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Tuesday 021318

The Idaho Transportation department hopes to begin re-construction of the I-84 interchange south of Jerome in the fall of next year.  Officials say the design is unique that artist drawings make it look like a large round-a-bout.  Right now they are asking for the public’s input. 

The Kings of Dance, a group of 44 dancers from Russia who were scheduled to be at the College Of Southern Idaho won’t be able to make it.  The dance company’s U.S. Tour was canceled when 22 of the dancers were denied visas.  The show was scheduled for March 17th

Sonya Haines of Twin Falls was awarded the Idaho Meritorious service medal from the Idaho National Guard Saturday.  She represented the area’s United Way and was recognized for her service to the Guard over the past 3-years.

Blaine County officials have tentatively agreed to settle a wrongful termination whistleblower lawsuit.  The county reached an agreement with Landon Neet of Hailey who filed a lawsuit saying he was fired as a chief deputy coroner after telling government officials that the county corner was using him for work at his private business at taxpayer expense. 

Idaho lawmakers have introduced two alternative tax cut plans to Gov. Butch Otter's $200 million tax relief package. The House Revenue and Taxation Committee agreed yesterday to give the alternative tax proposals a full hearing later this session even though Otter's bill has already passed the House.

An Idaho Senate panel has advanced a proposal requiring doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway through. Proponents of the idea say doctors can give a woman the hormone progesterone to stop an abortion after she has taken the first of two medications needed to complete the abortion.

Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett a democrat from Ketchum is backing legislation that would create a new office to investigate concerns about government fraud, waste or abuse.  Similar proposals have failed to advance in Idaho's Republican-dominant Legislature.

Idaho education officials say the number of students enrolling in career and technical education courses is booming, but funding remains an issue.  Idaho Gov. Butch Otter put together a Workforce Development Task Force last January to improve funding and delivery of the state's training programs to meet Idaho's growing demand for skilled workers.

Today:  Mainly sunny. High 43F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight:  Clear. Low 28F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Becoming windy with showers likely in the afternoon. High 48F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

THURSDAY: Morning Snow

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 32)

FRIDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 37)

SATURDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 51 (Mountains: 46)

SUNDAY: Chance of Showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

MONDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 31)

February 13th: On this day

1919

Born on this day in Bristol, Tennessee, was Ernest Jennings Ford better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford. The television host scored an unexpected hit in 1955 with his rendition of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons". Ford died on October 17, 1991 exactly 36 years after "Sixteen Tons" was released, and one day shy of the first anniversary of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1920

Born on this day in Shellman, Georgia, was Boudleaux Bryant, songwriter with his wife Felice. They wrote The Everly Brothers hits, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie" as well as "Raining In My Heart", which was a hit for Buddy Holly. Many other artists have recorded their songs including Charley Pride, Gram Parsons, Ray Charles, Jim Reeves, Red Foley. Bryant died on June 25th 1987.

1967

Dolly Parton released her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly. It contained Parton's hits "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy", both of which reached the top twenty on the country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart, a remarkable achievement, considering that Parton was largely an unknown at that point.

2002

American country singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with diabetes. Jennings was the bassist for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets and released a series of duet albums with Willie Nelson in the late 1970s. He scored the 1980 US #21 single "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard", and was also the narrator on the television series. Jennings was also a member of The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.

2003

Earl Scruggs received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in this year, he and his musical partner Lester Flatt were ranked #24 on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music.

2005

Country music winners at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards included; Gretchen Wilson who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Redneck Woman", Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Tim McGraw for "Live Like You Were Dying" and Best Country Performance by Group went to Dixie Chicks for "Top of the World."

2009

A man was arrested for allegedly stealing the identity of country music singer-songwriter David Lynn Jones of Cave City who wrote the Willie Nelson #1 hit song "Living in the Promiseland". The identity theft began when Danny J. Sullivan allegedly stole Jones' driver's license while working for him and later opened a bank account, falsely submitted tax returns and used his social security number.

2010

Two men in a small pickup truck were killed after crashing into one of Trace Adkins's tour buses. The truck was believed to have crossed the "no passing" line in the center of the road which resulted in the crash. Several members of Adkins's band were aboard the bus, but did not suffer any major injuries. Adkins himself was not on board the bus at the time.

2011

Country music winners at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Female Country Vocal Performance - "The House That Built Me" – Miranda Lambert, Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "'Til Summer Comes Around" – Keith Urban, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Country Song - "Need You Now" – Lady Antebellum.

 

2012

President Barack Obama awarded Country singer Mel Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music. Tilis is known for his hits "I Ain't Never", "Good Woman Blues", and "Coca-Cola Cowboy".

 

Traditional Country Singer Daryle Singletary Dead at 46

Singer Daryle Singletary died unexpectedly at his Lebanon, Tenn. home Monday morning (Feb. 12) at the age of 46. No cause of death has been announced.

Singletary was born March 10, 1971 in Cairo, Ga. Owning a deep, resonant voice and a hard-country repertoire, Singletary first came to public attention in the mid-1990s through his idol, Randy Travis. For a time, Travis’ then-wife and manager, Elizabeth Hatcher-Travis, also managed the young singer, and Travis co-produced his first album.

In early 1995 and then signed to Giant Records, Singletary charted his first single, “I’m Living Up to Her Low Expectations.” It peaked at No. 39.

His next single, “I Let Her Lie,” fared considerably better, going all the way to No. 2 and becoming Singletary’s signature song.

Over the next seven years — the last two on Audium Records — Singletary charted 12 more songs, only two of which made the Top 5, “Too Much Fun” and “Amen Kind of Love.”

Singletary continued to tour and record. He released the album Rockin’ the Country in 2009 and There’s Still a Little Country Left in 2015. Last year, he and bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent paired for the album American Grandstand.

Neither the music touring trade site Pollstar nor Singletary’s own site listed any upcoming dates.

“Sad day,” posted singer Craig Campbell on his website. “The greatest country voice of my time is now singing in Heaven’s band.”

One of Singletary’s final performances was on Jan. 31 at Mel Tillis’ memorial at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.