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East Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Faison Elected Chair Of The House Republican Caucus

On the eve of the election of a new House speaker, Republican lawmakers chose to Rep. Jeremy Faison as the new caucus chairman.

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When guitarist Andrés Segovia visited Paris in the 1920s he inspired many French composers who were not even guitarists to write with a Spanish flair. Richard Todd brought a selection of these pieces to Studio C.

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A physician assistant from Crossville has purchased the shuttered Cumberland River Hospital in Celina and has expressed interest in buying other struggling facilities on the Cumberland Plateau. The community is relieved, even though the hospital is far from reopening.

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An inmate who escaped from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary is facing charges of first-degree murder, especially aggrevated burglary and aggravated sexual assault.

Curtis Watson is believed to have killed Debra Johnson, a top Tennessee prisons official, before fleeing Wednesday morning.

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“Old Town Road” is still riding the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100. Lil Nas X’s breakout country rap hit broke the previous 16-week record held by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.”

Now, it’s 18 weeks and four remixes in, with little sign of the phenomenon ending.

WPLN’s Rachel Iacovone spoke with Billboard’s senior director of charts, Keith Caulfield, to try to understand how Lil Nas X and his “Old Town Road” have managed to do it.

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A senior Tennessee prisons employee has been killed, and an inmate on the loose is the suspect.

Curtis Ray Watson escaped from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday and is still at large. 


Cyntoia Brown was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women early Wednesday morning, after serving 15 years of a life sentence for killing a man who solicited sex when she was a teenager.

Brown says she hopes to dedicate her next chapter to mentoring  girls who have suffered abuse. 

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Classical audiences are generally expected to be as inconspicuous as possible: sit still, make as little noise as possible and clap only at the appropriate times. But composer Murray Hidary wants to take audiences from passive observers to active participants with an initiative he calls SilentWalk, which he'll bring to Nashville this week. 

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Thousands of state lawmakers from all across the country are in Nashville this week, as part of the National Conference of State Legislatures' summer summit.

Many of the attendees are rising political stars in their own states. But, they have been upstaged by someone else — Dolly Parton.

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Metro Parks has deferred a decision on whether to move the Confederate Private Monument from its place near the Parthenon to another section of Centennial Park. 

The delay is meant to give the Parks Board time to consider a second option — simply adding interpretive signage that could save the city the hassle of a state review.

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Community Health Systems, a major employer in Nashville, says it’s turning things around. And executives point to their performance in the latest quarter's results, released on Tuesday.


Ken Burns' 'Country Music' Episode 1 Live Viewing Party: Sept. 15

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Get Informed: Nashville Elections 2019

The runoff election in Nashville is Sept. 12. Voters will decide the next mayor between two finalists.

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Roughly a century before Tennessee secured the right to vote for American women, across the Atlantic a woman was born who would quietly make a huge mark on the world of music.

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Kirsten Agresta-Copely has played Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. She plays with the New York Pops, for tea at the St. Regis, and then makes her way back to Nashville to teach at Vanderbilt. And this week she brought some of her favorite covers to Live in Studio C.

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