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The title of Lera Lynn’s new album, out this Friday, is both oblique and matter of fact. Plays Well With Others is a duets project, featuring seven original songs and a couple of covers recorded and/or written with eight different collaborators. Among them Dylan LeBlanc, Nicole Atkins, Shovels & Rope, JD McPherson and Andrew Combs.

The Grand Ole Opry Returns To New York City, This Time With Plans To Stay

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The Grand Ole Opry has entertained music fans for more than 90 years. And with the exception of some package and tent shows in the early days, that’s almost exclusively been generated out of Nashville, TN. Now with the opening of the Opry City Stage in Times Square, the brand is bringing Nashville vibes to New York City and likely beyond. It’s part of a deliberate business strategy rooted in recent and historical success.

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  John Hartford died seventeen years ago today, but his influence on today’s bluegrass and acoustic scene remains as strong and direct as any other founding figure in the music, including Bill Monroe himself. That’s because Hartford, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, showman and historian, was a ground breaking pioneer of progressive, individualistic string band music from the 1960s until his untimely death from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee has not yet considered a method for curbing gun violence that 22 other states are currently debating.

The advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety says six states have passed so-called Red Flag laws and 22 more have legislation pending.

Red Flag laws give police the authority to seize guns if the owner is deemed a threat to the public.

A Red Flag law is being championed locally by the Safe Tennessee Project where Beth Joslin Roth is the Director.

Tennessee suicide rates are up a sobering 24 percent

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Suicide rates are climbing here in Tennessee and across the nation.

The death last week of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain brought the issue back into focus.  On Friday the Centers for Disease Control added to the alarm when it released new data showing significant increases in U.S. suicide deaths.

The CDC says those deaths increased about 24 percent in Tennessee between 1999 and 2016. Nationwide the increase was even larger, jumping by nearly 30 percent.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A district attorney's office in Tennessee says it won't seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at a Tennessee church in September.

Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk's office announced its plans Thursday to instead seek a sentence of life without parole for 26-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson.

He faces a 43-count indictment in the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ shooting in Nashville, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation charges.


WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of 10 senators introduced longshot legislation Wednesday that would require Congress to sign off on tariffs imposed in the name of national security, defying President Donald Trump on a bedrock issue that once defined the GOP.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A suspect told detectives Wednesday that he killed his former boss with a hatchet in Tennessee earlier in the week, and the hatchet, a large knife and blood were still in his car, according to Nashville police.

The admission by 36-year-old suspect Domenic Micheli follows his capture in Kentucky by state police the night before.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A mid-state man is suing the City of Mt. Juliet for seizing and holding his car for months even though police admit he broken no laws.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal suit Tuesday in Nashville on behalf of disabled Vietnam Veteran Lewis C. Cain.

Back in September Mr. Cain woke to find detectives with the Mt. Juliet Police Department standing over his bed. They had entered his home without a warrant looking to arrest Mr. Cain’s son on drug charges.


NASHVILE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Alarm is spreading in Tennessee over what impact President Donald Trump’s recently announced tariffs will have on the state.

Trump has imposed tariffs on products from Canada, Mexico, the European Union and China among others.

GOP Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander voiced early concern about the impact the tariffs will have here, but most of Tennessee’s Republican Reps in the House are now also expressing reservations.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --   If you commute into downtown Nashville daily, or if you happen to have business downtown this week, remember CMA Music Fest takes place this week.

Some Music Fest events are already underway, but you can expect the really big crowds to clog downtown streets Thursday. The festival continues through Sunday night.

WMOT Traffic reporter Randy O’Brien says if you don’t plan ahead you will be spending a lot of time sitting in traffic.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Supreme Court has ruled in a case that pits gay rights against freedom of religion and no one seems happy with the decision.

In 2012, Colorado baker Jack Phillips refused on religious grounds to create a wedding cake for a same sex couple.

The resulting legal battle landed at the Supreme Court in December. In a narrow decision by a 7 to 2 majority the justices sided with Phillips and reversed the lower court ruling.



DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Services are set this week for a Tennessee sheriff's sergeant who was fatally shot while responding to a call.

According to Taylor Funeral Home in Dickson, Sgt. Daniel Baker's funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Dickson.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 32-year-old Baker was found dead in his patrol car Wednesday after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two of Tennessee’s largest trade groups are sticking with President Donald Trump, in spite of serious concerns about his trade policy.

The president again on Monday ratcheted up his trade threats, suggesting an additional $200 billion in tariffs on China.

WMOT spoke this week with representatives from the Tennessee Farm Bureau and the Tennessee Manufacturer’s Association. Both expressed fears their members have about the possibility of a global trade war. But neither was willing to criticize the president’s trade initiatives.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two radically different approaches to the Metro Nashville operating budget will be considered by the city council tonight.

One is being championed by Budget Committee Chair Tanaka Vercher and would essentially leave spending at current levels for another year.

The second approach is being championed by Councilman Bob Mendes and would ask Nashville residents to pay higher taxes to cover the city’s growing needs.


WASHINGTON, DC  (OSBORNE)  --  A new poll suggests Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar are out of step with their Republican constituents regarding the separation of children from their parents at the nation's southern border.

Corker and Alexander issued statements Monday panning the new Trump Administration policy that’s dramatically increased the number of immigrant families separated in recent weeks.

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This month has been especially busy. From reporters to producers to editors, it's clear that we aren't always double-checking the basics.

The result is that some great stories have corrections notes attached to them. That's a shame.

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President Trump and administration officials are walking a fine line on family separation at the border.

They argue they don't like the policy, but that their hands are tied — and instead are pointing fingers at Congress to "fix" it.

There may be good reason for that — the policy (and it is a Trump administration policy despite the Homeland Security secretary's claims to the contrary) is unpopular.

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