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A little snow wasn't going to stop crews that fought through the biting wind from putting up the Bash on Broadway stage Saturday.
"In spite of the weather we're a little bit ahead of schedule," said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "The crew has been outstanding this year."
Spyridon said last year downtown hotels sold 21,000 room nights on New Year's Eve, generating between $5 Million and $10 Million dollars into the city.
"It puts people to work," Spyridon said. "It puts parking attendance, wait staff bartenders."
But the bash on Broadway isn't the only big event happening New Year's Eve. An estimated 55,000 football fans are expected to turn out for the Vanderbilt vs. NC State clash in the Music City Bowl right across the river at LP Field.
Saturday afternoon, those fans are already starting to show up downtown.
"We've had people since Thursday swarming in here already so it's boosted us a ton," said Will Swint, who works at Legends Gift Shop on Broadway.
Swint said the big weekend is a much-welcome business boost, because the NHL lockout has made downtown Nashville businesses go without 20 Predators home games set for Bridgestone arena that were never played.
"All the stuff that goes on downtown, is great because it gives us jobs, Swint said. "It's been a little bit of a slower year than normal so it's boosting it up and we all need it down here."
Which is why Spyridon says it's so important the Bash on Broadway keeps those tourism dollars coming.
"This event becomes more important this year to drive the out of town crowd," Spyridon said. "Expect it to be the best and the biggest yet, and then we'll top it next year."
Saturday, December 29 2012, 10:07 PM CST
Ky. veteran killed in Afghanistan blast
May 17, 2013 23:53 GMT
FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky veteran who was working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan has died in an explosion in Kabul that killed at least 15 people including six Americans.
The father of 26-year-old Michael Robert Bradford of Fort Thomas said his son was smart, good in different sports and about to become a father.
Gary "Moose" Bradford, also of Fort Thomas, told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/12i0nVO ) he found about his son's death from Michael Bradford's wife, Sasha, on Thursday afternoon. He said he was in total disbelief.
The couple's first child is due in a few weeks.
Two American soldiers were killed along with four American civilian contractors with DynCorp International, based in Falls Church, Va.
Other survivors include his mother, Linda Bradford of Johnson City, Tenn.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.