- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.

Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood’s publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.

The 31-year-old Underwood shot to fame after winning “American Idol.” She has won six Grammys and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She was the first woman to twice win the Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year award.

She will be co-hosting the upcoming Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley this November.

Fisher, a 34-year-old center for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the start of the season.


Tenn. tea party supporters take heart from vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - For U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the elder statesman of Tennessee politics, a primary challenge by a little-known tea party opponent was supposed to be little more than a glorified victory lap around the state.

Instead, the former governor and two-time presidential candidate had to crank up the campaign machinery in the closing weeks of the Republican primary to fend off state Rep. Joe Carr.

And while Alexander ultimately won, it was by just 9 percentage points - a far smaller margin than his campaign and most political observers had expected. The result is giving hope to tea party supporters they could be poised to break the moderate wing of the state Republican Party’s decades-long grip on statewide races.

“It is another step in the maturation of the tea party movement,” said Ben Cunningham, the president of the Nashville Tea Party. “After the disappointment of losing, I wouldn’t call it a euphoria, but lots of confidence about the possibilities for the future.”

Cunningham said the results reflected greater coordination between disparate tea party groups, giving activists valuable on-the-ground experience in trying to support a statewide effort.

“A lot was learned just in terms of the nuts and bolts of elections,” he said. “That will certainly help going forward.”


5 things to know in Nov. 4 Tenn. general election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Five things to know about the Nov. 4 general election and other ballot issues in Tennessee:



Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is strongly favored to win re-election in November. In the August primary, Alexander fended off a tea party challenge by state Rep. Joe Carr. Carr had high-profile endorsements from tea party-allied figures, but he could not overcome Alexander’s fundraising advantage and 40 years in Tennessee politics. The 74-year-old Alexander, who has served two terms as the state’s governor and two terms in the Senate, will face Democratic candidate and attorney Gordon Ball in the general election.




Search for Memphis woman continues after 5 years

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis police say the search continues for a woman who walked away from her care home five years ago.

Sgt. Rick Davison says 61-year-old Mattie B. Wilson disappeared on July 30, 2008 in the Frayser area.

Wilson has black hair, brown eyes and stands 5-feet, 4-inches tall. Davison says she was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

Davison says missing persons investigators reissued a city alert for Wilson with the hope of generating new tips to her whereabouts.

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