Sierra Hull's Bluegrass Odyssey on The String

Feb 14, 2018
Jacqueline Justice

Sierra Hull resolved that bluegrass music would be her life’s work when she wasn’t even ten years old. Growing up in tiny Byrdstown, TN, the music was all around her, not at concert venues but in jams at the local cafe and at homes, including her own and her uncle’s next door. The precocious young talent was signed to Rounder Records and released her debut album at 16 years old. Less than ten years later, she was named the first female IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, an honor she’s won twice in a row.





Chris and Oliver Wood built their singular sibling duo patiently, transitioning over several years from divergent and distant musical careers. Since moving from separate cities to Nashville and adding drummer Jano Rix about five years ago however, The Wood Brothers have enjoyed accelerating success.

Country music and national politics have overlapped awkwardly and combustibly for decades, and in the life of Kurt Bardella the juxtaposition is a daily matter. Bardella is a DC-based political operative, pundit and writer. Most of his career was as a conservative Republican. He worked for Rep. Darrell Issa of California and then for the profoundly controversial Breitbart News. Then, after the Trumpian revolution in the GOP and sparked by the party not separating itself from accused pedophile Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, he changed parties and became a Democrat.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Gov. Bill Haslam is out with his state budget proposal, a plan he outlined Monday night during his final State of the State address before the Tennessee General Assembly.

Before detailing his budget priorities for the fiscal year that begins in July, Haslam touted his administrations accomplishments. He noted record low unemployment, advances in education, lower taxes and job creation.

The governor then challenged lawmakers to maintain that momentum.

Doctor says bad weather averted Tenn. flu 'disaster'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  This year’s flu season is one of the worst in years, but the current president of the Tennessee Medical Association says it could be worse.

Nita Shumaker is a Chattanooga Pediatrician and leads the TMA. She says the snow, ice and cold Tennessee saw middle of the month likely kept this year’s flu season from getting even worse.

“It was set to be just a disaster until we had the cold weather that kept kids out of school and away from each other a little bit. So now we’re still seeing it. We’ve probably seen three this morning.”


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new report says Tennessee’s business leaders remain bullish on the economy thanks in large part to President Trump’s recent tax cut.

Dr. Tim Graeff heads the Business Barometer survey taken quarterly by Middle Tennessee State University.

The new tax structure means significant savings for most businesses and Dr. Graeff says it has business leaders feeling upbeat.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)   --  Veterans Administration hospitals in Middle Tennessee say they’ve reduced the number of opioid pain medication prescriptions they write by 38 percent in the past five years.

The VA says it’s the only health-care system in the country publically disclosing opioid prescribing rates. The agency says it’s part of a wider effort to be more transparent about veteran care.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Lipscomb University conflict resolution expert says he’s seeing signs that Americans are tiring of the constant political, religious and cultural turmoil.

Dr. Steve Joiner directs the Lipscomb Institute for Conflict Management.

Joiner concedes civil discourse is at a real low point just now. He says Americans have, his words, “somehow gotten the idea that the way you get things done is to be louder.”

But Joiner says he’s seeing signs that people are ready for a change in atmosphere.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a surprisingly grim assessment of the law enforcement challenges the state currently faces.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn spoke to the House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday.

Gwyn told lawmakers than in his three decades at TBI, he’s never witnessed the kind of pressure agents now face.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to address the opioid addiction epidemic received a warm reception from the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services.

The organization represents many of the state’s addiction treatment facilities and counselors.

On Monday the governor promised $25 million in additional spending for treatment. The Association’s Mary-Linden Salters said she’s happy with that increase.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Vanderbilt researcher says Metro Nashville Schools are “re-segregating,” a process he says has been ongoing since 1998.

Luke Rainey is a Research Analyst at Vanderbilt’s Peabody Research Institute. He’s involved in a long-term study of at risk children in Metro schools.

In preparation for that study, Rainey dove deep into the school system’s history and student data. Some disturbing trends were revealed.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (HAGGARD) — The Women’s March 2.0 in Nashville this past weekend may have been billed as a protest, but the focus seemed to be on voting and winning elections.

The march route from Public Square to the Bicentennial Mall was lined with election signs. Politicians were working the crowd and Mayor Megan Barry was a featured speaker.

Hazel Thornton with the League of Women Voters was just one several people on hand to register new voters.

  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new report suggests smoking is not only hard on your health but also puts a dent in your bank account.


WMOT’S reporting partner has released its annual look at the costs of smoking by state. The study compares price per pack, taxes, health costs, lost wages and more.


Tennessee is actually one of the cheapest places to be a smoker, but Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says the costs still pile up fast.



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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general wants the state Supreme Court to set eight execution dates before June 1, saying it's uncertain whether officials can get the lethal injection chemicals after that.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery's court filing Thursday says juries delivered death sentences decades ago, and each man has exhausted the three-tier appeals process.

The state's last execution was in 2009.

Slatery cited "ongoing difficulty" getting lethal injection drugs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A long-time mid-state political commentator gives Mayor Megan Barry passing marks for the way she’s handled her admission of an extra-marital affair, but says her political fate is yet to be decided.

At end of January Barry revealed she’d carried on affair with the head of her Metro Police security detail. Barry has said the affair began in September 2015 soon after she came into office. She has not said when the affair ended.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee House has passed an abortion bill, but the final version bears little resemblance to the author’s original intent.

East Tennessee Republican Micah Van Huss wrote a bill that would have outlawed abortion in Tennessee beyond the point when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That would have meant abortions could not have been performed past about six weeks into a pregnancy.

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All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

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