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A program to foster young musicians with the potential to become professional classical players is entering a new phase. Four midstate middle schoolers were named as the second class of participants in the Nashville Symphony's Accelerando initiative.

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Internet pranksters — and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — have been inundating Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker with calls after he criticized President Trump's response to the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

But Corker isn't expressing any regrets.

A day after Corker complained that Trump isn't showing the "competence" or "stability" needed to be president, the Tennessee Republican spoke again to reporters following a breakfast engagement at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Corker said he isn't sorry he supported Trump in the general election or for his past praise of the president, but he does want Trump to become a unifier, rather than a divisive figure.

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With the total solar eclipse set to arrive in Nashville in just a few days, hordes of sky-gazers are finalizing their viewing plans. While a good observation spot and proper eye protection are essential, a carefully curated music playlist can be the icing on the cake in preparation for this extraordinary event. 

Fortunately, classical composers have long been inspired by the heavens and there is no shortage of celestial-themed work. 

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Theatergoers who walked out of the Broadway hit Mamma Mia! singing Abba songs may be in for another good time. In the same way that show cleverly used familiar old songs to tell an original story, a new musical does the same, using well known songs of the late Dan Fogelberg.

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Darrel Kilburn headed off to Vietnam right after college. He was a helicopter gunship pilot- often tasked with flying over dangerous territory and patrolling for enemy combatants.

Now in his 70’s, the retired Army Colonel still remembers one of his first experiences facing enemy gunfire while flying with a new co-pilot. What could have easily turned tragic, thankfully ended in a humorous memory of two young men acclimating to war.

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In a portrait of a young Elvis Presley, painted by Nashville-area artist Wayne Brezinka, there’s something odd going on in that trademark pompadour — 40 years after the superstar's death. The three-dimensional hair is striped with green, yellow, blue, red and white wires.

Those wires were ripped from a 1950s-era phone system in the home and office of Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker. In fact, it’s likely they're the very wires that carried the voice of Ed Sullivan, when he called Colonel Parker to discuss Presley’s now-famous appearances on Sullivan’s TV show.

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One of the universities closest to the center of totality will document how animals on campus will react to the sudden darkness of Monday's total solar eclipse.

Researchers from Austin Peay State University's agriculture department will record observations on university cattle, bees and crickets.

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Guitarists Robert Thompson and Joey Butler met as members of a Latin music ensemble, and that musical tradition is at the heart of their work as Duo Sudeste. They returned with a program of selections from their upcoming recording.

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Attorneys are accusing White County and several of its leaders of having run a “modern-day eugenics scheme.” They filed a federal lawsuit Thursday over a controversial program that offered reduced misdemeanor sentences to inmates who signed up for birth control implants or vasectomies.

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Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen says President Trump's comments following the deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia show he's not fit to be president. In a statement, Cohen says he will introduce articles of impeachment — becoming the second Democrat to do so.

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