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Tuesday 071420

Idaho State police say a Juvenile driver was killed along Highway 46 just north of Gooding last night.  Authorities say the driver was northbound when they lost control of the vehicle.  The victim was ejected when it rolled and died at the scene. 

Ten-thousand Idahoans registered for return to work bonuses yesterday on the first day they were offered.  Idaho set aside $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to cover the bonuses. One-time cash bonuses of up to $1,500 for full-time work and up to $750 for part-time work and will be provided to the worker after return to the workplace. 

A nurse practitioner on the St. Luke’s Children’s team in Caldwell has died from complications with COVID-19.  An official for the hospital said 45 year old Samantha Hickey is the youngest person to die from the coronavirus in the gem state. 

A Eagle police officer is in critical condition after he was shot twice while searching for a stolen motorcycle yesterday morning.  The shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. after the officer attempted to pull over a man he believed was driving the stolen motorcycle near the rural town of Star.  The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Mathew Kelly who surrendered to officers.

As school district officials wrestle with how to safely bring students back to school this fall, two districts say they will use a color code to determine the status on a daily bases.  In Jerome officials say a green day is normal, yellow means students in school with tighter restrictions, Orange means only half the students in school at any one time while red means students are at home using distance learning.   The Twin Falls district is considering a similar plan.

Twin Falls city council members say they will take part in a state program that could mean residents will receive about 3-point 5 million dollars in property tax relief next year.  But, at the same time, city leaders are being cautious saying they may decline later on.  Earlier, Governor Brad Little announced the program that diverts up to 200-million dollars in federal aid to participating cities and counties to provide salaries for public safety personnel.  The legality of the program has come up for question but this Friday is the deadline to opt in. 

July 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Christian County, Missouri, was Slim Wilson, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and radio and TV personality who was a cornerstone of country music in the Ozarks for more than 50 years. He died on July 15, 1990.

Born on this day in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, was singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress and many Country artists have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.

Born on this day in Sparta, North Carolina, was Del Reeves, singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty songs of the 1960s including "Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of the Southern Bell". He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem, "Looking At The World Through A Windshield". Reeves died on January 1st 2007.

Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Rory Bourke, songwriter. His songwriting career took off in the early 1970s and he soon racked up tracks recorded by Charlie Rich, Elvis Presley, Billy Crash Craddock, Lynn Anderson, Olivia Newton-John, and many others. His most successful song was "The Most Beautiful Girl", co-written with Billy Sherrill and Norro Wilson, Rourke's other hit songs include "A Little Good News," (Anne Murray), "You Look So Good in Love" (George Strait), "I Know a Heartache When I See One" (Jennifer Warnes), and "Come Next Monday" (K.T. Oslin).

Elvis Presley started a two week run at #1 on the Country charts with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You". In this year Elvis also scored 3 more #1's with "I Forgot To Remember To Forget", "Heartbreak Hotel", and "Don't Be Cruel", giving Elvis 26 weeks at the top of the charts in 1956.

Billboard increased the number of positions for its Hot Country Singles chart to 100 (up from 75), which it would keep until January 1990. The expansion came at a time when the number of #1 songs in a given year continued to increase; for the first time in history, there are at least 35 #1 songs in one year.

Born on this day in Enterprise, Alabama, was Jamey Johnson, country music artist. His second album, That Lonesome Song produced two singles, the Top 10 hit "In Color" and "High Cost of Living."

Monday 071320

Prosecutors in Cassia County are claiming that a 25 year old Burley murder case shouldn’t be moved to Ada County because of pretrial publicity.  Gilberto Floes Rodriguez has been charged with the murder of Burley Teen Regina Krieger.  She was 14 in 1995 when she was found dead on a Snake River Bank.  Keith Roark, the defendant’s council has requested to move the trial to Ada County.

Wake Boarders met at the Rivers edge golf course in Burley over the weekend to participate in the 22nd Wake in the Snake competition.  The event is designed for all ages and abilities.

Saturday marked the first build day for the area’s Habitat for Humanity.  In this case it’s a rebuild for a family of three.  Volunteers will work alongside the new homeowner Sherry Nelson over the next couple of weeks to give her and her two children a place to call home.

Several cities in Idaho are mandating that masks must be worn in their communities.  As the state continues to fight the further spread of the coronavirus, Boise, Driggs, Hailey, Ketchum, McCall, Moscow and Victor say residents face fines and misdemeanor charges if they are caught not wearing a face covering.  The new laws have launched several protests with people claiming their personal rights are being violated.

With the signing of the United States-Mexico and Canada trade deal more than week ago, and some are already wondering if it will add relief to the agricultural producers who have been hurt by Covid-19.  Before Covid-19 the total farm-gate receipts for Idaho dairy operations in 2019 was $2.8 billion, with a good portion of Idaho’s dairy exports going to Mexico and some to Canada. With the USMCA now in effect U.S. dairy exports are projected to increase by more than $314 million a year. 

Several people were injured when a tree fell on them along the Boise River Saturday.  Boise fire officials say the incident happened near the Baybrook Bridge when the tree holding a swing fell landing on 10 people.  Two men were critically injured while a woman and a teen suffered minor to moderate injuries. 


Today:  sunshine. High 84F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 58F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies. High around 85F.  Low 56. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny , with breezy conditions High: 86 Low: 59

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms 89 Low: 60

FRIDAY: Sunny and hot High: 89 Low: 58

SATURDAY: Sunny High: 92 Low: 60

July 13th: On this day

Born on this day in Corpus Christi, Texas, was Louise Mandrell country music singer. She is the younger sister of country singer Barbara Mandrell, and older sister of actress Irlene Mandrell. She scored the early 1970s hits "Treat Him Right", "Show Me" and "The Midnight Oil."

Born on this day in Van Wert, Ohio, was Brent Mason, one of the most recorded guitarists in history. He is a Grammy Award winner, a 12-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Guitarist of the Year Award and a two-time winner of the CMA Award Musician of the Year. He was discovered by guitarist Chet Atkins and has since worked with many artists including; George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, David Gates, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, and Blake Shelton. Mason also co-wrote McBride & the Ride's "Hurry Sundown".

Born on this day in Manhattan, New York City, Victoria Shaw, country music artist. As well as releasing four studio albums, she has co-written four #1 singles for other country music artists, including John Michael Montgomery's "I Love the Way You Love Me", which won the 1993 Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year. She co-wrote "The River" with Garth Brooks on his Ropin' the Wind album. With Paul Worley, she also co-produced the debut album of Lady Antebellum.

Born on this day was Neil Thrasher, country music singer and songwriter. Between 1995 and 1997, he and Kelly Shiver comprised the duo Thrasher Shiver. Thrasher has written several singles for other artists, such as Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, Reba McEntire and Montgomery Gentry. Thrasher received an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award in 2004.

Olivia Newton-John was at #1 on the country album chart with If You Love Me, Let Me Know. The title track ranks as Newton-John's highest charting single on the country charts, reaching #2, although she would have many more top 10 hits to come. The album spent eight weeks at the top of the charts.

Alabama released "Jukebox in My Mind" the second single from their album Pass It On Down which went to #1 on the Country chart. It became the groups twenty-eighth #1 Country hit.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "Don't Rock the Jukebox" the lead single from the album of the same name, The song also received an ASCAP award for Country Song of the Year in 1992.

Alan Jackson released "Love's Got a Hold on You" as the final single from his second album, Don't Rock the Jukebox. It became his fifth #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.

Friday 071020

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said yesterday that he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling rejecting his request to put on hold a court order forcing the state to count online signatures for an initiative backers hope to get on the November ballot. The education funding initiative seeks to raise $170 million for K-12 education by raising Idaho’s corporate tax rate and increasing taxes on individuals making $250,000 a year or higher.

Idaho’s 300,000 schoolkids in grades K-12 can return to schools this fall but with flexible learning strategies to protect them and their communities during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Brad Little said in a news conference yesterday.  The plan, unanimously approved by the Idaho State Board of Education, says schools must be prepared to teach students with traditional face-to-face methods in the classroom, distance learning online, or a hybrid combination.

A two vehicle crash at the corner of Kimberly Road and Locust Street in Twin Falls sent one person by air ambulance to the hospital in critical condition.  Shortly after 9 am yesterday a pickup struck a suv on the passenger’s side.  Police continue their investigation.

Prosecutors from more than half of Idaho’s counties are questioning whether Gov. Brad Little’s plan to use $200 million in federal aid for property tax relief is legal under the federal CARES Act.  The prosecutors issued a letter that asks Little’s office to request a legal opinion from the U.S. Treasury Department and the Idaho attorney general’s office before proceeding further.

Health officials say there were 459 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID 19 in the state yesterday bringing the total to 94-hudred 28.  Two new deaths were reported bringing the total to 100.

Crews have recovered the fuselage of one of the two airplanes and the eighth and last victim yesterday that was involved in a mid-air collision over Lake Coeur d'Alene on July 5.


Today:  Plentiful sunshine. High near 90F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  A clear sky. Low 56F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 97. Low: 65.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and breezy with not as warm temperatures. High: 86. Low: 58.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 85. Low: 56.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 81. Low: 55.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 84. Low: 59.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 89.

July 10th: On this day

Born on this day in Easton, Pennsylvania, was Stan Munsey, songwriter and one of several writer-musicians to emerge out of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama music scene. His songs have sold more than 12 million worldwide and has penned tunes for Alabama, Shenandoah, The Statler Brothers, Glen Campbell, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, The Kinleys, Butch Baker, Lorrie Morgan, Suzy Bogguss, Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Jonathan Edwards, Mel McDaniel, Charly McClain, Wayne Massey, Ty Herndon, Collin Raye, John Michael Montgomery, Marty Raybon, and Marie Osmond.

"Heartbreak U.S.A." by Kitty Wells was at #1 on the US Country singles chart. The track became Kitty Wells third and final #1 staying at the top spot for four weeks and spending twenty-three weeks on the chart.

Born on this day in Columbus, Ohio, was Gary LeVox, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with the American country trio Rascal Flatts who have scored 11 US Country #1's.

Johnny Cash recorded his third live album at the Grand Ole Opry as a tie-in with Cash's then-current TV series of the same title The Johnny Cash Show. It spawned the highly successful single "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", which helped kickstart the career of singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson. The song and album both reached #1 on the Country charts.

Alan Jackson was at #1 on the US Country charts with, "Don't Rock the Jukebox", the lead single from the album of the same name. His second consecutive #1 single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles also received an ASCAP award for Country Song of the Year in 1992. That same year, the song was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks, featuring commentary by Alan Jackson himself, for their 1992 album Chipmunks in Low Places.

Dolly Parton kicked off her first major concert tour in 10 years at the Irving Plaza in New York City. The Halos & Horns Tour was to promote the release of her latest album Halos & Horns.

Carrie Underwood and Ottawa Senators player Mike Fisher married in a private ceremony in Georgia.

Thursday 070920

The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who says he was too young to be sent to death row after he was convicted of killing two people at the age of 19.  James Harvey Hairston was sentenced to death in the killing of an elderly couple during a robbery in 1996.  In his appeal, he said the court should have considered the fact that he was immature for his age when deciding what sentence would be appropriate.

Three people were sent to the hospital, one airlifted with serious injuries to Idaho Falls, following a stabbing Sunday morning at a home near Murtaugh.  Twin Falls county deputies say they arrested 33 year old Jose Chulin-Mendez and 20 year old Fredy Perez-Ruiz charging them with two counts of Aggravated Battery. 

U.S. officials have permanently closed four sheep and goat grazing allotments in and near central Idaho wilderness areas that are important habitat for wolves, bighorn sheep and other wildlife.  The 140 squares miles contained in the allotments are northeast of Ketchum in the Sawtooth National Forest and Salmon-Challis National Forest. The area is also a big draw for backcountry enthusiasts.

Idaho Transportation officials say they have opened a temporary road near where a rockslide closed a portion of U.S. 95 near Riggins on Friday.  The single lane gravel road is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily and there will be lengthy delays. 

This morning officials in Pocatello are discussing an ordinance that would require citizens to wear masks in public because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  If approved not wearing a mask could be punishable by a $50 fine.

Police in Shoshone are looking for information following a fire Tuesday in the Shoshone City Park bathrooms.  Crews were called to a structure fire to find that someone had tried to set the restrooms on fire.  A reward is being offered by members of the city council and the police chief that would lead to the arrest of those involved according to a facebook post from the city.


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 91F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 62F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny skies and breezy. High: 89. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 98. Low: 66.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and not quite as warm with breezy conditions. High: 87. Low: 58.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 85. Low: 55.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 81. Low: 54.

WEDNESDAY: Mainly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 84.

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July 9th: On this day

Born on this day in Posey in Hopkins County, Texas, was Eddie Dean singer and actor, whom Roy Rogers and Gene Autry termed the best cowboy singer of all time. Dean was best known for "I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven" (1955), which became an even greater hit for Tex Ritter in 1961. Dean died on March 4th 1999 aged 91.

Born on this day in Mannford, Oklahoma, was Lee Hazlewood country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, his recordings have been praised as an essential contribution to a sound often described as "Cowboy Psychedelia." He died on Aug 4th 2007.

June Carter married the actor and composer Carl Smith. They had one child together, Carlene Carter. The couple divorced in 1956.

Born on this day in Rock Hill, South Carolina, was David Ball, American country music artist. His highest-peaking chart entries are 1994's "Thinkin' Problem" and 2001's "Riding With Private Malone", both of which peaked at #2.

During recording sessions at Sun studios in Memphis, Elvis Presley recorded a version of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon Of Kentucky". Numerous artists have recorded the song, including John Fogerty, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, Paul McCartney, Boxcar Willie, Ray Charles and Jerry Reed.

Tammy Wynette was at #1 on the US Country singles chart with "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, the song is a woman's perspective on the impending collapse of her marriage. The lyrics begin with an old parenting trick of spelling out words mothers and fathers hope their young children will not understand, they (the children) being not yet able to spell or comprehend the word's meaning. The original Tammy Wynette recording features in the films Five Easy Pieces and Brokeback Mountain.

The Country Music Association unveiled 12 Hall of Fame honorees: Bill Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Sam Phillips, The Louvin Brothers, The Delmore Brothers, The Jordanaires, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson, The Everly Brothers, Don Law, Ken Nelson and Homer & Jethro.

Carrie Underwood released "Blown Away" taken from her fourth studio album of the same name. The song became Underwood's 16th top ten single on the Country Airplay chart, a record among women in the tally's 68-year history. It also became the singer's 13th #1 on the Country chart.

Luke Bryan caused controversy in an interview with Hits Double Daily for implying that Outlaw country artists (particularly Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson) had spent their career "laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs."

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A few days ago, it seemed like the worst was behind us for the coronavirus in Idaho.  Today a new spike of occurrences has many concerned.  According to the latest numbers, this morning from the Idaho department of Health and Welfare, there are 85-hundred 39 cases in the gem state.  Yesterday we saw 487 which is a new single day record.

Governor Brad Little will announce Idaho’s K through 12 reopening plan and stage four of Idaho rebounds at a news conference set for noon tomorrow.  All of this as Ada County moved back to Stage 3 yesterday.  That means bars and nighclubs must close again and limits gatherings to 50 people in that county.  At this time health district officials in southwest Idaho say they don’t see moving the district as a whole to stage 3.

The National Education Association has issued their annual rankings for schools in America and Idaho is ranked dead last in per-pupal spending.  Idaho spent $6,747 per pupil in 2018-19, ranking us 51st among states and the District of Columbia. The NEA said that’s just $8 more per pupil than Idaho spent the previous year, when it also landed at No. 51.  Utah remained at the No. 50 spot. Its 2018-19 spending came in at $7,247 per pupil, $500 more than Idaho.

Sports in school this fall?  That could be another roadblock to reopening next month as the Public School Reopening committee issues its nonbinding guidance tomorrow.  Sports, contact and travel for competition between schools and districts raise questions for public health officials tracking and attempting to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  The committee might leave the decision on sports to the Idaho High School Activities Association.

One day a year, the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District turn to catching Blue Gill Fish at Dierkes Lake.  The reason?  The fish are distributed in waterways throughout the district.  The fish are a great natural way to help protect the community from mosquitoes and black flies.  The district is working on ways to prevent the spread of the West Nile Virus.


Today:  Sunny. High 83F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 54F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 89. Low: 59.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 89. Low: 59.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 95. Low: 64.

SUNDAY: Sunny skies and breezy. High: 89. Low: 59.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies. High: 85. Low: 56.

TUESDAY: Mainly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 86.

July 8th: On this day

Born on this day in Clinton, Oklahoma, was Toby Keith, country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. His debut "Should've Been a Cowboy", topped the US country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since then, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.

Born on this day in Brownwood, Texas, was Drew Womack, singer, songwriter with Sons Of The Desert. Womack wrote Kenny Chesney's "She's Got It All", from his 1997 album I Will Stand, which became Chesney's first #1 single on the country charts.

Kris Kristofferson was at #1 on the Country charts with "Why Me." The single features backing vocals by soon-to-be wife Rita Coolidge and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin and was included on the album, Jesus Was a Capricorn. The song became the biggest hit of his career.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country charts with "Natural High", (which featured harmony vocals by Janie Fricke). It became Haggard's thirty-third #1 Country single.

Garth Brooks and wife, Sandy, had their first child, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks. The couple first met in May 1986 when Garth was working as a bouncer at a bar.

Connie Smith married 1990s country artist Marty Stuart. The couple met while writing songs together for Smith's 1998 comeback album.

Country singer Steve Wariner asked for a restraining order against Linda Marie Shinn, who he claimed had been stalking him since 1989, when he performed at RodeoHouston. Wariner alleged that she had sent him countless letters he characterized as, "absurd and frightening" as well as emails and Facebook posts.

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At least eight people, including three children, have been confirmed killed when two airplanes collided over a scenic mountain lake in northern Idaho.  One of the aircraft was a float plane operated by Brooks Seaplane of Coeur d’Alene, which operates charter flights for tourists over Lake Coeur d’ Alene.  That plane was carrying five passengers, including three children, and a pilot.  The second airplane was a Cessna 206 that was carrying at least two people.  Police say they have no clue why it happened.

Two summer school students in the Twin Falls district have tested positive for COVID-19.  Health officials said the students attend the middle school and High School.  School officials say they will continue to maintain social distance between students and will continue to sanitize the buildings daily.

Officials in Twin Falls say they don’t have plans to mandate residents wear face masks.  With the recent COVID-19 spike in Idaho some city’s are requiring masks.  Some areas threaten residents with a 100-dollar fine while others say you could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Numbers released by the Idaho State Police show that the crime rate in Idaho dropped by nearly 2-percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.  The report also shows violent crimes went up by 2 percent and property crime reports dropped by about 6.5 percent.

The Twin Falls Tonight Concert series scheduled for this summer has been canceled due to the pandemic.  The decision was announced yesterday and the group says they have started to reschedule the bands for next summer.

A judge has sentenced six men in eastern Idaho after they pleaded guilty to poaching 16 elk and three mule deer, authorities said. Combined the sentence included fines that totaled 75-thousand dollars, the loss of guns and community service.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game launched an investigation after multiple animals were poached over several months on “Reeder Ranch” and surrounding property without regard for season, weapon restrictions and tagging requirements.


Today:  Sunny. Windy during the morning. High 81F. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 54F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 82. Low: 54.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer. High: 89. Low: 60.

FRIDAY: Mainly sunny skies and breezy. High: 90. Low: 59.

SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy skies and hot. High: 95. Low: 64.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 91. Low: 60.

MONDAY:  Mainly sunny skies. High: 90.

July 7th: On this day

Born on this day in Henagar, Alabama, was Charlie Louvin, singer and songwriter. He is best known as one of the Louvin Brothers, and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1955. In 2001, the Louvin brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Charlie Louvin died on 26 Jan 2011.

Born on this day in Hardy, Arkansas was Doyle Wilburn who was one half of the country music duo The Wilburn Brothers. In addition to being successful artists, the Wilburns formed the Wil-helm Talent Agency in the early 1960s and were instrumental in launching the careers of many country music legends, most notably Loretta Lynn. He died on October 16, 1982.

Johnny Cash signed up for the Air Force, taking basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Assigned as Radio Intercept Operator to Air Force base in Landsberg, Germany, Cash organized a band of five servicemen who share his C&W tastes as the 'Landsberg Barbarians,' as he learns to play the guitar.

Following six months on the Louisiana Hayride Johnny Cash made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Born on this day in Hobbema, Alberta, was Cree-Canadian country music singer, songwriter Shane Yellowbird. He was named the Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year at the Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards, Chevy Trucks Rising Star of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, and had one of the 10 most played country music songs of the year in Canada.

Johnny Cash was honored with the Shalom Peace Award from the Jewish National Fund at a testimonial dinner held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Executive director of the JNF, Marcia Werbin, said "Johnny Cash was selected for this honor for his contributions and efforts to promote peace through music".

Alabama re-released their fifth 1981 studio album Feels So Right which became their first #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album produced three #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart: "Old Flame", the title track and "Love in the First Degree".

"Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait became Billboard's first five-week #1 song, matching 1977's "Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton. "Love Without End, Amen" is Strait's first multi-week chart-topper, after his first 18 #1's had spent just one week on top.