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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.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The news has gone from bad to worse in Tennessee's struggle with obesity. That’s according to a new study from the personal finance website

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Tennessee ranked as the fifth most overweight state in 2016, but rose to third most obese this year. Only Mississippi and Virginia scored higher.

“Not a good thing, and a lot of that comes down to just the sheer number of, not only adults who are either overweight or obese, but also teenagers and children who are obese or overweight.”

The String with Craig Havighurst - Episode 10.29

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This week on The List, Craig talks with Jerry Douglass. Jerry Douglas is in the encyclopedias as the singular innovator of the Dobro, that horizontal acoustic slide guitar developed in the early 20th century. But that’s like calling Charlie Parker a saxophone player. Jerry is a consummate creator who found an unlikely muse and who made the most of it. Among the vast catalog, Douglas has recorded or performed with: Charlie Waller’s Country Gentlemen, The Whites, Ricky Skaggs, JD Crowe, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Garth Brooks, Elvis Costello, Bill Frisell and it just goes on and on. Since the mid 90s he’s been a key voice, instrumentally and vocally, in Alison Krauss and Union Station. Recently he formed the Earls of Leicester, a deeply traditional bluegrass band that channels the work and feeling of Flatt & Scruggs, and they promptly won every award in sight. And for many of us, the hub of the wheel of Jerry’s world has been his lifelong collaborations with fellow newgrass superstars Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Tony Rice and Edgar Meyer. And yet for all his adventures, Jerry the band leader and composer never quite found the path to writing and recording in an idiom he’s loved his whole life. Until now. He’s recently released a jazz fusion record called What If.

Also on the show, a short interview with Anna Bek Schwaber, producer and director of The Porchlight Sessions, a profile of the bluegrass community in the 21st century that's newly out as a web pay per view documentary.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  What do victories by Democrats in Tuesday’s handful of elections mean for Tennessee politics, if anything?

Democrats were especially heartened following a decisive win by Ralph Northam in the Virginia Governor’s race.

It's a win former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen will likely stud with interest. The state’s last Democratic governor, Bredesen is said to be considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Republican Bob Corker.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer songwriters Rodney Crowell and Kelsea Ballerini and hit country songwriter Ashley Gorley were honored at the ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday.

Crowell, who announced earlier this year he was cancelling all his 2017 tour dates due to a health issue, was given the Founder's Award and honored with performances by Keith Urban and Vince Gill. The multiple Grammy Award-winner, who turned 67 this year, announced on Twitter last month that he had been diagnosed with dysautonomia, a disorder of the automatic nervous system.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville has been named to a short list of leading southeastern technology innovation hubs.

The report, compiled by Atlanta based investment firm BIP Capital, also includes Atlanta, Miami, Northern Virginia and the Raleigh-Durham Research Park.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Add Tennessee Realtors to the list of trade groups opposed to the Republican tax overhaul plan.

The plan faces its first committee hearing this week.

In its current form the proposal calls for a number of changes that would impact the way taxes are paid when homes are bought, sold and mortgaged.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Room in the Inn is getting its 32nd annual winter shelter program underway this month.

The initiative began in 1986 when Father Charles Strobel invited the homeless into his East Nashville Holy Name Catholic Church to escape the cold overnight.

This year nearly 200 churches, synagogues and mosques have stepped up to shelter the homeless in their facilities through the winter months.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  It’s something of an understatement to say Tennessee environmentalists are not happy with new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The Trump Administration appointee is moving quickly to roll back a number of current and planned pollution controls, including those governing the storage of the ash produced by coal burning power plants.


Last Friday, about a month after the untimely death of beloved rock and roller Tom Petty, Canadian folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys released Fifteen, their first album in six years. Track two is one of Petty’s most intimate songs, “Wildflowers.”

“I remember jamming it in a hotel room a few years ago and it came together really naturally. And then we started performing it and people just loved it.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Hurricane ravaged Texas, Florida and Puetro Rico are no longer front page news, but all three still struggling to recover.

A Nashville based musician is offering up a unique way to help that has Music City flair.

Derek Hawkes is a trombonist with the Nashville Symphony. He's helped organize a benefit concert for band programs in the Houston area that suffered storm losses.

Hawkes is just one of the musicians participating in DFW Trombones for Houston. He says the damage to band programs in the area has been extensive.


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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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