As far as Nashville’s City Winery knew, their big room was supposed to be dark on Sunday night after a cancelation. About noon though, the team of Brandi Carlile and the venue got in touch with each other and mounted a ticketed show for nearly 700 fans on a few hours notice.

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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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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.



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.


WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is again slamming President Donald Trump.

In a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, Corker blasted the president for repeatedly questioning the value of America’s 70-year-old NATO military alliance with Europe.

Corker is chairing a series of Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings focused on the threat posed by Russia. He accuses the president of making that threat worse.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A mid-state scholar says the seemingly non-stop political ads are just getting started.

Vanderbilt Political Scientist John Geer has been studying political advertising for 30 some years.

“There’ll be a huge number of ads bought by both the candidates and by outside groups. And if the Senate race is as close as people expect it to be you can imagine that there’s going to be non-stop advertising for the few weeks leading up to the election.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville tourism is on a roll. The city pulled down 6.5 billion dollars last year, an 8 percent increase.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President Deana Ivey says Music City is benefiting from a lot of positive buzz in tourism circles in the U.S. and overseas. She says the city is also making progress on two perennial tourism problem areas, having enough hotel rooms and enough workers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee officials are fighting to keep transgender, anti-discrimination regulations from being enforced.

Tennessee and 15 other states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that would apply those regulations to businesses and schools.

The case involves a Michigan company that fired a transgender employee for violating the dress code. The appeals court ruled the company’s decision was based on sex, a violation of the Civil Rights Act.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Mid-state residents continue to aid the people of Puerto Rico as they rebuild following Hurricane Maria.

A Middle Tennessee charity will send a large group of volunteers to the U.S. Territory next month, just in time to mark the storm’s one-year anniversary.

Brentwood resident Connie Hasty traveled to Puerto Rico back in March. She’s a disaster reservist serving with Tennessee based Hope Force International. The ministry has some 2,000 volunteers trained to respond to emergencies just like Maria.


LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Imagine hearing a 700 pound bull Elk bugle a challenge to a rival male as you walk the forests of Tennessee.

It’s a sound being heard once again in East Tennessee thanks to a decades long effort by state wildlife officials to restore Elk to their natural habitat.

Elk were hunted to extinction in Tennessee in the 1800s. Following the transplant of a few Elk into the Cumberland Mountains 20 years ago, the Tennessee herd has now grown to about 400 animals.



Nashville, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  High school football still dominates Friday nights in Tennessee, but participation in the sport is in decline.

The drop in the number of boys joining teams is part of a wider national trend. Football participation in Tennessee peaked in 2014 at 23,000 players. This past school year the number fell below 22,000 for the first time since 2005.


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WASHINGTON, D.C. (OSBORNE)  --  Music City songwriters are on the verge of getting a real shot in the arm following passage of copyright legislation by the U.S. Senate.  


The Music Modernization Act passed the senate this past week. The House passed the measure earlier this year. The Act updates the way songwriters are paid for their work.


Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is a bill sponsor. He noted from the Senate floor that the legislation was a compromise hammered out over several years.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The City of Nashville has lost a free speech lawsuit on appeal that could have national repercussions.

Last week, the Cincinnati based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Nashville Police violated the First Amendment rights of street preachers John McGlone and Jeremy Peters during the city’s 2015 Gay Pride Festival.

McGlone and Peters sued the city after officials made them leave the sidewalk in front of the park where the festival was being held.


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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