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Just about everyone was a little Irish at Saturday but few pulled it off as well as Earl Rice who sported his Pride of Ireland kilt on a beautiful day downtown.
"The weather's warm and it’s really nice,” Rice said. “I’ve been looking forward to it for two weeks."
He was just one of thousands that showed up to the bash on Lower Broadway where the colors of all the SEC teams took on a shade of green.
By Saturday afternoon, the 14 teams had dwindled down to just two, leaving the Ole Miss Rebels and the Florida Gators in, and the ‘Dores, the Vols and the Wildcats out.
”Even though we lost yesterday, my heritage is Irish and I'm still a Kentucky fan,” Molly Trenkamp said. “I bleed blue til I die."
Plenty of Kentucky fans like Trenkamp stuck around after Friday’s loss to Vanderbilt but many more went home, which hurt local businesses like downtown newcomers Pub 5.
”Kentucky lost to our ‘Dores yesterday and so with that went a lot of tourists,” said Alex Torres, Pub 5 co-owner.
Torres says he waited to open the new pub and restaurant the weekend of the tournament to cash in on the SEC action.
“As soon as this game lets out we're going to see a sea of humanity stumble out here,” Torres said of Saturday’s second semifinal. “It's quite something to see.”
Torres says events like the tournament and the lively St. Patrick's block party energize downtown businesses, making Nashville one of the most popular cities in the country right now.
"Nashville is becoming a nationally-recognized city, a metropolitan area and this is evidence of it,” Torres said.
Sunday, March 17 2013, 12:14 PM CDT
Tenn. Powerball ticket worth $1 million
May 19, 2013 18:44 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee barely missed winning a share of an estimated $590.5 million prize. But the ticket has a nice consolation prize worth $1 million.
Officials say the Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chattanooga.
There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.