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Nascar's Jimmy Johnson jets runs off runway in Key West..

Jimmy was NOT on board..Team owner Hendricks/wife and 2 pilots...everyone is ok. braking issue on landing

A Must Read..from op-Ed NY TIMES..The eulogy for Steve Jobs..by his sister

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A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs
By MONA SIMPSON
Published: October 30, 2011

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I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was an idealistic revolutionary, plotting a new world for the Arab people.
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Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.

By then, I lived in New York, where I was trying to write my first novel. I had a j…

Charlie Daniels made Honorary Brig Gen. by Tenn National Guard

LADY ANTEBELLUM, JUSTIN MOORE, RICKY SKAGGS BIG WINNERS
AT THE 17th ANNUAL INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

Ricky Skaggs Accepts “Entertainer of the Year” Award Among Top Major Categories
Presented Tonight at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville, Tenn. (October 28, 2011) –The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Association’s Faith, Family & Country Awards took center stage tonight at Nashville’s austere Schermerhorn Symphony Center for a presentation of their annual music awards. It proved to be an event that transformed the elegant surroundings into a hometown celebration of pink carpet arrivals, tributes to the lives of Middle Tennessee breast cancer survivors and an evening filled with memorable moments and music with inspirational meaning. This year’s Awards were tied “with pink ribbon” by the Inspirational Country Music Association to a highly publicized humanitarian theme which benefitted the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.

Hosted by two faces fami…
Very Sad….How is Change Working Out for You?
Jimmy Carter

My hands and keyboard feel very restrained as this dark week in radio concludes. Change can be very difficult. I am not letting my feelings pour out here so as I don’t have a Hank Jr moment of too much truthfulness.
I can’t say I know anyone who hasn’t lost their job at one time or another. It can come as a shock or come like slow motion when a company simply is sold or goes out of business. Doesn’t really matter. Losing a job hurts. The shock and sadness combined with everyone asking how are you doing?
I’m feel very sad on this rainy Nashville day for those who lost a job and in some cases a career this week.
I’m sad for the families and the lack of alternatives right now in the country due to the economy. Not a time for advice. Just a time to say,been there done that. Comes with the territory. It hurts and it will hurt and you will mourn and then it will get better. Just try not to make the situations worse. NETWORK please. …
GEORGE JONES CONTINUES TOURING INTO 2012

Country Music Hall of Famer Not Slowing Down

Nashville, TN (October 27, 2011) – Although country great George Jones celebrated his 80th Birthday last month, he won’t need a rocking chair anytime soon. “The Possum” is keeping busy with 35 shows scheduled to date throughout the U.S. and Canada from now through November 2012. As Jones sings, “I don’t need a rocking chair…I do my rockin’ on the stage, you can’t put this possum in a cage.”

Jones said, "I'm always excited to get back out on the road and we're working up new shows and new songs. I'm feelin' great and givin' the road hell!"

George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer,” first hit the charts in 1955 with his hit “Why Baby Why” and has since garnered over 140 more while touring extensively. Fans can see the star perform hits such as “White Lightning,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” ”Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “I Don’t Nee…
KEITH URBAN PLAYS HIS HITS, GETS A BIRTHDAY SERENADE FROM OPRY AUDIENCE TUESDAY NIGHT

Friends to hit the stage to celebrate Charlie Daniels’ 75th Birthday Saturday

Opry returns to Ryman Auditorium for the winter Tuesday with Rascal Flatts and more




NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Oct. 27, 2011) Keith Urban sang his hits for a sold-out Opry House audience Tuesday night, and the audience sang right back. After the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee performed his first song of the night, “Sweet Thing,” fans who were gathered near the stage serenaded the superstar with “Happy Birthday” in honor of his birthday on Wednesday. Urban concluded his Opry set with “Making Memories of Us” and “Where the Blacktop Ends.” The superstar is scheduled to return to the Opry twice next month.

This Sat., Oct. 29 Opry member and country music/Southern rock stalwart Charlie Daniels will be celebrating his 75th birthday at the Opry with birthday shows including the guest of honor as well as Opry member Clint Black plus…

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MARTINA MCBRIDE FANS RAISE OVER $22,000 TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER



Nashville, TN (The Martina McBride Fan Club) Oct 27, 2011 - Martina McBride
Fan Club members inspired by her current release, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It",
gathered in Nashville, TN, on Oct 15 to walk for the cause of breast cancer research.

Fan club members from around the country united during the months of August and
September to train and walk in The American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer 5 Mile Walk", which happened at L.P. Field. They were joined by breast
cancer survivors from the video for Martina's song, which is about a young woman newly
diagnosed with breast cancer. Some 18,000 were estimated to have participated in the walk.

Members of the team included Taira Baughman, from Mt. Juliet, TN, who is a breast cancer
survivor and mother of four children. The team was organized and led by captains Sheila Jones
and Amy Schmidlein and by Martina McBride …
CHRIS YOUNG PLAYS RECENTLY DISCOVERED KEITH WHITLEY GUITAR ON GRAND OLE OPRY STAGE

Young Sings "Don't Close Your Eyes" On GAC's "Opry Live" - October 29

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- October 27, 2011 - 2011 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Chris Young recently showcased a piece of music history in a taped appearance at the Grand Ole Opry where he played a guitar once owned by the late Keith Whitley. Young, a fan of the iconic singer, acquired the Sigma by Martin - one of Whitley's three primary guitars - from Music City Pickers, a company that buys and sells vintage musical instruments. The company's founders, #1 hit singer/songwriter Brady Seals and former Gibson Guitars web editor Gabriel Hernandez, discovered the instrument on a buying trip to Lexington, Kentucky, in early August.

"Keith Whitley has always been one of my musical heroes, so to get the chance to hold a piece of history in my hands and play his guitar on the Opry stage was beyond awe…

Trace Adkins Burned Out Home Leveled...

It’s official. Multi-platinum country music group LONESTAR has reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald and will tour and record a new album in 2012 to mark their 20th anniversary.

The first concert dates for the band’s four original members--keyboardist Dean Sams, drummer Keech Rainwater, lead guitarist Michael Britt and McDonald--will take place overseas February 26-March 4 (see tour itinerary and artist quotes below). Armed with an array of their classic songs including “Amazed”--a #1 country and #1 pop hit that kicked the doors wide open for country music at pop radio in the ‘90s--LONESTAR will perform in London (Wembley Arena), Belfast, Ireland (Odyssey Arena), Zurich, Switzerland (Hallenstadion) and Mannheim, Germany (SAP Arena) on a multi-artist bill with Reba McEntire, Ricky Scaggs and Little Big Town. Stay tuned for news about 2012 tour dates in North America.

The buzz about LONESTAR began yesterday (October 25) when the band sent a Tweet which read: “Big news…
Oct. 26, 2011



Lionel Richie to Debut Songs from His Highly Anticipated Country Duets Album— Tuskegee—
on “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” to be Aired Live on November 9, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN— International icon Lionel Richie will release Tuskegee, his much-anticipated country duets album, in March on Mercury Nashville, after debuting songs on the national broadcast of the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, airing live Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network.

During the broadcast Richie will perform select duets of his runaway hits with Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts.

Surpassing his creative and personal boundaries, Richie comes full circle with the innovative and personal Tuskegee, performing 13 of his most revered “anthems of our day” with some of the biggest names in country music, including Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town and Jason Alde…
LIONEL RICHIE TO DEBUT SONGS FROM HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COUNTRY DUETS ALBUM - TUSKEGEE - ON "THE 45th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" AIRING NOV. 9 ON ABC


NASHVILLE, TN- International icon Lionel Richie will release Tuskegee, his much-anticipated Country duets album, in March on Mercury Nashville, after debuting songs on the national broadcast of "The 45th Annual CMA Awards," airing live Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

During the broadcast Richie will perform select duets of his runaway hits with Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, and Rascal Flatts. Richie is no stranger to the CMA Awards stage. In 1984, Richie performed "Lady" with Kenny Rogers and in 1986, he performed "Deep River Woman" with Alabama.

"Twenty-five years is too long to wait and we are thrilled to have Lionel back on the CMA Awards stage performing alongside our superstar acts," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. "This is what the C…
The First-Ever LouisiBama Gumbo Bowl – Enter or Just Enjoy! Join us for the festivities as the world’s biggest bowl of gumbo is cooked up right in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium before the
Alabama/LSU football game on Nov. 5. Proceeds from this culinary event will benefit local charities. To purchase your tickets, visit http://gumbobowl2011.ticketbud.com/tornado-relief.
The day’s events will also feature the Gumbo Bowl Tailgate Cook-off, a highly competitive gumbo cooking competition sponsored in part by the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Lodge Manufacturing. Four LSU fans and four Alabama fans will square off over their Lodge cast-iron pots in a heated culinary battle for gumbo supremacy. The winner will take home the coveted Gumbo Bowl Tailgate Cook-off Grand Champion trophy. Are you ready to compete?
Send your gumbo recipe and cooking directions along with your contact information to info@tourism.alabama.gov and you may be chosen to compete.
Gumbo Bowl Tailgate Cook-off…
JASON ALDEAN AND LADY GAGA TO PERFORM ON
"THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! —
COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®"

LL COOL J SET TO HOST ONE-HOUR LIVE EVENT ON NOV. 30

CBS Entertainment Special Will Announce Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2011) — Country artist Jason Aldean and five-time GRAMMY® winner Lady Gaga are the first performers announced for "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®" (www.grammy.com). Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J once again is set to host the one-hour special, which takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The show, which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Additional perform…

People's Choice....First Round

People's Choice 2012 nominees: The first round of nods go to: MOVIES Favorite Movie
Bridesmaids
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cars 2
Fast Five
The Hangover Part II
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Help
Kung Fu Panda 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Favorite Movie Actor
Brad Pitt
Bradley Cooper
Daniel Craig
Daniel Radcliffe
Hugh Jackman
Jake Gyllenhaal
Johnny Depp
Justin Timberlake
Matt Damon
Robert Pattinson
Ryan Gosling
Ryan Reynolds
Favorite Movie Actress
Anne Hathaway
Cameron Diaz
Emma Stone
Jennifer Aniston
Julia Roberts
Kristen Wiig
Mila Kunis
Penelope Cruz
Rachel McAdams
Reese Witherspoon
Viola Davis
Zoe Saldana
Favorite Movie Icon
Anthony Hopkins
Dennis Quaid
George Clooney
Harrison Ford
Helen Mirren
Julianne Moore
Kevin Bacon
Kevin Spacey
Liam Neeson
Morgan Freeman
Robert DeNiro
Tom Hanks
Favorite Action Movie
Battle: Los Angeles
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Al…
MUSIC CITY WALK OF FAME PRESENTED BY GIBSON GUITAR ANNOUNCES INDUCTEES FOR NOVEMBER 2011 CLASS Seven Honorees Earn Stars on Nashville's Music Mile Nashville, Tenn. - Music City, Inc. today announced the newest inductees into the Music City Walk of Fame, presented by founding sponsor Gibson Guitar: Kix Brooks, Alan Jackson, Manuel, Dr. Bobby Jones, Dottie Rambo, Les Paul and Dan Miller. The honorees will be recognized officially with the unveiling of commemorative sidewalk markers on Sunday, November 6, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. The induction ceremony, which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC), is free and open to the public.

The induction of this class will bring the total number of stars along the Walk of Fame to 58. The Music City Walk of Fame, located on Nashville's Music Mile, is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and ha…