Laura Partain

In late July, 2018, Maya de Vitry clicked “publish” on a Facebook message that took fans of acoustic trio The Stray Birds by surprise. “We have made the incredibly difficult but truly healthy decision to disband,” it said. It also announced that they’d completed an album called Let It Pass, which would be released later that Fall without a supporting tour. This is what she remembers as her own personal point of no return.

The campaign to convince the world that modern Music City is more than country music has been a rousing success. It’s safe to say the national audience is now aware that Nashville nurtures and produces rock and pop acts. The city’s history in R&B and rock and roll recording has been well told via popular exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The music business goes pretty dark during “the holidays,” but expect the floodgates of new releases and great shows to open up again as soon as this weekend, when The Travelin’ McCourys play 3rd & Lindsley on Saturday night with rising guitar ace Billy Strings. We collected everything we’ve heard about roots music events and albums of note coming early in the new year, and assembled this curated list. Always best to be prepared.

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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.

 

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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.”

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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
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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.

TDOC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Human Trafficking advocates were thrilled when Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted Cyntoia Brown clemency earlier this month, but not everyone supported the decision to void her life-sentence for murder.

Brown was sixteen when she shot and killed Nashville resident Johnny Allen.  Allen bought the girl from a pimp who was trafficking Brown for sex. Brown shot Allen in the head, saying she feared he was about to kill her. She received a life sentence as a juvenile for that murder.

cadillac.com

DETROIT, Michigan (OSBORNE)  --  General Moters has unvelied the new Cadillac model workers at the Spring Hill plant will build. 

GM unveiled the Cadillac XT6 over the weekend, just ahead of Monday's start of the Detroit Auto Show.

You can learn more about the new crossover Cadillac here.

bonnaroo.com

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Bonnaroo tickets are now on sale. The four day Manchester music festival is set for the weekend of June 13.

Festival organizers announced the festival’s lineup Tuesday. This year’s headliners include Phish, Childish Gambino, Solange, Post Malone, Odesza, and The Lumineers.

Nashville Scene Music Editor Stephen Trageser says he sees Bonnaroo 2019 offering a nice balance between musical tastes. He also appreciates the inclusion of well-known performers along with up-and-coming acts.

cdc.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Suicides are on the rise nationwide and here in Tennessee. A University of Michigan study says suicides have more than doubled since 2000.

The State of Tennessee is responding. It recently agreed to keep a more accurate count of suicides by joining a national violent death reporting system managed by the Centers for Disease Control.

The State also recently partnered with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network to form a task force focused exclusively on suicide in Tennessee’s farm community.

MNPS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Some parents, teachers and board members are questioning the leadership of Metro schools director Dr. Shawn Joseph.

The controversy has been building for months, but has recently taken on racial tones. Madison and Gallatin area Board member Jill Speering is one of Joseph’s most outspoken critics. Speering is white. Dr. Joseph is black.

Bill Lee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is giving up control of his heating, cooling, plumbing and electric business that generates $225 million a year and placing his company holdings in a blind trust.

Lee announced Wednesday the blind trust is now effective after resigning as chair of Lee Co. on Dec. 21. Lee had worked at the company for more than 35 years.

Lee's transition team says the newly elected Republican will no longer have communication with the company regarding contracts and other business decisions.

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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.

 

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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.

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Three Chicago cops are expected to learn Thursday if they will be convicted for allegedly covering up for a fellow officer in the high-profile shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Officer Thomas Gaffney, former Officer Joseph Walsh, and former Detective David March were each charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct for allegedly exaggerating the threat the 17-year-old posed to officers.

Twenty five years ago, at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake shook Angelenos from their beds. For those of us who lived through it, the memories of chaos early in the morning are unforgettable.

"We were just literally startled awake by a freight train driving right through our bedroom," said my father, Mark Margolis, who along with my sister, my mother and myself, was sleeping just about seven miles from the epicenter. "I mean the blinds that were supposed to be hanging vertical were like out horizontal. So, there was a tremendous amount of movement."

Adam Schiff wants to know who Donald Trump Jr. telephoned as he was organizing the meeting at which he was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The chairman of the House intelligence committee told NPR he intends to use his power to convene hearings, call witnesses and get information to answer the question about whether Trump Jr., in setting up the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, spoke to his father, then-candidate Donald Trump.

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