Saturday, August 27, 2016

Country Music Countdown, News, & Sports...Saturday...August 27, 2016


COUNTRY CHART Weekend of August 27-28

1 JON PARDI Head Over Boots
2 SAM HUNT Make You Miss Me
3 DAN & SHAY From The Ground Up
4 JAKE OWEN American Country Love Song
7 ERIC CHURCH Record Year
8 JUSTIN MOORE You Look Like I Need A Drink
9 DIERKS BENTLEY w/ELLE KING Different For Girls
10 BLAKE SHELTON She’s Got a Way With Words
11 KIP MOORE Running For You
13 LoCASH I Know Somebody
14 ZAC BROWN BAND Castaway
16 BILLY CURRINGTON It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To
18 BIG & RICH Lovin’ Lately
19 COLE SWINDELL Middle Of a Memory
20 KENNY CHESNEY w/P!nk Setting The World On Fire

 Our Action News Reporter 'Cody' 

Latest: Feds warn states against letting mining companies self-bond

Three major coal companies have filed for bankruptcy this year.

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Three of the nation’s largest coal companies, Peabody Energy, Alpha Natural Resources and Arch Coal, filed for bankruptcy this year. All three are self-bonding, meaning that rather than posting cash or bonds up front to restore damaged land and water sources, they promised to pay after the mining was finished. Now they may lack the funds to cover their reclamation responsibilities, potentially leaving taxpayers stuck with billions of dollars in cleanup bills (“Coal company bankruptcies jeopardize reclamation,” HCN, 1/25/16).

In early August, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released its first-ever policy advisory, warning state regulators against letting more companies self-bond. It also promised to tighten self-bonding rules to ensure that companies can cover the costs of reclaiming disturbed land. The agency says it plans to evaluate the energy market and a company’s financial state before approving self-bonds, and may create incentives to encourage timely reclamation.


Jason Aldean Reveals Top 2016 Summer Concert Memories

Talks CMT Concert of the Summer and Upcoming Doubleheader at Fenway Park 

It’s good to be Jason Aldean this summer. He is about to release his first album as the ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year and he’s made plenty of unforgettable summer memories on his successful tour with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses.
They will share the spotlight for the inaugural CMT Concert of the Summer, airing Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The two-hour event will take fans inside the Six String Circus tour at Chicago’s Windy City LakeShake music festival with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and footage documenting one of the summer’s hottest events.
 “Chicago has always been a great city for me,” Aldean tells “It’s funny because in certain cities, I never thought that would be the case. This was our first time playing LakeShake, and everybody had been telling me about it, but I have never really seen it for myself. “After playing it that night, I can see why it’s such a cool festival. It’s right there on the lake, the weather’s great and it’s the perfect setting. It’s just always cool to go into a town like that that supports you so much and always has.”
 While Aldean was at LakeShake, did make a point to check out some live music by Brooks & Dunn, who were also in town for the festival. The two acts worked together during the duo’s farewell tour in 2010. “They were big influences for me,” he said. “They’ve got a ton of hits I played in the clubs over the years, so it was cool getting to go watch them perform again.”
Another epic tour memory is coming up in the next two weeks. He headlines two nights at Boston’s Fenway Park, starting Sept. 9 with Kid Rock.
“It’s going to be a little insane,” he says of the doubleheader. “We’re going to throw a tour party for everybody after the first show — something everybody will remember. We’ve had the chance to play there before, and we’ve played some cool spots over the course of this year. But I think that one is probably going to top it all.”
Aldean’s seventh studio album They Don’t Know will be released on Sept. 9.


Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin Reportedly Separating

Country Singer's Husband in Rehab 

While Jana Kramer was busy out in California on Wednesday (Aug. 24) taping an episode of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show Chelsea, reports that her marriage was over were starting to show up everywhere.
According to Entertainment Tonight, a source close to the couple confirmed that Caussin is currently being treated in a rehab facility for undisclosed reasons and that the two were separated.
Caussin’s Twitter page still has the header photo of a kiss the two shared on their wedding day.
Kramer and Caussin were married in Charlottesville, Virginia, on May 22, 2015. Their baby girl Jolie Rae was born on Jan. 31.


Reba McEntire Selling Nashville-Area Home

What's the Potential for Star's $7.9 Million Estate?

When I hear that a home on 83 acres is for sale, I don’t consider that a home. To me, that is a small town.
So now that Reba McEntire has put her property in Lebanon, Tennessee, up for sale at $7.9 million, all I can think of is that someone will scoop that up and subdivide it into a gated community.
I’m not even sure if the local zoning laws allow for a subdivision, but the full property has six parcels on Cherokee Dock Road and Tennessee 109, according to Wilson County assessment records.
So if you are considering Reba’s Starstruck Farm, consider all the possibilities. Maybe you could divide the lots and create homes for others, or you could just keep all that land to yourself and stay as secluded as you want.
The 12,819-square-foot mansion on the property overlooks Old Hickory Lake.
It has the massive great room with a massive fireplace to match, a master suite with a marble bathroom and a copper soaking tub, six additional bedrooms, a home theater with three tiers of stadium-style seating, a gym, a salt water pool and hot tub, a pool house with two baths and a full kitchen, tennis court and an eight-car garage.
Oh, and a barn with horse stalls and a guest house. All of which make the price kind of sound like a steal. 


New Season of Nashville Coming to Thursdays in January on CMT

Premiere Dates Set for Nashville, Million Dollar Quartet and Still The King

It’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for!
The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 
Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people.
In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top. 
 Also joining CMT’s scripted lineup is Million Dollar Quartet (working title), which will premiere in March. Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, the eight-part limited-run series tells the untold true story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with 1950s R&B and changed the course of music forever.
 The all-star cast includes Chad Michael Murray as Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, Billy Gardell as Presley and Arnold’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley, Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonah Lees as Jimmy Swaggart, Trevor Donovan as Eddy Arnold, Keir O’Donnell as Dewey Phillips, Jennifer Holland as Sam’s wife Becky Phillips and Margaret Anne Florence as Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker.
 Million Dollar Quartet will also be joined this spring by season 2 of the hit show Still The King, which won over fans this past summer. The comedy centers on Vernon Brown, played by Billy Ray Cyrus, a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second-best Elvis impersonator. In Season 1, he re-connected with a former one-night-stand, played by Joey Lauren Adams, only to discover he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met, played by Madison Iseman. Additionally, CMT has ordered a pilot for His Wives & Daughters. The soapy, comedic series centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface setting the stage for startling secrets to emerge as an unforgettable mystery begins to unfold. Casting is underway now with production slated to begin in the fall.
Be sure to follow CMT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on all of our shows, and don’t miss the season premieres of I Love Kellie Pickler and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team on Thursday (Aug. 25). 


ACM Honors Announces Final Performers 

The final performers for the 10th annual ACM Honors are Alicia Keys, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Dan + Shay and the Band Perry.
Mike Fisher, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Thomas Rhett have been added as presenters for Tuesday’s (Aug. 30) event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Toby Keith, Maren Morris, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban and hosts Lady Antebellum.
The night will be taped for a two-hour television special, airing Sept. 9 on CBS. 



Why You Should Watch Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team This Season

This Season On...
 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team Season 11 premieres Thursday (Aug. 25) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. And, we are over-the-moon excited to share a a handful of star moments that are surely not to be missed.

The hair flips, of course.

The comebacks.

The extraordinary talent.

Dance instructor Kitty Carter and her harsh feedback.

And, the reactions to Kitty Carter’s feedback.

The guest coaches like Kacey Musgraves,

And, Kellie Pickler.

Last, but not least, the blood,


And tears. 

 Catch the season premiere Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For bonus clips and more, visit and download the CMT App. Join the conversation on the show’s Facebook page and follow @CMT using #DCCMakingTheTeam on Twitter and Instagram.



 Sat, Aug 27
1:00 PM EDT


Tony Stewart to appeal insurance ruling in Kevin Ward Jr. case


BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Attorneys for Tony Stewart have filed notice they plan to appeal a ruling in the driver's dispute with an insurance company.
A U.S. District Court in Utica, N.Y., ruled against Stewart on July 29, deciding Axis Insurance Co. was not responsible for any claims which might stem from the pending wrongful death civil suit brought against Stewart by the family of Kevin Ward Jr.
On Friday, Stewart's attorneys filed notice they plan to appeal the judgment in the U.S Court of Appeals' Second Circuit. The news was first reported by
In its case, Axis argued it was not responsible for Stewart's incident with Ward. A judge agreed with the company's argument that while Stewart's policy covered World of Outlaws events and USAC events, it did not cover Empire Super Sprints races like the one Stewart and Ward were participating in at Canandaigua Motorsports Park the night of Aug. 9, 2014.
Stewart struck and killed Ward, 20, after the driver exited his car and walked down the track toward Stewart's car during a caution period. A grand jury did not indict Stewart on criminal charges. Ward was found to have smoked marijuana within five hours of the race, according to toxicology reports.
The three-time NASCAR champion has said it was an accident.

Employer grants Bowman time off to drive No. 88


BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Alex Bowman is just like every 23 year old, balancing the ins and outs of a new career as a young adult.
He was pulled away from his day job this week when he was asked to fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- who continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms -- for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
And where is his day job? Bowman said Friday during his media availability at Michigan International Speedway that he spends his Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hendrick Motorsports working in the simulation department.
"They're pretty flexible when you tell them that you've got to drive the No. 88 car and that you need to leave a couple of hours early to get to the airport, Bowman said with a laugh. "… And (the job) kind of keeps me relevant at HMS and I get to learn a lot and still be part of a race team even though I'm not driving every week. So, it's been really cool and I'm just as thankful for that opportunity as I am for this."
This weekend marks the second time Bowman will wheel the No. 88 Chevrolet in place of Earnhardt. He made his debut at July's New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sprint Cup Series event, where he finished 26th after a late tire rub.
He will lineup for the weekend's main event in the sixth position -- the best starting position of his career -- following Friday afternoon's three-round qualifying session.
It is unclear whether Bowman will be back in the HMS entry for a third time this year with Jeff Gordon taking over driver responsibilities for next weekend's Bojangles' Southern 500, but he's there if his employer needs him.
"We'll just have to see Dale's timeline, but I'm definitely happy to get in the car whenever needed," said.

  • What: Sprint Cup circuit
  • Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
  • When: Aug 28, 2016, 2:16 PM
  • Race Length: 400.00


DriverCarQualifying Speed
1 Ford201.698
2 Chevrolet201.523
3 Toyota201.416
4 Chevrolet201.382
5 Chevrolet201.303
6 Chevrolet201.207
7 Ford201.202
8 Chevrolet201.039
9 Toyota201.005
10 Chevrolet200.462
11 Chevrolet200.028
12 Chevrolet199.341
13 Toyota200.390
14 Toyota200.356
15 Chevrolet200.323
16 Toyota200.245
17 Chevrolet200.106
18 Ford200.017
19 Chevrolet199.253
20 Chevrolet199.203
21 Ford198.912
22 Ford198.791
23 Chevrolet198.747
24 Ford198.183
25 Chevrolet198.265
26 Ford198.178
27 Chevrolet198.129
28 Chevrolet197.553
29 Ford197.509
30 Ford196.105
31 Chevrolet196.084
32 Toyota196.057
33 Ford195.567
34 Toyota195.159
35 Chevrolet194.458
36 Chevrolet192.838
37 Chevrolet192.072
38 Chevrolet191.939
39 Chevrolet188.966
40 Ford0.000

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