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Americana is, by all indications, rocking. That applies in the metaphorical language of the street, because the community and format seem as popular as ever, but perhaps even more in the musical sense. The six days of shows I saw at AmericanaFest 2018 were, generally speaking, louder, harder and more fuzz-toned than the Americana I fell hard for decades ago.

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Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, the Milk Carton Kids, hosting the 17th Americana Honors and Awards at the Ryman Auditorium, made a joke early in the evening about Jason Isbell’s propensity to win the annual prizes of late, and indeed the Alabama-raised songwriter continued a strong streak with three trophies.

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It’s called The Local so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it felt like home straight away. Starting at noon today, the indoor/outdoor venue at 110 28th Ave. N. became AmericanaFest headquarters for WMOT Roots Radio along with broadcasting partners NPR Music and World Cafe for the duration of the event. Live music continues until Saturday at 6 pm.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  What kind of support can Nashville expect solving it’s traffic problem from the candidates competing to be Tennessee’s next U.S. Senator?

 

Federal money will be key to any future solution Metro settles on to solve its transportation troubles.

 

The Tennessean this week asked Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen how they feel about raising the federal gas tax to increase the amount of money available for road construction.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals says the city of Nashville violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay preachers at a 2015 LGBT pride festival.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee immigrant rights advocates are reacting angrily to President Donald Trump’s decision this week to further reduce the number of refugee’s the U.S. will accept.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the U.S. will accept 30,000 refugees in 2019. That’s down from a target of 45,000 admissions this year, and roughly half what the Obama Administration accepted in 2016.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The way music is licensed and songwriters are compensated for the digital age will be undergoing big changes under a bill making its way through Congress.

The Senate cleared a bill late Tuesday that creates a new independent entity that will license songs to companies that play music online. The nonprofit collective will then pay songwriters, including those who wrote pre-1970s classics before music copyrights protected their work.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  National and statewide mid-term election races are getting all the press, but Nashville residents will see a handful of referenda on the November ballot.

Among them, several proposals to change the Metro Charter.

Councilwoman Angie Henderson proposed one of five Metro Charter changes that will appear on the ballot. Henderson is asking Nashville voters to approve making the charter itself, gender neutral.

  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Two veteran state politicians agree that the constant chaos swirling around President Donald Trump is not helping Republicans campaigning for statewide office here Tennessee.

There’s less agreement on just how much difference the so-called “Trump Effect” will have on Election Day, November 6.

Mary Mancini heads Tennessee’s Democratic Party. It’s no surprise she would think Donald Trump is a drag on GOP candidates running for statewide office.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Winter is still 14 weeks away, but state and federal officials are already pushing hard for Americans to get their flu shots.

Last year’s influenza reached epidemic proportions with the Centers for Disease Control reporting some 700,000 Americans were hospitalized. The agency also reports 180 children died of the illness. Four out of five of those youngsters did not get the vaccine.

Tennessee State Epidemiologist Tim Jones says the sooner you get that shot the better.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Middle Tennesseans are always willing to lend a hand and Hurricane Florence is no exception. 

Tennessee Emergency Management is coordinating at least a dozen mid-state rescue teams at work in the Carolinas, along with medical teams, and ambulance crews.

 

Line crews from Rutherford and Coffee Counties are already at work in the area as well.

 

Volunteer groups like Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief says it has 20 crews ready to head east to lend a hand.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions at the end of the year.

 

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee says the change comes in response to the state’s opioid addiction crisis.

 

Mary-Linden Salters heads to the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and Other Addiction Services. She supports efforts to restrict opioid use, but also notes that past initiatives have had unexpected results.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  What kind of support can Nashville expect solving it’s traffic problem from the candidates competing to be Tennessee’s next U.S. Senator?

 

Federal money will be key to any future solution Metro settles on to solve its transportation troubles.

 

The Tennessean this week asked Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen how they feel about raising the federal gas tax to increase the amount of money available for road construction.

 

whitehouse.gov

  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals says the city of Nashville violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay preachers at a 2015 LGBT pride festival.

bredesen.com/

  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

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