Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 14, 2012

Keeping up with trending 'news'

By Jan Boston Sellers
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — I don’t watch “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” because, quite frankly, it is all I can do to keep up with myself. Secondly, I am not a big fan of reality shows in general. Lastly, I have nothing against Kim Kardashian or any of her sisters. I know they are all pretty and famous as a result of their E! Channel-based television show. However, are they newsworthy? I would have to think not. Imagine my surprise, then, when I saw trending on Yahoo’s news page earlier this week this headline “Kardashian kitten dies.”

Now, don’t misunderstand me. I am a huge cat lover. I have always had a cat. We have a cat now. (Or, maybe a more accurate statement would be she has us.)

Yes, Michael and I were upset when our 15 year old cat, Taj, died several years ago. I remember writing about her illness and subsequent death. However, even though it may have been column fodder for me, and as much as we loved her, it certainly wasn’t news-worthy.

 I had to wonder how this particular story managed to be in the top ten trending stories on the Yahoo page when there is a fiscal cliff looming; fighting in the Middle East; a Navy seal killed in a rescue mission and the nation’s first substantial winter storm out west. Really?

Seriously, if that was posted on her fan page or Facebook page or even the show’s website, it would have been more appropriate but on Yahoo’s top ten trending? I don’t think so!


'Tis the season! Numerous events are happening around the county this weekend as the 2012 Christmas Season is in full swing. As I mentioned last week, one of my very favorite holiday events is Central Baptist Church’s annual Living Christmas Tree. There are four performances this year with the debut show starting tonight at 7 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, a 6 p.m. Sunday night presentation and the closing performance is slated for Monday evening, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

The ninth annual event will feature the Celebration Choir, drama team, iMove, Kids in Music Ministry, hand bells and the full orchestra. The doors open one hour before each performance and no tickets are needed for admission.

Other events happening around the town in the next few days include:

1.  The Children of Crossville Chamber Orchestra also known as COCCO will perform a concert Friday night, Dec. 14, at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. The music will feature the classical and popular movie theme songs. If you need additional information, contact the Palace at 484-6133.

2. Christmas on the Mountain at Cumberland Mountain State Park will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening and last until 9 p.m. This will include a host of activities for people of all ages with hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies being served. This event is free and is designed to collect toys for less fortunate children in the county. If you need additional information please call 484-6138.

3.  The annual Parade of Christmas Trees at the First National Bank of Tennessee are up and on display through Christmas Eve. You can view these gorgeous trees decorated by area agencies during normal bank hours. The bank is located on Highway 127 North near the Crossville Post Office.

4.  Don’t forget the Cumberland County Playhouse has two holiday shows running: the Sanders Family Christmas and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Check with the playhouse for show times and ticket prices. Shows will wrap up next weekend just before Christmas week.

5.  I had planned on promoting the annual Lucas and Friends’ Holiday Show this weekend at the Palace Theatre. However, this annual event is already sold out. Proceeds benefit the Fair Park Senior Citizens Center.

6. The public is invited to a Candlelight Christmas Music Worship Service Sunday night, Dec. 16, at 4:30 at the Crossville First United Methodist Church. The service will include selections by the chancel choir, both hand bell choirs and the children’s choir as well as a special performance by the brass quintet. Additional information may be obtained by calling the church office at 484-3537.