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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on shooting at church in Nashville (all times local):

1 p.m.

Authorities in Tennessee say one person is dead and seven people sustained injuries after a gunman opened fire at a church in Nashville.

Metro Nashville Police Department says the gunman was wounded and was taken to a hospital. No details were available about his condition.

The police department said on Twitter that six of the injured were shot and one was pistol-whipped.

Josh Ritter Live Video on WXPN Free at Noon

Sep 22, 2017

Josh Ritter performs live on our NPR partner station WXPN out of Philadelphia, Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. CST.

Documenting hate in Middle Tennessee

Sep 22, 2017
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Media outlets here in Tennessee and around the country are asking for the public's help investigating hate crimes.

 

The partnership, led by the ProPublica and including most of Tennessee's major newspapers, has set up an online form where the public can file reports on hate incidents. Participating media will send reporters out to look at those incidents.

 

findinghollybobo.com

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was convicted Friday of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 20-year-old nursing student who disappeared from her home six years ago.

Zachary Adams was found guilty after an 11-day trial in Savannah, Tennessee. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges. Holly Bobo was 20 when she was reported missing from her home in rural Parsons on April 13, 2011.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The head of the state Medical Association says Tennessee’s pain killer addiction problem is even worse than anyone thought.

 

Dr. Nita Shoemaker is the current president of the Tennessee Medical Association. She says that back in the 1990s drug makers convinced doctors their new pain medications were safe and were not addictive.

Shoemaker says the companies even implied that doctors who failed to prescribe the new drugs were abusing patients.

 

findinghollybobo.com

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled in the trial of a man charged with killing a Tennessee nursing student who disappeared into the woods behind her rural home more than six years ago.

Thursday marks the ninth day of trial for Zachary Adams in Savannah, Tennessee. Adams has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, raping and killing Holly Bobo. She was 20 when she was reported missing from her home in Parsons, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Nashville.

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  RADNOR, PA. (OSBORNE)  --  The makers of a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses is pushing hard to make the drug more widely available.

 

Tennessee has one of the worst opioid overdose problems in the nation. The latest data shows that more than 1,600 state residents died from overdoses in 2016, up 14 percent in a single year.

 

Pennsylvania based Adapt Pharma makes the fast acting nasal spray Narcan containing the opioid inhibitor Naloxone.

 

Tenn. News Service

WASHINGTON, DC  (TNS/WMOT)  -- Tennessee’s rural hospitals could take a big financial hit if Congress doesn't act quickly.

Two federal programs that help provide supplemental funding to rural hospitals will come to an end the first of the month.

Rural hospitals typical treat a lot of Medicare patients, but the federal program doesn’t always cover the full cost of care. The supplemental funds compensate hospitals for some of the lost revenue.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Car dealership owner Lee Beaman is launching a super PAC to support Andy Ogles' bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Bob Corker.

Ogles is the former state director of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch's network. He declared his candidacy last week, and his campaign announced the formation of Beaman's super PAC on Tuesday.

Super PACs can take unlimited contributions from wealthy donors, but they may not coordinate with the campaigns.

worldchristian.org

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  What tune do you suppose people overseas most often associate with Tennessee? Would you guess Rocky Top, or perhaps a classic Country tune?

Charles Caudill, President of  Franklin based World Christian Broadcasting says the ministry's unnamed theme song is likely the piece of music most widely associated with Tennessee. The tune is broadcast at the beginning and end of each hour on the ministry's powerful, globe-spanning, shortwave transmitters.

A Feast of a Fest: Americana 2017 in Review

Sep 19, 2017
Jacqueline Justice

The best way to approach an oncoming juggernaut like AmericanaFest is a delicate balance of reckless ambition and meticulous planning. That, in any event, is one of my takeaways from observing how WMOT and Music City Roots made the scene and flew their flags amid this year’s city-wide roots music extravaganza.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is encouraging Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee to run for another term, according to two people familiar with a meeting between the two Republicans at the White House last week.

The Friday meeting was the first between Corker and Trump since they clashed over the president's comments about a violent white supremacist rally in Virginia last month.

The people familiar with the discussion declined to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the conversation publicly. The White House declined comment.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black is being deposed in a lawsuit related to a television ad that ran in her first campaign for Congress.

Black narrowly won the GOP nomination for the 6th Congressional District seat in 2010 over tea party-styled Lou Ann Zelenik and state Sen. Jim Tracy. In that race, Zelenik ran TV ads criticizing Black for state Senate votes that provided $1 million in state contracts to Aegis Sciences, the drug testing company run by her husband.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee corrections officials have fined a private prison company $43,750 because of problems it had counting inmates at a jail it operates, according to state documents.

The state Department of Correction levied the penalty against CoreCivic in May over breach of contract due to the woes at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, a medium-security lockup in Hartsville that holds up to 2,552 male inmates, a letter released in a public records request shows.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The invasive Asian Carp has arrived in Middle Tennessee waters.

State Chief of Fisheries Frank Fiss says the carp can now be found in the Cumberland River system, including Cheatham and Old Hickory Lakes.

The carp escaped into the Mississippi River system from fish farms in the 1970s. Local game fish have since been completely wiped out in some locations by the carp.

congress.gov

WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  Conservative Tennessee Republican Congressional Rep. Diane Black rarely finds herself on the left of any issue, but that’s the uncomfortable position she finds herself in as the GOP struggles to pass a budget.

Black chairs the powerful House Budget Committee. Earlier this year she successfully pushed a budget bill out of her committee, but the measure has yet to reach the House floor for a final vote.

Freedom Caucus Republicans, many with Tea Party affiliations, are demanding changes to the budget.

violinsofhopenashville.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  More than two-dozen local organizations are partnering to bring to the mid-state a set of musical instruments with links to the Holocaust.

The violins were originally owned by European Jews sent to Nazi concentration camps during World War Two. While the instruments survived, many of their musician owners did not.

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MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) — Engine problems caused a helicopter crash in New Jersey last week that killed country music performer Troy Gentry and the pilot.

That's the finding of a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot reported the aircraft was experiencing mechanical problems shortly after takeoff Friday.

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five people have been charged in Tennessee with conspiring to defraud the My People Fund of Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation, set up to help people affected by wildfires last year.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a Sevier County grand jury charged Debra Kay Catlett; her son, Chad Alan Chambers; Rocco Boscalia; Annie Lyons; and Esther Pridemore. The charges include money laundering, criminal conspiracy and felony theft. An arraignment date hasn't been set.

And The Americana Awards Go To...

Sep 13, 2017

Veterans of roots music fared well at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards, with John Prine and Marty Stuart accepting hand-made trophies for Artist and Group of the Year respectively. The 16th annual ceremony again offered resonant performances and speeches at the Ryman Auditorium on a night that showcased the diversity and mutual admiration of the musical format and its community.  

 

tnfarmbureau.org

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee Farm Bureau has a blunt message for Congress and the president: Fix the nation’s immigration policy and do it now.

 

Farm Bureau spokesman Lee Maddox says the state’s farmers are having trouble finding laborers willing to help with the harvest.

 

He’s says farmers would prefer to hire citizens, but few seem interested. Maddox says using immigrant labor to work the fields is the only remaining option.

 

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WASHINGTON, DC  (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander’s effort to shore up Obamacare appears to be in trouble.

 

Alexander chairs the Senate Health Committee.

 

He voted this summer to repeal Obamacare, but when that effort failed Alexander began talking to colleagues about the need to keep the Affordable Care Act from collapsing.

 

Alexander has convened a series of Senate hearings to that end, but the effort has already run up against partisan bickering.

 

16 years later, 9/11 still engenders strong emotions

Sep 13, 2017
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (KATIE INMAN)  --  Sixteen years ago this week the terror attacks targeting New York and Washington claimed nearly three thousand lives. A memorial ceremony held Monday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University shows just how fresh those painful memories remain.

The sound of Taps rang across the M-T-S-U campus early on the morning of 9/11 in a show of respect for those who died that day, and those who’ve died since in the nation’s war on terror.

WMOT AMERICANAFEST 2017 Line-Up

Sep 12, 2017

  Wired In AMERICANAFEST 2017 EDITION

Thursday, Sept. 14 at Thiel Studios 150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 108 from 4 to 7 PM

4:00 PM Tony Joe White

5:00 PM Brent Cobb

6:00 PM Lori McKenna

WMOT members and AMERICANAFEST Badge Holders are welcome.

Music City Roots

Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Yee-Haw Tent on 6th & Peabody from 7 to 11 PM

Pony Bradshaw, Angaleena Presley, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Cactus Blossoms, John Paul White and a special after show performance by Lee Ann Womack.

findinghollybobo.com

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — A man who lived in the "dark, dark world" of methamphetamine and morphine abducted a Tennessee nursing student from her rural home in 2011, then drugged, raped and shot her before discarding her body and bragging about it, a prosecutor said Monday.

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