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Michael Johnson from Georgia has been one of the more popular contestants on "Idol" thus far, not only for his voice, but his remarkable story. Michael has a severe speech impediment because of nerve damage he sustained after surgery to remove his tonsils. The only time it's not present is when he sings. Unfortunately, something was missing. The judges hesitantly sent him home.
One of our locals, Jimmy Smith, who came to chat with Stacy McCloud a few weeks ago about his "Idol" experience, was one of the 20 that impressed the judges enough to advance past the solo round. He sang "Landslide". Mariah told him that he's been one of her favorites since the beginning.
Last but not least, another local advances past Hollywood Week. Paul Jolley, from Nashville, sang Carrie Underwood's hit "Blown Away". He blew away the judges, advancing on in the competition. Only getting some slack from Nicki Minaj for expressing how nervous he was.
Speaking of "Blown Away", we have the story behind that hit Carrie Underwood song. You can watch it on Fox17.com. Hollywood Week continues next Wednesday and Thursday with the ladies. To keep up with all "Idol" news until then, make sure and follow Stacy McCloud on Twitter @stacymccloud.
Friday, February 8 2013, 12:43 AM CST
Courthouse in line for repairs, updates
May 25, 2013 15:50 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in Coffee County are looking to update their historic courthouse instead of replacing the 141-year-old structure.
After all, they said the building is in pretty good shape. As far as repairs, it just needs some new paint and molding, as well as work to repair some water damage. But county maintenance director Robert Gilliam says the entire structure needs updating in order to make it last until the next century.
Gilliam and County Mayor David Pennington told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/19ivpQ6 ) that officials have taken care to maintain the building and it hasn't had any major renovations in decades.
Historical society spokeswoman Joanna Lewis said the group is trying to come up with fundraising ideas for the project.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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