Dan Does the Opry - 03/19/14

  When you're former CBS evening news anchor Dan Rather, there isn't a lot you haven't seen.  In Rather's case, there aren't many places you haven't been either.  This afternoon I learned from the Grand Ole Opry that Rather was about to knock off another line from his bucket list.  Rather has signed on to be a guest announcer this week on the Friday Night Opry.

  The Opry is welcoming guest announcers to help celebrate 40-years of shows at the Grand Ole Opry House in Donelson.  Artists Rather will be rubbing elbows with include:  The Oak Ridge Boys; Charlie Daniels; Kathy Mattea and The Grascals.  And as Dan Rather used to say at the end of his broadcasts, "that's part of our world tonight."

 

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WHITE DIAMOND

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's just the thing for your special someone. A "perfect" 100-carat diamond goes up for auction today. Sotheby's says the classic emerald-cut gem could bring up to $25 million. It's an internally flawless D color stone, which the auctioneer says is considered "perfect." One Sotheby's expert says the stone's transparency is like "a pool of icy water."

MARIJUANA BUST

ROSS, Texas (AP) -- It's green and leafy -- but it's not tea. Authorities in the Waco, Texas, area report busting a man on pot charges during a traffic stop. According to the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, a deputy found four vacuum-sealed bags and $1,400 in cash in Guanyu Chen's car. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Chen claimed the bags contained tea. A drug-sniffing dog indicated otherwise. Chen has been ordered held on $10,000 bond.

JAMAICA-MARIJUANA

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Lots of folks associate Jamaica with pot. But the illegal weed is still illegal in the Caribbean nation. Now, things are changing a bit. The first legal marijuana seedling was planted in Jamaica yesterday. The symbolic planting on the University of the West Indies campus comes several days after drug reforms took effect. The legal changes decriminalize possession of small amounts and makes possible medical marijuana research.

WILD MUSHROOMS-OHIO

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) -- It's hunting season in Ohio -- wild mushroom hunting. As trees and flowers begin blossoming, some people have their eyes to the ground. They're looking for morel mushrooms. Walter Sturgeon is a board member for the Ohio Mushroom Society. He tells a local paper (Chillicothe Gazette) the mushrooms have a unique taste. The Morel Mushroom Festival will offer $1,000 in prize money to the mushroom lovers who collect the most morels over a four-day period.

 
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