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Adam Wakefield has one of those voices that make some people think to themselves: “Lucky dude.” Or maybe a less polite word. His voice is envy-making, for those inclined to be envious. It’s got a velvet blue bottom end, a knife edge somewhere in the middle and rich overtones. It’s got strong shades of Chris Stapleton or Gary Nichols, and indeed Wakefield spent some time singing for the Grammy-winning bluegrass band that gave those guys a platform, the Steeldrivers. It sounds like a voice that must have come as a gift from on high. Not so, says its owner.

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Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry is a convivial commotion of rehearsing and visiting, a friends-and-family ethos that infuses the show on stage with heart, even if the audience can’t see it directly. On February 13, that energy and affection was focused on a single performer, a gentleman with a beatific smile and a signature silver pompadour who slipped easily from conversation to the stage for multiple collaborations. A double-take birthday cake in the coffee lounge told the story.

WMOT program director and afternoon host, Jessie Scott recently sat down with Jeb Puryear of Donna The Buffalo to talk about making the video for their song "Dance In The Streets". The video was made in Nashville over Halloween with friends and random Nashville characters on the streets in downtown.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --   There’s a Tennessee connection to the movie Green Book. The film is in the running Sunday for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Green Book stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen and centers on the development of an inter-racial friendship. It also highlights the discrimination African-Americans faced while traveling around the United States during the Jim Crow era.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has told state lawmakers that legislation to limit police oversight panels would reject the will of his city's voters.

During their back-and-forth in a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Republican House Majority Leader William Lamberth responded police in Nashville feel like the city hates them and has turned its back on them. The subcommittee advanced the bill.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected does not include exceptions for situations involving incest or rape because he does not believe it's appropriate.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss told a House subcommittee on Wednesday he considers killing any child, including a fetus, as "evil." The panel — made up of all men — agreed to advance the bill to be heard by the full House Health Committee.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A state lawmaker says field tests are needed to help police tell the difference between a Tennessean legally carrying hemp products and those caught in possession of marijuana.

Hemp products don’t produce the high marijuana is known for, but the two smell and can look much the same. Repbulican Rep. Jay Reedy’s bill seeks to end the confusion by requiring police in Tennessee to carry hemp test kits.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders said on Monday night the possibility is on the table.

The denomination already was looking at how it could better respond to abuse when two Texas newspapers published an investigation last week that detailed hundreds of cases of abuse in its churches.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Nashville Mayor David Briley is asking Metro residents to take seriously the threat of flooding this week ahead of expected heavy rains.

In a press statement released over the weekend, Briley says residents should stay updated and take precautions in light of weather service forecasts calling for up to 8 inches of additional rain this week.

Nashville Weather Service Office Meteorologist Sam Shamberger notes that the mid-state typically gets three to four inches of rain during the entire month of February.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The attorney for a white police officer charged with fatally shooting an armed black man is calling for legal discovery documents to be sealed from the public.

Meanwhile, the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police has been running digital advertising about the case, prompting Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk to raise questions about potential conflicts of interest. Officer Andrew Delke's attorneys represent that police union as well.

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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors performing abortions on girls younger than 18 years old would be required to preserve a sample of the fetal tissue for law enforcement under a bill making its way through the Tennessee Statehouse.

Currently the threshold is 13.

The proposal is the latest abortion related legislation Republican state lawmakers have introduced following newly elected Gov. Bill Lee's promise to support any bill that would reduce the number of abortions throughout the state.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A new report says many of the high school graduates Tennessee sends off to college each year are handicapped by poor math and reading skills.

The state Senate Education Committee released the data Wenesday. The report shows nearly two-thirds of the Metro Nashville grads headed to college aren’t ready to tackle college math. They will likely need remedial help to stay in school.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum will be showing a free screening of a documentary about legendary Tennessee State University track and field coach Ed Temple and 40 female athletes who broke the color barrier at the 1960 Olympics.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --   There’s a Tennessee connection to the movie Green Book. The film is in the running Sunday for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Green Book stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen and centers on the development of an inter-racial friendship. It also highlights the discrimination African-Americans faced while traveling around the United States during the Jim Crow era.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has told state lawmakers that legislation to limit police oversight panels would reject the will of his city's voters.

During their back-and-forth in a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Republican House Majority Leader William Lamberth responded police in Nashville feel like the city hates them and has turned its back on them. The subcommittee advanced the bill.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected does not include exceptions for situations involving incest or rape because he does not believe it's appropriate.

Republican Rep. Micah Van Huss told a House subcommittee on Wednesday he considers killing any child, including a fetus, as "evil." The panel — made up of all men — agreed to advance the bill to be heard by the full House Health Committee.

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