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  • Apr 6, 1996
    In The Tennessean, Shania Twain refutes a Canadian story questioning her Native American ancestry: "Being raised by a full-blooded Indian and being a part of his family and their culture from such a young age is all I've ever known"
    May 1, 1996
    The Tennessean reports Faith Hill has ended her engagement to record producer Scott Hendricks, the head of Capitol Records' Nashville division
    May 7, 1996
    When Nashville's election ballot includes a referendum on bringing the NFL's Houston Oilers to Tennessee, Chet Atkins votes "no." "It seems like somebody gets hurt every play," he tells The Tennessean. "I don't like that"
    May 13, 1996
    The Tennessean reports Lorrie Morgan's relationship with senator Fred Thompson has come to an end
    Jun 5, 1996
    The Tennessean reports "Crook & Chase" co-host Lorianne Crook has had a hysterectomy, forcing the syndicated talk show to air in re-runs
    Jun 19, 1996
    The Tennessean reports Gary Smith has filed for divorce in Williamson Country from The Forester Sisters' Christy Forester
    Jul 30, 1996
    The Tennessean reports Little Jimmy Dickens is under doctors' orders to rest his throat for at least two months, keeping him from performing on the Grand Ole Opry
    Oct 1, 1996
    Reba McEntire's haircut makes the front page of The Tennessean. Her bountiful locks had become a trademark, and the new, shorter 'do will make its national debut during the Country Music Association awards
    Jan 1, 1997
    The Tennessean laughs at country's "hat acts." The paper runs photos of eight young male singers, all with black hats: Paul Brandt, David Kersh, Rick Trevino, Rhett Akins, Trace Adkins, Wade Hayes, Tracy Byrd and Clay Walker
    Apr 13, 1997
    Following a rash of fast-food murders in Nashville, Hank Williams Jr. has a letter to the editor printed in The Tennessean, favoring the death penalty: "If there has ever been a reason for the state of Tennessee to start executing people--now is the time"

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