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Muscle Shoals: pretty words that evoke righteous sounds in the mind’s ear, perhaps Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” or the sinewy country rock of “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones. Muscle Shoals is a place that’s been celebrated on compilations (including the very new Small Town Big Sound tribute) and elucidated in an excellent documentary.

WMOT's Top Album Spins of 2018

Dec 17, 2018

We played a lot of music this year on WMOT, including songs from nearly 500 new releases. The table below gives you an inside look into our Music Exploration Club.

To those who orient their listening life around roots and Americana, the prophets of doom who say the album is dying sound especially misguided. While we are enjoying more releases of one-off songs, video singles and EPs, the album remains the aspirational statement of serious recording artists in Americana. It’s our novel, our feature film. It’s not going anywhere, and this year’s harvest of LPs is proof. This list is curated with input from the WMOT staff but the final choices were made by the author with a critic’s ear for substance and a journalist’s eye for storylines and impact.

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WMOT's Top Album Spins of 2018

Dec 17, 2018

We played a lot of music this year on WMOT, including songs from nearly 500 new releases. The table below gives you an inside look into our Music Exploration Club.

GOP Sen. Alexander of Tennessee not seeking 2020 re-election

Dec 17, 2018
United States Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2020, a decision that gives the state its second open Senate contest in two years.

Alexander said in a news release that he's deeply grateful for being elected to serve more combined years as governor and senator than anyone else in Tennessee. But he said now it's time for someone else to have that privilege.

Polar Express

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you want to get in some holiday activities before Christmas you’re running out of time. There’s just one more weekend ahead of the big day.

We’ve been calling on Lauren Breeze with Nashvillefunforfamilies.com to recommend some family friendly events and activities across the mid-state.

Here's Lauren's list for the weekend of December 22 and 23.

Breakfast with Santa

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OSBORNE)  --  An unusual coalition of conservationists, business leaders and Congressional delegates are one signature away from seeing a huge area of East Tennessee designated federal wilderness.

 

The Tennessee Wilderness Act will provide additional protections for almost 20,000 acres already part of  the Cherokee National Forest. The Act passed the House in early December as part of the much larger federal Farm Bill.

 

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DICKSON, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The after school beginner guitar class at Dickson Elementary is hard at work on its Christmas program. 

The classes are offered during the school year by the non-profit Quest Center. Founder Jim Lutz says its about more than music. He wants to build better communities one child at a time.

“Greater self-confidence, better self-esteem, they have better social skills, and they’re more engaged, more active, more likely to put their hand up in school and participate in school conversations in the classroom.”

THOMPSON STATION, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Sensory Santa has found his way to Tennessee just in time for Christmas.

Thompson Station resident Sid Heffington started playing Santa at his church several years ago. He noticed Santa was having trouble connecting with some children, especially those with special needs.

  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee State University educator has successfully worked to have a historical marker put up recognizing the Nashville slave market.

The school says the marker identifies an area that was the center of slave trade in Nashville before the Civil War and the second largest slave port in Tennessee.

Associate history professor Learotha Williams talked about the slaves when the marker was erected Friday, saying, "We acknowledge your pain, we recognize your strength, and we honor your sacrifice."

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two long-time, mid-state political operatives say Tennessee Republicans should leave the state’s primary system alone. 

Tennessee is one of just over a dozen states that allow residents to vote in the primary of their choice. The Republican Party State Executive Committee recently called on state lawmakers to change that by restricting primary voting to party members.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Women seeking abortions in Nashville will now have to travel hours outside the city after the only clinic offering abortions in the region has temporarily halted its services.

Tereva Parham, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, confirmed Monday that the Nashville-based clinic stopped offering abortions last week but is still open for other health services.

Parham says the change is temporary to allow a "quality improvement" period at the clinic. The change was first reported by The Tennessean.

granvilleautomatic.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The musical duo Granville Automatic is out with a tribute to Music City’s rich history.

Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez began touring together nearly a decade ago and have made Nashville home for the last four years.

 

The pair say they got tired of trying to write just one more love song. They found the history of the places they toured much more interesting.

 

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GOP Sen. Alexander of Tennessee not seeking 2020 re-election

Dec 17, 2018
United States Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2020, a decision that gives the state its second open Senate contest in two years.

Alexander said in a news release that he's deeply grateful for being elected to serve more combined years as governor and senator than anyone else in Tennessee. But he said now it's time for someone else to have that privilege.

Polar Express

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you want to get in some holiday activities before Christmas you’re running out of time. There’s just one more weekend ahead of the big day.

We’ve been calling on Lauren Breeze with Nashvillefunforfamilies.com to recommend some family friendly events and activities across the mid-state.

Here's Lauren's list for the weekend of December 22 and 23.

Breakfast with Santa

tnwild.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. (OSBORNE)  --  An unusual coalition of conservationists, business leaders and Congressional delegates are one signature away from seeing a huge area of East Tennessee designated federal wilderness.

 

The Tennessee Wilderness Act will provide additional protections for almost 20,000 acres already part of  the Cherokee National Forest. The Act passed the House in early December as part of the much larger federal Farm Bill.

 

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A specially appointed federal panel of judges has dismissed all 83 ethics complaints brought against Justice Brett Kavanaugh regarding his conduct at his confirmation hearings.

The judges concluded that while the complaints "are serious," there is no existing authority that allows lower court judges to investigate or discipline Supreme Court justices.

The first cases related to the Parkland school shooting in February are beginning to work through the courts, testing a number of thorny legal issues.

In the last week, for example, judges in different courts ruled on questions about what duty school deputy Scot Peterson had to protect the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the attack there in February.

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