895 Fest On Sale!

895 Fest On Sale Now!

WMOT presents 895 Fest, a two-day outdoor Americana music festival May 31 & June 1 at Hop Springs Beer Park in Murfreesboro, TN. Become a WMOT member and save on your tickets at 895fest.org

Wired In with John Paul White

Wired In with John Paul White

Watch Video Cuts from John Paul White's April 22, 2019 Wired In Session from Analog

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For the first time in its 18-year history, four women were nominated as the Americana Music Association's Artist of the Year on Tuesday afternoon. And that wasn't the only way past patterns were disrupted in anticipation of the 2019 Honors & Awards show this Fall. No Album of the Year nominees were among the prospects for Artist of the Year or Duo/Group of the Year. New acts turned up in the Album and Duo/Group category, giving hope for first-time winners.

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In “Rock Billy Boogie,” a classic 1957 record by the Rock and Roll trio, Johnny Burnette name-checks a Memphis honky tonk.

Well, I know a little spot on the edge of town/Where you can really dig 'em up and set 'em down/It's a little place called, The Hideaway/You do the rockabilly till the break of day...

That little spot has gone by the name Hernando’s Hideaway for so many decades that nobody reliably remembers when it opened. But it re-opens this summer, with hard country singer/songwriter Dale Watson as the new proprietor.

Smithsonian Folkways

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival just wrapped its 50th edition. If you've never attended, there's no way to effectively convey the feeling of entering the grounds and hearing the energy surging at you from multiple stages. It's a roots music and American culture life goal. Those memories get a stir on a new silver anniversary box set, out today from Smithsonian Folkways. It's a trove of unreleased recordings drawn from the years 1974 to 2016.

mtsu.edu/berc

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- The new tariffs imposed on China overnight by President Donald Trump could be especially bad news for Tennessee.

 

A report released earlier this week shows the state’s exports already down dramatically before the new tariffs were imposed.

 

Early Friday morning the president raised tariffs an additional 15 percent on $200 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports. The Chinese government says it will retaliate.

 

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WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE) -- West Tennessee Congressional Rep. Steve Cohen was one of 24 Democrats voting Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress.

Cohen sits on the House Judiciary Committee that’s asking Barr to provide it with an unredacted copy of the Mueller Report.

Cohen said Barr’s failure to hand over the report, or appear before the committee, sets a frightening precedent.

 

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Embattled House Speaker Glen Casada says he's asking for multiple probes of the scandals surrounding his office, saying he takes "complete ownership" of exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a former top aide about women.

In a letter Wednesday, Casada said he wrote the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorneys General Conference asking them to investigate an email by his former Chief of Staff Cade Cothren. He also apologized for his own conduct.

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  WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE) -- An initial hearing for the lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s new voter registration law is set for July 1. That's according to the activists who brought the suit, the Washington DC based Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR).

Federal judge Aleta Trauger will hold a status hearing in her Nashville courtroom on that date.

LCCR attorney Ezra Rosenberg calls Tennessee’s new regulations governing voter registration “draconian.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- The number of Tennesseans receiving opioid prescriptions is getting a closer look following last months federal illicit drug sting that saw dozens of Tennessee doctors, nurses and pharmacists arrested.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows that Middle Tennessee’s Clay County has the state’s highest opioid prescription rate. In 2017 there were 191 opioid prescriptions written for every 100 county residents, enough to provide two opioid scrips to every man woman and child in the county.

TN.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee is preparing for its first execution of the year. The state plans to execute death row inmate Donnie Johnson May 16.

Johnson was convicted in 1985 of murdering his wife, Connie Johnson, the year before.

The 68-year-old inmate has appealed his sentence to Gov. Bill Lee. That appeal is based largely on Johnson's Christian conversion.

Step-daughter Cynthia Vaughn has reportedly joined others in asking the governor to spare Johnson’s life.  

wcs.edu

ATLANTA (AP) — The school district of Fulton County, Georgia, has picked a new superintendent.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the board voted Thursday to hire Mike Looney, the current superintendent of Williamson County Schools in Franklin, Tennessee.

The district has offered Looney a base salary of $329,000, which is $100,000 more than the previous superintendent earned. He'll also get a $1,250 monthly "routine" expense allowance that doesn't require him to document purchases.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have adjourned their annual legislative session.

The Republican-supermajority General Assembly finished its work Thursday after passing legislation to create a concealed carry-only handgun permit that doesn't require training that includes actually firing a weapon. They also overcame House and Senate differences to pass legislation that would require the state's top leaders to call on the federal government to send a fixed amount of money each year in the form of block grants.

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- State House Republicans Tuesday passed a bill that opponents say targets transgender students in spite of opposition from some of Tennessee’s largest companies.

West Tennessee Republican Andy Holt sponsored the bill. He explained the measure would require the state Attorney General to represent school districts in court should they be sued for adopting exclusionary bathroom policies.

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- The Tennessee House has passed a measure that would make it easier to get a concealed handgun carry permit.

West Tennessee Republican Andy Holt defended his bill on the House floor yesterday, saying he hopes to...

“Reduce the burden for individuals to achieve in a lawful manner their second amendment right that we think is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States.”

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mtsu.edu/berc

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- The new tariffs imposed on China overnight by President Donald Trump could be especially bad news for Tennessee.

 

A report released earlier this week shows the state’s exports already down dramatically before the new tariffs were imposed.

 

Early Friday morning the president raised tariffs an additional 15 percent on $200 billion dollars worth of Chinese imports. The Chinese government says it will retaliate.

 

c-span

WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE) -- West Tennessee Congressional Rep. Steve Cohen was one of 24 Democrats voting Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt of Congress.

Cohen sits on the House Judiciary Committee that’s asking Barr to provide it with an unredacted copy of the Mueller Report.

Cohen said Barr’s failure to hand over the report, or appear before the committee, sets a frightening precedent.

 

tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Embattled House Speaker Glen Casada says he's asking for multiple probes of the scandals surrounding his office, saying he takes "complete ownership" of exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a former top aide about women.

In a letter Wednesday, Casada said he wrote the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorneys General Conference asking them to investigate an email by his former Chief of Staff Cade Cothren. He also apologized for his own conduct.

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When 29-year-old Gilberto Olivas-Bejarano first returned to his birth home, the Mexican city of León, he didn't speak the native language.

"I barely speak Spanish now," he says.

He arrived in León alone, and today, nearly two years since his deportation, Olivas-Bejarano has still not seen his family in person.

It's not a message for everyone — even though that's exactly what it's intended to be.

Many Democrats are angry. They're angry with President Trump's election and what it represents. And they're angry about the direction of the country, and the inequities in American life.

So it would make sense that the person running for the Democratic nomination for president would channel that anger. President Trump did it to win over the Republican base in 2016, saying he gladly carries the "mantle of anger."

Not Joe Biden.

If you've had a manicure lately, chances are you probably had it done at a nail salon run by people of Vietnamese heritage.

The salons are everywhere — in nearly every city, state and strip mall across the United States. So how did Vietnamese entrepreneurs come to dominate the multi-billion dollar nail economy?

Filmmaker Adele Free Pham set out to answer that question in a documentary called Nailed It. Growing up in Portland, Ore., she says that she observed that all the nail salons around her were Vietnamese-run.

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