Don Chase in the Morning for November 12, 2010 This is the 316th day of the year. There are 49 days remaining. WKML weather for today & tomorrow: Today: Sunny & 66 Tonight: Clear & 35 Saturday: Sunny & 69 Congrats to those in the WKML Family celebrating birthdays: 11/12 Kris Acker Erica Dawn Ball Wanda Lynn Bell Reba Billings Sarah Bourbeau Alexis Marie Bullard Olivia Bullard Trenton Christian Wendy Coats Ashley Coppedge Sonya Duncan Loretta Edwards Tanya Foalima Stacy Graham Christie Hall Melonic Hall Kandie Harris Jenna Hathcock Katie Hawkes James Inks Georgia Ivie Henry Jackson Beverly Johnson Tanya Jones Flora Kiser Jenny Lee Mark Little Paulette Locklear Barry Lovick Julius Meadows Jodi Meares Caroline Nidderheiser Marie Oxendine Michael Parrish Jenna Rivenbark Patty Rogers Randi Rogers Sarah Ross Joan Schastey Naomi Shoemaker Megan Slade Denise Stephens Tara Tanner Deborah Tinsley Dave Sylvester Brandon Turner Haley Weber Charles Weaver Kenneth Wheeler Charlotte Wood 11/13 Deborah Barrett John Fuller Garrett Howell Donna King Emily Morris Wayne Parnell Jimmy Patterson Doug Sibbett Larry K. Smith afternoons 2-7 on the BIG 957 11/14 Samantha Hope Burchette Darryl Copeland Pamela Komlofske Ashley Moore Samantha Smithwick Danny Tipton Melinda and Travis Wonderly Happy anniversary Susan & Terry Morris Congratulations to Barry Lovick on winning “Chick-fil-A” for a day.” A breakfast biscuit, a chicken sandwich combo meal for lunch and a spicy chicken sandwich for dinner. E-mail your birthdays and anniversaries to email@example.com. Don’t forget the name of the person celebrating the birthday and their daytime telephone number. THANXXX! Don. WKML Country Notes 11/12 Brooks, Garth --- The movie based on Garth Brooks' hit "Unanswered Prayers" will premiere November 29th at 9pm on the Lifetime network. CMA --- Following Wednesday night's CMA Awards, the unusual black carpet the artists strolled prior to the show, was destroyed, but for a purpose. Pieces bearing the Jack Daniels logo were autographed by the stars and auctioned off at the CMA's post-party to raise money for "Keep the Music Playing" -- the organization's initiative to benefit public schools. --- Billboard magazine has compiled their list of the Top Five "Must See" moments from Wednesday night's CMA Awards. They recognize Reba McEntire's performance of "If I Were a Boy," Gwyneth Paltrow's country music debut singing "Country Strong" with Vince Gill, Brad Paisley's emotional thank you after winning Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift's dramatic performance of "Back to December" and the stirring tribute to Loretta Lynn, which included Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert. Otto, James --- James Otto started singing at the age of 4. He started playing full time in bands following his military duty. Otto moved to Nashville in 1998, where he went from living next door to a crack house to opening for Shania Twain. -In 2002, Otto signed to Mercury Nashville Records. A failed single, “The Ball,” was released in 2002, followed two years later by “Days Of Our Lives.” Shortly before an album of the same name was released, he joined Shania Twain on her 2003-2004 “Up! Tour.” -Otto left Mercury soon after the release of “Days of Our Lives” and signed to Raybaw Records. He was featured on the track “Beast on the Mic” on Cowboy Troy’s 2005 album “Loco Motive,” as well as the track “Cruise Control” on Troy’s 2007 album, “Black in the Saddle.” -Otto notched his first No. 1 single in 2008 with “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” the lead single to his breakthrough second album, “Sunset Man,” co-produced by John Rich. Otto’s second single from the set, “For You,” reached the Top 40. It was followed by “These Are the Good Ole Days.” -Otto’s “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” was the most played country single of 2008. The track was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. James was also an ACM Award winner in the Song of the Year category as a co- writer for Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” – a track that also earned him a Grammy nod for Best Country Song. He was also nominated in the Top New Male Vocalist category at the ACM Awards and in the New Artist of the Year category at the CMAs. -Otto released his new album, “Shake What God Gave Ya,” in September. “Soldiers and Jesus” was the second single off the album, followed by “Groovy Little Summer Song,” released earlier this year. -James Otto recently gave the Pentagon Channel a “Command Performance.” The exclusive three-part series is now airing on the channel and can also be viewed online at www.pentagonchannel.mil. -On Thanksgiving night, Otto will be performing with Ronnie Milsap on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” -Otto is collecting photos of other veterans to be used in a video for “Soldiers and Jesus.” You can submit photos through his website, www.jamesotto.net. Pickler, Kellie --- Kellie Pickler played black carpet correspondent for Ellen prior to Wednesday night's CMA Awards. And in typical fashion, things went from zany to chaos. Interviews included wardrobe adjustments, animal impressions and a confession from Gwyneth Paltrow that she was wearing Depends undergarments in case her nerves got the best of her. Check out the video at Ellen.WarnerBros.com. Rascal Flatts --- Rascal Flatts will kick off the second leg of their Nothing Like This Tour January 14th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Luke Bryan and Chris Young will join the boys for 21 shows that will continue through mid-March. --- Rascal Flatts will headline Nascar's Spring Cup Series award ceremony in Las Vegas on December 3rd. The event will broadcast live on the Speed network at 9pm. Shelton, Blake --- If you've wondered why Reba McEntire and her husband, Narvel Blackstock, were so emotional when Blake Shelton won Male Vocalist and Wednesday night's CMA Awards, it's because they manage him. Backstage after the awards, he said that the win was validating for them all. "Tonight was like when you've been pushing on that wall and pushing and that moment when it finally hits the ground," he said. Sugarland --- Christmas came to Nashville early when Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosted the taping of the CMA Country Christmas at Bridgestone Arena last night. Among the stars sharing their holiday memories and traditions -- along with favorite holiday songs -- were Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler , Darius Rucker and LeAnn Rimes. CMA Country Christmas special airs November 29th on ABC. Swift, Taylor --- Taylor Swift performed her new single, "Back to December," on Wednesday night's CMA Awards. Debuting a new piece of music on something as important and heavily viewed as an award show could shake even the most seasoned artists, but not Taylor. She says, "Getting to unveil new songs on award shows has been very, very cool." News of the Weird: A New Haven, Connecticut, man who was shot twice after buying a sandwich went home and ate his lunch before going to the hospital. 25-year-old Miguel Soto said he was leaving the deli when he was shot in the left leg and in the groin. He reportedly went home and ate the sandwich before asking his father to take him to a hospital. Soto gave police a description of the assailants. He is expected to make a full recovery. A new Chandler, Arizona, courthouse has some strange new signs, but none stranger than the one that advices people not to drink from the toilets. One shouldn't drink from the toilets because the water is recycled from the facility's cooling system. The signs were posted in cooperation with city regulations. Juliana Merighi has been fishing since she was five-years-old. The bass Juliana caught is almost as big as she is. The Vineland, New Jersey girl landed a 58-pound striped bass in the Delaware Bay off Cape May County a couple of weeks ago, and as a result she may have broken the junior female record of 47 pounds for a striped bass that was caught off the shore of North Wildwood, New Jersey in 2006. "When it came up and I saw how big it was, I was like, amazed," Juliana said. It could take months to officially confirm that this little angler has set a new world record, but the documentation from Juliana's catch already has been sent to the International Game Fish Association. (ksdk.com) No dogs allowed. No, make that one little dog allowed. Donata Forman has won the right to keep her teacup Yorkshire pup, Charlie. Forman challenged the no-pets rule at her Queens condo, the Village View apartments. An appeals court is siding with her. The New York Law Journal reports the panel ruled the condo board imposed the rule, without the required 80 percent approval of the owners. Snoopy the senator? Alaska election officials are wading through more than 92,000 write-in ballots. At stake is the U.S. Senate seat of incumbent Lisa Murkowski. She ran a write-in campaign after losing the Republican primary to tea party favorite Joe Miller. But not all the write-in votes are for Murkowski. Some voters favor "Snoopy" or even "Elmo." And at least one voter didn't like any of the senate choices. That voter wrote in "NONE OF THE ABOVE." Akron, Ohio, isn't having much luck with its Christmas tree. Yesterday, was a second day of tree trouble. A crane toppled as workers were trying to load the donated blue spruce onto a truck. One worker injured an ankle jumping from the crane. Earlier this week, another donated blue spruce broke as it was being moved. One official tells the Akron Beacon Journal the city is now looking for a third free tree. It’s time now for Officer Don’s Police Blotter, a service of Holmes Security Systems. U.L. Listed, locally owned with a local monitoring station. That means faster response time for you. And, isn’t that what you’re looking for in a security company? Call 483-6922 or online at Holmes. That’s H-O-L-M-E-S Electric Security.com. During yesterday's Veterans Day celebration, an Idaho couple is battling their condo association over an American flag. Steve and Robin Perfect flew the flag to honor their son, who is bound for Iraq with the Idaho Army National Guard. But the Copper Ranch Homeowners' Association says the flag violates their rules. A property manager says it's not about the flag, but the condo bylaws. The Perfects are getting support from their U.S. senator, Republican Mike Crapo. He says federal law protects the right to fly the flag. Robin Perfect tells the Idaho Mountain Express it's been a "nightmare." It's a special delivery -- but it's not a letter. Prosecutors charge a New York mailman sold cocaine, while in uniform and driving his postal truck. According to authorities, Felix Soto is awaiting arraignment on charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Investigators say they saw Soto sitting in his postal truck on a Bronx street and handing a package of crack cocaine to another man. Officials say there was a half-million dollars worth of the illegal drug in the package. A Haverhill, Massachusetts, pastor has been accused of stealing more than $83,000 from his parish, with a large chunk of the money being spent on his porn habit. Apparently Reverend Keith LeBlanc admitted to police that he has an addiction and needs help. Though he is currently in "pastoral care," LeBlanc will still be forced to have his day in court. A Sandusky, Ohio, teacher was fired after it she was caught napping in class and allegedly discussing pornography with her freshman history class. 71-year-old Carol Smith's behavior was found to be "totally unprofessional, inappropriate, unsafe, outrageous, flagrant and persistent and threatened the safety, security and welfare of the students." Smith apparently arrived late to class consistently and slept through them often. Welcome to today’s “WKML Don Chase Secret 2 Success,” a service of Bible Alive Ministries. Dr. Ralph Richardson, teacher. Our motto is “Expect Great Things To Happen.” Question: how many true friends do you have? Honestly, how many true friends do you have? I heard a speaker say once, that if you have one true friend, you are richer than you can imagine. Here is today's S2S: "Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest. It's about those who came and never left your side." "Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest. It's about those who came and never left your side." Our motto is “Expect Great Things To Happen.” That’s your “WKML Don Chase Secret 2 Success,” a service of Bible Alive Ministries. Dr. Ralph Richardson, teacher. SPORTS: NASCAR: In honor of Veterans Day, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is offering a weeklong military discount. Retired and active military members can enjoy a special discount of 50% off admission to the facility. As an added bonus, active-duty service members will receive a free international 60-minute calling card from Cell Phones for Soldiers. Military members should bring a military ID to receive their discount. The discounted ticket can be purchased at the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office only. In addition to this special one-week offer, the NASCAR Hall of Fame also offers a year round $2 discount for military personnel. More info at the NASCAR Hall of Fame site. NASCAR has fined Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, $25,000 and placed him on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for his actions during last Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing inappropriate gesture and verbal abuse to NASCAR Officials) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book. During Sunday's pre-race festivities at Texas Motor Speedway, #24-Jeff Gordon presented the keys to his personal Corvette to raffle winner, Cindy McCotter of Matthews, NC. Gordon used the occasion to announce the launch of the 2011 raffle which is expected to raise $500,000 over the next year. The event has raised over $2,000,000 for pediatric cancer research, treatment and patient support, as well as the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital over the last five years. After handing over the keys to the Corvette to McCotter, Gordon asked her to accompany him on stage in presenting the Texas Chapter Speedway Children's Charities with a check for $75,000 designated to benefit childhood cancer initiatives in the state of Texas. Dave Blaney was uninjured in an auto accident Sunday night when he hit a deer while returning home from the airport after the Texas race. The UNC Board of Governors on Friday granted N.C. A&T approval to establish a bachelor's degree program in motorsports technology. The program will train students to work with team owners, corporate sponsors and others in the motorsports industry, according to information provided to the board. The university already has a motorsports concentration in its department of manufacturing systems. Clint Bowyer and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie Austin Dillon will appear on The Price is Right for a special NASCAR-themed episode, Monday, Nov. 15 (11:00 am-12:00 pm/et; 10:00-11:00 am/pt) on the CBS. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 Chevy will have a different look this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The Diet Mountain Dew Paint the 88 contest gave fans the chance to design and submit their own original paint schemes online during a five- week period. Earnhardt chose the winning paint scheme, which was a green-and- white design created by fan Jason Corino, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Earnhardt made the selection from almost 10,000 submissions. Travis Pastrana is coming to NASCAR. After mining gold medals in the X Games, shattering jump records on both motorcycles and automobiles and starring as a cultural icon for the action sports world, the star of MTV's "Nitro Circus" is ready to turn his attention to America's most popular form of motorsports NASCAR. Michael Waltrip Racing, Gary and Blake Bechtel and Pastrana announced the creation of Pastrana-Waltrip Racing that will field cars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning in 2011. Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Phoenix this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire codes. With only 2 Sprint Cup events left, let's go racing in the desert of Phoenix. The Kobalt Tools 500 begins at 2 o'clock Sunday. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ACTION TONIGHT: Lumberton plays Jack Britt 71st plays Durham Jordan Grays Creek tangles with Asheboro South View & Panther Creek Scotland plays Northwest Guilford Terry Sanford at Purnell Swett Douglas Byrd is on the road playing Western Alamance St. Pauls at High Point Andrews East Bladen plays North Johnston Whiteville takes on Carrboro North Brunswick plays Fairmont East Columbus plays Red Springs COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Weekend Preview---Prior to the start of college football season, Jason Alean predicted that the National Championship game would be the number-one team in the SEC and Oregon. So far, he's right on the money! -Undefeated Auburn hosts the five-and-five Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday and while the "dawgs" shouldn't pose a threat to Cam Newton and his Tiger following, negative media could affect the QB's game. Cam is under investigation for supposedly seeking payment to play college ball. -Nebraska's shining star, Taylor Martinez, should be back on the field tomorrow after injuring his ankle in the October 30th game against Missouri. This week the Huskers host Kansas and with the Martinez return, they should be in good shape, however, they can't be overly confident. The Jayhawks rallied in the fourth quarter last week against Colorado to score 35 points and win the game. -There's a lot of anxiety on South Carolina's side when they visit The Swamp on Saturday. The Gamecocks have never beat the Gators on their home turf, but the SEC East title is at stake. Both teams are at six-and-three for the season. -At the beginning of the season, no one would have guessed that Alabama might not beat a smaller and lesser ranked Mississippi State, but after last week's showing against LSU, the reigning National Champs could slip even farther down the BCS poll. Mississippi State has won six in a row and they'd love to add a Tide notch to their belt. Meanwhile, Bama is still in the running for a bowl slot, but they need to focus on the game at hand and not the upcoming Iron Bowl. COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UNC Tar Heels plays Lipscomb at 7pm in Chapel Thrill The N.C. State Wolfpack takes on Tennessee Tech at 7 tonight in the RBC Center HOLLYWOOD: Pop singer Pink, 31, is reportedly pregnant with her first child. Pink's husband is a motocross racer. The couple had separated in 2008 but reconciled last year. One of Pink's earliest professional efforts made the soundtrack of the movie "Kazaam" starring this NBA great. Pink, a supporter of PETA, says she is a pescetarian. She has a new album being released next week. Jessica Simpson says she wasn't surprised that her ex-husband got engaged, but she was surprised to hear reports that she was "deeply saddened" by the news. She insists she couldn't be happier for Nick, saying "Our relationship was over a really long time ago, and it would be nice if everyone could move on with us and really just celebrate the love between him and Vanessa." Is there a right-wing conspiracy afoot to keep Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars? Some people seem to think so. PopEater.com reports that Sarah Palin has "become obsessed" with getting her daughter the mirror-ball trophy. And the former governor's supporters are taking up the cause and rallying conservatives to vote up Bristol. An insider says, "This is her chance to get even and show all those Democrats that a regular girl with conservative values and common sense [can win it all]." Oprah Winfrey's money train hasn't slowed down one bit -- the TV and entertainment mogul pulled in $315 million from June 2009 to June 2010, according to Forbes magazine. Here's the list of the Top 10 female earners: Oprah -- $315 Million Beyonce Knowles -- $87 Million Britney Spears -- $64 Million Lady Gaga -- $62 Million Madonna -- $58 Million Sandra Bullock -- $56 Million Ellen DeGeneres -- $55 Million Miley Cyrus -- $48 Million Taylor Swift -- $45 Million Judge Judy -- $45 Million The Bel-Air, California, home Nicolas Cage lost in foreclosure this year has been sold for $10.5 million. The 1940 Tudor-style mansion – where Dean Martin and Tom Jones had also previously lived – was listed at one point for $35 million. The 11,817-square-foot house features six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a swimming pool, a wine cellar and a 35-seat home theater. Cage has been battling financial and tax problems in recent years. He has lost several other homes to foreclosure as well. He is suing his former business manager for allegedly mishandling his money. The manager has filed a counter-suit, claiming the actor spends more than he makes. Dino De Laurentiis, who produced such classics as Serpico, Barbarella, Death Wish and Conan the Barbarian, died yesterday (Thursday) in Los Angeles. He was 91. In a statement, TV chef Giada De Laurentiis said, "My grandfather was a true inspiration. He was my biggest champion in life and a constant source for wisdom and advice. I will miss him dearly." Butch Patrick -- best known for playing "Eddie Munster" on The Munsters -- has entered rehab for a 40-year addiction to cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. Butch is 57. Hulk Hogan is ready to give marriage another shot. The wrestling legend, who divorced first wife Linda last year, has applied for a marriage license to wed his 35- year-old fiancee Jennifer McDaniel. New Movie Releases: November 10th: “Morning Glory” (Wide) (PG-13) Stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Wilson. November 12th: “Skyline” (Wide) (PG-13) Stars Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison and Brittany Daniel. “Unstoppable (Wide) (PG-13) Stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Dunn and Kevin Chapman. On TV: Daytime Lineup: Live with Regis & Kelly (Syn) Tracy Morgan. The View (ABC) Martha Stewart and the Bronx Mass Choir. The Oprah Winfrey Show (Syn) 200 men who were molested come forward: Part 2. Dr. Phil (Syn) Beauty isn’t enough. The Martha Stewart Show (Syn) Special audience of seniors, advice for caring for the elderly from Martha Stewart Center for Living medical director Dr. Audrey Chun, and an inside look at assisted-living facilities with documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks. The Tyra Show (Syn) Tyra’s crisis survey. The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) Chris Pine. Rachael Ray Show (Syn) Julie Andrews. The Doctors (Syn) Improve your health from A to Z. The Dr. Oz Show (Syn) Tips to help make life easier. The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) Joan Collins. The Talk (CBS) Cybill Shepherd. Primetime Lineup: Supernanny (ABC) Primetime: What Would You Do? (ABC) 20/20 (ABC) Medium (CBS) CSI: NY (CBS) Blue Bloods (CBS) House (Fox) The Good Guys (Fox) School Pride (NBC) Dateline NBC (NBC) Larry King (CNN) Michael Moore. Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel) Season premiere. Late Night Lineup: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) Diane Keaton and Kevin McHale. Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Kelly Ripa, comedian Greg Fitzsimmons and Reba McEntire. Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Carrie Ann Inaba. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Tracy Morgan, Dick Cavett and Kings of Leon. Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Maynard Keenan, John Cameron Mitchell and A Perfect Circle. Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Will Ferrell, Manny Pacquiao and Good Charlotte. YOUR MONEY: Hoping to get a jump on Black Friday, retailers have been offering sales and incentives and it seems to be paying off, as several are seeing increased business. Wal-Mart announced earlier this week that it will offer free shipping on approximately 60,000 items during the holiday season and brick-and-mortar locations are also gearing up for the holidays by hiring seasonal employees. This is good news for the economy, says Tig Gilliam, an executive for the human resources services company Adecco USA. Gilliam says, "Consumers represent 70 percent of our economy in the U.S., so it's very important that they get confident enough to shop and spend in the holiday season. That will further drive improvements in the job market." Americans Still Belt-Tightening---There are always small ways to save a little bit of money. Bringing lunch to work or skipping the morning latte may not feel significant, but the cost savings add up over the long run. A number of Americans have done or considered doing these things and have cut back in other small ways to save money. Over the past six months, 62% of adults have purchased more generic brands and 45% are brown-bagging lunch instead of purchasing it, according to a new Harris Poll. Other findings include: -37% of Americans are going to the hairstylist or barber less often. -37% have switched to refillable water bottles instead of purchasing bottles of water. -27% of adults have cancelled one or more magazine subscriptions while 17% have cancelled a newspaper subscription. -22% have stopped purchasing coffee in the morning and cut 21% down on dry cleaning while 14% have begun carpooling or using mass transit. -22% have cancelled or cut back on cable television service, 17% have changed or cancelled cell phone service, and 17% have cancelled their landline service and are only using their cell phone.