Entries in Tennessee (5)


Tracy Morgan Aims to Make Amends with Gay Community

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tracy Morgan is trying to make amends days after being labeled insensitive by gay rights activists, his colleagues, the general public and his bosses at NBC for an anti-gay tirade during his standup performance June 3 at the Ryman Auditorium in Tennessee.

The 30 Rock star will be meeting this week with several young gay people and people who have lost family members to anti-gay violence.

Morgan told, "I know how bad bullying can hurt.  I was bullied when I was a kid.  I'm sorry for what I said.  I didn't mean it.  I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone.  My family knew what it was like to feel different.  My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987."

He added, "My dad wasn't gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that."

Morgan explained, "Parents should support and love their kids no matter what.  Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else.  Our laws should support that."

Morgan will visit Tennessee next week with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for a press conference protesting the state's recent passage of the "Don't Say Gay" bill, which prohibits the discussion of homosexuality before ninth grade in public schools.

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Trace Adkins' Home Is a Total Loss After Fire

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(BRENTWOOD, Tenn.) -- Trace Adkins' Brentwood, Tennessee home burned to the ground on Saturday.  No one was hurt, but the structure is said to be a total loss.

According to reports, Adkins' daughter Brianna, along with the couple's two other daughters, a babysitter, and another neighborhood child, were watching a movie Saturday afternoon just before 3:30 when they heard a huge crash.  Thinking it was something that had fallen in the cabinets, the babysitter checked the kitchen but found nothing.  She then checked the garage and found the dryer on its side, with fire and smoke was everywhere.

The nanny quickly got the children and the dogs out of the house and called 911.  The entire Brentwood Fire Department, including off-duty firefighters, was called to the home to fight the blaze.

Adkins' wife, Rhonda, was returning home from running errands and saw "black smoke" in the sky and rushed home to find the house in flames.  A slideshow of photos of the fire, including firefighter efforts to extinguish it and numerous images of the gutted brick structure, is posted at

Adkins' spokesperson issued a statement late Saturday night, declaring, "Trace wishes to express his gratitude for the immediate response of the Brentwood Fire Department and is humbled by the outpouring of concern from friends and fans."

At the time of the fire, Adkins was en route to Alaska, where he was scheduled to perform later this week.  Upon landing in Alaksa, he learned of the fire and immediately boarded a return flight home.

For now, the Adkins family plans to stay at their farm, about 30 minutes south of Nashville, Tennessee.

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Tickets for Taylor Swift's Tornado Benefit Concert on Sale Thursday

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tickets for Taylor Swift's Speak Now...Help Now benefit concert in Nashville, Tennessee on May 21 go on sale Thursday at 11:00 a.m. ET at and

Tickets are $50 each, and 100 percent of the proceeds goes to tornado relief in the southeast through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The concert is actually the final dress rehearsal for the North American leg of Swift's Speak Now tour, launching May 27 in Omaha, Nebraska.  Everyone who goes to the show will also receive a complimentary T-shirt commemorating the event.

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Taylor Swift Dress Rehearsal a Fundraiser for Tornado Victims 

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift is opening up the final dress rehearsal for her upcoming Speak Now tour to fans, as a fundraiser for the victims of last week's tornadoes in the southeastern part of the U.S.  Thirteen thousand Taylor fans will be able to purchase tickets to the rehearsal, which takes place May 21 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.  Taylor's been rehearsing there for five weeks.

"I wanted to do something for the families affected by the damage,” Swift said in a statement. “I’ve never opened a rehearsal to the public before, but I felt that inviting my fans to the last rehearsal for the Speak Now Tour would be a great way to raise money."

Ticketing information for the event, called Speak Now...Help Now, will be released Monday. Proceeds will go directly to help the victims.

The tour itself kicks off May 27 in Nebraska.

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Second Round of Performers Announced for ACM Awards

Burke/Triolo Productions(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Zac Brown Band will team up with James Taylor at next month's 46th Annual ACM Awards.

Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood will also perform on the show, along with this year's hosts Reba and Blake Shelton.

Nancy O'Dell and Ryan Seacrest have been confirmed as presenters.

All of this year's Entertainer of the Year nominees -- Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban -- are confirmed to perform at the ACM's, airing live on CBS Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

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