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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.

 

Americana En Francais from Brace and Hoffman

Nov 14, 2017

 

Songwriter Eric Brace, founder of the band Last Train Home and Nashville’s Red Beet Records, has a pedigree of pure Americana. But if you scour his catalog deeply, you’ll see that he very much enjoys singing songs from France.

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Murfreesboro, TN – Nashville joins seven other American cities chosen by the United Nation's Better World Campaign.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced today 125 finalists for the 9th Annual Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing. Finalists were awarded in 27 categories that reflect the broad spectrum of creativity and innovation in spoken word entertainment.

Murfreesboro, TN – WMOT's Jacobs receives AP awards

by Tom Tozer and Angela Hayes

WMOT-FM news producer Shawn Jacobs recently received two Honorable Mention Associated Press awards in a statewide AP broadcasters' competition.

The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association's radio news competition was the name of the event in which Jacobs received the awards.

His awards were in the large market category for work aired in 2002.

Nashville, TN – Bissell's new mystery is set against "The Trail of Tears" considered the American Holocaust by some historians. Thhe forced march of hundreds of Native Americans from their homes in North Carolina and Tennessee culminated in the deaths of hundreds and resettlement in reservations in Oklahoma.

Murfreesboro, TN – Music may not be rocket science, but some MTSU students would be the first to tell you there's physics involved.

Murfreesboro, TN – Racial attrocities during the Civil War is the focus of a new book of essays.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Grammy-nominated musician will perform in MTSU's Tucker Theater Monday, March 8.

Murfreesboro, TN – Two hundred years of Rutherford County Tennessee history in a single, ninety minute DVD.

Murfreesboro, TN – Senator Bill Frist spoke to a full audience at Middle Tennessee State University on Friday, February 20 and WMOT News Producer Shawn Jacobs was there to interview him.

Listen to excerpts of the interview on Monday, February 23 at 8:45am and again at 5:45pm.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you have big holiday shopping plans for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs is offering some shop-smart tips.

While it may go against the grain, Consumer Affairs recommends you not remove price tags. Black out the price, but leave the barcode and other information visible.

The state’s Claire Marsalis also suggests you make sure you have a handle on the return policy for each item you buy.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  An official with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network says the group’s experience with teens in crisis matches a new study showing a strong link between depression and suicide.

A research, reported this month in the journal Clinical Psychology Science, says teens who use electronic devices and social media five hours or more a day are 70 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts, or act on those impulses.

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  An Ohio based non-profit believes conversation is the key to bridging the current political divide here in Tennessee and across the country.

The group Better Angels began hosting facilitated, small-group discussions between Democrats and Republicans weeks after the 2016 election. They’ve since arranged hundreds of group meetings nationwide.

Better Angels spokesman David Lapp says the workshops aren’t designed to change the political views of those who participate, but to change how Reds and Blues see each other.

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