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When traveling SEC and ACC fans collide in Nashville for the Music City Bowl, the real winners are downtown hotels, bars and restaurants, and those businesses were hoping to cash in on the big game again this New Year's eve.
"We were highly anticipating a traveling team to be coming to the Music City Bowl this year," said Lisa Hurley, marketing director for B.B. King's on 2nd Avenue.
Hurley is worried there will be less Vandy fans downtown this year than there were Mississippi State fans last year.
"They don't travel near as well and they don't book the hotel rooms and from it being a long New Year s eve weekend, I think that the city of Nashville is definitely going to suffer from that," Hurley said.
History supports those worries. The lowest attendance for the Music City Bowl in the last six years was in 2008, when only 54,250 fans watched Vandy take on Boston College.
That's almost 15,000 less than the 69,143 that turned out for the 2010 matchup between the Vols and the Tar Heels.
Businesses aren t the only ones feeling anemic. Vandy fans like freshman Collin Jackson are also dismayed the Dores will be playing so close to home.
"It's a little bit of a disappointment I mean we're here in Nashville and just to go down the street, Jackson said. "You know it would have been nice to go somewhere else other than kind of our home turf I guess to say so it's a little bit of a let down"
Music City Bowl president Scott Ramsey says the growing football culture at Vanderbilt will make for a great turnout.
"I certainly think the way they played this season and the energy coach Franklin and the players have shown is really going to lend itself to an incredible environment on New Year's Eve in LP Field," Ramsey said.
Tuesday, December 4 2012, 05:21 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee-based team of emergency service workers has gone to Oklahoma to help with tornado recovery.
Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said that Tennessee Task Force 1 left early Tuesday from Memphis.
Cooke says the 80-member team will mostly help with search and rescue efforts after powerful and deadly tornadoes struck cities in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday. Emergency crews are digging through the rubble of destroyed structures to find trapped people.
The team is bringing search dogs and semi-trailers loaded with equipment to help dig through collapsed structures and perform other duties. Cooke says the team consists of emergency personnel from around Tennessee.
The task force was one of several teams that deployed to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy last October.
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