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
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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.

 

TAA

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  President Donald Trump’s plan to privatize Air Traffic Control is getting a chilly reception from Tennessee’s airports.

 

This past week Trump urged Congress to strip Air Traffic Control from the Federal Aviation Administration and shift it to a for-profit company. He called the current system “stuck, painfully, in the past.”

 

Confederate and WWI vets changed the way Tennesseans remember war

Jun 9, 2017
Tennessee State Museum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Matt Follett and Brady Watson)  --   One-hundred years ago, soldiers from Tennessee shipped out to fight in “The Great War,” World War I. Now, the State Museum is commemorating the service of some 80,000 Tennessee WWI veterans with an exhibit entitled “The Yanks are Coming.”

According to two mid-state historians, one of the more interesting aspects of the state’s war effort, was the way Tennessee chose to memorialize the sacrifices of it Great War heroes.

wallethub.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee may be enjoying unemployment below five percent and huge tax surpluses, but a new study says the state’s economy is still performing below national averages.

Analyst Jill Gonzalez says the Wallethub.com team crunched a lot of numbers to draw their conclusions.

“We looked at all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, across 27 different indicators of economic performance and strength. So that includes GDP growth, to start up activities, to the share of jobs in high tech industries.”

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prisoner says he shouldn't have to serve a life sentence for a crime committed when he was 14 — a slaying that garnered international attention in 1997 because prosecutors said it was part of a satanic ritual.

In legal filings, Jason Bryant points to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that juveniles should not be sentenced to life in prison except in the most extreme cases. Those involved in the slayings deny it was part of any sort of ritual.

Bill Monroe's Name For Sale, With Strings Attached

Jun 8, 2017

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Craig Havighurst) -- Music fans and historians were surprised this week by the announcement that the estate of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe has offered for sale the rights to the icon’s name, likeness and web domain.

Deadline looms for Tennessee Promise volunteer hours

Jun 8, 2017
Tenn. State Parks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MARSHALL)  --   Governor Bill Haslam recently signed into law Tennessee Reconnect, a program allowing adult students to attend community college tuition free.

The precursor to Reconnect was Tennessee Promise, which affords the same opportunity to recent high school graduates. For students, however, there is a catch.

In order to be eligible for Tennessee Promise, students must first log eight hours of community service. For high school graduates attending college this fall, the due date for those hours is July 1.

capitol.tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee campaign finance officials have imposed a nearly $465,000 fine on a former lawmaker who was expelled from the General Assembly last year amid a series of sexual harassment allegations.

The Tennessean reports that it's the largest fine ever imposed by the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.

Jeremy Durham was drummed out of the state House in September amid allegations that earned him the nickname "Pants Candy" by women working at the Capitol.

c-span.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Marsha Blackburn has confirmed she will seek another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Tennessean reports that Blackburn's bid for a ninth term puts an end to speculation in some circles that she might instead try to run for statewide office next year.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker hasn't yet announced whether he will seek a third six-year term, though he is widely expected to run. Meanwhile, several Republicans are expected to join next year's race to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed legislation naming Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in the TV series "Law & Order" and at least 20 movies.

Tennessee's congressional delegation announced the move Tuesday in a joint news release.

Thompson died in 2015. He was 73.

The Senate voted last month on a resolution that had already been passed by the House.

MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state scholar is heading to Russia this weekend to dig deeper into one of the strangest incidents of the Cold War.

In June 1978, eight Soviet citizens made a wild dash for the American Embassy in Moscow in a desperate bid to escape religious persecution. The eight were members of two Pentecostal Christian families from Siberia.

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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.

WMOT

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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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.

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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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