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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

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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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Smyrna, TN – The long awaited Sam Davis Visitor's Center and Museum will open to the public on November 22, 2003. This $1.25 million expansion will include a museum store, conference room, and most importantly, a 2,800 square foot museum.

Murfreesboro, TN – Former Vice President and MTSU adjunct professor Al Gore talked recently about the connection between the growth of mass communication and the spread of democracy.

Randy O'Brien – In the late 50s and early 60s, Nashville was a place where jazz and rock greats came to learn their chops.

Randy O'Brien – Nashville's first gas station pumping a special mix of low-emission fuel opened recently.

Murfreesboro, TN – A jazz great takes a look at the future of America's purist and only original art form.

Nashville, TN – The prison's gone and so are some of the inmates, but this award-winning piece tells the story of long-ago dreamers who learned to escape via their imaginations.

Murfreesboro, TN – Creative writing students are signing up for a new mentor program with results to write home about.

Murfreesboro, TN – A country great takes a spin around the floor to the tune of jazz classics. WMOT's Shawn Jacobs to Suzy Boggus.

Murfreesboro, TN – Local veterans remember the battlefield and the homefront during World War Two.

Murfreesboro, TN – Blue Note recording artist Tim Hagans recently visited MTSU

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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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