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This year saw an unusually warm winter for Middle Tennessee. That meant flowers blooming and plants beginning to bud in February.

The few March nights of freezing temperatures that followed sent farmers and gardeners scrambling and reminded some of a similar, but far more catastrophic, year.

Research farmer Adam Turtle of Summertown remembers the Easter weekend of 2007, when weeks of warm nights crashed into temperatures in the teens.

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When musician and poet Leonard Cohen died last year, there was little mention made of the time he spent in Tennessee. But the songwriter lived for nearly two years in a remote cabin outside of Nashville in the late '60s and early '70s, where he worked on songs like "Bird on the Wire" and "Famous Blue Raincoat."

Those who did mention of Cohen’s Tennessee period always brought up the cabin, which was located near Leiper's Fork. 

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It’s been only five months since state Representative Jeremy Durham was expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly amid allegations he’d sexually harassed nearly two dozen women.

But lawmakers are already wrestling with the issue again, following the resignation of another legislator: Memphis Representative Mark Lovell. Just weeks after being sworn in, he was accused of touching a woman inappropriately.

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Last week, Governor Bill Haslam announced a plan to provide free community college for everyone.

 

It's an extension of Tennessee Promise, the program of tuition-free community college enjoyed by recent high school graduates.

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44-year-old Metro Police Officer Eric Mumaw died this morning trying to stop a woman from committing suicide.

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The Tennessee General Assembly was not in session last week but they were still handed what might be the biggest batch of state legislation this year.

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Many Tennessee voters — Republicans and Democrats alike —  will spend the coming days trying to understand what it will mean for Donald Trump to be president. But for many at the state capitol, attention is turning to Election Day, 2018.

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 After an eventful election season, the Tennessee state legislature is back.

 

The General Assembly opens its two-year session this week.

 

There aren’t a lot of new people in the hallways, but our statehouse correspondent, Chas Sisk, is here to tell us why this will be one of most unpredictable sessions in years.

As music journalists are compiling their top ten and best of lists, we asked a small group of Nashville writers to define the sound of the city's music scene over the last year.

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The Grammys announced their nominees for the 2017 awards and numerous Nashville artists made the cut, in a wide array of musical categories. 

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