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A Quiet Giant of Roots Music, Randy Scruggs, Is Dead at 64

Apr 18, 2018

Randy Scruggs, a soft-spoken, multi-talented musician and artist from a great American music family, died on Tuesday at age 64, reportedly from an illness.

A Guitar Pull Of Greatness For A Merle Travis Centennial

Apr 16, 2018

As birthday parties go, this one’s a bit on the late side, but nobody, least of all the late great Merle Travis, will notice or care. He was born on Nov. 17, 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky, so this week’s tribute show on April 18, 2018 at the City Winery is more of a centenary celebration, but there’s a lot to acknowledge and the lineup of musicians pulled together by the Grammy Museum and Travis’s son Thom Bresh is a guitar pull of the gods.

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The critical reception to Golden Hour, the third major-label, non-holiday album from Kacey Musgraves, reminds me of a particle accelerator - an atom smasher they used to call them - where we learn about something invisible by observing where the sparks fly after a collision. The quantum system at issue involves a unique artistic vision colliding with the ways music writers tend to frame the music business.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A resolution denouncing neo-Nazis and white nationalists has died in the Tennessee legislature for the second time in recent weeks.

The Tennessean reports House Republican Caucus Chair Rep. Ryan Williams, R-Cookeville, requested Monday that the resolution be withdrawn from consideration by the Delayed Bills Committee.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With thoughts on the past and eyes to the future, thousands marched and sang civil rights songs Wednesday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the "apostle of nonviolence" silenced by an assassin 50 years ago.

At events ranging from a jubilant concert to a solemn wreath-laying, admirers across the country took time to both reflect on King's legacy and discuss how his example can apply to racial and economic divides still plaguing society.

Sexual predators stalk your child in 'safe' spaces

Apr 4, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A sexual assault expert says the recent arrest of a mid-state pastor on charges of child molestation should be a wakeup call for mid-state parents.

Metro Police say Pastor Dennis Patterson assaulted a number of children over a twenty year period at Nolensville Road Baptist Church.

Sharon Travis with the Nashville Sexual Assault Center says sexual predators take advantage of a parent’s trust.

How likely is a strike by Tennessee teachers?

Apr 4, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A representative of Tennessee’s largest teacher’s union says a strike like walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky is unlikely here, as long as state lawmakers continue to make progress on school funding.  

Carolyn Crowder is Executive Director of the Tennessee Education Association. She applauds the Governor and Tennessee Legislature for regular increases in school funding and teacher salaries.

Help for crumbling I-440 is on the way

Apr 3, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If your daily commute includes I-440 you know what a mess it is and an unusually bitter winter hasn’t helped.

Department of Transportation engineer Will Reid says the critical, 30-year-old stretch of Nashville interstate has actually held up remarkably well.

“Typically for a concrete pavement we look at somewhere around 20 years, so it’s consistent with the fact that it’s deteriorated to a point where it needs some extra attention.”

Susannah: This opera is about you, Tennessee!

Apr 2, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville Opera will this weekend perform a work steeped in Southern culture and set here in Tennessee.

Susannah was written by famed American composer Carlisle Floyd, a native of the American South.

The tragic tale is set in a small church community in East Tennessee. An innocent young woman is shunned by her fellow Christians after being falsely accused of promiscuity.

Nashville Opera CEO John Hoomes says although Susannah was written in the 1950s it remains remarkably relevant.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Ann Powers)  --  Mention Erin Rae's name in Nashville indie music circles and you'll get a certain reaction: people's eyes light up, they sigh, and use words like "angelic" and "mesmerizing." Rae's gentle voice and subtle, deeply insightful songwriting have made her a standout among the city's folk and Americana artists for years.

Get ready for The Big Payback!

Mar 29, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Mid-state non-profits are gearing up for this year’s Big Payback.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee hosts the annual, one-day event designed to help donors connect with charities that share their particular passion.

Foundation President Ellen Lehman says whatever charitable work you might be interested in, you’ll likely find a non-profit involved here in Middle Tennessee.

Tenn. Alzheimer's cases, costs on the rise

Mar 29, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new report shows the number of Tennesseans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is up sharply, along with the cost of their care.

A report released earlier this month by the Alzheimer’s Association predicts the number of Alzheimer’s patients will jump almost thirty percent by 2025.

Tiffany Cloud-Mann with the Tennessee chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association says it isn’t so much that the disease is becoming more common, but rather that more people are reaching the most vulnerable age range.

Tennessee Millennials proving vulnerable to scammers

Mar 28, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new federal report on fraud scams is out and some of the findings are bad news for mid-state Millennials.

Claire Marsalis (mar SAY lis) with the state Department of Commerce says when you think of fraud victims senior citizens usually come to mind. But she says the latest scam report from the Federal Trade Commission notes that Millennials are surprisingly vulnerable to fraud.


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Waffle House suspect still being sought; residents on alert

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As an intensive manhunt continues for the suspect in a Waffle House restaurant shooting that killed four people, police are warning residents of a Nashville neighborhood to beware of the alleged killer.

More than 80 Nashville police officers continued to search for Travis Reinking early Monday, authorities said. Agents with the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were also assisting in the manhunt as disturbing reports about the wanted man's past behavior came to light.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Several mid-state communities are hoping to pull down more state and federal tax dollars by conducting population counts.

The federal government conducts a nationwide census every ten years. But a local community can conduct a special census in the years between. Murfreesboro, Brentwood, Ashland City, Smyrna, and LaVergne have all done so in recent months.

Are Tennessee children getting adequate healthcare?

Apr 19, 2018

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study says more American children have health insurance than at any point in history, but also says Tennessee children are still not getting adequate care.

Our WMOT reporting partners at conducted the study. The personal finance website notes that it costs American parents about $230,000 to raise a child, with health care accounting for a big chunk of the bill.

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

James Comey To 'Fresh Air': The FBI Isn't 'On Anybody's Side': The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo is on track to make history this week, but probably not in the way his supporters envisioned.

The secretary of state-designate's nomination is unlikely to be favorably recommended out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday night because no Democrat on the 11-10 panel supports his nomination, and neither does Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

"I'm not a hero. I'm just a regular person," said James Shaw Jr., who police say saved lives by disarming a man who opened fire Sunday at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Shaw insists he acted only to save himself — but many others are calling him a hero for stopping the violence.

"I think anybody could've did what I did if they're just pushed in that kind of cage," Shaw said, "and you have to either react or you're going to, you know, fold."