Courtesy of The Jimmy Nalls Project

Just days after the release of a long-unfinished album, a group effort meant to help ease his struggles from Parkinson’s Disease, the widely admired rock and blues guitarist Jimmy Nalls died Thursday after a fall at his home. He was 66.

Nalls, who had lived in Nashville since the mid 1980s, was famous for his role in 1970s southern rock and fusion group Sea Level. He was also a valued sideman who worked with a wide variety of major American artists, including Dr. John, Gregg Allman, T. Graham Brown and Lee Roy Parnell.

Pokey LaFarge and Lillie Mae Live on Wired In

Jun 22, 2017
Steve Lowry for BMI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  BMI Nashville held its annual salute to Christian songwriters and publishers Tuesday night at its offices on Music Row.

 

Song of the Year went to Chris Tomlin’s recording of Tony Brown’s Good Good Father.

 

Songwriter of the Year went to Canadian Bernie Herms, known for the tunes Christ in Me, Just Be Held, and Thy Will.

 

Capitol CMG Publishing took home the Top Publisher of the Year honors for having the year's most frequently performed songs.

 

makemusicday.org/nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It’s almost time for Nashville’s annual celebration of Make Music Day.

This year some 100 performers will make music at 30 different venues around the city. Sponsors call it Nashville’s largest, free, outdoor, all-inclusive music festival.

Event co-founder Jesse Strauss says the Nashville festival -- to be held the 21st of this month -- is part of much larger movement.

Tennessee State Library and Archives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in August in a case aimed at nullifying a vote on a Tennessee constitutional amendment that allows more abortion restrictions.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set an Aug. 2 court date in Cincinnati over the favorable vote in 2014.

The amendment says that nothing in the state constitution "secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It empowered state lawmakers to "enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion."

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration's legal team is very confident about the constitutionality of a new law that lets judges toughen sentences for defendants in the country illegally at the time of their crimes.

The Republican governor on Tuesday stressed that the law says judges may consider the sentencing enhancement, but they don't have to apply it.

On Friday, Haslam signed the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Gant of Rossville and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

tbi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three Tennessee county prosecutors and the guardian of a baby born dependent on drugs have filed a lawsuit against the makers of several opioid drugs, accusing the companies of unleashing an epidemic by deceptive marketing practices that downplayed the addiction risks with their painkillers.

howardshope.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Earlier this year WMOT introduced you to Howard’s Hope, a new mid-state charity that provides free swim lessons for low-income children.

Steve Reeves launched the non-profit after he rescued his daughter from the bottom of a swimming pool during a birthday party. She survived, but many children don’t.

Howard’s Hope says it arranged for 150 children to get lessons last year and hopes to help 500 this year, but they’ve run into a snag. The group is having trouble finding qualified instructors.

senate.gov

WASHINGTON, DC (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is preparing to announce bi-partisan legislation that will slap new sanctions on Russia.

A procedural vote on the Russia sanctions is planned for Wednesday, and the measure is expected to get strong bipartisan support. The legislation was worked out by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, of the Banking Committee, and Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., of the Foreign Relations panel.

aecf.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A new report says Tennessee is getting better at taking care of its children, but still lags behind much of the nation.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual KIDS COUNT report Tuesday. Tennessee moved up three spots in the state rankings to 35th overall. Linda O'Neal with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth says the results are promising.

mtsu.edu/berc

  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A new economic report shows housing prices are increasing across the state and rising higher than the rest of the U.S.

A report released by the Middle Tennessee State University Business and Economic Research Center shows the cost of buying a home went up in the last year in every area of the state tracked, with Nashville seeing the most dramatic increase.

Kentucky Invests in Bluegrass Tourism

Jun 12, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst)  -- The superhero origin story of bluegrass music typically focuses on the night that Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt first performed together on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in December, 1945. But since Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass, then his own origins are even closer to the source. And that's to be found in Northwestern Kentucky in the towns of Rosine and Owensboro. There's a lot of activity and investment there that will give musical pilgrims a lot to see and learn about in the years to come.

tsc.state.tn.us

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report says Tennessee is not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide an adequate legal defense to residents who can’t afford an attorney.

 

The report was compiled over an 18 month period at the request of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

 

The task force report concludes that Tennessee is failing to provide the state’s system of public defenders with adequate resources to represent indigent residents in court.

 

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Courtesy of The Jimmy Nalls Project

Just days after the release of a long-unfinished album, a group effort meant to help ease his struggles from Parkinson’s Disease, the widely admired rock and blues guitarist Jimmy Nalls died Thursday after a fall at his home. He was 66.

Nalls, who had lived in Nashville since the mid 1980s, was famous for his role in 1970s southern rock and fusion group Sea Level. He was also a valued sideman who worked with a wide variety of major American artists, including Dr. John, Gregg Allman, T. Graham Brown and Lee Roy Parnell.

MTSU photo by Andy Heidt

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.

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EAGLEVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The National Endowment for the Arts acknowledged this week what traditional music fans have known for some time; mid-state Buck Dancer Thomas Maupin is a national treasure.

Maupin is one of the few remaining practitioners of Buck Dancing, a style related to Irish Step Dancing. With the NEA recognition, Maupin is now listed among the 2017 National Heritage Fellowship recipients.

Interestingly, Maupin doesn't consider his Buck steps dancing, but rather a form of percussion. He see his feet as just another instrument in the band.

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Listen to the MTSU Jazz Network 24-hours a day at WMOT.org

MTSU Jazz Network's Weekday Program Schedule

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.

Monday

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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