From WMOT News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The state and the City of Nashville are preparing to dole out more relief aid to pandemic struck small businesses.

State officials this week announced they’re offering another $50 million in grants to small businesses and non-profits. Grants to businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans and disabled owners will reportedly be prioritized.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Thursday announced another $5.5 million in additional small business grants. Two million will go specifically to the city’s many small music venues.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville’s housing market continues to tighten.

Figures released Wednesday by the Greater Nashville Realtors Association show the number of mid-state properties for sale fell sharply between August and September, down 7 percent in just 30 days.

The number of homes for sale year-over-year dropped even more, falling 31 percent since last September.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Police say they’ve questioned the two men connected to a Franklin bar fight that involved a member of The Mavericks.

Band trumpeter Lorenzo Molina told police that he and a friend were assaulted early Sunday morning at Tony’s Eat and Drink, reportedly for speaking Spanish among themselves.

The FPD says the two men sought in connection with the altercation came forward Wednesday to answer questions.

The case has now been sent to the District Attorney’s Office.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  It has been a deadly year for bicyclists on Tennessee highways.

With eleven weeks remaining in 2020, 10 riders have already died statewide. That’s more bike fatalities than were recorded in 2018 and 2019 combined.

The latest death was reported Wednesday in Murfreesboro. Police say 71-year-old Herbert Knee was seriously injured when he collided with a car on South Church St.


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Franklin Police said this week they are investigating an assault on a member of The Mavericks at a Cool Springs bar this past weekend.

Authorities reported the incident occurred early Sunday morning at Tony’s Eat and Drink.

The Mavericks confirmed the incident on social media saying band member Lorenzo Molina and fellow musician Orlando Morales were assaulted by two men at the bar.