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Almost exactly a year ago, a gala multi-artist show at a century-old theater climaxed with Robert Plant and Mumford & Sons performing together. Awards were bestowed on Nashville’s Jason Isbell,  British folk quartet The Wandering Hearts and many others. The venue was the Hackney Empire theater in London, and it had a similar reverent energy to the Americana Honors & Awards held every Fall at the Ryman Auditorium.

The String: Rodney Crowell Changes His Mind

Jan 18, 2019

To kick off 2019 in its ongoing coverage of American music and its culture, The String features a true icon of authentic country/roots music, indeed one of the artists around whom the Americana format was conceived in the 1990s. Rodney Crowell is both a songwriter’s songwriter and an artist who’s reached and moved mainstream music fans since breaking out in the 80s. He embodies the honed edge of Texas folk poetry and the refinement of Nashville songcraft. And he’s stayed artistically ambitious across four decades of work.

Anthony Scarlati

Like Lower Broadway in Nashville, Memphis’s world famous Beale Street has, as if by some process of natural commercial accretion, grown into an entertainment and tourist destination somewhat removed from its roots music origins. But those interested in enjoying Beale Street as a wall-to-wall blues experience can do so next week, from Jan. 22 to 26, when the International Blues Challenge rocks and rolls for the 35th time.

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NASHVILE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville has it’s new Police Oversight Board.

Metro Council chose the eleven-member panel Tuesday night in a five-hour, marathon session. Several rounds of voting slowly whittled down the original list of more than 150 applicants.

The Council last week approved two board members nominated by Mayor David Briley. Last night they approved two more panelists nominated by council members. Most of the evening was devoted to selecting the remaining seven board members.

Tennessee suffers sharp spike in child suicides

Jan 22, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A new report from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network shows that suicides among children between 10 and 17 spiked more than 54 percent in three years.

On average, a child commits suicide somewhere in Tennessee each week and suicide is now the second leading cause of deaths among children.

While there's no single reason people take their own lives, Network Executive Director Scott Ridgway says children's exposure to what he calls "mature concepts" should be a concern.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Gov. Bill Lee is settling into his new job this week on Capitol Hill after taking the oath of office on Saturday.

During his inaugural speech, Lee stressed many of the same policy priorities he campaigned on: Criminal justice reform, a new emphasis on vocational education, and building on the state’s strong economy.

But Lee noted that while the state as a whole may be prospering, many Tennesseans are struggling.

2018 another bad year for pedestrians in Music City

Jan 18, 2019
walkbikenashville.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Music City pedestrians may have another tough year ahead if early January is any indication. Two people have already been struck and killed on the city’s streets in 2019.

A man was struck by a bus on Jan. 1 on Fourth Ave. A woman was struck and killed by an SUV on Old Hickory Jan. 9.

Nora Kern with Walk Bike Nashville notes that 2018 again set a grim record for pedestrian deaths with 22 people killed citywide (see cout note below). She says the same number of pedestrians died in 2017.

bizjournals.com/nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Nashville Business Journal suggests all those construction cranes dotting Metro’s skyline are overshadowing the remarkable growth underway just down I-65 in Franklin.

Journal Senior Report Adam Sichko notes Franklin approved $535 million worth of commercial construction last year. He says that represents historic development for the second year in a row.

wallethub.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new study suggests Tennessee is making progress against its racial disparities, as the mid-state celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The personal finance website Wallethub.com ranks Tennessee 17th in the nation for racial progress, up two positions from last year.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Tennessee cracked the top ten when it comes to minority employment and wealth.

secondharvestmidtn.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Second Harvest Food Bank will on Wednesday distribute charity food boxes to security screeners at Nashville International Airport.

 

Second Harvest tells WMOT the federal Transportation Security Administration office in Nashville requested aid for its employees. TSA agents have now been working 25 days without pay due to partial government shutdown. 

 

Ally Parsons is a Second Harvest spokesperson.

 

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Tennessee lawmakers are sharing their legislative priorities as the 2019 session gets underway.

Jeff Yarbro is the State Senate Minority Leader. The Nashville Democrat says Medicaid expansion continues to be one of his party’s biggest legislative priorities.

“We’re one of about ten states, eleven states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid at this point, which is putting a lot of pressure on small town hospitals and lots of families unnecessarily.”

National Park Service

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Tennessee’s tourism industry is happy that The Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains at least partially open during the government shutdown, but some are questioning that decision.

The park is one of Tennessee’s most important economic engines. Federal data shows the Smokies attract some 11 million visitors a year who spend in excess of $800 million annually.

Park officials are using camping and other visitor fees to keep the Smokies partially staffed. but there have been reports of trash, overflowing toilets and damaged property.

MLK Day events scheduled across Middle Tennessee

Jan 14, 2019
National Park Service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Martin Luther King Day is fast approaching.

The national holiday takes place on the third Monday each January and will be celebrated this year on Monday, January 21.

You might be surprised to learn that Nashville holds one of the oldest MLK Day marches in the country. A march and convocation has been organized in the mid-state each year since 1989 by the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship.

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NASHVILE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville has it’s new Police Oversight Board.

Metro Council chose the eleven-member panel Tuesday night in a five-hour, marathon session. Several rounds of voting slowly whittled down the original list of more than 150 applicants.

The Council last week approved two board members nominated by Mayor David Briley. Last night they approved two more panelists nominated by council members. Most of the evening was devoted to selecting the remaining seven board members.

Tennessee suffers sharp spike in child suicides

Jan 22, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  A new report from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network shows that suicides among children between 10 and 17 spiked more than 54 percent in three years.

On average, a child commits suicide somewhere in Tennessee each week and suicide is now the second leading cause of deaths among children.

While there's no single reason people take their own lives, Network Executive Director Scott Ridgway says children's exposure to what he calls "mature concepts" should be a concern.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Gov. Bill Lee is settling into his new job this week on Capitol Hill after taking the oath of office on Saturday.

During his inaugural speech, Lee stressed many of the same policy priorities he campaigned on: Criminal justice reform, a new emphasis on vocational education, and building on the state’s strong economy.

But Lee noted that while the state as a whole may be prospering, many Tennesseans are struggling.

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In federal courts around the nation, the wheels of justice may soon be grinding to a halt.

The government shutdown has already caused delays and disruptions throughout the federal court system, and officials are bracing for things to get a lot worse next week.

At least five people were killed when a man opened fire Wednesday afternoon in a bank in Sebring, Fla., according to officials.

At a brief news conference, Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund named 21-year-old Zephen Xaver, of Sebring, as the suspect. Xaver is in police custody.

"Today has been a tragic day in our community," Hoglund said. "We've suffered a significant loss at the hands of a senseless criminal doing a senseless crime."

The Fight For Native Voices To Be Heard

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Nathan Phillips and Nick Sandmann sparked a nationwide debate after video surfaced of their confrontation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. There are myriad perspectives on the event, and reporter Jacqueline Keeler writes that this video "reveals the triumvirate of experiences that largely define American history."

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