Tennessee Divided

Tennessee Divided: A WMOT News Series

An exploration of the cultural, racial and political discord across Middle Tennessee and the nation.

Sierra Hull's Bluegrass Odyssey on The String

Feb 14, 2018
Jacqueline Justice

Sierra Hull resolved that bluegrass music would be her life’s work when she wasn’t even ten years old. Growing up in tiny Byrdstown, TN, the music was all around her, not at concert venues but in jams at the local cafe and at homes, including her own and her uncle’s next door. The precocious young talent was signed to Rounder Records and released her debut album at 16 years old. Less than ten years later, she was named the first female IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, an honor she’s won twice in a row.

 

 

 

 

Chris and Oliver Wood built their singular sibling duo patiently, transitioning over several years from divergent and distant musical careers. Since moving from separate cities to Nashville and adding drummer Jano Rix about five years ago however, The Wood Brothers have enjoyed accelerating success.

Country music and national politics have overlapped awkwardly and combustibly for decades, and in the life of Kurt Bardella the juxtaposition is a daily matter. Bardella is a DC-based political operative, pundit and writer. Most of his career was as a conservative Republican. He worked for Rep. Darrell Issa of California and then for the profoundly controversial Breitbart News. Then, after the Trumpian revolution in the GOP and sparked by the party not separating itself from accused pedophile Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, he changed parties and became a Democrat.

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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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A long-time mid-state political commentator gives Mayor Megan Barry passing marks for the way she’s handled her admission of an extra-marital affair, but says her political fate is yet to be decided.

At end of January Barry revealed she’d carried on affair with the head of her Metro Police security detail. Barry has said the affair began in September 2015 soon after she came into office. She has not said when the affair ended.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee House has passed an abortion bill, but the final version bears little resemblance to the author’s original intent.

East Tennessee Republican Micah Van Huss wrote a bill that would have outlawed abortion in Tennessee beyond the point when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That would have meant abortions could not have been performed past about six weeks into a pregnancy.

Study finds college students going hungry, homeless

Feb 13, 2018
Angela Baggetta Communications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (HAGGARD) — A national expert who looked into college-aged homelessness is in town this month to speak. She says students are having issues keeping housing and that some are going hungry.  

Education policy expert Sara Goldrick-Rab started exploring issues facing college students 10 years ago. She didn’t expect to find hungry and homeless students, but she did.

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