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CUMBERLAND CAVERNS, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Tennessee is home to some famous music venues, from the blues capital of Beale Street in the heart of Memphis, to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music.

Now, a relatively new music venue up on the Cumberland Plateau is gaining some notoriety. At the very least, Bluegrass Underground takes the prize as one of the world’s most unusual performance spaces.

Franklin celebrates bravery on four legs

Oct 3, 2016
Dokkestuhl

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The Franklin Police Department welcomed its newest graduating officers into the force on Friday. The department’s newest recruits are living proof that bravery can also walk on four legs.

Service, courage, and loyalty. Those are just a few of the words used to describe the Franklin police department's newest K9 officers, Duke and Jenks.  

Many officers and their families attended the graduation in recognition of the 30 weeks of hard training the German Shepherds underwent.

Giving Till It Hurts: Troy Snell - Animal Rescuer

Sep 27, 2016
Osborne

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --   Many Middle Tennessee residents travel for work, but only a few hardy souls genuinely deserve the title “Road Warrior.”

In the continuing series Giving Till it Hurts, WMOT News introduces you to a mid-state man who is on the road more than he’s home. What’s more, his job exposes him daily to the worst human beings can do to the animals who depend on them.

TN.GOV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the departure of Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield to take a job with a publicly-traded corporation that builds and runs prisons.

Haslam praised and thanked Schofield, who has led the department since 2011 and has been criticized frequently for his handling of staffing and safety issues. The 55-year-old Schofield will join GEO Group in Florida as an executive vice president for continuum of care.

seatle.gov

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tennessee and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

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