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Winter-like conditions will be possible for middle Tennessee this weekend. A freeze warning is in effect for Friday and Saturday night. Temperatures will drop to around the freezing mark in Nashville and upper 20s outside the metro area. Saturday night will be even colder with temperatures dropping as low as the mid-20s outside the metro. Breezy NW winds will add to the chill. Bring plants and pets indoors for the weekend and make sure outdoor vegetation is protected as well. In addition to the cold, rain showers along the Cumberland Plateau will change over to light snow overnight. 

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The Most Inspiring Event I Cover... - 04/26/14

The most inspiring event I cover is without a doubt the Country Music Marathon.  Or as it currently known,  The St. Jude/Country Music Marathon.  (Got to keep the sponsors happy!)

I'm not a runner.  In fact, I HATE running.  It's a stretch for me to jog to my car from my house in the rain.  And I can't stand getting up early in the morning.  The last time I checked, these things start at 7am, and are generally over by 10am.  At least that's when the winners break the tape.

But for some reason, seeing tens of thousands of people going the 13.1 or 26.2 miles makes me feel really good.  Seeing tens of thousands more cheering them on makes me feel even better.  One woman was holding up a sign this morning that said, "Go Random Stranger, GO!"  Which sums up the atmosphere, and the day, perfectly. 

Everyone has a story why they're running.  They're doing it to pay tribute to someone.  Or a cause.  Or because they overcame something.  Or just to prove to themselves that they can do it.  Not for money.  Or glory.  It's refreshing to see.  And really neat.

I also have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who has the discipline to do what it takes to go the distance.  I certainly don't.  Did I mention I HATE RUNNING? 

And the feeling of exhilaration on the countless faces as the cross the finish line is truly a sight to behold.  I DID IT!  I ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING.  How often does one have the opportunity to say that? 

I had the chance to see Bill Belichick cross the finish line this morning.  The New England Patriots coach has won 3 Super Bowls and earned millions in the NFL.  He'll be in the Hall of Fame one day.  And there he was, throwing his hands up when he crossed the finish line just like everybody else.  He and his fiance' finished together.  They kissed one another as if to say, "WE MADE IT!" just like hundreds, if not thousands, of others did. 

That's what makes the Country Music Marathon the most inspiring event I cover.  Now if they could just push it back a few hours, so I could get some more sleep...

 

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Michael Vick? Geno Smith? New York Jets coach Rex Ryan knows who he wants as quarterback for his limping team. Ryan jokes they're "gonna go with that Bumgarner guy." Madison Bumgarner is the San Francisco Giants ace and World Series MVP. Bumgarner secured the Giants a Game 7 series victory with a five-inning save. He had two series wins as a starter, too. The Jets are 1-and-7 this season, including seven straight losses. Bumgarner likely won't be available for the Jets on Sunday, so Ryan says he's going with his own lefty, Vick.

WHISKEY WAR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's Jack versus George in Tennessee -- in a battle over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey. The parent company of Jack Daniels supports the law that includes requiring Tennessee whiskey to be made from 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels and a minimum of 80 proof. The British corporate parent of George Dickel contends those regs are too restrictive. A state subcommittee heard testimony on the issue yesterday. Lawmakers are expected to consider changes to the Tennessee whiskey law in January.

DALLAS ZOO-GIRAFFE

DALLAS (AP) -- He's an awfully big newborn -- six feet tall and about 120 pounds. But this big, little guy has an even taller mom. The Dallas Zoo has a new giraffe. The healthy male calf was born Sunday and the birth was announced Wednesday. The calf doesn't have a name yet. The Dallas Zoo's giraffe herd has now grown to a dozen.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City has five new residents. They're orphaned coyote pups who have a new home at the Queens Zoo. The animals were rescued in Massachusetts, where they were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. Now, the coyotes have their own exhibit in Queens. The Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo specializes in animals from the Americas. The pups are the only coyotes on exhibit there.

 
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