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Ever since he was a kid, Ketch Secor was obsessed with old-time country music. In fact, he made a career of it by leading the string band Old Crow Medicine Show. Appalachia, the birthplace of the band, has served as a wellspring of knowledge for Secor, and even inspired the musician to write a new children's book, Lorraine.

"That's where this story comes from," Secor says. "This is an Appalachian folktale, with a couple of personal twists."

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The rain may be cancelling many outdoor events, but not for the Jewish community in Middle Tennessee.

This week marks the harvest festival of Sukkot, where people build temporary structures that are very much not rainproof.

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Musicians and their advocates are claiming it’s only a matter of weeks before copyright reform legislation passes. The long-awaited Music Modernization Act has bipartisan support.

The measure cleared the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, but it's been stalled in the Senate, amid a heavy lobbying campaign from private companies involved in collecting and distributing royalties.

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Jason Isbell continued his run of dominance at the Americana Music Awards Wednesday night, but he didn’t take home the night’s top honor or give the most political speech.

Every human is fortunate to have this organ inside our skull called the brain. It allows us to breathe, create art, develop new technology — and yet there's much that is undiscovered about how these masses of neurons work. Why is everyone's brain a different shape? When the brain starts to deteriorate, what's really happening? And what is thought? 

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A series of dinners starting Thursday in North Nashville and running through Saturday is taking aim at gentrification.

On the menu — hot chicken — and it won't come cheap: Diners are being asked to pledge $100 a piece.

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For five decades, a Vanderbilt University archive has been meticulously recording the national evening news. 

In total, it's a portrait of American life, from iconic moments to those that never make the history books. It makes up nearly 6 1/2 years' worth of video, if you were to watch them all back-to-back.

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Thursday night marks the end of an era: It's the series finale of the CMT show Nashville, which features the lives, and at times soapy scandals, of fictional country music stars.

The six seasons have also given a big boost to the city's image and some of its songwriters — because, plot aside, the show makes the city look really good.

Left: Abdirahman Noor / Courtesy of Winnie Aluoch, Right: Courtesy of Amina Hassan

For the first time, two Tennesseans will compete to become the beauty queen of the Kenyan-American community. The contest, called Miss Kenya USA, is happening in Seattle this week.

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