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"It's been a hard decision for me to make, but as far as the touring goes, I've decided I'm not going to tour anymore after these next 2 years," says Strait.
The King of Country has decided to end his touring career, but wants to make one thing clear: He is NOT retiring. He says that he always thought that when he turned 60 it would be a good idea to slow down, so he is. The tour will be named "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour", after one of his hit songs. He says the title speaks for itself, and as for the show, he didn't give away too many details, but Martina McBride joined him at the announcement. She will join him in Houston for 20 stops. Strait says he will also be writing and recording, and just because he's not going to be touring, doesn't mean you won't see him performing LIVE.
"I'm not saying after the last tour that will be the last time I sing on stage with the band," says Strait. "I hope I have a lot of those left in me, but as far as a structured tour goes, after the last date in 2014, that is it for the touring."
The first leg of the tour will kick off January 18 in Lubbock, Texas and end June 1 in San Antonio. Dates for 2014 will be announced at a later date.
Thursday, September 27 2012, 04:23 AM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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