NOVEMBER 7, 2011
CMA Awards Wednesday, Road Closures Begin
The Country Music Association's 45th annual awards show airs live on Wednesday on WKRN, News 2. CMA media relations director Scott Stem says the show consistently ranks in the top four among the most-watched awards shows on television, alongside the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes. The awards show brings in major tourism dollars. The city says last year's show brought in about $3 million in visitors' spending. There are road closures already in effect with more to come. Click Here for CMA ROAD CLOSURES
Good Morning America will be in town broadcasting a free concert featuring country superstar Brad Paisley tomorrow morning. The concert will be held on the plaza in front of the Bridgestone Arena, and will also feature Kenny Chesney. The free concert falls just one day before the CMA Awards, which Paisley will host for the fourth consecutive year with Carrie Underwood.
Job Fair Today
Still, about one in ten Tennesseans don't have a job. If you're looking for one, there's another job fair today (Monday) from 11:00 until 2:00 at the Holiday Inn on Elm Hill Pike in Donelson. There's the opportunity to meet face to face with dozens of employers. Applicants should remember to dress professionally and bring plenty resume copies. Click here to pre-register for the event and for additional information.
Bengals Beat Titans After TN Squanders Lead
The Cincinnati Bengals rallied from a 10-point deficit and beat the Titans 24-17 Sunday for their fifth straight victory. Tennessee blew a 17-7 halftime lead. The team is now 4-4 for the season. The Titans are on the road next weekend against the Carolina Panthers.
Penn State Rocked By Sex Scandal
Penn State's athletic director and senior vice president for business and finance are stepping down in the wake of a major sex scandal at the university. Both Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are charged with failure to report abuse and with perjury following allegations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky abused at least one young boy. Both will appear before a judge today.
Jury Deliberating Again Today In Conrad Murray Trial
The jury deciding the fate of Michael Jackson's doctor begins a second day of deliberations this morning in Los Angeles. Jurors deliberated for more than seven hours Friday without arriving at a verdict. Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of giving Jackson a powerful drug to help him sleep, then failing to monitor the entertainer. If convicted, Murray could face up to four years in jail and lose his medical license.
Lindsay Lohan In And Out Of Jail Overnight
While you were sleeping, Lindsay Lohan began serving her 30-day jail sentence, and a mere 4.5 hours later was released. Lohan checked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, CA last night at 8:48 p.m. local time, she was released at 1:30 a.m. It's Lohan's fifth jail sentence since being arrested twice for drunken driving in 2007.
City To Buy JC Penney Building At Hickory Hollow Mall
The city of Nashville is planning on buying the old JC Penney building at Hickory Hollow Mall. City officials say they plan to turn it into a new community center with an expanded library, and close to three acres of green space. The decision to buy it for a little over $3 million will be decided by Council next week.
November Is Deer Season On The Roads
The Tennessee Highway Patrol wants to send a reminder you November is the worst month for deer-related crashes. November is mating and hunting season for deer and it's important for drivers to be attentive on the roads especially at dawn and dusk. Last year there were more than 5400 deer-related crashes, including 281 that involved injuries and one that was fatal. Whenever you see deer cross the road, expect more to follow. Many times, the second or third deer crossing becomes the one that motorists hit.
Justin Bieber Will Take DNA Test, Then Sue
Justin Bieber is reportedly preparing to turn the tables on the woman claiming he's the father of her baby. Sources tell TMZ.com the teen pop superstar will take a DNA test and then sue his accuser to court.
Seven Stars Added To Music City Walk Of Fame
The Music City Walk of Fame honored seven new inductees with their own star on the sidewalk this weekend. They are: guitar pioneer Les Paul, country stars Alan Jackson and Kix Brooks, Gospel Greats Bobby Jones and Dottie Rambo, broadcaster Dan Miller, and fashion designer Munuel Cuevas. The stars celebrate individuals who have made a creative impact on Nashville.
Singer Andy Williams Announces He Has Cancer
Legendary crooner Andy Williams says he's been diagnosed with cancer. The 83-year-old singer told the audience at his Christmas show this weekend in Branson, Missouri that he's undergoing treatment for bladder cancer and vowed to return next year to celebrate his 75th year in show business.
Dippin' Dots Files For Bankruptcy
Dippin' Dots Inc., maker of the tiny orbs of ice cream that are a staple of American malls and amusement parks, has filed for Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court. A company spokesman says, despite the bankruptcy, the company will "absolutely" remain in business. Microbiologist Curt Jones employed his expertise in "cryogenic technology" to create Dippin' Dots in 1988.
2012 Presidential Election Now Less Than A Year Away
The 2012 Presidential election is one year from yesterday. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012. Meanwhile, in the month before next year's election President Obama will debate his Republican challenger three times. The Commission on Presidential Debates says the first debate will take place October 3rd, at the University of Denver in Colorado. The second one is slated for October 16th at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The final debate is October 22nd at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.