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Versify #7: It Wasn't The Fun Way

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Courtesy Ben Groner

Ben Groner is a copy-writer (and sometimes poet) with an exceptional origin story. You see he almost didn’t exist. His parents met by happenstance at Texas Yacht club. And though his mother didn’t know it at first, his father had been living with Leukemia for 15 yrs. In this episode Ben details how he and his twin brother came to be. And why his parents chose to take a chance on love in in spite of overwhelming odds.

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Nashville's $5.2 billion transit plan unveiled this week does little to connect neighboring counties and stays well within the city limits. But officials hope that it might inspire surrounding communities.

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One of the former leaders of the Tennessee Republican Party says he and other top officials tried to stop an unofficial Twitter account that's being linked to Russian trolls.

Former Tennessee Republican Party executive director Brent Leatherwood condemns the account as "anti-American."

Nashville Public Radio

On September 9, Nashville Public Radio's Studio C buzzed all day with live performances from Midstate chamber musicians. The performers ranged from a high school phenomenon to seasoned professionals; their repertoire covered the gamut from Renaissance dance tunes to 19th century classics, even a galloping improvisation for Chinese and Western instruments.

If you didn't have a chance to listen to our broadcast of the first ever 91Classical Radio Fest (or if you'd like to hear it again) here's another opportunity to enjoy the performances that were featured that day. 

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After four years in the works, Hankook Tire is ready to fire up its massive new manufacturing facility just outside Clarksville.

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U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says Congress will start work next week on fixing any damage that may have been caused by an opioid measure that she helped get passed into law.

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$5.2 billion dollars — that’s how much the Mayor's new transit proposal will cost. It includes light rail, bus rapid transit and an underground tunnel beneath Nashville's already-congested downtown. Funding the most expensive project in Metro history is going take some fancy footwork. 

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Metro Council members spent 90 minutes Monday questioning a deal to finance a pro-soccer stadium on the state fairgrounds. A key sticking point remains 10 acres set aside for the prospective team owners to do with as they please.

Tony Gonzalez, WPLN

 


A nearly one million dollar injury lawsuit against the city and a former police officer could be settled for just $10,000 if approved by the Metro Council this evening.

 

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn's office is responding, after being named in an investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes for her role in legislation that "aided" in the explosion of the opioid epidemic.

A spokesman suggests the measure may have produced "unintended consequences" that Congress could revisit.

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Nashville Public Radio

On September 9, Nashville Public Radio's Studio C buzzed all day with live performances from Midstate chamber musicians. The performers ranged from a high school phenomenon to seasoned professionals; their repertoire covered the gamut from Renaissance dance tunes to 19th century classics, even a galloping improvisation for Chinese and Western instruments.

If you didn't have a chance to listen to our broadcast of the first ever 91Classical Radio Fest (or if you'd like to hear it again) here's another opportunity to enjoy the performances that were featured that day. 

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Clarinetist Seunghee Lee is currently preparing for her Carnegie Hall debut and short performance tour of Italy, but Murfreesboro audiences get to enjoy her first. Lee is in town to visit and play with her former classmate and fellow clarinetist Todd Waldecker, who teaches at Middle Tennessee State University. The pair were joined in Studio C by another MTSU faculty member, pianist Eunbyol Ko.

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Technically, John Johns is retired. He doesn't teach at Blair School of Music anymore. However, to hear him tell it Johns is playing the guitar more than ever. Now that his time is his own, he's spending it on fine tuning the small details of long-favorite pieces, some of which he shared during this performance.

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