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Washington-bred country star Mary Chapin Carpenter recently bought a house in Chevy Chase NW. But unless she gets a satellite dish, the Grammy winner won’t be able to watch her own videos on The Nashville Network (TNN). D.C.’s country music fans have had to do without TNN since last June, when District Cablevision yanked the network without notice. But a citizens’ group, the Committee to Return TNN to District Cablevision (CRTNNDC), has formed in defense of the only cable channel that broadcasts Hee Haw. CRTNNDC (whose three members include a librarian and Marty Robbins biographer, a pedal-steel guitar player, and a legal secretary) claim the group represents more than 17,000 angry subscribers who want their TNN. The group recently pleaded its case before the D.C. Council, which ordered the Office of Cable Television (OCT) to take specific action. Yet an OCT spokesperson contacted last week says she hasn’t heard of CRTNNDC or any effort to restore TNN. Meanwhile, Washington—which launched the careers of country legends like Patsy Cline and Jimmy Dean—continues to forsake its roots while the rest of the nation step-dances into the 21st century.