Bluegrass Nominations Mix Fresh With Familiar

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The International Bluegrass Music Association revealed its 2017 awards nominees and new hall of famers on Wednesday morning in Nashville. The names among the top prospects have long and illustrious history on the IBMA Awards stage.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It's time to get your dancing shoes laced up for National Dance Day.

The Nashville Ballet will this Saturdy be offering free sample classes and a group dance. Several different dance styles will be made available, including ballet, adult contemporary and Hip Hop. There’s also a dance workout class called DanceFix.

This is the seventh year the Nashville company has sponsored a Dance Day celebration. The ballet’s Nick Mullikin says a lot of people start out feeling self-conscious, but that doesn’t last long.

Eclipse chaser spreads the word about August event

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  A man who calls himself a Solar Eclipse Chaser is spending the week in Tennessee.

Rick Brown is driving cross-country following the projected path of next month’s total solar eclipse. He describes the trip as a kind of eclipse outreach, making Americans aware of the event and how to view it safely.

Past eclipses have taken Brown all over the world.

“The first one was in Mexico, the next one after that was in Thailand, South America, and then we had two in Turkey, two in China, two in Africa, and one in Tahiti.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee’s culinary scene is getting a lot of attention from foodies. 

Just one example, Stephanie Burt, host of the Southern Fork podcast says she’s recorded more episodes in Tennessee than any other spot outside her home base in South Carolina. She says Nashville is one of her favorite places to eat.

“It definitely has that Southern vibe, but it also has this really cool city thing, and food is following on that. So you have really traditional ingredients like okra, or cornbread, or biscuits being interpreted in new ways.”

ALERT: Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  You may not be a fan of the band Linkin Park, but suicide prevention advocates say you still should be aware of the recent death of the band's lead singer, Chester Bennington.

The Associated Press says that the 41-year-old Bennington was found hanged in the bedroom of his Los Angeles home July 20.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Phil Roe's office says he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and will undergo treatment next month in Tennessee.

Roe's website said the cancer was discovered after a routine physical and that his prognosis is excellent. He will be treated in East Tennessee during the August district work period, and treatment isn't expected to conflict with his legislative schedule.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has rejected a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care following opposition from veterans' groups.

Live video of Luther Dickinson and EmiSunshine

Jul 25, 2017

WMOT will be Wired In with Luther Dickinson and EmiSunshine from 3rd and Lindsley at 2 p.m. today.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The 87,000 retired federal employees living in Tennessee are not happy with the federal budgets proposed by the Trump Administration , or the one proposed by Congress.

The federal government reached its debt limit back in March, and ever since it’s been borrowing money from the retirement accounts of federal employees to pay its bills.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination.

Four lesbian couples sued after the state passed a law that requires using the "natural and ordinary meaning" of words in state law. Gay rights groups said the requirement was a sneaky way to deny same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a "husband," a "wife," a "father" or "mother."

Brentwood company shares addiction stories online

Jul 24, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Given how bad the opioid epidemic has gotten every Tennessean is likely either fighting addiction, or know someone who is.

WMOT News recently came across a resource you might want to check out.

Brentwood based American Addiction Centers is hosting an addiction themed podcast that’s been downloaded more than 100,000 times. The company now has 12 facilities nationwide. The Center’s Makaila (muh-KEYE-luh) Brooks says they were a little surprised to learn that clients wanted to share their stories.

I'm With Her Triples Up Vocal Talent

Jul 24, 2017


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst)  I’m With Her, the all-star folk trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, has released its first original band-written song.


“Little Lies” - a live in studio performance released on YouTube - is a single in advance of I’m With Her’s first recording, an EP of five cover songs recorded on stage in New York in 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Tennessee hospital industry leader says no one seems to know where Republicans are headed next in the health care debate, and that continuing uncertainty is a serious problem.

GOP Senators met again Wednesday night in an effort to hammer out a health care deal after President Trump called them to the White House  and berated them for failing to keep campaign promises to repeal Obamacare. There was no indication Thursday morning the Senators had any success.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican budget blueprint that would begin to clear a path for a GOP effort to overhaul the tax code this fall is headed to an uncertain fate after winning a key committee vote Wednesday night.

The Budget Committee plan faces opposition from both hard-core conservatives and more moderate Republicans even as it advanced through the GOP-controlled panel on a party-line 22-14 vote. It remains short of the votes required to pass through the House and advance to the Senate, where further complications await.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After more than 16 years, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services is free of federal oversight from a 2001 settlement over its treatment of foster care children.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that a federal judge approved an agreement in the lawsuit filed in 2000 by the nonprofit Children's Rights.

Haslam's office said the state worked for years with a committee of nationally recognized child welfare experts serving as the federal court's monitor. He called Tuesday's news monumental.

WASHINGTON, DC  (WMOT)  --  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is applauding a bill advanced by colleagues in the House that would revive the mothballed nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

Alexander has long been an ardent supporter of Nuclear Energy and has championed the Nevada facility as the best solution for the problem of where to store the nation’s nuclear waste.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Mae Beavers has raised short of $37,000 in her bid for Tennessee governor.

The Mt. Juliet lawmaker filed her campaign finance report Monday. It also includes $20,000 transferred from her Senate campaign account. Beavers has about $55,400 cash on hand through June. She joined the race last month.

The senator known for pushing socially conservative policies came well short of other candidates' fundraising totals.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year budget blueprint that would dramatically increase military spending while putting the GOP on record favoring Medicare cuts opposed by President Donald Trump.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Havighurst) Guitarist Jimmy Nalls, who died in late June after 20 years afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, lost his ability to play but he never lost the admiration of his fellow guitar players in and out of Music City. Over two years, a number of leading pickers and studio musicians worked pro bono to finish an album Nalls had started. The final product is The Jimmy Nalls Project, which was released just days before Nalls fell at his home and died from his injuries.

(music – “Wood And Wire” from The Jimmy Nalls Project, 2017)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Randy Boyd's campaign said he has brought in $2.3 million and added $2 million of his own money in his bid for governor, the biggest fundraising haul so far in the open 2018 race.

The former state economic development chief finished June with $3.5 million in cash left, his campaign said Monday. More than 1,500 donations have come in from all 95 counties, the campaign added.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell says she is running for Tennessee governor.

Harwell told The Tennessean that she has "a proven, practical results record" with nearly 30 years of legislative experience including six years in leadership. Harwell cited her work on issues ranging from taxes to education during an interview at her Nashville home.

When Harwell was elected House speaker in 2011, she because the first woman to serve in the post and she is among the longest-serving current members in the House.

Williamson County

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Williamson County officials received some sobering news earlier this month from a new study on road funding projections in coming years.

The county hired a consulting firm to study road needs just in the unincorporated areas, and the tentative estimate is $378 million dollars’ worth of improvements. County Planning Director Mike Matteson says one of the factors contributing to that very large number is the county’s anticipated growth.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study indicates Tennessee’s non-profit arts community adds more than a billion dollars and some 38,000 jobs annually to the state economy.

The Tennessee Arts Commission released the study which looked at arts impact in 341 communities in 19 states. Arts Commission Director Anne Pope says a major piece of that revenue comes from the live performances staged by Tennessee’s ballet companies, theater groups, orchestras and other arts venues.

Study says Tennessee's major cities poorly managed

Jul 14, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Are Nashville residents getting their money’s worth from Metro Government? A new study by says no.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says the report ranks the nation’s 150 largest cities by comparing 33 quality of service indicators.

“From infrastructure to safety, education, economics. So the better quality of the services and the lower the budget really the most ideal number or score you can get here.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country legend Loretta Lynn is back at home after a stroke she suffered in May. Her new album will be delayed until next year and all her remaining tour dates this year have been canceled.

 A statement released Wednesday by her record label said the 85-year-old singer-songwriter is back at her home in Tennessee after a stay at a rehabilitation facility. Lynn said she's getting stronger every day and her main focus is on making a full recovery.