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It’s a time in America when fights that felt settled, struggles that felt vindicated, are back. Maybelle Carter, Loretta Lynn and Reba did not travel and travail to leave to their heiresses a country music business that looks like it did in 2018. Women in Nashville aspiring to write and record country music for a living end the year incredulous and exasperated.

Brandi Carlile, a charismatic and activist songwriter long cherished by the folk music community and recently embraced by Americana, stamped a place in history by securing six nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, which were announced this morning. Carlile, who’s getting set to host her first all-female music festival in Mexico in January, is part of a big year for women, who enjoyed key nominations in country, Americana, bluegrass and the overall industry categories as well.

The interesting thing to listen for in Americana Christmas albums is where artists position themselves on the spectrum between sincere and snarky. When country stars make holiday albums (and they all make at least one), they’re generally earnest and full of old familiar tunes. Americana artists are far more likely to embrace the season’s ambiguities and sometimes absurdities. And it’s impressive to see how many take on the challenge of writing an album’s worth of original material. That’s what’s going on with this year’s stack of yuletide discs.

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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."

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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.

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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.

 

Brandi Carlile, a charismatic and activist songwriter long cherished by the folk music community and recently embraced by Americana, stamped a place in history by securing six nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, which were announced this morning. Carlile, who’s getting set to host her first all-female music festival in Mexico in January, is part of a big year for women, who enjoyed key nominations in country, Americana, bluegrass and the overall industry categories as well.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (OSBORNE)  --  Lauren Breeze with NashvilleFunForFamilies.com is helping WMOT track holiday events here in Middle Tennessee. Here are Lauren's suggestions for this weekend:

 

 

Dec. 8/9

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Music City Winterfest

WASHINGTON, DC  (WMOT/AP)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is again calling on President Donald Trump to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

 

Corker was one of eight senators briefed by CIA Director Gina Haspel Tuesday concerning the reporter’s October death in a Saudi consulate. Corker left that briefing saying he had no doubt ruling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was involved.

 

Holiday gift ideas: Books by Tennessee authors

Dec 4, 2018

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you’re looking for holiday gift ideas you might consider works by some of Tennessee’s outstanding authors.

 

WMOT asked the mid-state's Serenity Gerbman for her suggestions. Gerbman directs the Southern Festival of Books each year for Humanities Tennessee. Her recommendations include:

 

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A mid-state economist says Tennessee’s $32 billion annual export market is beginning to feel the effect of the Trump Administration’s trade wars. 

Middle Tennessee State Economist Steven Livingston says Tennessee’s exports did grow slightly in the third quarter, but rose at a pace well below the national average.

 

Livingston says medical instruments, heavy machinery, and automotive exports were all down. However, he says those sectors were hit by market forces that had little or nothing to do with trade.

 

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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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