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.”

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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.

 

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Diana Black's gubernatorial campaign is taking aim at Republican rival Randy Boyd, launching a broadside at the former member of Gov. Bill Haslam's Cabinet for everything from his running attire to what the congresswoman decries as his moderate record.

It's the latest attack by Black in what has otherwise largely been a sleepy gubernatorial race — a contest that has been pushed even further out of the public eye by the suddenly lively campaign to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

WASHINGTON, DC  (AP/WMOT)  --  Pushing their ongoing feud aside, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker hopes to renew President Trump’s authority to conduct the war on terror.

Some in Congress believe the authorization needs to be updated. They argue, for example, that the growing use of armed drones needs to be addressed.

Democrats would like to see a new war authorization place limits on President Trump’s war authority, including the use of nuclear weapons.

Murf. residents can expect census forms in the mail

Oct 31, 2017

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The City of Murfreesboro is hoping to pull down more state and federal tax dollars by conducting a special census through the end of the year.

Census cards will be arriving in the mail boxes of city residents this week.

City planner Dianna Tomlin says the 2010 federal census put the city’s population at just under 110,000. But she notes that with Murfreesboro being one of the fastest growing cities in the state, officials suspect its now more like 130,000.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Another feather in Williamson County’s cap. A new study lists Brentwood and Franklin among the best small cities in the country.

Our reporting partners at Wallethub.com ranked more than 1200 small towns nationwide, comparing 31 factors. Among the categories included: crime rates, quality of life, weather, commute times, and walkability.

Brentwood broke the top ten, coming in fifth in the nation. Franklin just missed the top 20 coming in at 22.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  A University of Tennessee political scientist says the state’s democrats could take advantage of turmoil in the Republican party and mount a serious challenge for the Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker.

Dr. Richard Pacelle at the University of Tennessee says Corker's decision creates an interesting challenge for the Republican Party, which has held both of the state's Senate seats since 1995.

Folk Anthems, Free At Last?

Oct 27, 2017

 

 

Folk anthems “We Shall Overcome” and “This Land Is Your Land” are on their own road to a particular kind of freedom. Separate lawsuits claim the songs should not be under copyright but in the public domain, and one has been decided.

 

MTSU Poll dives into the Trump-Corker Twitter feud

Oct 27, 2017

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new poll suggests a growing number of Tennesseans are unhappy with the ongoing Twitter feud between President Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker.

Trump and Corker have been exchanging personal barbs for months, but the pace of the attacks accelerated after Corker announced late last month that he would not be running for reelection next year.

Corker has questioned the president’s competence, while Trump has disparaged the senator’s physical stature and courage.

A new LEAF sprouts at the RuCo Nissan plant

Oct 26, 2017
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SMYRNA, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Workers at the Nissan plant in Smyrna are now turning out a new model of the all-electric LEAF vehicle.

Nissan says the 2018 model LEAF sports 37 percent more horsepower, 27 percent more torque, and a more efficient battery that allows 150 miles of travel on a single charge.

LEAF Chief Marketing Officer Janelle Williams says this latest model also introduces some new Nissan technology, including single-pedal operation.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Work on the new $194 million Nashville federal courthouse is moving ahead.

Site prep work is already underway, architects have delivered the plans and bidding has been narrowed down to three contractors.

Steven C. Smith is the Washington D.C. based General Services Administration project manager for the construction. He says a number of security features are being built into the facility, including what he describes as a “curtain wall” that will stand along the building's curved front entrance facing Church and 7th Streets.

BOSTON (AP) — A pharmacist at a facility whose tainted drugs sparked a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people was cleared Wednesday of murder but was convicted of mail fraud and racketeering.

Jurors said prosecutors failed to prove Glenn Chin was responsible for the deaths of people who were injected with mold-contaminated drugs produced by the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, just west of Boston. As the supervisory pharmacist, Chin oversaw the so-called clean rooms where the drugs were made.

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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.

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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.

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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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