Names in the news, Aug. 10

Posted Aug. 09, 2012, at 4:40 p.m.

Country singer Randy Travis was lying in the middle of the road with no car in sight when another driver spotted him and called 911, according to a recording released Thursday. “I just found a guy laying in the road,” the caller said in a recording released by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office. He added later, “I want to say he had no shirt on, but I don’t know.” Officials said Travis was naked and threatened to kill state troopers when he was arrested late Tuesday night. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and retaliation or obstruction, and released Wednesday on $21,500 bond from the jail in Sherman, Texas, about 60 miles north of Dallas. The 911 caller did not identify Travis by name and said he at first thought the body belonged to a deer. “I’m spooked out,” he said. “I don’t see a vehicle, there’s a couple of cones scattered.” It was the second Texas arrest involving alcohol this year for the Grammy-winning singer, who was cited in February for public intoxication. … The Monkees were dealt a blow earlier this year when the band’s lead singer, Davy Jones, died of a heart attack in February. Now the surviving members will reunite for a U.S. tour. The band — Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and historically reclusive member Mike Nesmith — have announced that they will hit the road for an Evening with the Monkees, a 12-date trek this fall. The tour kicks off Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif., and wraps Dec. 2 in New York. The Monkees soared to fame as America’s original boy band after launching their own NBC television show in 1966. At the group’s height, they were able to outsell the Beatles. The performances will mark their first concerts together since 1997 and the first U.S. Monkees tour to feature Nesmith since 1969.

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