USA TODAY: FIRE DAMAGES LORETTA LYNN’S HOME
A small fire brought firefighters to Loretta Lynn’s residence in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on Tuesday morning.
Humphreys County Emergency Managementofficials did not know whether the 81-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer was home when the fire started, but everyone inside the house got out safely.
According to Nashville television station WTVF, the fire took place in the building where Lynn lives, not the antebellum mansion on the same property where she and her husband raised their family. That building has been turned into a tourist attraction.
Another TV station reports that a candle caused a chair to catch on fire, but the flames were extinguished before crews arrived.
Last year, another fire destroyed the cook shack on Lynn’s property.
Last November, Lynn, whose hits include Coal Miner’s Daughter and Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind), received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
LORETTA LYNN PRESENTED PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
November 20, 2013; Written by CMT.com Staff
Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton were among those presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies Wednesday (Nov. 20) in Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama honored 16 recipients, including Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and the late astronaut Sally Ride. Lynn and Cuban-born jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval were the only musical artists to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.
The award is the nation’s highest civilian honor presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Lynn who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988. In presenting her latest accolade, Obama noted her humble beginnings.
“Loretta Lynn was 19 the first time she won big at the local fair,” he said. “Her canned vegetables brought home 17 blue ribbons and made her canner of the year. Now that’s impressive. For a girl from Butcher Holler, Ky., that was fame.
“Fortunately for all of us, she decided to try her hand at things other than canning. Her first guitar cost $17 and with it, this coal miner’s daughter gave voice to a generation, singing what no one wanted to talk about and saying what no one wanted to think about. Now, over 50 years after she cut her first record and canned her first vegetables, Loretta Lynn still reigns as the rule-breaking, record-setting queen of country music.”
LORETTA LYNN BRINGS 50 YEARS OF MUSIC TO PENTICTON
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Penticton was amongst royalty Tuesday as the Queen of Country, Loretta Lynn, worked through five decades of hits.
The honky tonk girl was a long way from her birthplace of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, when she hit the stage in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Tuesday but she looked right at home, greeted by a standing ovation. Lynn brought class with her white ball gown adorned in sparkling rhinestones, a charming wit and a truckload of songs the audience loved.
“This is your show whatever you want to hear holler it out. It doesn’t mean I’m going to sing it, it just gives you a good chance to holler,” said Lynn, bringing a round of laughter from the audience. “We all need something to holler about.”
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