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.

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.

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Nashville, TN – A new slogan for Tennessee's department of tourism.

Murfreesboro, TN – Nashville joins seven other American cities chosen by the United Nation's Better World Campaign.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced today 125 finalists for the 9th Annual Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing. Finalists were awarded in 27 categories that reflect the broad spectrum of creativity and innovation in spoken word entertainment.

Murfreesboro, TN – WMOT's Jacobs receives AP awards

by Tom Tozer and Angela Hayes

WMOT-FM news producer Shawn Jacobs recently received two Honorable Mention Associated Press awards in a statewide AP broadcasters' competition.

The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association's radio news competition was the name of the event in which Jacobs received the awards.

His awards were in the large market category for work aired in 2002.

Nashville, TN – Bissell's new mystery is set against "The Trail of Tears" considered the American Holocaust by some historians. Thhe forced march of hundreds of Native Americans from their homes in North Carolina and Tennessee culminated in the deaths of hundreds and resettlement in reservations in Oklahoma.

Murfreesboro, TN – Music may not be rocket science, but some MTSU students would be the first to tell you there's physics involved.

Murfreesboro, TN – Racial attrocities during the Civil War is the focus of a new book of essays.

Murfreesboro, TN – The Grammy-nominated musician will perform in MTSU's Tucker Theater Monday, March 8.

Murfreesboro, TN – Two hundred years of Rutherford County Tennessee history in a single, ninety minute DVD.

Murfreesboro, TN – Senator Bill Frist spoke to a full audience at Middle Tennessee State University on Friday, February 20 and WMOT News Producer Shawn Jacobs was there to interview him.

Listen to excerpts of the interview on Monday, February 23 at 8:45am and again at 5:45pm.

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2018 another bad year for pedestrians in Music City

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The back and forth between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over the partial government shutdown escalated Friday, as Pelosi's office charged the White House leaked plans for a congressional delegation to fly commercially to Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Trump said he was revoking a military flight for the CODEL, suggesting Pelosi fly commercial instead.

Pelosi was apparently prepared to do just that. But in a statement released by her office Friday morning, spokesman Drew Hammill said:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Trump administration has told states they can't offer unemployment benefits to federal employees who are required to report to work without pay during the government shutdown.

Newsom called a letter sent to states by the U.S. Department of Labor "jaw-dropping and extraordinary" as he met with TSA workers at the Sacramento International Airport Thursday afternoon. "So, the good news is, we're going to do it, and shame on them."

Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to be sentenced Friday for the 2014 murder of teenager Laquan McDonald, and the judge has a wide range of punishment options.

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