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.”

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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.

 

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.

Tennessee lawmakers adjourn session featuring gas tax hike

May 10, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have adjourned for the year after a session that featured heavy infighting among the Republican majority about Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax hike and other budget issues.

The House and Senate concluded the first session of the two-year 110th General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

Haslam's road funding plan dubbed the Improve Act raises the tax on gasoline by 6 cents over the next three years. The plan also cuts taxes on groceries, manufacturers and income from stocks and bonds.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Board of Education has reinstated the teaching license of a former teacher who pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a student in 2007.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2r082eP) former Moore County physical education teacher William S. Haynes had his criminal record expunged after serving four years of probation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has reversed course and decided that it is willing to offer Obamacare insurance plans in the Knoxville area in 2018.

Kevin Walters, a spokesman for the state Department of Commerce and Insurance, said that if the plan is approved by the state, then all counties in Tennessee will have an insurance provider through the marketplace.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for a white police officer who shot and killed an armed African-American man in Nashville in February said his client wants the investigative report on the fatal confrontation to be released to the public.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and taking her to California is back home in Tennessee, facing charges that could leave him in prison for life.

Tad Cummins appeared in a federal courtroom in Nashville on Tuesday to face an additional charge of bringing a minor across state lines for sex. The 50-year-old health science teacher was shackled with leg irons and wearing a striped jail jumpsuit when he entered the courtroom. He smiled at relatives who came to watch.

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WASHINGTON, DC  (WMOT)  --  Morality more so than numbers seems to be the focus of discussion as the nation debates President Donald Trump’s first federal budget proposal.

Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black chairs the powerful House Budget Committee. On Wednesday she welcomed White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as he introduced the budget to Congress.

In her opening remarks, Black was the first to suggest the notion that the federal budget might have moral implications. She said the Trump budget makes good on Republican promises to reign in federal spending.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Mid-state a  uthorities say a person has been found fatally shot, the body dumped from a car.

The Daily News Journal reports ( http://on.dnj.com/2rzb8Kb ) that police in Murfreesboro went to an apartment complex near Middle Tennessee State University on Tuesday evening after receiving a report that a person had been shot.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The State of Tennessee continues to collect more tax dollars than it spends.

 

The Associated Press reports general fund tax collections exceeded expectations by $159 million in April. Through the first nine months of the budget year, tax collections beat budgeted estimates by $579 million. 

 

 

The state's healthy surpluses were a bone of contention between state lawmakers during their just completed legislative session.

 

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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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Body cameras are spreading fast through American policing, and they're generating an ocean of video. Axon, a company that provides secure cloud storage for police departments, says it's received more than 4 million hours' worth of video uploads from its clients.

Almost without exception, those videos are controlled by the law enforcement agencies that created them. Some are now challenging that practice and proposing alternatives.

Songs We Love: Nick Lowe, 'Walk On By'

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Nick Lowe has always been something of a prankster. The guy who called his first album Jesus Of Cool and once notoriously rhymed "Rick Astley" with "ghastly" always loved to give people's expectations a bit of a tweak. So in retrospect it's not surprising that his 1984 album Nick Lowe And His Cowboy Outfit featured only one actual country tune, a cover of the Faron Young hit "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young," buried at the end of the LP's second side.

Candidate Donald Trump called NATO “obsolete,” demanded allies step up their defense spending and threatened to back out of the alliance.

President Trump has since walked back his remarks. He’s meeting with NATO leaders for the first time in Brussels on Thursday, and some member countries are still bracing for another unexpected pivot from a man who’s become known for his impulsive comments and decision-making.

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