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Between 1963 and 1966, country music enjoyed one of its earliest and most prominent showcases on national television from a studio in the heart of Manhattan. The Jimmy Dean Show, a prime-time, hour-long series launched on Sept. 19, 1963. It was an ambitious Broadway style production, says series co-producer Steve Boyle.

“These were shot at West 77th Street in New York City in ABC Studio One, which is about two blocks from Julliard and three or four blocks from Lincoln Center. It must have seemed like a UFO landing in the middle of Manhattan.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country music star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.

A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85.

Grubbs said Tillis battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.


It’s a soundscape unique in and to Nashville: the cascading fountain in the atrium of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, mingled with the floating country jazz guitar of David Andersen. He’s played here six days a week for a good while. Five thousand days, as of this week. He started more than 16 years ago.

“May 1, 2001. That’s right when they opened the building,” he said on Wednesday.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A government witness has testified that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam "loved it" when the sales team ripped off customers at the trucking company controlled by his family.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee’s small business owners are breathing a little easier after Republicans lowered the tax rates for most small businesses as part of their tax overhaul proposal.

The changes came late last week as the House and Senate marked up the legislation in committee. In some cases, a small business could pay as little as nine percent on earnings. 

Jim Brown is State Director for National Federation of Independent Business representing some 6500 business owners in Tennessee.

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (AP/WMOT)  --  The FBI says hate crimes jumped by five percent across the country last year, with bias incidents involving race or ethnicity showing the largest increase.

The agency says there were some 6,100 hate crimes reported nationwide in 2016 with 275 of those incidents occurring here in Tennessee.

Authorities warn the actual number of hate crimes is likely much higher. The results rely on voluntary reporting by local police agencies.

Americana En Francais from Brace and Hoffman

Nov 14, 2017


Songwriter Eric Brace, founder of the band Last Train Home and Nashville’s Red Beet Records, has a pedigree of pure Americana. But if you scour his catalog deeply, you’ll see that he very much enjoys singing songs from France.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s disappointed the state’s public universities have largely rejected his efforts to outsource campus maintenance.

Haslam made the comment this past week during a meeting of the University Of Tennessee Board Of Trustees, which he chairs.  Most schools in the UT system announced during the session that they would keep facilities management in-house.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville’s Fraternal Order of Police is pushing back against a metro council proposal that would create a civilian board to review police actions.

Although some council members expressed serious reservations about the proposal during the November 7 meeting, the bill by Councilman Scott Davis was allowed to move ahead to a second of three readings on a voice vote.

Current FOP President James Smallwood says his member officers are strongly opposed this type of civilian review.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  “If we don’t get this right, people will die.”

That was the reaction from a Metro Council member to Mayor Barry’s plan to wind down inpatient care at Nashville’s indigent hospital.

In a letter released Thursday, Barry suggested that services at Nashville General should be reduced to outpatient care only. Barry noted that since 2005 Metro has had to spend more than half-a-billion dollars to keep General operating. She also says the hospital’s beds are now routinely less than half filled.

Compass and Red House Join Houses

Nov 9, 2017
Compass Records


Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams are among the prominent folk and Americana artists whose record label will soon be moving from St. Paul Minnesota to a new home in Nashville.

Nashville’s Compass Records announced this week that it has agreed to acquire Red House Records, a folk label launched in 1983 by DJ and music advocate Bob Feldman.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville based CapStar Bank is facing off in court against a billionaire investor who has accumulated a significant percentage of the bank’s stock.

The Nashville Business Journal says CapStar has filed suit against Gaylon Lawrence contending his purchase of CapStar shares violates banking laws. The bank says Lawrence is trying to gain a controlling interest in the bank without making his intentions clear in public filings.

Lawrence reportedly now holds a more than 8 percent interest in the company.



Acoustic music legends David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel released Pickin’ last Friday, marking their first-ever duo album. And it would be hard to find anybody more excited about that than guitarist and singer Trey Hensley. Because he and his duo partner Rob Ickes were invited to join the ongoing album-inspired tour.



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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has removed data from its website about the amount of low-level radioactive waste going into landfills.

The Tennessean reports the information had been open to the public for years before the department said it is confidential.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  AARP Tennessee says it hopes Tennessee’s Congressional delegation is listening.

The senior’s advocacy group says it’s expressed deep disappointment to legislators over several provisions of the tax overhaul plan passed by the U.S. House.

AARP does not favor, for example, the elimination of a tax deduction for medical expenses. Spokesperson Shelley Courington says AARP also opposes an effort to cripple Obamacare by eliminating the individual mandate.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Middle Tennessee State University is the new home for the 900 member Oral History Association.

Oral history collection is enjoying something of a renaissance, thanks in large part to the Association’s work. A good case in point: The popularity of StoryCorp histories as aired each week on National Public Radio.

OHA Co-Executive Director Dr. Kristine McCusker says it isn’t just academics who are making use of the Association’s resources.

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