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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There are 858 highway miles between Austin, TX and Nashville, TN. Musicians have been wearing deep ruts in the road in both directions for almost 50 years, fostering an artistically rich symbiotic relationship. Musicians have migrated back and forth. Songs and stories and ideas about art were exchanged, influencing American music and Southern culture. And that fascinating, colorful dichotomy is going on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this week.

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Just days after she was nominated for three Americana Music Awards, Margo Price began a three-night run at the Ryman Auditorium. Landing even one headlining show at the Mother Church is part of the holy trinity of country music career landmarks, falling in stature and difficulty between playing the Grand Ole Opry and induction into the Hall of Fame. So when Price said “I feel like I’m dreaming” early in the show, we understood.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University's chancellor received a nearly $3 million bonus in 2016 following rounds of layoffs and budget cuts at the private school.

The Tennessean reports Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos was credited with $4.3 million in total compensation in 2016, including a $2.9 million bonus. The financial information is based on Vanderbilt tax returns provided in response to a request, the newspaper said.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A top Tennessee Trucking Executive says if you’ve noticed prices rising at the store, you can lay part of the blame on a shortage of truck drivers.

Tennessee Trucking Association Chairman Waylon Thompson says the driver shortage is a problem because 85 percent of what you buy moves by truck. He says the industry is short 50,000 drivers now, a number he believes will double in just three years as older truckers retire.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville officials say streets will be closing in anticipation of a visit by President Donald Trump.

Trump will be in Nashville today for a 7 p.m. rally and will headline a fundraiser earlier in the day for Rep. Marsha Blackburn's U.S. Senate bid.

The city said Fifth Avenue from Charlotte Avenue to James Robertson Parkway, and Gay Street from Fifth Avenue to James Robertson Parkway will close at 9 a.m.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has declared victory after an election to serve out the term vacated by former Mayor Megan Barry, who pleaded guilty to a felony and resigned after an extramarital affair with her bodyguard.

In Thursday's special election, Briley was leading with nearly 55 percent of the vote in a 13-candidate field, likely avoiding a runoff. Briley became mayor in March after Barry's resignation.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Nashville this coming Tuesday.

 Trump will headline a fundraiser for Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid the same day.

The rally will take place on the evening of May 29 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are available online .

The event will mark the fifth rally Trump has held in Tennessee and the third in the Nashville area since he began running for president in June 2015.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The state Department of Health warns Tennesseans need to take precautions against tick and mosquito borne illnesses as summer-like heat sets in.

The Department’s Dr. Abelardo Moncayo says incidents of insect delivered diseases are on the rise. Mosquito borne West Nile Virus is endemic throughout Tennessee.

He says tick-borne illnesses are also wide spread.

“The biggest one is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. We have hundreds of reported cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever every year. And we see that throughout the state.”

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There are 858 highway miles between Austin, TX and Nashville, TN. Musicians have been wearing deep ruts in the road in both directions for almost 50 years, fostering an artistically rich symbiotic relationship. Musicians have migrated back and forth. Songs and stories and ideas about art were exchanged, influencing American music and Southern culture. And that fascinating, colorful dichotomy is going on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this week.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Board of Parole is divided on whether to release a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.

Two members of the board voted Wednesday to release Cyntoia Brown, two denied her request for clemency, and two said she should serve 25 years of her sentence. A seventh board member was not present. The decision will ultimately be up to Gov. Bill Haslam

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A recent audit gives local officials a mixed score for their response to a new state law intended to make access to public records easier.

The law requires that each municipality create and publish a policy outlining how residents could access its public records.

The watchdog group Tennessee Coalition for Open Government conducted the audit. Executive Director Deborah Fisher says TCOG wanted to find out if the 2016 law was being followed and what local officials were including in their policies. 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is out with a plan she hopes will get Tennessee’s troubled TNReady online academic testing system back on track.

McQueen held a press conference Thursday to announce several changes following serious problems with this spring’s end-of-school-year testing.

McQueen says the state will re-open bidding to attract new testing vendors, and require current vendor Questar to do more to avoid problems this coming school year.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 mid-term candidates for statewide office.

On Thursday we spoke with Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who hopes to win Tennessee’s junior Senate seat.

Blackburn announced her candidacy last fall using a YouTube video to introduce herself. She begins that video by saying:

“I’m a hard-core, card carrying Tennessee conservative. I’m politically incorrect and proud of it.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Nashville economist is questioning the way a Washington DC based advocacy group is using economic data to highlight the growing disparity between mid-state communities.

The Economic Innovation Group uses federal statistics divided by zip codes to show large disparities between, for example, prosperous Williamson County and struggling North Nashville.

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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.

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