Dear Ken: What has happened to Nashville Channel 4’s morning weatherman Tim Ross? We really miss him.
The certified meteorologist left WSMV earlier this year as the increasing workload finally took its toll. “I was completely burned out, just wore out,” said Ross recently. “I couldn’t keep up with demands they were making on me. It was my decision as I told them, ‘I can’t do what you’re asking me physically or emotionally anymore.’ I hated to leave. Now I’m finding way to make a living and waiting for a good opportunity to come around. I’d love to be a TV reporter for another station.”
Ross is now the official blogger for Nashville.com where he explained more about his situation. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Channel 4. Some days much more than others, of course. I can’t tell you how much I love Holly, Aaron, Jennifer and Tommy (He’s the guy I talked to off camera). All of them, and the crew in the background, are the best in the business! “Why am I no longer an employee at WSMV? That’s a great question. The answer is tougher. With my happy-go-lucky broadcast style, I apparently just didn’t fit in with the direction the new management team intends to take their morning show. They are increasingly moving toward a much more hard news approach. Though I’m heartbroken that I fell out of favor, that sort of decision was (and is) totally their call to make. It’s their company.”
Ross and his wife of 32 years, Sallee, have two sons and a daughter and live in Franklin. If you enjoyed his weather forecasts, you will likely enjoy his blog at www.nashville.com/mrtim.
Dear Ken: What is the latest on John Goodman who played Dan Conners, the dad on the TV series “Roseanne”?
Connors, 57, is making movies and doing lots of voiceover work as animated characters. He has either finished or working on the movies “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “In the Electric Mist,” “Alabama Moon,” “Pope Joan,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Rapunzel” and “Bunyan and Babe.” The St. Louis native has a 19-year-old daughter, was once a bouncer and is a big fan of the Cardinals baseball team.
Dear Ken: Who had the hit song “I Can See Clearly Now”?
That was Johnny Nash, who is now 69. He got his start in a Baptist church choir.
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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."
Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.