was all around her, not at concert venues but in jams at the local cafe and at homes, including her own and her uncle’s next door. The precocious young talent was signed to Rounder Records and released her debut album at 16 years old. Less than ten years later, she was named the first female IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, an honor she’s won twice in a row.




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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A long-time mid-state political commentator gives Mayor Megan Barry passing marks for the way she’s handled her admission of an extra-marital affair, but says her political fate is yet to be decided.

At end of January Barry revealed she’d carried on affair with the head of her Metro Police security detail. Barry has said the affair began in September 2015 soon after she came into office. She has not said when the affair ended.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee House has passed an abortion bill, but the final version bears little resemblance to the author’s original intent.

East Tennessee Republican Micah Van Huss wrote a bill that would have outlawed abortion in Tennessee beyond the point when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That would have meant abortions could not have been performed past about six weeks into a pregnancy.

Study finds college students going hungry, homeless

Feb 13, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (HAGGARD) — A national expert who looked into college-aged homelessness is in town this month to speak. She says students are having issues keeping housing and that some are going hungry.  

Education policy expert Sara Goldrick-Rab started exploring issues facing college students 10 years ago. She didn’t expect to find hungry and homeless students, but she did.

Mid-state computer geeks do good deeds

Feb 12, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ALEXIS MARSHALL)  --  Businesses employ many strategies to improve recruitment, bump productivity and create the right atmosphere.

One mid-state company found an outside-the-box solution that accomplishes all three.

JJ Rosen has developed a novel way to grow his Nashville-based IT company Atiba. His employees occassionaly work for free.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Middle Tennessee’s 75,000 plus Catholics are getting to know their new spiritual leader.

Kentucky native J. Mark Spalding was ordained as the 12th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville on February 2.

The 53-year-old priest says his calling to ministry was cemented early in life, growing up in a devout family in heavily Catholic Washington County, Kentucky.

Should reporters enjoy special federal protections?

Feb 9, 2018

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A mid-state media scholar is taking issue with a proposed law that would make it a federal crime to physically harm or intimidate journalists.

California Congressional Rep. Eric Swalwell introduced the bill, citing attacks on the press by President Donald Trump.

But Professor of Media Law Dr. Larry Burriss contends making powerful people and the public angry is just a part of a reporter’s job.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Vanderbilt researcher says Tennessee’s effort to turn around its worst performing schools isn’t working.

Dr. Gary Henry has researched education reform initiatives nationwide for years. He’s just wrapping up three new studies analyzing Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD).

Launched in 2012, the initiative has placed about 30 low-performing schools under state control and brought in charter operators to turn them around.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Female musicians in Nashville have long complained about the lack of representation on country radio, but now a collective of female songwriters are singing "Time's Up."

The Song Suffragettes were formed in 2014 in response to a growing concern that women were being excluded by labels and radio and spurred by comments by a radio consultant that compared women to tomatoes in a salad. Only 18 out of the top 100 country singles of 2017 had a female artist featured, a percentage that has been stagnating in the genre for years.

SMYRNA, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  One of the worst flu seasons in years may be reaching its peak, according to one mid-state medical director.

Dr. Joe Thomas heads medicine at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna. He says a hefty percentage of the cases seen in his ER each day are now related to influenza or its complications.

“I’d say we’re beginning to get to the peak of the season and this will likely last for a couple of weeks and then begin to trend down, but we’ll still see the flu effects for another four weeks or so.”

SMYRNA, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Opioid addicts are now getting high on massive doses of a common diarrhea medication.

The Atlantic magazine says people are overdosing by taking as many as 500 diarrhea tablets a day.

Dr. Joe Thomas heads medicine at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, He says his ER docs aren’t seeing a lot of diarrhea med overdoses, but those they do see are taken seriously.


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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

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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