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In Clarksville, Police Say They Welcome Body Cameras

Cell phone footage shot by bystanders showing sometimes violent police interactions with civilians has led to more discussions nationwide about whether officers should wear body cameras. In some cities, local law enforcement has resisted that idea. But that’s not the case in Clarksville, where the police department has actually been one of its biggest supporters.

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500 years ago today, Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany, airing his grievances against the Roman Catholic Church and sparking the Protestant Reformation.

Changes within the church also brought changes in religious music-making, and with Luther came the rise of the chorale. These Protestant hymns showcased some of the biggest departures from music in the Catholic church: a focus on congregational singing, texts in German rather than Latin and melodies often borrowed from secular songs. 

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The 2017 hurricane season cost HCA $140 million in revenue losses and storm-related expenses, according to the company's third quarter earnings report. The storms are one of the biggest factors cited to explain a drop in profits for the period.

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When someone's parent is somewhat of a star in their field, it can be challenging to follow them into the same line of work. But Nashville poet Caroline Randall Williams says the success of her mother — best-selling author Alice Randall — inspires rather than intimidates her. Caroline talked to WPLN's Emily Siner as part of our live series Movers & Thinkers about how she's adjusted to sharing careers with her mom.

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It’s not every day that a Curious Nashville question requests statistical analysis — as history questions are most common — but David Stricklin wonders:

What are current demographics compared to 25 years ago?

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So-called health care navigators in Tennessee are making the most of a downsized open enrollment period for Obamacare insurance plans. They're holding kickoff parties Wednesday as the shortened 6-week window begins.

#14: Demystifying Death

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For something as ubiquitous as dying, most of us know surprisingly little about it — not just the big unanswerable questions, like what happens after we die. We also rarely think about how to deal with grief, or what to talk about with your family before you go.

So on this episode of Movers & Thinkers, we're facing our fears (and fascination) by talking to three people who come face-to-face with mortality on a daily basis: hospice physician Sasha Bowers, cemetery historian Fred Zahn and Death & Dying professor Andrea Mills. 

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A group of neighbors opposing a cluster of tiny homes for the homeless in Woodbine are fleshing out their legal argument against the project. In a new court filing, they say the non-religious organization behind the homes is unlawfully skirting zoning laws with the religious land use act.

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Nashville’s hotels might be growing a little too quickly.

A recent report on the city’s hospitality market suggests that hotels around town may have some trouble filling the thousands of new rooms they’ve built.

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Heavy law enforcement presence is being credited with fending off any violence at two white nationalist rallies Saturday. Police set up barricades, multiple security checkpoints and even had snipers on nearby rooftops.

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Editor's note: This blog will be updated throughout Saturday as White Lives Matter rallies organized by the League of the South are held in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro. For more tweets on the ground, follow @ItsJMartinelli and @ChasSisk.


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Former Tennessee Tech professor Wonkak Kim is back in Middle Tennessee for a visit, so of course we made sure to have him swing through our studios for a performance. Kim, a clarinetist, brought with him the Parker String Quartet. The ensemble is currently on tour and is serving a residency at Harvard.

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Mozart wrote his opera, The Marriage of Figaro, in the late 18th century, long before reality television. However, a new production featuring Blair School of Music students highlights the similarities between the over-the-top antics and scheming of the classical-era plot and modern-day shows like Big Brother and The Bachelor. Ahead of their very contemporary production, singers from the Vanderbilt Opera Theater came to sing highlights from the show.

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Baritone Jeffrey Williams is a cheerful, friendly guy, but he loves singing roles that explore the darker side of life. The Austin Peay State University professor obtained a Center for Excellence grant for composer Leanna Kirchoff to write a mono-opera based on Guy de Maupassant's "Diary of a Madman," which premiered on a Halloween night recital of spooky and creepy classical music at Austin Peay. Williams is joined by Ben Harris on piano and Kevin Jablonsk playing double-bass, with the composer on hand to tell us about her approach to the piece.

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