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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.


'Galax' Is A Homecoming For The Wild Ponies

Oct 19, 2017

Galax is a town of about 7,000 people on the southern border of Virginia on the edge of the Appalachian mountains. For music lovers, its name conjures up one thing - the Old Fiddler’s Convention a premiere contest and roots music gathering that’s taken place in Galax since 1935. For married musicians Doug and Telisha Williams, who perform under the name The Wild Ponies, the Galax area is also their old home place. It’s where they grew up, dated as high school sweethearts and launched their music career.


The office of the Music Health Alliance in a Green Hills office building is bustling with activity on a typical weekday afternoon. The non-profit helps self-employed music professionals - about three fourths of the industry they say - negotiate the complexities of the health care system and take advantage of laws and programs that often go unnoticed or unexploited in times of health crises.

Murfreesboro, TN – Jazz singer/songwriter Lorraine Feather displays her versality.

Murfreesboro, TN – The NCAA has somewhat eased the home attendance requirement as Middle Tennessee State University prepares to embark on another football season. University officials say that's good news.

Murfreesboro, TN – Intellectually gifted students often feel unchallenged in the classroom. But gifted kids in Tennessee will soon have more help in assuring they reach their full potential. Shawn Jacobs reports.

Nashville, TN – A new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame highlights R and B artists from 1945-1970.

Murfreesboro, TN – Since 1969, WMOT has filled the airwaves of Middle Tennessee -- even before there was a department of Mass Communications. From the upper floors of the Dramatic Arts building to the Learning Resources Center, the station has seen many changes in operating styles, campus administrations, and the ever-changing names on the student employee rosters.

Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville-based singer/saxophonist will appear in the prestigious Second Annual Jazz Vocal Competition at Montreux Festival in Switzerland.

Nashville, Tenn. – "Teen Angel" takes the stage once again at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, July 9-11.

Murfreesboro, TN – Some MTSU students are earning credit hours this summer by watching situation comedy reruns.

Murfreesboro, TN – Singer/songwriter Julia Rich, who has just released a new single, updates listeners on her career and talks about the upcoming jazz festival.

Murfreesboro, TN – Vibraphonist Stefon Harris talks about working with the greats and his new CD "Evolution."


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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

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.

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.

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