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Fans have been waiting a long time to see the preds players back on the ice at bridgestone Arena and before the season opener the Preds organization thanked their loyal fans for waiting out a stressful NHL lockout with a Music City style celebration.
The band is back and so was gnash for the first Preds plaza party of the season.
"We're having a great time right now," said Joe Wackowski, Predators fan. "I wouldn't miss it for the world."
The fans that showed up early to celebrate the Nashville Predators season opener also got to shake hands with head coach Barry Trotz and take pictures with their favorite players.
"It's nice," Wackowski said. "Shea Weber took a nice picture with me. It was nice to see the captain out."
It was the least the organization could do to thank the fans that stuck by the team through the stressful NHL lockout that cost the team and its loyal fans about half the season.
Of course some fans, like Kenneth Karpel are more dedicated than others.
"We're fourth-year season ticket holders," Karpel said. "We love hockey, we live two hours away in Hohenwald and we make a four hour trip every home game."
This season, Karpel has a lot less trips to make, but every single one of them is a blast at Bridgestone.
"We just absolutely love hockey and we love Smashville," Karpel said.
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TBI: Women more likely family violence victims
June 20, 2013 08:10 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new study of domestic violence in Tennessee last year found women were nearly two times more likely to be victimized than men and children were the victims in 16 percent of all family violence cases.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put out a report this week analyzing crime statistics from law enforcement agencies across the state. Their findings show that nearly 15 percent of all crimes reported were domestic in nature.
The study looked at the relationships between victims and offenders as well as the influence of drugs and alcohol on family violence. The study found that more than 17 percent of family violence involves drugs or alcohol, with alcohol being the most common.
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