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A Quiet Giant of Roots Music, Randy Scruggs, Is Dead at 64

Apr 18, 2018

Randy Scruggs, a soft-spoken, multi-talented musician and artist from a great American music family, died on Tuesday at age 64, reportedly from an illness.

A Guitar Pull Of Greatness For A Merle Travis Centennial

Apr 16, 2018

As birthday parties go, this one’s a bit on the late side, but nobody, least of all the late great Merle Travis, will notice or care. He was born on Nov. 17, 1917 in Rosewood, Kentucky, so this week’s tribute show on April 18, 2018 at the City Winery is more of a centenary celebration, but there’s a lot to acknowledge and the lineup of musicians pulled together by the Grammy Museum and Travis’s son Thom Bresh is a guitar pull of the gods.

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The critical reception to Golden Hour, the third major-label, non-holiday album from Kacey Musgraves, reminds me of a particle accelerator - an atom smasher they used to call them - where we learn about something invisible by observing where the sparks fly after a collision. The quantum system at issue involves a unique artistic vision colliding with the ways music writers tend to frame the music business.

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Tennessee Bald Eagle nursed back to health, released

Mar 28, 2018
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JOELTON, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  WMOT News recently told you about a Bald Eagle being nursed back to health by the wildlife rehab center Walden’s Puddle in Joelton.

The eagle was released back into the wild last weekend.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency put together a great video about the eagle’s care.

You can see that video here. Learn more about TWRA here. Learn more about Walden's Puddle here.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell wants a lawmaker's resignation after three women have accused him in a report of sexual misconduct as their high school basketball coach decades ago.

Hours before WSMV-TV's report Tuesday, Harwell spokeswoman Kara Owen told the station Harwell thinks Republican Rep. David Byrd should resign. In the report, two women allege Byrd inappropriately touched them. The third said Byrd tried to.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A black man accused of fatally shooting a white woman and wounding six other people at a Tennessee church in September has pleaded not guilty through his attorney to charges in a 43-count indictment, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation.

On Wednesday, attorney Jennifer Thompson entered the plea on behalf of 26-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson during the arraignment on charges in the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ shooting in Nashville. Samson was not in court Wednesday and has not yet appeared in court.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  State lawmakers are questioning corrections officials about a program that puts Tennesseans in solitary confinement before they ar convicted of any crime.

Senators on Monday quizzed Corrections Commissioner Tony Parker about Tennessee’s “Safe Keepers” program following media reports about the initiative. The prograrm sends local offenders awaiting trial to state prisons if their special needs can’t be met in county jails.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  China's government said Monday it’s open to negotiating with Washington amid a spiraling tariff dispute and Tennessee farmers are hoping President Trump will accept.

On Friday China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods targeted for possible retaliation for President Donald Trump's tariff hike on steel and aluminum imports. Many of those goods come from the Ag sector.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A prominent spokesperson for Tennessee’s Transgender residents says they are “angry and disgusted” over President Donald Trump’s latest order banning most transgender troops from serving in the military.

Marisa Richmond speaks for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and also serves on the Metro Human Relations Commission. Richmond says that in spite of Trump’s assertions, transgender individuals can serve the nation’s armed forces effectively.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee has a new basketball coach in Nick McDevitt, who led UNC Asheville to the Big South regular-season title the last two years.

He replaces Kermit Davis, who left to coach Mississippi after going 332-188 in 16 seasons. McDevitt will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed $30.2 million to improve school safety.

In a news release Tuesday, Haslam's office says the money includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants.

Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin told a legislative panel that the money would be spread among mental health, law enforcement safety and education.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The head of Tennessee’s largest association of drug rehab counselors and agencies says President Donald Trump appears to have taken a page out of Tennessee’s play book for his opioid epidemic response plan unveiled Monday.

Mary-Linden Salter heads the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services.

She notes that top Trump Administration staffers were in Tennessee last year to talk to the state's treatment providers. Earlier this year Tennessee sent a delegation to the White House to confer on drug policy again.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  State lawmakers want to change the way the final school grades of some Tennessee students are calculated.  

Republican Rep. John Forgety is sponsoring a measure in the House that would allow schools to apply up to 25 percent of state achievement test scores to a child’s final grade.

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Waffle House suspect still being sought; residents on alert

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As an intensive manhunt continues for the suspect in a Waffle House restaurant shooting that killed four people, police are warning residents of a Nashville neighborhood to beware of the alleged killer.

More than 80 Nashville police officers continued to search for Travis Reinking early Monday, authorities said. Agents with the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were also assisting in the manhunt as disturbing reports about the wanted man's past behavior came to light.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Several mid-state communities are hoping to pull down more state and federal tax dollars by conducting population counts.

The federal government conducts a nationwide census every ten years. But a local community can conduct a special census in the years between. Murfreesboro, Brentwood, Ashland City, Smyrna, and LaVergne have all done so in recent months.

Are Tennessee children getting adequate healthcare?

Apr 19, 2018
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study says more American children have health insurance than at any point in history, but also says Tennessee children are still not getting adequate care.

Our WMOT reporting partners at Wallethub.com conducted the study. The personal finance website notes that it costs American parents about $230,000 to raise a child, with health care accounting for a big chunk of the bill.

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

James Comey To 'Fresh Air': The FBI Isn't 'On Anybody's Side': The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo is on track to make history this week, but probably not in the way his supporters envisioned.

The secretary of state-designate's nomination is unlikely to be favorably recommended out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday night because no Democrat on the 11-10 panel supports his nomination, and neither does Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

"I'm not a hero. I'm just a regular person," said James Shaw Jr., who police say saved lives by disarming a man who opened fire Sunday at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Shaw insists he acted only to save himself — but many others are calling him a hero for stopping the violence.

"I think anybody could've did what I did if they're just pushed in that kind of cage," Shaw said, "and you have to either react or you're going to, you know, fold."