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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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Mid-state author Bill Carey is out with a new book that takes a long, hard look at Tennessee’s slave trade.

 

The book is entitled “Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee.”

 

Carey’s book is based largely on hundreds of newspaper advertisements from the 1800s; ads seeking to buy slaves, sell slaves, or locate runaway slaves.

 

Carey notes that it wasn’t just large plantations that dealt in the slave trade.

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A researcher at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is out with a study that has striking implications for Tennessee’s opioid epidemic.

Dr. Stephen Stephen Patrick is a Neonatologist and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy. He’s released a study looking at barriers faced by pregnant women seeking treatment for prescription addictions.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  If you want to know exactly how many of your tax dollars went to convince the prestigious New York investment firm AllianceBernstein to move its headquarters and a thousand jobs to Nashville you’re out of luck.

City and state officials say the company will receive more than $17 million in grants as a part of the agreement. However, the state is refusing to reveal what kind of tax breaks it offered the firm to clinch the deal.

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WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE)  --  Have you puzzled over why your salary isn’t keeping pace with rising cost of everything from cars to corn flakes? If so, you’re not alone.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker also wants to know why American workers aren’t seeing their wages increase at a time when the economy is booming.

In a Senate Banking Committee meeting Tuesday in Washington, Corker questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about why salaries are failing to keep pace with inflation.

Billy Strings and his band had played their last song. The Ryman Auditorium audience was on its feet emitting every manner of happy exultation at explosive volume. The quartet had taken a group bow and put their instruments to rest. Then emcee Eddie Stubbs, from his podium, suggested Billy Strings do one more song - a rare encore for an opening act.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  It’s getting increasingly difficult for someone making an average salary to buy a home anywhere in Middle Tennessee.

The real estate policy group ATTOM Data Solutions is out with their annual home affordability index. The report compares an average salary to the average cost of buying a home in 432 counties nationwide.

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Craig Fitzhugh for governor

Jul 15, 2018
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (SARAH GRACE TAYLOR)  --  WMOT is spending the summer talking with the 2018 mid-term candidates for statewide office. We recently spoke with Democratic candidate for governor, Craig Fitzhugh.

Fitzhugh, the minority leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives, says early grade school education would be one of his main focuses as governor.

Women look to shake up Tennessee's 2018 elections

Jul 13, 2018
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Early voting is now underway in Tennessee for the August 2 state and federal primaries and the county general elections. Expect to see a lot of new names when you get a look at the ballot.

The nation’s super-charged political climate is attracting a number of first time candidates for public office, including an unusually large class of rookie female candidates.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's biggest health insurers are cutting the premiums for individual plans under the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange market for the first time.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Lipscomb Univeristy economist says new federal data suggests Middle Tennessee employers are going to have to raise wages if they want to hire and retain a qualified workforce. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics released numbers on Tuesday that show American workers are quitting their jobs at rates not seen since the Dot.com bubble peaked in 2001.

WMOT News asked Lipscomb College of Business Economist Andy Borchers to explain the so-called "quit rate" and suggest what the development means for the Nashville market. 

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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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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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