KANSAS CITY, KS  (HAVIGHURST)  --  Freedom Sings, the traveling cavalcade of song that tells the story of the First Amendment and Civil Rights through music, had not staged a show at the Folk Alliance International convention since the early 2000s when the event briefly headquartered in Nashville.

But the convention’s theme this weekend in Kansas City, Forbidden Folk: Activism In Art, was too compelling to pass up.

Eric Church cancels 25K tickets bought by scalpers

Feb 20, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Eric Church has been battling ticket scalpers for years as his popularity grew and he began selling out arenas.

But he's taken his biggest step yet by cancelling more than 25,000 tickets to his spring tour that were purchased by scalpers and putting them back on sale for fans to purchase.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban's boundary-pushing album "Ripcord" has spawned several top country singles and led him to pick up seven nominations including entertainer of the year and album of the year at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Lady Antebellum announced the nominations Thursday on "CBS This Morning" for the awards show, which will be held April in Las Vegas and aired live on CBS. Urban is also nominated for male vocalist of the year, single record of the year and song of the year.

Doggart campaign



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors have not yet decided whether to convict a man accused of planning to attack a mosque in upstate New York.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) reports that the jury deliberated for seven hours Tuesday in the case of Robert Doggart. Deliberations are set to resume Wednesday morning.

Doggart has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he planned to attack a Muslim community called Islamberg.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police are calling an early morning shooting attempted murder.

Police say they were called to the University Ridge Apartments on South Rutherford just after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

They arrived to find Jakarius Dontae Reynolds bleeding heavily from four gunshots wounds to his groin and both legs. Media reports say he was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center by Lifeflight helicopter for emergency surgery. No word yet on his condition.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House and Senate have approved Gov. Bill Haslam's nominations for new boards for six public universities.

The new boards are part of the Republican governor's initiative to spin six four-year public universities out of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Each board will control budgets, tuition and the selection of university presidents.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Last week  the U.S. Department of Agriculture removed information about cases of horse soring and other animal abuses from its website. Now the USDA says some of that information may be put back on the internet.

The federal agency is being sued by horse owners accused of abuses, saying their due process rights are being violated. A USDA spokesman says the agency is trying to find the right balance between privacy and public access.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Minute by minute coverage of Sunday night's 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (all times local):

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says the city's police union is conducting a "harmful" billboard campaign by touting the city's record-high homicide total last year and police officer shortage.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) that the Memphis Police Association has rented more than 10 billboards saying, "Welcome to Memphis: 228 homicides in 2016, down over 500 police officers." The union plans to run similar TV ads.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United States' largest private prison operator said it can provide the additional detention facilities that will likely be needed under President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.

In an earnings call this week, CoreCivic President/CEO Damon Hininger identified the possible opportunity to grow its detention business with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Diane Black may be in charge of one of the most powerful committees Congress, but the Gallatin Republican says that doesn't mean she won't run for Tennessee governor next year.

Black was named interim chair of the House Budget Committee in January when President Donald Trump nominated Rep. Tom Price of Georgia to become secretary of Health and Human Services.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are scrambling to get their legislative proposals submitted before Thursday's filing deadline.

Among the last batch of bills is a renewed effort to require transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificates. Other recently filed bills would allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed in schools, drop a ban on Sunday liquor sales and get rid of open primary voting in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A campaign finance audit of former state Rep. Jeremy Durham has found hundreds of potential violations.

The Tennessee Registry of Campaign Finance voted Wednesday to proceed with the case against the Franklin Republican who was expelled from the state House in September after an attorney general's report detailed a series of sexual harassment allegations.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee senator has locked up her state Capitol office amid a renewed feud with protesters.

About a dozen people were involved in Tuesday's protest at Republican Sen. Mae Beavers' office. Some read civil rights writings and knocked on her door inside the office.

Last week, Beavers and GOP Rep. Mark Pody abruptly ended their own news conference when protesters interrupted to oppose the lawmakers' bathroom bill and legislation defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro lauded his school system's commitment to diversity while acknowledging "some tension" as UT tries to be more inclusive.

DiPietro said he understood that navigating change can be challenging, but said demographics are changing and students have to be prepared for diverse workplace environments.

DiPietro's remarks were made during the school's second State of the University address.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's ambitious transportation plan is headed for a key vote in the House on Wednesday, though lawmakers are uncertain whether the bill that would include Tennessee's first gas tax hike since 1989 can gain enough votes to advance.

House Majority Leader Glen Casada says he hopes the House Transportation Subcommittee will either approve the governor's plan, or amend it to include an alternate proposal made by Republican Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville.

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