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Today:  A mix of clouds and sun. High around 85F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 57F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mainly sunny. A chance of a mountain shower.  High 88F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Scattered Showers
HIGH: 85 (Mountains: 75)

THURSDAY: Showers and maybe a thunderstorm
HIGH: 75 (Mountains: 62)

FRIDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 65 (Mountains: 56)

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 58)

HIGH: 75 (Mountains: 67)

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September 11th: On this day

Born on this day, was Jimmie Davis, singer, songwriter, who served two nonconsecutive terms as the 47th Governor of Louisiana (1944–1948 and 1960–1964). Davis was a nationally popular country music and gospel singer from the 1930s into the 1960s, occasionally recording and performing as late as the early 1990s. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Davis died on November 5, 2000.

Born on this day, was Blake Chancey American record producer and music business executive, (the son of record producer and label executive Ron Chancey, who signed George Strait and Jimmy Buffett, and produced the Oak Ridge Boys). Chancey worked with and developed Dixie Chicks, Ricochet, Montgomery Gentry, as well as overseeing the A&R of many other artists on the roster. He went on to produce Waylon Jennings, Billy Ray Cyrus, Little Big Town and Mary Chapin Carpenter and many other Sony artists.

Born on this day in Augusta, Georgia, was Charles Kelley, country music singer-songwriter with Lady Antebellum, who scored the 2009 US #1 Country hit “I Run To You.” The group won five awards at the 2011 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Need You Now." Lady Antebellum was also awarded the Best Country Album award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Barbara Mandrell was seriously injured in a car accident. She suffered multiple injuries and severe concussion that caused temporary memory loss, confusion, and speech difficulties. She took an 18-month sabbatical from performing to recover.

Merle Haggard married Theresa Ann Lane, the couple have two They have two children, Jenessa and Ben. Haggard has been married five times.

Filmmaker and music video director Carolyn Mayer Beug, was one of the passengers who died when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center. Also on the plane with her was her mother, Mary Alice Wahlstrom. Beug had directed several music videos for country singer Dwight Yoakam.

Rodney Crowell Tapped for ASCAP Founders Award

Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell will be presented the ASCAP Founders Award during the performing rights organization’s 55th annual country music awards gala on Nov. 6 in Nashville.

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP’s highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Previous recipients include Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge and Neil Young, among others.

“Rodney Crowell is one of the most treasured voices in American music,” ASCAP president Paul Williams said. “For decades, whether writing No. 1 country hits and collaborating with some of the world’s top artists or exploring his own musical soul in rich, literary detail, he has crafted a brilliant body of work marked by powerful intimacy, epic scope and profound insight into the human experience. He is a masterful storyteller and musician who continues to elevate the songwriters’ art, and we are honored to present him with the ASCAP Founders Award.”

Crowell, a multiple Grammy winner and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has written or recorded 15 No. 1 songs. His latest album, Close Ties, was released in March.

The ASCAP Country Music Awards, an invitation-only event taking place at the Ryman Auditorium, will include live performances of some of the past year’s most performed songs by award-winning songwriters or the artists who recorded them.

Kenny Chesney’s St. John House is “Simply Gone” After Hurricane Irma, Creating “Love for Love City” Foundation to Help Island Residents

In an interview on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade this morning (Sept. 8), Kenny Chesney talked about how parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, including the island of St. John, where the artist owns a residence.

Though Kenny was not there to experience the hurricane in person, he told Robin Meade that friends in the area described the damage as “biblical in nature.”

When asked about his house on St. John, Kenny said, “It’s just simply gone.” But the country star didn’t seem very concerned with his own property.

“That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house. I’ve always felt that music was medicine and I’m gonna do everything that I possibly can to try to relieve some stress from people that I’ve really grown to love over the years, who have meant so much to my life. This place, these islands, have meant so much to me. They’ve shaped me as a human being. It’s given me creativity. It’s given me a different way to look at the world, a different window to see the world through. And when you look through that window right now, as you can tell, it’s just devastation. It’s really odd to see such a beautiful place look like a war zone.”

Although Hurricane Irma is still on the move, Kenny and his team have already begun creating a new relief foundation called “Love for Love City,” a reference to St. John’s nickname, “Love City.” The details are still being finalized, but in addition to accepting donations, Kenny said that there will be a “musical connection” to help raise money.