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A new Gretchen Peters album is always cause for celebration and contemplation. Dancing With The Beast, her ninth studio project, released this spring to rave reviews, is no exception. Peters is back home in Nashville after multiple tours that included the UK and Ireland. She brings her pensive, story-driven songs to the Franklin Theatre this Saturday night. The CD release show is her only local one of the year.

Billy Strings and his band had played their last song. The Ryman Auditorium audience was on its feet emitting every manner of happy exultation at explosive volume. The quartet had taken a group bow and put their instruments to rest. Then emcee Eddie Stubbs, from his podium, suggested Billy Strings do one more song - a rare encore for an opening act.

In Episode 61 of The String, Craig H. and producer companion Gina Frary Bacon sit down with iconic Nashville Cat Wayne Moss.

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Parker Millsap visited WMOT's Studio A for a video and recording session in April 2018. Check out four songs from his current album, "Other Arrangements"

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Middle Tennessee’s first hemp store opened recently.

Tennessee Hemp Supply was packed the day WMOT visited. Owner Trinty Mealor was handing out free hemp body cream samples. He believes hemp has pain relieving properties and could help customers get off of dangerous medications.

“Opioids are being prescribed to them in multiple, multiple doses per day. If they could just reduce that count or even eliminate it by just rubbing some CBD on their joints…”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you live in Nashville and don’t have a car, you’re pretty much stuck. Metro sprawls over more than 500 square miles, public transportation is limited, and many neighborhoods don’t even have sidewalks.

United Way of Metropolitan Nashville operates a 2-1-1 phone service that connects the city’s residents with needed services, including transportation, but the group says it can’t find rides for about two out of every ten requests for help.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville School Board Chair Anna Shepherd says the system’s budget problems are not going away.

Shepherd told WMOT on Monday she’s grateful for the $2 million in additional funding the Metro Council voted to provide earlier this month, even though that amount was far short of the $44 million additional dollars the board requested.

Shepherd says funding will likely be even more challenging next year and she wants to get a jump on negotiations.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study says Tennessee is now one of 26 states where there are more deaths than births among the white population.

The study was released last week by the University of Wisconsin.

Demographers Rogelio Saenz (Signs) and Kenneth Johnson used federal data  to show that Tennessee’s white population tipped over into decline in 2015.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 mid-term candidates for statewide office. On Monday we spoke with Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell, currently the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Our conversation began with education. Rep Harwell noted Tennessee’s children are improving rapidly in math and science, but also says there’s lots of room for improvement.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A University of Tennessee law professor is getting national attention for an op-ed he wrote for USAToday.

Dr. Glenn Reynolds argues that recent reports about members of President Donald Trump’s staff being harassed in public are signs that what’s being called a “soft civil war” is now underway in America.

Check out the article for yourself and then tell WMOT what you think. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Nashville School Board member says she wants to place a school tax increase referendum on the August 2 general election ballot.

Board Member Christiane Buggs says she has no idea how her fellow board members will react.

“We all know that we need more funding for our students. So, I would hope that they would support it, but I also know that there are so many different things that are affecting our city right now that I don’t know where they stand.”

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are praising a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lets states force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday's ruling will help local businesses compete on an even tax playing field with out-of-state companies. He said the administration is reviewing the decision and considering next steps.

A legal challenge was filed last year after Haslam moved to make major online vendors collect sales taxes on purchases made in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senators from Tennessee are opposing part of President Donald Trump's reorganization plan that revisits possibly selling the transmission assets of the nation's largest public utility.

Sen. Lamar Alexander called the proposed Tennessee Valley Authority sell-off a "looney idea" Thursday.

In April, Alexander opposed Trump's budget proposal idea of possibly selling TVA assets.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Rifle Association has endorsed U.S. Rep. Diane Black in a crowded Republican primary field for Tennessee governor.

In a news release Thursday, the influential gun rights group's Political Victory Fund said Black is the only Tennessee gubernatorial candidate with an "A'' rating and a "perfect record" on Second Amendment issues.

NRA Political Victory Fund Chairman Chris Cox said Black has never wavered in the fight to expand and protect Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A researcher at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is out with a study that has striking implications for Tennessee’s opioid epidemic.

Dr. Stephen Stephen Patrick is a Neonatologist and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy. He’s released a study looking at barriers faced by pregnant women seeking treatment for prescription addictions.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you want to know exactly how many of your tax dollars went to convince the prestigious New York investment firm AllianceBernstein to move its headquarters and a thousand jobs to Nashville you’re out of luck.

City and state officials say the company will receive more than $17 million in grants as a part of the agreement. However, the state is refusing to reveal what kind of tax breaks it offered the firm to clinch the deal.

WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  Have you puzzled over why your salary isn’t keeping pace with rising cost of everything from cars to corn flakes? If so, you’re not alone.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker also wants to know why American workers aren’t seeing their wages increase at a time when the economy is booming.

In a Senate Banking Committee meeting Tuesday in Washington, Corker questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about why salaries are failing to keep pace with inflation.

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