This Day In History – December 4

1985

Dallas, Texas became the largest city in the United States to pass a no smoking law for restaurants.

 

I honestly figured Dallas, Texas would be the last place to ban smoking.

2001

The Olympic flame started its journey from Atlanta, the host city of the 1996 Summer Games, to the opening ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

The 2002 Salt Lake games were great! 

2009

American student Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of murdering British exchange student Meredith Kercher.

 

They were sentenced to 26 years, but their conviction was overturned after serving four. The case is being re-tried again, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Meredith needs justice.

-Tyler Jackson

Most Popular Dog Names of 2014

VetStreet.com just released their annual list of the most popular puppy names in 2014 . . . and it’s pretty predictable.

Bella was the top name for female dogs for the eighth year in a row . . . and Max was the top name for male dogs for the ninth year in a row.

 

The top 10 names for female dogs are:  Bella . . . Daisy . . . Lucy . . . Sadie . . . Molly . . . Lola . . . Sophie . . . Zoey . . . Luna . . . and Chloe.

 

The top 10 names for male dogs are:  Max . . . Charlie . . . Rocky . . . Buddy . . . Cooper . . . Duke . . . Bear . . . Zeus . . . Bentley . . . and Toby.

Read more here!

 

Jana Kramer is engaged again.

Sorry fellas…she’s once again off the market.

Country singer Jana Kramer is engaged again.  This time, the lucky guy is NFL free agent Michael Caussin…and here’s the kicker (no pun intended)…she got engaged on her 31st birthday!

Jana, who broke off her engagement to Brantley Gilbert last summer, has been married twice before…to Michael Gambino in 2004 and to Jonathon Schaech in 2010.  Meanwhile, her hubby to be has played for three different NFL teams: Jacksonville, Buffalo, and most recently Washington.  He was placed on injured reserve by Washington last August.

“It was a beautiful surprise,” One Tree Hill alum Kramer said in a statement released Dec. 3. “He was the perfect gentleman. Nervous, on one knee, and surrounded by some of the people that love us the most.”

No wedding date has been announced.  Meanwhile, Brantley Gilbert was spotted at a local sporting goods store…stocking up on Dallas Cowboys gear.

Check back tomorrow for “Country Dirt” for more…

This Day In History – December 3

1950

Paul Harvey began his national radio broadcast!

And that’s the rest of the story! 

1967

The world’s first successful heart transplant was performed!

Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the operation at Cape Town, South Africa.

1988

Oklahoma State University running back Barry Sanders won the Heisman Trophy.

REPRESENTING KANSAS, SON!!! 

1994 

On Bended Knee, by Boyz II Men, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100!

Great song from a great album!

1999

After rowing 2,962 miles in 81 days, Tori Murden became the first woman and the first American to row across the Atlantic Ocean!

Impressive! 

2005

Dierks Bentley took the top spot with Come a Little Closer!

and then lastly…

2010

A first-edition, nearly 200-year-old copy of Francis Scott Key’s The Star Spangled Banner sold at Christie’s auction house in New York City

…for $506,500!!  

-Tyler Jackson

Most Popular Baby Names of 2014

Sophia and Jackson were the top baby names of 2014.

Jackson was the top boy’s name for the second year in a row and Sophia has been the top girl’s name for five years now.

Thanks to Derek Jeter’s retirement, the name Jeter increased 82% and Derek moved up 4%.

And many parents turned to Netflix to find names… with names from “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” increasing in popularity.

 

10 most popular girl names of 2014:

 

1.Sophia

2.Emma

3.Olivia

4.Ava

5.Isabella

6.Mia

7.Zoe

8.Lily

9.Emily

10.Madelyn

 

 

10 most popular boy names of 2014:

 

1.Jackson

2.Aiden

3.Liam

4.Lucas

5.Noah

6.Mason

7.Ethan

8.Caden

9.Jacob

10.Logan

 

Own your very own TSA body scanner

Have someone on your list that is impossible to shop for?  Or maybe you’re just a big-time techie and always dream of having the coolest electronics.  Well then, does the government have a deal for you.  You can buy your very own body scanner.

The machines…the Rapiscan Secure 1000…were sold to Uncle Sam for just over $100,000 a piece.  But the Transportation Security Agency has some leftover machines, and they’re willing to let them go for just under eight grand!

Sure, you’ll have to go pick it up in Tennessee, but you’ll never again have to be wary of anybody who comes into your home.  It’d be a blast at parties…and could add a whole new dimension to charades.  And with all those holiday gatherings at your home…you can eat, drink, and be merry…safe in the knowledge that none of your guests is packing heat.

And yes…if even $8000 is a bit over your budget…they’ll accept your best offer.  Wanna make your bid?  Go for it!