Josh Ritter Live Video on WXPN Free at Noon

Sep 22, 2017

Josh Ritter performs live on our NPR partner station WXPN out of Philadelphia, Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. CST.

A Feast of a Fest: Americana 2017 in Review

Sep 19, 2017
Jacqueline Justice

The best way to approach an oncoming juggernaut like AmericanaFest is a delicate balance of reckless ambition and meticulous planning. That, in any event, is one of my takeaways from observing how WMOT and Music City Roots made the scene and flew their flags amid this year’s city-wide roots music extravaganza.

WMOT's 1st Birthday Bash Live

Sep 16, 2017

WMOT hosts its first birthday bash at 6th & Peabody in the Yee-Haw Tent with a amazing lineup of Americana artists. If you can't make it in person watch it live here on

11:00   Paul Thorn

12:00   Reckless Kelly

1:00     Whitney Rose

2:00     The Secret Sisters

3:00     The Deep Dark Woods

4:00     The O’Connor Band

5:00     Lilly Hiatt

6:00     The Texas Gentlemen

7:00     Aaron Lee Tasjan

8:00     Katie Pruitt

9:00     Vandoliers

10:00   Mike Farris

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee Farm Bureau has a blunt message for Congress and the president: Fix the nation’s immigration policy and do it now.


Farm Bureau spokesman Lee Maddox says the state’s farmers are having trouble finding laborers willing to help with the harvest.


He’s says farmers would prefer to hire citizens, but few seem interested. Maddox says using immigrant labor to work the fields is the only remaining option.

WASHINGTON, DC  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander’s effort to shore up Obamacare appears to be in trouble.


Alexander chairs the Senate Health Committee.


He voted this summer to repeal Obamacare, but when that effort failed Alexander began talking to colleagues about the need to keep the Affordable Care Act from collapsing.


Alexander has convened a series of Senate hearings to that end, but the effort has already run up against partisan bickering.


16 years later, 9/11 still engenders strong emotions

Sep 13, 2017
J. Intintoli / MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (KATIE INMAN)  --  Sixteen years ago this week the terror attacks targeting New York and Washington claimed nearly three thousand lives. A memorial ceremony held Monday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University shows just how fresh those painful memories remain.

The sound of Taps rang across the M-T-S-U campus early on the morning of 9/11 in a show of respect for those who died that day, and those who’ve died since in the nation’s war on terror.


Sep 12, 2017


Thursday, Sept. 14 at Thiel Studios 150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 108 from 4 to 7 PM

4:00 PM Tony Joe White

5:00 PM Brent Cobb

6:00 PM Lori McKenna

WMOT members and AMERICANAFEST Badge Holders are welcome.

Music City Roots

Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Yee-Haw Tent on 6th & Peabody from 7 to 11 PM

Pony Bradshaw, Angaleena Presley, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Cactus Blossoms, John Paul White and a special after show performance by Lee Ann Womack.

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A man who lived in the "dark, dark world" of methamphetamine and morphine abducted a Tennessee nursing student from her rural home in 2011, then drugged, raped and shot her before discarding her body and bragging about it, a prosecutor said Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward the Republicans' prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP members of the Budget Committee are meeting Tuesday with two top Trump administration officials to plot breaking the budget stalemate.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A public memorial ceremony will be held Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry for Troy Gentry, a member of the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday.

Fifty-year-old Gentry was from Lexington, Kentucky, and is survived by his wife, Angie Gentry, and daughters Taylor and Kaylee, according to the Opry website. The service will be streamed online as well.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee ranked way down a recent list of the best and worst places to raise a family.

WMOT reporting partner recently ranked the nation’s 150 largest cities using 41 metrics including the cost of housing, the quality of local schools and healthcare systems.

Nashville pulled down the state’s best score, but only managed 58th on the list. Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says, believe it or not, one of the metrics that pushed Tennessee so far down on the list, was the divorce rate.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A team of first responders from Rutherford County are just back from Texas where they were helping out following Hurricane Harvey.

A team of 11 spent last week in Houston doing welfare checks in neighborhoods still partially or completely flooded.

Battalion Chief Daryl Alexander says the Rutherford County team walked into some locations, but had to use boats to reach others.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities expect the effects from Hurricane Irma to be felt statewide in Tennessee as it moves into the state.

Forecasters predict the storm will be a tropical depression by the time it arrives near Jackson by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, bringing wind gusts up to 55 mph and up to 3 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for portions of southern Tennessee and a wind advisory starting Monday afternoon across central and eastern sections of the state, especially in higher elevations.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on shooting at church in Nashville (all times local):

1 p.m.

Authorities in Tennessee say one person is dead and seven people sustained injuries after a gunman opened fire at a church in Nashville.

Metro Nashville Police Department says the gunman was wounded and was taken to a hospital. No details were available about his condition.

The police department said on Twitter that six of the injured were shot and one was pistol-whipped.

Documenting hate in Middle Tennessee

Sep 22, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Media outlets here in Tennessee and around the country are asking for the public's help investigating hate crimes.


The partnership, led by the ProPublica and including most of Tennessee's major newspapers, has set up an online form where the public can file reports on hate incidents. Participating media will send reporters out to look at those incidents.

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was convicted Friday of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 20-year-old nursing student who disappeared from her home six years ago.

Zachary Adams was found guilty after an 11-day trial in Savannah, Tennessee. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges. Holly Bobo was 20 when she was reported missing from her home in rural Parsons on April 13, 2011.

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