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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.

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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.

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The COVID-19 numbers spiked in the Gem state over the weekend.  According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, 1-thousand 143 new cases were reported between Friday and Sunday Night.  There are 7-thousand 733 cases in the Gem State.  669 in Twin Falls, 539 in Blane County, 247 in Jerome.  Cassia County has 266 cases, Minidoka county stands at 208 and Gooding 66.  93 have died statewide.

Add one more event to the list that has canceled because of the Coronavirus.  The Kimberly Good Neighbor day’s organizers pulled the plug late yesterday.  The annual event was set to happen this coming weekend. 

A home in Idaho Falls was severely damaged by fire yesterday evening and left six people injured.  The two story brick home was fully involved in flames and when crews arrived they could hear screaming from inside.  Two adults were rescued from the second floor.  The other four were on the first floor.  All were taken to the hospital for treatment.  The three alarm fire was reported just after 5:30 pm. 

Two people were killed in a plane crash yesterday.  Two aircraft collided mid-air over Lake Coeur d’Alene.  Officials say as many as six other people are missing.  Witnesses say they saw two planes collide above the water then crashed into the lake near Powerhorn Bay.

Highway 95 is temporarily closed after a large rock slide blocked the road. The closure starts at milepost 161 to milepost 188, New Meadows to five miles south of the Riggins area.  Idaho State Police says an one alternate route from southwest Idaho to Central or North Idaho would be I-84 west connecting to Highway 12 or I-90 east at Tri-Cities. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office does not have an estimated time as to when it will be cleaned up.

A semi-Truck accident shut down State Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry for about seven hours Saturday after the driver lost control and drove into the river.  The driver and his passenger were airlifted for treatment.

Two people were killed in separate accidents yesterday on Idaho Roads.  The first on State highway 55 south of Banks.  50 year old Matthew Fletcher of Meridian lost control and struck a tree.  Two of the three passengers were airlifted for medical treatment while 48 year old Katherine Fletcher succumbed to her injuries.  Another accident yesterday afternoon took the life of 74 year old John Bowman of McCall who was on a motorcycle.  He lost control after striking a large tractor tire that was mounted on a cattle guard.  He was ejected and died at the scene.


Today:  Sunny. High 93F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 63F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny.  High: 83 Low: 54

WEDNESDAY: Sunny.  High: 85 Low:56

THURSDAY: Sunny. High: 88 Low: 57

FRIDAY: Sunny.  High: 88 Low:57

SATURDAY: Sunny High: 87

July 6th: On this day

Born on this day in Titusville, Pennsylvania, was Jeannie Seely country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. She is best known for her 1966 Grammy award-winning Country hit, "Don't Touch Me", which peaked at #2 on the country charts.

Born on this day in Seguin, Texas, was Nanci Griffith, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Griffith has recorded duets with many artists, among them Emmylou Harris, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Dolores Keane, Willie Nelson, and Darius Rucker.

Tammy Wynette married songwriter George Richey at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida. This was the singers fifth marrage and saw Richey becoming her manager throughout much of the 1980s.

Roy Rogers, singer and cowboy actor died of congestive heart failure in Apple Valley, California. One of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957.

The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas' American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, (after the controversy regading her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war). Maines had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.

Waylon Jennings was inducted to Hollywood's Rock Wall in Hollywood, California. Between 1966 and 1995, 54 Jennings albums charted, with 11 reaching #1. Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum's married Nashville publicist Cassie McConnell in the Bahamas.

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Unemployment in Idaho is up 26-percent.  Last weeks jump indicates about 11-hundred more new claims were made last week compared to the week before.  Idaho’s unemployment rate is 8-point 9 percent with about 80-thousand looking for work.

If you are traveling in Idaho this weekend expect to see many law enforcement agencies patrolling the roads.  All agencies will be on the road in an effort to keep people safe and specifically watch for impaired drivers.  Meanwhile, the price at the pump is about 65 cents cheaper than last year according to Triple A.  Today, the U.S. average price for regular fuel is $2.18, which is 20 cents more than a month ago, but 54 cents cheaper than a year ago.  Meanwhile, the current price in Idaho is $2.35, which is 14 cents more than a month ago.

The mayor of Idaho’s largest city has signed a public health emergency order requiring face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public places.  Boise Mayor Lauren McLean cited the significant increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in making the order, which will take effect tomorrow, for the city’s 225,000 residents.

Boise State is discontinuing its baseball program just months after the school was forced to cut short its first season in 40 years with only a handful of games played.   The school has also cut women’s swimming and diving because of budget issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.    Athletic director Curt Apsey said cutting the two programs will save about $2.2 million to $2.3 million.

A three vehicle crash near Jerome closed down interstate travel yesterday afternoon.  State police say the accident just after 4 pm was caused by a semi truck that failed to slow for construction traffic.  The semi collided with two other vehicles.  Both westbound lanes and portions of the eastbound lanes were blocked for more than two hours.  Three people were injured in the crash.

The body of an Idaho professor missing since last week was found in the Hidden Meadows area in Glacier National Park in Montana, park officials said.  77 year old George Calvin Adams, of Pocatello was staying in Kalispell when he left for a hike on Friday and didn’t return.


Today:  Sun and clouds mixed. High 87F. ESE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 57F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mostly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 90. Low: 57.

SUNDAY:  Mainly sunny skies and a little bit breezy. High: 87. Low: 57.

MONDAY:   Mainly sunny skies. High: 90. Low: 58.

TUESDAY:  Increasing clouds late in the day and breezy. High: 88. Low: 57.

WEDNESDAY: Mainly sunny skies. High: 85. Low: 57.

THURSDAY:  Mainly sunny skies. High: 87.

July 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Texas City, Texas, was Johnny Lee country music singer whose 1980 single, "Lookin' for Love" spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country singles chart in 1980 He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-80s.

Born on this day in Pensacola, Florida, was Aaron Tippin, country music artist and record producer. His debut single, "You've Got to Stand for Something" became a popular anthem for American soldiers fighting in the Gulf War. Tippin also scored the 1992 US Country #1 hit "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio."

Born on this day in Blytheville, Arkansas, was Trent Tomlinson, country music artist. His debut album Country Is My Rock, released in early 2006 produced three Top 40 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Drunker Than Me", "One Wing in the Fire" and "Just Might Have Her Radio On."

Born on this day in Lawrence, Kansas, was Sarah Buxton, singer, songwriter who had the 2012 US Country #1 hit with David Nail, "Let It Rain."

The film Honeysuckle Rose, starring Willie Nelson, made its world premiere in Austin, Texas. The plot sees Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) a country singer, with a good family, struggling to find national fame. He juggles his music career with his responsibilities to his wife and son. He has everything going his way until the daughter of his former guitarist joins his tour. The road leads to temptation, which leads to his downfall.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the country charts with "That Summer". Written by Garth Brooks, Pat Alger and Sandy Mahl and taken from his fourth studio album The Chase, the track also appears on The Hits, The Ultimate Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live.

Songwriter Johnny MacRae died at his home in Ashland City aged 84. He wrote such country hits as Conway Twitty's "I'd Love to Lay You Down," Reba McEntire's "You Lift Me Up to Heaven," and Highway 101's "Whiskey, if You Were a Woman".