Concentration has become one of life’s most elusive and precious commodities. So Nashville songwriter Rayland Baxter went looking for it. In late 2016, he booked himself into a unique writer’s retreat in an abandoned rubber band factory near Franklin, Kentucky. A friend of his was converting it into a recording studio. Not yet open for business, it was filled with an all-consuming quiet, save for the murmur of a television that more or less randomly let in traces of the outside world.

 

A decade-long legislative effort and an epic industry-wide negotiation came to a historic happy ending on Thursday as President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act. The omnibus legislative package, which passed both houses of Congress unanimously, reforms copyright law to work better for all key constituents in the age of streaming music.

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This is the best and worst time of year for baseball fans. The playoffs bring the highest highs or their cosmic opposite. Along the way, October produces moments of exquisite and almost unbearable tension, the game at its concentrated best. Regular season baseball is far more relaxed, with a tempo and ambience that’s perfect for catching up with a friend. That’s the idea behind this radio feature with singer and songwriter Nora Jane Struthers.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year at the 49th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.

Wells, who was the former lead singer for Christian rock group Royal Tailor, performed "Known" from his solo debut album, "Hills and Valleys," during Tuesday's award show from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

SAFE Clinic Offers New Option for Rape Survivors

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (HAGGARD) — Up until this fall, rape survivors could only go to Nashville General Hospital if they wanted to have a rape kit performed. Now a new non-hospital setting called the SAFE Clinic can also accommodate victims. Nashville nonprofit the Sexual Assault Center opened the clinic in September.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A national human rights group says most Middle Tennessee communities are failing to provide adequate support to LGBTQ residents.

The Human Rights Campaign this week released its seventh annual Municipal Equality Index. The study scores more than 500 cities nationwide on 49 different criteria.

Nashville was the only Tennessee city to rank above the national average, scoring 63 on a 100-point scale. Clarksville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin each scored 19 points or less.

TDOT ready to begin major I-440 upgrades

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. --  Get ready for major headaches if you drive the I-440 loop on a regular basis.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will soon begin replacing pavement and installing traffic barriers along the busy stretch of interstate.

Preliminary work on the $152 million project gets underway next month. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer says the serious work begins in February.

“And that will be major construction and will have impacts on everyone us that use that road and drive around it or near it.”

Rutherford sheriff says 2 escaped inmates found

Oct 11, 2018
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two inmates who escaped from a Tennessee jail after assaulting a deputy have been found.

Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said on Twitter that both inmates were taken into custody Thursday shortly before noon. No other details were immediately released. He said the case "remains very active."

Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate

Oct 11, 2018

  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in Congress.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily halted the execution of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski to allow time for consideration of arguments that he had poor legal representation during his trial and sentencing.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The troubled Veterans Administration is out with its yearly assessment and Middle Tennessee’s VA facilities are reporting modest improvements.

 The VA’s annual performance study ranks 25 quality measures; everything from death rates to patient wait times.

 

Nationwide, more than half of all VA facilities saw improvement over the last year. The mid-state’s Tennessee Valley System moved up from a one star rating to two stars out of five.

 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean is ready to expand Medicaid in Tennessee, but Republican opponent Bill Lee says he would oppose such efforts.

 

Former Nashville Mayor Dean and Franklin businessman Lee met last night in Kingsport, Tennessee, for the second of three scheduled debates.

As with their first meeting, last night’s exchange was friendly and low-key, standing in sharp contrast to last week’s fiery debate between Tennessee senatorial candidates Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn.

 

  

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen are set to clash in their second — and likely last — U.S. Senate race debate this year in Tennessee.

The debate Wednesday will take place at the University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Nexstar Media Group TV stations will broadcast the event live.

Bredesen and Blackburn previously faced off in a Sept. 25 debate at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

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Tauren Wells wins 4, including new artist, at Dove Awards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year at the 49th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.

Wells, who was the former lead singer for Christian rock group Royal Tailor, performed "Known" from his solo debut album, "Hills and Valleys," during Tuesday's award show from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A national human rights group says most Middle Tennessee communities are failing to provide adequate support to LGBTQ residents.

The Human Rights Campaign this week released its seventh annual Municipal Equality Index. The study scores more than 500 cities nationwide on 49 different criteria.

Nashville was the only Tennessee city to rank above the national average, scoring 63 on a 100-point scale. Clarksville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin each scored 19 points or less.

TDOT ready to begin major I-440 upgrades

Oct 15, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. --  Get ready for major headaches if you drive the I-440 loop on a regular basis.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will soon begin replacing pavement and installing traffic barriers along the busy stretch of interstate.

Preliminary work on the $152 million project gets underway next month. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer says the serious work begins in February.

“And that will be major construction and will have impacts on everyone us that use that road and drive around it or near it.”

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