Well-deserved accolades for Tim O’Brien

Congrats to Tim O’Brien for winning to the Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” from the International Bluegrass Music Association on Thursday.
O’Brien won “Song of the Year” for “Look Down That Lonesome Road” from Fiddler’s Green.
Visit his Web site. He’s got a body of work that’s been consistently good since his Hot Rize days in the late ’70s and early ’80s at least.
Looks like he’ll be playing a few reunion shows next week in Nashville, Cincinnati, and Boulder. Now that’d be good. Np KnoxVegas stops on the horizon. If you’ve never heard him, here’s a link to an mp3 from his Web site, “You Are My Flower” recorded May 19, 2005 at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville.
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Drinking in a little family history

I have discovered my great-grandfather was once the town policeman for Rock Creek, a tiny, incorporated town in Unicoi County, Tennessee, with an interesting, but brief history.
My mother found somewhere recently a book called “Erwin, Tennessee, A Pictorial History, 1891-1929” by James A. Goforth (printed in 2004) and shared it with me. Erwin was – and remains – a small Appalachian mountain town whose fortunes were tied closely for many years with the fortunes of the railroad.
One of the things Erwin is known for is the town that hung an elephant. Yes, an elephant. An elephant named “Murderous Mary” was hung in this very month (September) in 1916, but that’s another story and has nothing to do with my great-grandfather.
My great-grandfather pops up in the book in a short section on the town of Rock Creek, which existed from 1898 to 1908. Its story goes like this:
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(Tennessee) Rivers of News

UT journalism prof Bob Stepno points to an interesting mobile/PDA project from Johnny Dobbins. Wow, pretty cool.
It’s a PDA/mobile news aggregator of news from traditional media outlets in Tennessee (mostly East Tennessee) and bloggers in the Rocky Top Brigade.
Some of the RSS feeds seem to be screwing it up. WATE has some headlines that say “September 15, 2006 11:33 PM” and it’s just 9 p.m.
And he looks to be using just the local news feeds of the ones we have here. (We could create a special feed on whatever combination of sections Dobbins/Stepno are interested in for that matter. We created what we thought people might want, but we haven’t had much feedback on what they do want, but I digress.)
I’m sure he’ll get it tweaked out. The “Tennessee River of News” is an interesting concept and useful implementation.
Sounds like it was Bob’s inspiration (who got the “ah ha” from Dave Winer) and Johnny’s coding wizardry. Boom, a news source is born, Web 2.0 style.
Good luck!
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