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Florida school district: Students must have permission to kneel during national anthem

Orange County school district officials in Florida said students must have parents’ permission to kneel during the national anthem at sporting events, WFTV reported.

The issue has been making national headlines since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of social injustice.

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Some athletes are starting to follow national players’ lead on the issue, although none did at a football game  Thursday night in Orlando between Evans and Jones high schools.

Several school districts said it has not happened in central Florida, but a southwest Florida school district said students needed written permission to kneel.

Orange County Public Schools officials said it has interpreted state law to treat the national anthem like the Pledge of Allegiance.

District officials said they like the policy on the Pledge of Allegiance, students may kneel if they have permission in the form of a letter from a parent.

“I have to stay neutral, but whatever they do, I’m going to support them. That’s really between that individual and their family,” Jones High School football coach Elijah Williams said.

A school district spokesman said that if any of the students had kneeled, they would not have gotten in trouble.

Orange County Public Schools said its legal team is still reviewing state law.

Florida statute mentions students should stand for the national anthem, but only mentioned students being excused by a written letter for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Big names in country to headline next summer's Country Concert


What: Country Concert 17

Where: 7103 State Route 66, Fort Loramie

When: July 6-8.

Cost: $85-$545

More info: Website or Facebook

The summer of 2016 may not be quite over just yet, but the organizers for Country Concert 17 are already working on next summer’s big three-day event in Fort Loramie.

Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Jake Owen have signed on as next year’s major acts, July 6-8. Tickets and camping spaces will go on sale Nov. 1. Presale tickets will be available through the individual artists’ respective fan clubs beginning Oct. 24.

>>>RELATED: Awesome Instagram shots from #CountryConcert16

Shelton, the five-time Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year — and cohost of The Voice— will perform Thursday, July 6, at 10 p.m.

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Old Dominion, who were recently named the New Vocal Duo of the Year by the Academy of Country Music Awards, will play Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m., with Jake Owen, of “American Country Love Song” fame, closing out that same night at 10 p.m.

>>>RELATED: Brace yourself: Country Concert 16 is here

The reigning Academy of Country Music Vocal Duo of the Year, Florida Georgia Line, will close out the big bash on Saturday, July 8, at 10 p.m.

Win a VIP Experience to Country Bands Together

K99.1FM and Miami Valley Gaming are partnering up for an exclusive Country Bands Together ticket giveaway. On the 7th of the month from 6-8pm  K99.1FM will be  giving away a pair of 7th row tickets, meet and greet passes with all the artists, and a hotel stay at the Courtyard Marriott the night of the concert!

Dates: Monday, November 7th, and Wednesday, December 7thTime: 6-8PM

Where: Miami Valley Gaming (Off I-75 at Exit 29)

Must be 21+ to win! 

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Beyoncé helps organize surprise proposal, stops concert during 'Single Ladies'

One of Beyoncé's most well-known lyrics might be: "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it."

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The 35-year-old singer stopped her concert in St. Louis on Saturday during the popular song "Single Ladies" to allow a concertgoer to do just that -- put a ring on it.

"I think (there's) somebody I need to bring on the stage," Beyoncé said during the song, prompting unsuspecting fans to scream in the hopes that they'd be chosen to join her.

"Is it you?" she teased, pointing to one audience member. "Is it you?" she asked, pointing to another. 

Before long, a man joined Beyonce and her two dancers onstage, and she handed him the microphone.

The man, John Silver, walked toward Ashley Everett, Beyoncé's lead dancer and dance captain, and embraced her.

"I feel like it's only right to come out here in front of my hometown and show you guys what the epitome of a young woman looks like," Silver told the crowd. "I know that you think don't I express my love to you in front of everybody, so I feel like what better time than now to do it in front of (a crowd of people)? ... Will you marry me?"

The couple embraced before being congratulated by Beyoncé.

A photo posted by Ashley Everett (@ashleycmeverett) on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:04am PDT

"Let's see if you can do the choreography after that," she said.

Everett, who took a few moments to collect herself, got back into formation and finished the choreography to "Single Ladies," flashing her new ring while doing the movements.

According to her website, Everett, who dropped out of Julliard to dance on tour with Beyoncé, has danced with the singer for the last 8 years and has also shared the stage with Robin Thicke, Usher, Ciara, Ne-Yo, LaToya Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Tina Turner. 

In honor of this years #VMAs another throwback from #2013 #blurredlines with @robinthicke @pharrell & who can forget @mileycyrus in this performance A photo posted by Ashley Everett (@ashleycmeverett) on Aug 28, 2016 at 8:59am PDT <script async defer src="//"></script>

Parmalee for Free at Miami Valley Gaming

 K99.1FM and Miami Valley Gaming are proud to present PARMALEE for FREE on Tuesday, September 20th in The Grandstands at MVG (Just off I-75 at Exit 29). This is an all ages FREE show- all you have to do is show up! Doors open at 6:30pm and the show will start around 7:30pm.

More about Parmalee:

From this tiny town that’s home to a gas station, two blinking yellow lights, and a small tin- roofed barn dubbed Studio B, country rockers Parmalee launched their long journey to Nashville. The near-fatal robbery Parmalee experienced after a show would have destroyed most bands. But brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and longtime friend Josh McSwain didn’t call it quits. Instead it reinforced their intense motivation and dedication to one another and to their determination to succeed.   Each obstacle that delayed Parmalee’s arrival to Nashville was an extra mile that allowed the groundbreaking sounds of artists like Jason Aldean and Eric Church to pave the way for the worlds of country radio and Parmalee’s brand of country music to meet at the perfect crossroad.  Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play.

As 'Sully' premieres, passengers of Flight 1549 remain grateful

The movie "Sully" premieres in theaters nationwide Friday night, and the heroic emergency landing has special meaning for Charlotte.

Many of those on board during the "miracle on the Hudson" were headed home to Charlotte that day eight years ago when 155 passengers stood ankle deep in freezing water, perched on the wings of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 as it floated in the Hudson River.

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"I get chills every time I watch this," passenger Vicki Barnhardt said as she watched the movie trailer.

Barnhardt said she's not really sure she even wants to see the movie, because she's not sure how she'll react.

"I was thinking I was going to die and I'd never see my children," Barnhardt said. "You know, those are the things that certainly bring back emotions, which I suspect may happen, or those thoughts and feelings will come back as I watch the movie."

The movie, which stars Tom Hanks, focuses on the pilot, Chesley  "Sully" Sullenberger, who managed to land Flight 1549 safely on the Hudson after bird strikes took out both engines seconds after takeoff.

Passenger Ben Bostic said he can't help but remember the uncertainty he felt that day.

"There was a lot of stuff running through my mind," Bostic said. "That was the most terrifying part of the ordeal. Like, not knowing."

For Bostic, and many others on the plane, the years after "the miracle on the Hudson" have been marked by deep gratitude for second chances at life.

Jim Whitaker is a Charlotte architect who boarded Flight 1549 as a last-minute standby passenger. 

"You realize how thankful you are that, 'Well, I'm alive. My family's still here. I still have my faith,'" Whitaker said.

Whitaker's story includes more than his own survival. Just before impact he clutched to his chest the infant son of the panicked woman sitting next to him.

"Of all the people on that plane, the smallest, most defenseless, the one that needed the most help was the little bitty baby sitting next to me," Whitaker said.

Flight 1549 has left its passengers feeling both blessed and, like the plane itself, scarred, but also changed.

"I take more risks now, I think," Bostic said. "I'm more open to doing a lot of things because you never know how long I've got to be here."

As for Sully, the passengers agreed without hesitation that his actions were heroic and that he, not they, deserves the spotlight of a Hollywood movie.

Flight 1549's lasting legacy may rest most profoundly in the hearts of its survivors.

 "No matter what happens, whether it's this event or anything else, I don't want something to stop me from living the life that I'm meant to live," Barnhardt said.

K99.1FM Country Bands Together 

 McAfee Heating and Air and Joseph Airport Toyota and Hyundai are proud to present K99.1FM's Country Bands Together Concert benefiting Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, December 10th at Wright State Nutter Center starting at 7pm.

Live on the DayMet Credit Union Stage: 

The Band Perry

Frankie Ballard

A Thousand Horses 

Tickets on sale now starting at just $25! 

Ticket Prices: $25.00-$75.00 *Ticket prices are subject to applicable Ticketmaster and Facility fees*

How to purchase tickets:   

Online: Purchase tickets online from Ticketmaster.

In Person: Tickets may be purchased in person at the Wright State Nutter Center Box Office or any Ticketmaster Retail Outlet

By Telephone: Tickets may be charge by phone through Ticketmaster's National Toll-Free Sales Number (800)745-3000, TDD: (800)943-4327. Ticketmaster phone lines are open Monday Through Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 8pm, and Sunday 9am to 6pm

How to win tickets:

  • Miami Valley Gaming Luck 7's Giveaway: Want to win 7th Row tickets, meet and greet passes, AND hotel accommodations for the big show?! Join us at Miami Valley Gaming on the 7th of each month for the Lucky 7's promotion! Click here to get all the details.
  • DayMet Credit Union Ticket Stops: The K99.1FM will be giving away tickets to Country Bands Together at DayMet Credit Union. Click here to get all the details. 

The Band Perry: Grammy®Award winning superstar sibling trio The Band Perry are an unstoppable presence in music. On their 2010 self-titled debut, they delivered five hit singles: the sextuple-platinum chart-topper "If I Die Young", "You Lie" and "All Your Life" (a #1 single), "Hip to My Heart," and the gold-certified "Postcard from Paris." For their gold-certified 2013 follow-up "Pioneer," The Band Perry offered up the platinum-selling #1 singles "Better Dig Two" and "DONE.", "Don't Let Me Be Lonely", and "Chainsaw." Their single “Live Forever” is the official song of Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Frankie Ballard: The best music is about connection, that place where words and music allow an artist's reality to fire real emotion in listeners. And it's just that connection that has been at the heart of Frankie Ballard's rise as an artist. Don't miss him perform all his hits "Helluva Life" , "Sunshine & Whiskey", "Young & Crazy", and "It All Started with a Beer" live at Country Bands Together!

A Thousand Horses: ATH is a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, wrapped up in a modern-country context.

K99.1FM's Country Bands Together Concert is Back

McAfee Heating and Air and Joseph Airport Toyota and Hyundai are proud to present K99.1FM's Country Bands Together Concert benefiting Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, December 10th at Wright State Nutter Center. 

Live on the DayMet Credit Union Stage:

The Band Perry

Frankie Ballard

A Thousand Horses

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 9th at 10 a.m. starting at only $25! Want to buy tickets before anyone else? Download the K99.1FM App for your chance to purchase your tickets on Thursday,  September 8th at 10 a.m. - one day before they go one sale to the public!

Country Bands Together

Presale Opportunity: Want to buy tickets before they go on sale ? Starting Thursday, September 8th at 10 a.m. Use the offer code "K99ONLINE" when purchasing tickets at, and you can get tickets before anyone else. Click Here for Ticketmaster.

Concert Information: 

McAfee Heating and Air and Joseph Airport Toyota and Hyundai are proud to present K99.1FM's Country Bands Together Concert benefiting Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, December 10th at Wright State Nutter Center at 7pm.  

Live on the DayMet Credit Union Stage: 

The Band Perry 

Frankie Ballard 

A Thousand Horses 

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