Sierra Hull's Bluegrass Odyssey on The String

Feb 14, 2018
Jacqueline Justice

Sierra Hull resolved that bluegrass music would be her life’s work when she wasn’t even ten years old. Growing up in tiny Byrdstown, TN, the music was all around her, not at concert venues but in jams at the local cafe and at homes, including her own and her uncle’s next door. The precocious young talent was signed to Rounder Records and released her debut album at 16 years old. Less than ten years later, she was named the first female IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, an honor she’s won twice in a row.





Chris and Oliver Wood built their singular sibling duo patiently, transitioning over several years from divergent and distant musical careers. Since moving from separate cities to Nashville and adding drummer Jano Rix about five years ago however, The Wood Brothers have enjoyed accelerating success.

Country music and national politics have overlapped awkwardly and combustibly for decades, and in the life of Kurt Bardella the juxtaposition is a daily matter. Bardella is a DC-based political operative, pundit and writer. Most of his career was as a conservative Republican. He worked for Rep. Darrell Issa of California and then for the profoundly controversial Breitbart News. Then, after the Trumpian revolution in the GOP and sparked by the party not separating itself from accused pedophile Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, he changed parties and became a Democrat.

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NASHVILLE: Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  There's one more reason to read the fine print when buying your next car.

A new Tennessee law allows used car dealers to sell vehicles that are under a safety recall, as long as the buyer signs a disclosure form.

The Motor Vehicle Recall and Disclosure Act is the first and only law of its kind in the country. Similar legislation failed in four other states.

Andy Spears with Tennessee Citizen Action is concerned about the potential impact on consumers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prisons official says three executions are scheduled this year in Tennessee, which would be the first since 2009.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa Taylor on Thursday confirmed James Hawkins, Billy Ray Irick and Sedrick Clayton are slated for execution. She says the department has the necessary lethal injection drugs.

Hawkins was convicted of murdering the mother of his three children in 2008. He is scheduled to die May 9.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products.

Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville and Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby announced the bill's filing Thursday amid wide support for medical marijuana in state polls.

The lawmakers believe the change could benefit 65,000 Tennesseans. Patients would have to have certain medical conditions, from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder.

The legislation would not allow use of recreational marijuana.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A longtime analyst says one of Tennessee’s largest employers is headed for a downturn.

Nissan, General Motors and Volkswagen all have large assembly plants in Tennessee. Nissan’s North American headquarters is located in Franklin.

Mark Wakefield with the consulting firm Alix Partners has been researching automotive trends for 25 years. He’s predicting the industry will build some 2 million fewer cars and trucks over the next 24 months.

Can hackers tamper with a Tennessee election?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  State officials say it would be difficult for hackers to tamper with Tennessee’s election system, but not impossible.

In a presentation Tuesday to a State Senate panel, Elections Coordinator Mark Goins told legislators Tennessee is not one of the 21 states federal officials say were targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 presidential election.

He noted that the state’s voting machines are not connected to the internet and so are largely immune to hacking.

Top 2018 legislative issues: Tennessee ACLU

Jan 17, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) — The Tennessee General Assembly is back in session and WMOT is exploring the legislative priorities of some of the state’s leading political voices.

WMOT News recently spoke Hedy Weinberg who heads the Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Weinberg says a major focus for the legal advocacy group this session will be the right to vote issue. Calling it the “cornerstone of our democracy” she says ACLU will proactively work on ballot box access.

A cabin fever cure: Nashville Reads 2018

Jan 17, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If this week’s mid-state weather has you suffering a touch of cabin fever, here’s a suggestion to keep you occupied.

The Nashville Reads Program has made its 2018 book selection. Now in its seventh year, Nashville Reads is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office, Nashville Public Library, Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, and BookPage.

This year’s selection is author John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Get ready for an ugly flu season. It’s just getting underway, and the Centers for Disease Control reports the illness is already widespread in every state except Hawaii.

Dr. Joe Thomas is Medical Director at Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna. He says mid-state infection rates are already high and may get worse before they get better.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the plateau of this yet and probably will see – at least for the next three or four weeks – continued growth or at least at the same rate it is now.”

Top 2018 legislative Issues: Tenn. LGBTQ priorities

Jan 15, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (HAGGARD) — The state assembly is back at work and WMOT is exploring the legislative priorities of leading stakeholders.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans split with coach Mike Mularkey on Monday after he revived a team with the NFL's worst record over two seasons and led them to their first playoff victory in 14 years.

 The Titans announced the move two days after a 35-14 loss to New England in the AFC divisional round.

"It became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success," controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general wants the state Supreme Court to set eight execution dates before June 1, saying it's uncertain whether officials can get the lethal injection chemicals after that.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery's court filing Thursday says juries delivered death sentences decades ago, and each man has exhausted the three-tier appeals process.

The state's last execution was in 2009.

Slatery cited "ongoing difficulty" getting lethal injection drugs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A long-time mid-state political commentator gives Mayor Megan Barry passing marks for the way she’s handled her admission of an extra-marital affair, but says her political fate is yet to be decided.

At end of January Barry revealed she’d carried on affair with the head of her Metro Police security detail. Barry has said the affair began in September 2015 soon after she came into office. She has not said when the affair ended.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee House has passed an abortion bill, but the final version bears little resemblance to the author’s original intent.

East Tennessee Republican Micah Van Huss wrote a bill that would have outlawed abortion in Tennessee beyond the point when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That would have meant abortions could not have been performed past about six weeks into a pregnancy.

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All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

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