5 Things You Need to Know Friday


Tennessee looks to recover after devastating wildfires
Tennessee towns are continuing the recovery process Friday after scorching wildfires roared through eastern parts of the state this week near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, leaving at least 11 people dead and many more residents displaced. U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander plan to tour the affected areas Friday as local officials discuss possibly re-opening the town of Gatlinburg, the area hit hardest. Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, also plans to open back up Friday. About 200 firefighters were still on the ground Thursday working to quell the flames after a 24-hour rain downpour aided their efforts.


Michigan recount on hold after Trump campaign objection
After President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign team filed an objection, a recount of the nearly 4.8 million votes cast in Michigan for president has been halted until the state Board of Canvassers rules on the issue. The board will meet to begin discussing the recount, which was scheduled to begin Friday. Once a ruling is made, the recount cannot begin for another two business days. Trump’s campaign called the recount request, filed by Green party candidate Jill Stein, “lawless” and “insulting.” Wisconsin began its own recount Thursday following a request from Stein as well.
One year after San Bernardino, investigators still searching for answers
On Friday last year, a shooting rampage in San Bernardino, Calif., left 14 people dead and 22 more injured during a holiday party at a center for people with development disabilities. One year later, authorities still have little information about the motive behind the attacks from Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27.  Though authorities believe the couple was radicalized by the Islamic State, investigators still don't know exactly why the Redlands, Calif., couple committed the attack at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2.


Rolling Stones come full circle with 'Blue & Lonesome'
Before the Rolling Stones were rock icons and sex symbols, they were a blues cover band (their name comes from the Muddy Waters song Rollin' Stone.) But with the group's first studio album in 11 years, Blue & Lonesome (*** out of four, out Friday), the blues isn't just the subtext in their songs. Instead of offering up original music, which they still promise to be working on, Mick Jagger and Co. blast through 12 blues songs from the likes of Waters, Willie Dixon and other artists whose songs the band cut their teeth on more than 50 years ago. USA TODAY's Maeve McDermott says Blue & Lonesome is "a high-water mark in the Stones' later era."



New Jackie Kennedy biopic hits theaters
After a divisive election season, Americans can take a look back at one of its most unifying national figures ­— Jackie Kennedy — in a new biopic hitting theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles. Natalie Portman takes on the role of the famous first lady in Jackie directed by Pablo Larraín. Throughout the film, Portman brings to life key moments in Kennedy’s life from her televised tour of the White House to her first interviews after her husband’s death. The film has already received positive reviews, and USA TODAY’s movie critic Brian Truitt praised Portman’s performance, calling it “a tour-de-force showing that many of her best moments are silent performances.”