Jacqueline Justice

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)  --  The Nashville Department of Health is getting top marks for its handling of the Hepatitis A outbreak.

At last count, 60 Nashville residents have been diagnosed with the highly contagious, liver-damaging virus. There is no cure once diagnosed, but there is a vaccine that prevents infection.

The city is providing regular updates to the public. It’s also aggressively reaching out to vulnerable communities. The city says people who abuse illicit drugs, the homeless and men who engage in sex with other men are most at risk.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee NAACP and clergy are calling for greater police accountability after authorities said a 25-year-old man was fatally shot by a Nashville police officer.

Gloria J. Sweet-Love of the Tennessee State Conference of the NAACP said Monday that the group wants a fair investigation into the Thursday death of Daniel Hambrick as well as solutions to address broader policing issues. The Tennessean reports the creation of a community oversight board to examine police misconduct claims are among their specific requests.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Classes are getting underway at Tennessee schools without the new safety funding passed by state lawmakers earlier this year.

Responding to the February Florida school shooting that left 17 students dead, lawmakers added $25 million in onetime, school safety grants to this year’s state budget.


But before they can apply for those grants, schools are required to update their security reviews. Those assessments are due this week.



NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (OSBORNE)  --   A new report says Nashville has one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the country.

The just released 2018 Scoring Tech Talent report produced by West Coast based CBRE says Music City’s pool of technology workers has grown by 43 percent in five years.

CBRE Director of Research Colin Yasukochi (Yah-su-CO-chee) says tech employers are looking beyond Silicon Valley and other technology centers for a more affordable workforce.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Acclaimed singer-songwriters including Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle will lead a five-city concert series to support families who have been separated at the border due to immigration policies put into place by the Trump administration.


The Women's Refugee Commission announced "The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families," will also feature Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs and Graham Nash.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge has upheld the state's use of controversial drugs to execute inmates after a challenge by 33 inmates on death row.

Kelley Henry, one of the lawyers representing the inmates, said the plaintiffs will appeal.


WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee Senator Bob Corker not only presided over Wednesday’s three hour grilling of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but led the intense questioning President Trump’s foreign policy leader endured yesterday.

During a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Corker chairs lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle expressed confidence in Secretary Pompeo.


Social enterprises thrive in Middle Tennessee

Jul 25, 2018

NASHVILLE, TENN. (HAGGARD) — When a church campus closed in the Wedgewood-Houston area of Nashville, the building was left to the community. So a church opened up in part of the space and what was the fellowship hall was transformed into a donation-based coffee shop called Crest Café.

April Kirby, director of community caffeine and culture, says patrons can pay as little as much as they want and the proceeds will go back into the community, and to a chosen nonprofit.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville’s efforts to aid the homeless have been streamlined with a single agency now responsible for the work countywide.

Metro formerly had two agencies offering homeless services. The City Council recently consolidated them into a single new department called the Metro Homeless Impact Division.

The change grew out of a multiyear conversation between city government, non-profits and ministries working with the homeless, along with members of the homeless community.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  There’s some small relief on the horizon for the 115,000 plus motorists struggling to get from Murfreesboro to Nashville and back again each day along I-24.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is gearing up to make a number of improvements to that overworked traffic corridor that should offer at least some improvement.


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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.


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.



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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A center run by the nonprofit Spanish Commission for Refugees in Málaga has been busy all summer. It's a colorful, two-story building with an outdoor courtyard, and people constantly come and go, speaking an array of languages and blasting music from their phones.

"Look, they're coming in now," says Francisco Cansino, the center's director. "They've just arrived."

Malaysian police have arrested the country's ex-prime minister, Najib Razak, who is now facing at least 21 charges related to more than $620 million in state money that wound up in his personal bank accounts.

Najib, 65, faces a variety of money-laundering charges, in addition to several charges of bribery and criminal breach of trust that were filed in July. He has pleaded not guilty in the case.

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