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Recently I stepped up to an electronic keyboard at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. On the wall in front of me were tubes of various lengths half filled with styrofoam pellets. The boss of the place, President and CEO Steve Hinkley, described what happened next. 

 

“And then depending on what key that you hit, those pellets resonate perfectly and you can see the sound wave right in front of you,” he said. Sure enough, at different pitches, groups of beads clustered up in neat rows and danced in the standing waves.

Music City Roots, the 10-year-old live radio show and public television series, announced plans for a new venue on Thursday. Co-founder John Walker and community leaders unveiled The Roots Barn, a new concert venue to be built next year in the growing music scene of Madison, TN. When live broadcasts return to the WMOT airwaves, scheduled for late 2020, it will be known as Music City Roots - Live From Madison Station.

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Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will usher in the next decade with a residency by acclaimed Americana songwriter Brandi Carlile in the opening weeks of 2020, the artist revealed this week. In a video announcement, Carlile previewed the Ryman run with excitement and reverence, calling it “My favorite venue in the country,” and “A dream come true of mine.”

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach.

According to news reports, the man became ill shortly after returning from vacation in Destin Beach where he was visiting family for the 4th of July.

Cheryl Wiygul, the man's daughter, says the family discovered that a large sore had developed on her dad's back once they had returned home, as well as red bumps on his arms and legs. The man died on July 7, just 48 hours after his last swim in Florida.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is facing backlash for signing a proclamation ordering a day to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Lee told reporters this week that a 1969 state law required him to sign the proclamation but declined to say whether he believed the law should be repealed.

The proclamation designates July 13 as "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day."

Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general who had amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is facing backlash for signing a proclamation ordering a day to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Lee told reporters this week that a 1969 state law required him to sign the proclamation but declined to say whether he believed the law should be repealed.

The proclamation designates July 13 as "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day." Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general who had amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Chris Young's alma mater is honoring him by naming a new live music venue after him on campus.

Middle Tennessee State University plans to open the Chris Young Cafe sometime in the fall semester.

University President Sidney McPhee said at an event Tuesday at the Country Music Association headquarters that Young has donated $50,000 for the 3,200-square foot facility's renovations.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee family's lawsuit against online retailer Amazon over a hoverboard fire that destroyed their home can move forward.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a Friday ruling said Amazon was aware of complaints about hoverboards catching fire and exploding. The Seattle-based company even launched an investigation that led to its ceasing all hoverboard sales worldwide.

But Amazon's notice to consumers consisted of an email saying there had been "reports of safety issues."

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A hearing has been set for a Tennessee teen charged in the death of a Nashville police officer.

The Tennessean reports 17-year-old Jayona Brown is set to appear in juvenile court next month. Brown is charged with offenses including vehicular homicide in the Independence Day death of Officer John Anderson.

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NASHVILLE, TENN. (Osborne)  -- Public health officials are warning Tennessee residents that tick borne illnesses are on the rise.

State Deputy Epidemiologist John Dunn is urging Tennesseans to take precautions against ticks. He also recommends making yourself familiar with symptoms of tick-borne illnesses. The most common is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

“We see several hundred cases of that each year and it has tended to go up in the past ten years or so.”

MNPD Officer John Anderson, End of Watch call

Jul 8, 2019
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Osborne)  --  The Nashville Metropolitan Police Department broadcast End of Watch for fallen Officer John Andeson early Monday morning. 

The call was made at 3:05 a.m. the moment Officer Anderson was struck and killed July 4, 2019. 

Officer Anderson's funeral will be held this afternoon at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Madison.

You can hear the full End of Watch call as issue by MNPD dispatch this morning by clicking on the link below.

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have cleared a Tennessee police officer of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a man during a domestic disturbance.

The Smyrna Police Department said in a statement Friday that Officer Kevin Byers did not violate any department policies in the June 28 shooting death of 76-year-old William Lamb.

Police said officers went to Lamb's home after receiving a report that Lamb had shot at his wife. Police said Byers and another officer entered the home and Byers found Lamb in a hallway with a gun.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A teenager accused of killing a Nashville police officer in a fiery car crash could be tried as an adult.

The Tennessean reports , 17-year-old Jayona Brown is being held in juvenile detention while prosecutors seek a transfer hearing. They intend to argue that her charges are serious enough that the case should be moved to adult court, where the consequences of a conviction are more severe.

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Wired In with John Paul White

Wired In with John Paul White

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Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach.

According to news reports, the man became ill shortly after returning from vacation in Destin Beach where he was visiting family for the 4th of July.

Cheryl Wiygul, the man's daughter, says the family discovered that a large sore had developed on her dad's back once they had returned home, as well as red bumps on his arms and legs. The man died on July 7, just 48 hours after his last swim in Florida.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is facing backlash for signing a proclamation ordering a day to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Lee told reporters this week that a 1969 state law required him to sign the proclamation but declined to say whether he believed the law should be repealed.

The proclamation designates July 13 as "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day."

Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general who had amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is facing backlash for signing a proclamation ordering a day to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Lee told reporters this week that a 1969 state law required him to sign the proclamation but declined to say whether he believed the law should be repealed.

The proclamation designates July 13 as "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day." Forrest was a Confederate cavalry general who had amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

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With aviation authorities around the world still months away from allowing Boeing's 737 Max planes to fly passengers again, two major airlines are now extending Max flight cancellations into November.

American Airlines announced Monday it is pulling the 737 Max from its schedule through Nov. 2, canceling about 115 flights per day. American reported last week that the Max grounding has already cost the airline $185 million in lost revenue.

Most snowshoes in the United States are probably in storage right now, gathering dust and waiting for temperatures to drop. In the town of Lake Tomahawk in the Northwoods of Wisconsin though, they're getting a lot of use this summer.

Snowshoe baseball is exactly what it sounds like. It's a game of baseball played on snowshoes, though it more closely resembles a bizarre game of softball.

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Monday was the last day in a widely-watched trial about opioid addiction in Oklahoma. The state sued opioid manufacturers, but only Johnson & Johnson fought it in court after others settled.

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