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.

 

dollywoodfoundation.org

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation has given $10,000 each to nearly 900 families displaced by deadly wildfires in Tennessee last year.

The singer said in a statement that the final distribution of checks was made this week to families in Sevier County to help them rebuild. The Country Music Hall of Fame singer started the My People fund after wildfires struck in November, killing 14 people in the Gatlinburg area and destroying or damaging thousands of buildings.

Gov. Haslam signs bill LGBT groups say targets them

May 5, 2017
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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation requiring words in Tennessee law to be interpreted as having their "natural and ordinary meaning." Gay rights groups called it a sneaky way of denying same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a "husband," a "wife," a "father" or "mother."

No other state has a similar law, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates nationally for LGBT rights.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Murfreesboro Police Department released the following statement at 9:39 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017.

On May 4, 2017 at 1:49pm officers responded to 920 Greenland Dr. (Student Quarters) for a shooting. Officers arrived on scene within seconds (one officer was a block away and another had just completed foot patrol at this location minutes before this occurred) and discovered the victim outside apartment 106.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police say an as yet unidentified man shot several times Thursday afternoon has died.

Just before 3 p.m. the MPD released a statement saying that a shooting had taken place an hour earlier at the Student Quarters Apartments on Greenland Drive near Middle Tennessee State University.

Police say that when officers arrived on the scene they found one person who had been shot several times. The victim was taken to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.  Just after 4 p.m. police released a second statement saying the victim had died.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Deep divisions among majority Republicans in the Tennessee House on Thursday threw a monkey wrench into the state's $37 billion annual spending plan.

Republican opponents of the gas tax hike that Gov. Bill Haslam has already signed into law led the charge to amend the state budget bill with a variety of pet projects that did not make it through the committee process. They were supported by Democrats, who say the GOP reneged on a deal to fund a block grant program for schools in exchange for earlier votes on the gas tax bill.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A teenage girl who was the subject of an Amber alert in Tennessee after she failed to return home from school is now charged in the fatal shooting of a gas station attendant, police said. The man with whom the girl disappeared is also charged.

charlieworsham.com

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.

 

MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A mid-state man has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a 16-month-old child.

News outlets report 24-year-old Kortney Stanciel was initially arrested April 16 for aggravated child abuse.

Millersville detective Don Long says the child was taken off life support April 27 and on the same day Stanciel's charges were upgraded to homicide in the death of the infant girl. Long says Stanciel confessed to unintentionally harming the child.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that will force people to face stiffer penalties for committing a violent offence against a police officer.

The measure, which passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, applies to any uniformed law enforcement officer, as well as those in the military or national guard, targeted simply because of their status as member of a police or armed service agency.

The law creates a new sentence enhancement for the targeting of officers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee police say seven bounty hunters and bail bondsmen have been indicted on first-degree murder and other charges in the killing of an unarmed man and the wounding of another.

Authorities say 24-year-old Jalen Johnson and another man were wounded April 23 after the bounty hunters and bail bondsmen confronted Johnson and his three friends in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Clarksville. Authorities have said the bounty hunters and bail bondsmen chased the men for seven miles, putting the public at risk.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill creating a new Tennessee license plate design featuring the phrase "In God We Trust."

The original version of the bill would have required the phrase to be printed on all license plates issued in the state. But after the state attorney general raised constitutional concerns, sponsors agreed to make the make the new design optional.

The new law requires the Department of Revenue to design plates to include the optional "In God We Trust" language once current stocks are exhausted.

United States Senate

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Remember the Republican health care bill?

Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

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.

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Sep 2, 2016

MTSU Jazz Network plays jazz 24-hours a day on WMOT HD 2 and 92.3 FM Murfreesboro. In the comin weeks 104.9 FM Brentwood will join the Network.

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Midnight to 4 a.m. Jazz with Greg Bridges

4 a.m. to 6 a.m. Jazz with Clifford Brown, Jr.

6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Full Moon Hacksaw

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. In Studio with Greg Lee

9 a.m. to Noon Jazz with Lee Thomas

Noon to 4 p.m. Jazz with Greg Bridges

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jazz with Clifford Brown, Jr.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Full Moon Hacksaw

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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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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has extended for six months a program that has allowed tens of thousands of Haitians to remain in the U.S. following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

But Trump administration officials say they believe conditions are improving on the Caribbean island and that Haitians should make plans to return to their home country.

One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.

Food banks that serve these areas are also feeling the squeeze, as surplus food supplies dwindle but the lines of people seeking help remain long.

The ransomware attack on worldwide computer networks earlier this month largely spared those of the federal government. While the government dodged a bullet this time, experts say, its systems are still vulnerable — although perhaps less so than in the past.

When the global malware attack — dubbed "WannaCry" — was first detected, a government cybersecurity response group moved quickly.

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