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Fund Launches For Uninsured Musicians To Get Medical Tests

The death of a 28-year-old drummer from East Nashville has inspired a fund meant to pay for primary care and diagnostic testing for musicians. Ben Eyestone, who played for Margo Price and Nikki Lane, died from colon cancer last year just days after being diagnosed. He was uninsured but had tried to get a colonoscopy months before.

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A forested property that borders the Harpeth River in Bellevue will become a public park, in what one city official calls a "huge" gift.

The long-coveted 51-acre property will be donated to Metro Parks by The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation.

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It's a desperate-sounding plea, delivered to residents of five Middle Tennessee counties over social media. The frantic man on screen is Shane Reeves, a Murfreesboro pharmacist running as a Republican in a special election, and though you might not know from the tone, Reeves is the favorite.

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There were high hopes among state lawmakers at the start of this year’s legislative session that they could get done early and without much controversy as many have elections looming this fall.

But as bills have moved forward, some emotional debates have brought an unwanted spotlight. This past week saw fights over a bill banning bump stocks, a resolution honoring a Memphis community activist and whether autopsy records should be kept open.

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The two men charged with vandalizing the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro last summer formally apologized for their actions during a Friday afternoon service at the mosque.

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Towering over Charlotte Pike in West Nashville, a life-sized pink elephant stands guard over the University Motors car dealership. The bubblegum-colored pachyderm sports a pair of black wayfarer sunglasses.

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The Senate campaign for Phil Bredesen says it's been targeted in a sophisticated attempt to steal its funds.

In a letter sent Thursday to the FBI, an attorney for the former Tennessee governor says unknown parties tried to trick the campaign into wiring money to a foreign bank account by masquerading in email messages as the Bredesen campaign's media buyer.

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Sgt. Rob Forrest, the former bodyguard for ex-Mayor Megan Barry, was a 31-year veteran of the Nashville Police Department — which entitles him to a hefty pension. But after he pleaded guilty to felony theft earlier this week, that pension could be at risk.

Versify #13: The Thread Stretched Between Us

Mar 8, 2018

They say you should never go into business with family — but for Craig Fernandes, starting a patriotic clothing company with his son Brady has actually brought the two of them closer together. Craig speaks to poet Kelley Bell about how experiencing a mid-career layoff helped him get to know his son better, at a point in life where most parents and their children grow apart.

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In the shakeup at Nashville’s City Hall, the succession includes the naming of Sheri Weiner as the new vice mayor. As a Bellevue councilwoman since 2011, she’s considered one of the few conservatives on the council, and hasn’t been afraid to ask tough questions of Metro departments.

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Just 24 hours after Mayor Megan Barry plead guilty to felony theft and announced her resignation from office, two of four pending investigations into her conduct have winded down.


The Promise: Life, Death and Change in the Projects

This WPLN special series podcast explores life in public housing, in the middle of a city on the rise.

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The Maharaja Flamenco Trio stopped by prior to an evening concert at Middle Tennessee State University, bringing with them a lively set of classic Gypsy jazz and original flamenco music. Helmed by MTSU alumnus Silviu Ciulei, who is trained in both classical and flamenco guitar styles, the trio includes Tony Hartmann on percussion and David Cobb on bass. 

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Nashville is home to nearly 15,000 Kurdish residents, a population bigger than any other city in the United States. Most have found refuge here, having fled wars and dictatorships since the 1970s. This vibrant community was one point of inspiration for Kelly Corcoran, artistic director of Nashville's contemporary chamber ensemble Intersection. This Friday and Saturday, Intersection will present "From the Ancient Valley," a program inspired by Kurdish and Persian culture. 

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The Nashville Symphony Chorus is giving a free concert Sunday afternoon at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ahead of that performance, conductor Tucker Biddlecomb and a portion of the 150-voice ensemble gave us a taste of the music they'll be singing, taken largely from British and American choral traditions.

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