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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. (AP) — The first U.S. Senate debate between Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is set for Sept. 25.

Blackburn's campaign announced Monday she'll join the Cumberland University debate in Lebanon, adding that they are "looking forward to this debate and others." Hosts include The Tennessean, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, WTVF-TV and WNPT-TV.

Bredesen previously agreed to participate in that debate and three in Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville’s home sales numbers remain strong even as the red-hot national housing market starts to show signs of cooling off.

The real-estate website Zillow.com recently noted a significant drop in home-sales asking prices across the country. Redfin’s Housing Demand Index reported a two percent drop nationwide between June and July.

Greater Nashville Realtor’s Association President Sher Powers says a somewhat slower market could be a positive development.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study says older Americans are now filing for bankruptcy at an alarming rate. 

Researchers with the New York based Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP) say there’s been a fivefold increase in the number of seniors filing for bankruptcy in recent years.

 

Bankruptcy filings have actually fallen here in the mid-state the last two years, but Tennessee routinely ranks among the top five states for the total number of people seeking protection from creditors.

 

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A longtime automotive analyst says that one of Tennessee's largest employers appears poised for solid future growth in spite of current challenges.

Janet Lewis is Managing Director for Tokyo based Macquarie Capital Securities. She notes that Nissan Motors suffered a 14 percent drop in profits last quarter, due mostly to sales declines in the U.S. and Europe.

But Lewis says the falloff can be attributed largely to the fact that Nissan is trying to wean customers off of generous sales incentives.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study ranks Tennessee’s community colleges surprisingly low, given that a degree at one of the public schools is now tuition free.

The personal finance website Wallethub.com is out with a ranking of 700 community colleges nationwide. The study considers several factors, including quality, cost, graduation rates, and faculty to student ratios.

Tennessee ranked eighth overall behind, among others, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Kentucky.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Gibson is advertising for a new president, even as the iconic Tennessee instrument maker wrestles with bankruptcy.

Gibson filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in May, asking the court for protection from creditors as it reorganizes.

This past week the Nashville based company placed ads for new leadership. The posting says in part that Gibson is looking for a president who can acquire and integrate complimentary businesses.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  You’ve got just a couple more weeks to catch this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production.

This year’s offering from The Bard is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Artistic Director Denice Hicks says the summer 2018 selection was an easy choice.

Midsummer is really the party play. It’s just a huge celebration of love and magic and silliness, really. So that’s why I picked it for our 30th anniversary."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee schools are now one step closer to receiving the additional security funding promised to them by Gov. Bill Haslam and State Lawmakers.

The Tennessee General Assembly this spring approved about $25 million in one-time security grants. Legislators also added about five million new dollars to the existing security funds schools receive.

The funding was added in response to the Florida school shooting in February that left 17 students and staff dead.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  There's no end in sight for Tennessee’s drug overdose epidemic.

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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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