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Parton stepping aside as parade grand marshal after 32 years

Parton stepping aside as parade grand marshal after 32 years
AP Monday January 29, 2018

Dolly Parton says her Tennessee amusement park "has hogged the spotlight long enough" and she's stepping aside as grand marshal of the Pigeon Forge spring parade after 32 years. A news release from Dollywood and the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism says the grand marshal this year will be baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken is chairman and co-founder of Ripken Baseball. The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, a $22.5 million youth baseball facility, opened in 2016. Parton, who grew up in the area, started a fund after deadly wildfires tore through the area in 2016. The Dollywood Foundation says its My People Fund helped 900 families with roughly $9 million in the first six months after the fires. The May 4 parade will be called the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade.


High School Sports
Gordon Stack Monday January 29, 2018

The SMHS Panthers and Lady Panthers the host the Rhea County Eagles Tuesday (1/30) . Vince Brown begins the broadcast at 5:25 p.m. with the girl's game starting at 5:30 on MIX 99.3 and online at

The CCHS Jets and Lady Jets travel to Sequatchie County Tuesday (1/30) to take on the Indians. Steve Randel Trevena begins the broadcast at 5:55 p.m. with the girl's game tipping at 6:00 on 102.5 WOW Country and online at,


College Sports
Gordon Stack Monday January 29, 2018

College Basketball on 97.7 The Ticket Tuesday (1/30) as the Vanderbilt Commodores visit the Kentucky Wildcats. Broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. and tip off is 8 on 97.7 The Ticket.

The Volunteers return to Thompson Boling Arena Wednesday (1/31) to host the LSU Tigers. Bob Kesling begins pre-game coverage at 5 p.m. and tip off is set for 5:30 on 102.5 WOW Country.


Gov. Haslam To Deliver Final State Of The State Address Tonight
Peg Broadcasting News Monday January 29, 2018

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will deliver his last State of the State Address tonight, Monday, January 29, 2018. The address is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Central time and will stream live on the state's website.


Former TN Sen. Joe Haynes Dead At 81
AP Monday January 29, 2018

Former Tennessee Sen. Joe Haynes, a Democrat who served nearly three decades in the state legislature, has died. He was 81. Haynes' son, Jeff Haynes, confirmed that his father died Friday morning. Joe Haynes retired from public office in 2012.


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