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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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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  WMOT reporting partner is out with their 2018 ranking of the nation’s best universities. The personal finance website scored more than thousand schools nationwide and only one Tennessee University made the top 20.

Wallethub analysts looked at criteria in 26 categories, including student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty to student ratios, graduation rates, and career outcomes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study in a leading cancer journal says there’s been a dramatic increase in the incidence of certain oral cancers associated with the Human Papilloma Virus; a finding that tracks with a similar increase seen here in the mid-state.

Vanderbilt researcher Krystle Kuhs studies oral HPV infections  and cancers exclusively. While Dr. Kuhs stresses that these cancers remain rare, she does note that Vanderbilt Medical Center has seen a 3,000 percent increase in HPV related cancers among male patients since the 1980s.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A national human rights group says most of Tennessee’s largest cities are still scoring below the national average on its annual index tracking local treatment of LGBTQ residents.

The Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index is in its 6th year and scores more than 500 cities nationwide.

Report author Xavier Persad says the index tracks five key indicators.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --   Tennessee is home to one of ten state chapters of the group A Duty to Warn, an organization dedicated to seeing President Donald Trump removed from office.

Duty to Warn is comprised of professionals from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, therapy and social work. Their stated purpose is to warn the nation that, in their opinion, Donald Trump is psychologically unfit to serve as president.

Psychologist Dr. Ed Smith leads the group’s Tennessee chapter.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  This year’s open enrollment period for Obamacare policies is about to begin.

Keep in mind that the enrollment period has been shortened significantly for those needing to open or renew their marketplace health insurance policies for 2018.

Here in Murfreesboro The Primary Care and Hope Clinic is the place to go if you need help navigating the federal website. The clinic’s Cindy Rhae says get these dates on your calendar.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville police say they have begun testing officer body cameras.

A Metro Nashville Police news release says 20 officers who volunteer are beginning field trials from four manufacturers this week and next.

Four officers received training on the same cameras Monday and are wearing them in the field.

Cameras from three other manufacturers will soon be issued to other volunteering officers.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee Congressional Rep. Diane Black says federal law should be amended to give Emergency Room doctors the freedom to turn patients away.

In 1986, Congress passed regulations requiring ERs to treat everyone, even if they can’t pay.

In a recent appearance on MSNBC, Black called that federal law a “burden.”  She said practitioners should be the ones to decide if the ER is the “proper place” for treatment.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  It's quickly become second nature to use smart phone cameras to help remember important personal information; taking photos , for example, of important documents, instructions, shopping lists…even recipes.

Tennessee open government advocacy groups are warning, however, that you can't always expect to use your cell camera down at the local courthouse.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a dire warning about a deadly new threat to illicit drug users.

The TBI says that first the first time the agency’s labs in Nashville and Knoxville have discovered fentanyl in cocaine samples seized by local police.

Fentanyl is a man-made depressant created in clandestine labs in China and Central America. The synthetic drug is cheap, so dealers add it to cocaine or heroin to increase their profits.


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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.

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.

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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