KANSAS CITY, KS  (HAVIGHURST)  --  Freedom Sings, the traveling cavalcade of song that tells the story of the First Amendment and Civil Rights through music, had not staged a show at the Folk Alliance International convention since the early 2000s when the event briefly headquartered in Nashville.

But the convention’s theme this weekend in Kansas City, Forbidden Folk: Activism In Art, was too compelling to pass up.

Eric Church cancels 25K tickets bought by scalpers

Feb 20, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Eric Church has been battling ticket scalpers for years as his popularity grew and he began selling out arenas.

But he's taken his biggest step yet by cancelling more than 25,000 tickets to his spring tour that were purchased by scalpers and putting them back on sale for fans to purchase.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Keith Urban's boundary-pushing album "Ripcord" has spawned several top country singles and led him to pick up seven nominations including entertainer of the year and album of the year at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Lady Antebellum announced the nominations Thursday on "CBS This Morning" for the awards show, which will be held April in Las Vegas and aired live on CBS. Urban is also nominated for male vocalist of the year, single record of the year and song of the year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  The Tennessee culture wars are about to heat up with the introduction this week of two controversial bills by State Senator Mae Beavers.

Beavers yesterday introduced a bill (SB0771) that would require public school students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match the sex recorded on their birth certificates.

The other measure is entitled the “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” (SB0752) and states the “policy of Tennessee to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary.”

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state media law experts says a recent appointment by President Donald Trump could mean trouble for Tennessee consumers.

Middle Tennessee State’s Dr. Larry Burriss says the appointment of Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission may mean slower, more expensive internet service in some cases.

Chairman Pai is an outspoken critic of Net Neutrality - the notion that service providers should give every internet user equal access.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis, and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers, used their voices and his songs to honor the legend.

Travis watched from the side of the stage Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, as country stars from multiple eras sang his classics, from "Forever and Ever, Amen" to "Three Wooden Crosses."

By the end, he had joined in the celebration by singing "Amazing Grace" and leading others in singing "May the Circle Be Unbroken."

Doggart campaign

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors in the trial of a Tennessee man accused of planning an attack on a mosque in New York say he stockpiled weapons and ammunition in his home.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that an FBI agent on Tuesday showed jurors an M-4 rifle seized from the home of Robert Doggart.

Doggart is on trial on charges that he planned to attack a Muslim community called Islamberg in upstate New York. He has pleaded not guilty.

State of Tennessee

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has introduced legislation seeking to ban any open alcohol bottles or cans in vehicles traveling on Tennessee roads.

Tennessee currently bans drivers from drinking at the wheel, but does not extend that prohibition to passengers. That conflicts with federal open container guidelines, which causes about $18 million in federal road money to be redirected toward drunken-driving enforcement.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee anti-abortion group is urging lawmakers emboldened by President Donald Trump to hold off on passing new abortion restrictions in the state until the courts decide the fate of several major abortion laws.

Tennessee Right to Life is asking lawmakers to go slow until a federal appellate court weighs in on a constitutional amendment that laid the groundwork for more stringent abortion restrictions.

Natalie Hemby

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RHIANNON GILBERT) -- For nearly ten years, Natalie Hemby’s lyrics have been in high-demand on Music Row, with songs by big names like Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum. With the debut of her first solo album, “Puxico,” Hemby circles back to her original goal for her career -- to be a featured artist.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman accused of causing the death of a Nashville police officer who tried to save her has been arrested and charged on the same day a public memorial was held for the decorated 18-year police veteran.

Court records show that 40-year-old Juli Glisson was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide on Monday. The records do not list an attorney for Glisson. Her bail was set at $100,000.

Doggart campaign

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Trial is underway in Chattanooga for a 65-year-old Tennessee man accused of planning an attack on a mosque in New York.

Robert Doggart, who ran for Congress in 2014 in East Tennessee and finished with 6 percent of the vote, went on trial Monday in U.S. District Court.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports prosecutor Saeed Mody spoke to the 12-person jury first after lawyers spent the morning choosing jurors from a pool of 32 people.

Doggart has pleaded not guilty to the accusations.

The trial is expected to last about a week.

Murf. Police investigate MTSU student's death

Feb 7, 2017

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro Police have identified the man found shot in the head Sunday evening as 20-year-old Dreyll Keeley.

Keeley was a second year business major at Middle Tennessee State.

His body was discovered just before sundown near an apartment complex south of campus. Police found a handgun nearby.

Authorities initially called the death suspicious, but now say it’s likely Keeley’s injuries were self-inflicted. Authorities hope to confirm that through an autopsy.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee senator has locked up her state Capitol office amid a renewed feud with protesters.

About a dozen people were involved in Tuesday's protest at Republican Sen. Mae Beavers' office. Some read civil rights writings and knocked on her door inside the office.

Last week, Beavers and GOP Rep. Mark Pody abruptly ended their own news conference when protesters interrupted to oppose the lawmakers' bathroom bill and legislation defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro lauded his school system's commitment to diversity while acknowledging "some tension" as UT tries to be more inclusive.

DiPietro said he understood that navigating change can be challenging, but said demographics are changing and students have to be prepared for diverse workplace environments.

DiPietro's remarks were made during the school's second State of the University address.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's ambitious transportation plan is headed for a key vote in the House on Wednesday, though lawmakers are uncertain whether the bill that would include Tennessee's first gas tax hike since 1989 can gain enough votes to advance.

House Majority Leader Glen Casada says he hopes the House Transportation Subcommittee will either approve the governor's plan, or amend it to include an alternate proposal made by Republican Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville.

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