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

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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.

Kelly Christine Sutton

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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is joining several other Tennessee officials voicing concerns over President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday he's concerned about additional costs to manufacturers, particularly the state's car industry. He said that a trade war wouldn't be good for Tennessee, a manufacturing state.

Swedish appliance maker Electrolux has put on hold a $250 million Tennessee plant expansion, citing the tariff announcement. Other companies are showing similar caution.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley says his city can begin to acknowledge, atone and seek reconciliation for slavery by replacing an unused minor league baseball stadium with a park commemorating a Civil War fort built by slaves.

Briley announced Tuesday he'll seek $1 million in city money to demolish Greer Stadium near Fort Negley. Developers dropped housing and entertainment complex plans for the site after archaeologists found human remains are likely still buried there, possibly of slaves who built the fort.

Liz Brasher Video from WMOT Studio A

Mar 12, 2018

Liz Brasher stopped by the WMOT studios for an on-air session with host Jessie Scott and the WMOT Video Crew. Brasher, an NPR Slingshot artist, has a new EP, Outcast that will drop April 27, 2018. The first single from the EP "Body of Mine" is one of four she recorded for WMOT.

Brasher and her band head to SXSW in Austin, Texas where she will perform for WMOT at El Mercado, and on the NPR Stage at Stubbs.


MURFREESBRORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennesseans are feeling bullish about both the state and national economies in spite of recent volatility in the stock market.

Middle Tennessee State University has released its latest, quarterly Consumer Outlook Index. Consumer sentiment has improved by a whopping 55 points in a single quarter, for about a 30 percent jump.

Dr. Tim Graeff directs consumer research at MTSU.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  An East Tennessee company is making a $120 million health care investment in the mid-state.

Provision Cares Proton Therapy will operate a proton therapy center in Franklin; currently one of only 26 such facilities in the nation.

ProNova Solutions of Maryville, Tennessee builds the high tech machines, which use proton radiation to destroy cancer calls.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's education commissioner says the state has more than twice the national average of cases involving students bringing firearms to school.

Candice McQueen says Tennessee had 7.5 incidents per 100,000 students in the 2015-16 school year; the national average is 3.1 incidents.

Child opioid overdoses are on the rise

Mar 9, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The latest edition of the Journal Pediatrics says the number of children hospitalized for opioid overdoses has almost doubled since 2004.

Even worse, more than 40 percent of the kids who overdose end up in intensive care. Sixty-percent of those overdosing fall between the ages of 12 and 17 suggesting that most cases don’t happen by accident.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (HAGGARD) — For Women’s History Month, WMOT is talking with powerful women in Middle Tennessee.

Margaret Behm started Nashville’s first law firm made up of only women almost 40 years ago. She’s a member of the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. Her firm was originally called Shipley & Behm.

In 1980, not many women were practicing law, and when they were, Behm says they were not doing trial work or business litigation.


NASHIVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Before her sudden fall, former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was a progressive, pro-business rising star among Tennessee's struggling Democrats in a firmly red state.

She officiated the city's first gay marriage before being elected in 2015. She pushed for tremendous growth, helping shape an ever-changing skyline of construction cranes and new high-rises.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee House has passed legislation that critics fear would essentially mean state residents could carry a gun anywhere and anytime.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss. It would lower the first time penalty for carrying a gun without a state permit to $250. Opponents believe that’s low enough that gun enthusiasts will choose to carry their weapons everywhere and pay the fine if caught.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville’s population continues to grow, and that’s causing housing costs to rise dramatically.

Federal data shows the rate at which Metro’s population is expanding peaked in 2015, but there are still more people moving into the city each year than moving out. That’s allowed property owners to sell homes at ever higher prices and raise rental fees.

Kathy Trawick with the Tennessee Fair Housing Council says those rising housing costs are especially hard on the working poor, college graduates with student loans, and people with disabilities.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee House has passed a $37.5 billion state budget, but not before making a change intended to punish the City of Memphis.

The new budget includes millions of additional dollars for education, opioid addiction treatment, and school safety. But the Republican majority in the House also added a last minute amendment that takes $250,000 out of the budget.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House passed a $37.5 billion budget, but only after arguments over whether to take money away from the city of Memphis as punishment for removing Confederate Statues last year.

Gov. Bill Haslam asked for $211.8 million more for K-12 education, including $55.1 million for teacher pay raises. He added $30 million to fight opioid abuse and another $30 million for school safety following the shootings in Florida in February that killed 17 people. The governor also included $99.1 million for higher education.

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