NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Hank Williams' long-lost daughter is delighted the U.S. Supreme Court thinks she should have the chance to fight in court for royalties from some of her late father's country music hits.

The high court, without comment, on Monday let stand a federal appeals court ruling that Cathy Yvonne Stone, 37, is entitled to have her legal fight put before a jury.

''I feel wonderful,'' Ms. Stone said in a telephone interview from her Washington home. ''There's just not words. You really can't express it.''

The court also rejected an appeal by country singer Hank Williams Jr. that sought to reverse an Alabama Supreme Court ruling declaring Ms. Stone a legal heir to the elder Williams.

''I feel it's as big a victory for my father Hank Williams, as myself,'' she said. ''This is what should have been done in the beginning.''

Named as defendants in Ms. Stone's royalties suit are the younger Williams and other copyright owners.

Ms. Stone was born in Alabama in 1953, five days after Williams died at age 29. Her mother, Bobbie Jett, and Williams had signed an agreement months earlier in which he acknowledged he might be the father.

Years went by without her knowing her lineage, but ultimately she found out. Soon after marrying attorney Keith Adkinson in 1985, she filed federal and state court lawsuits seeking a share of Williams' songwriting royalties.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former racing champ and auto designer Carroll Shelby was in fine tune Monday, less than two week after a pit stop for a heart transplant, a hospital spokesman said.

''He's great,'' said Ron Wise, spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. ''He is making an outstanding recovery from his heart transplant, or as I refer to it, his new engine.

''We've changed Carroll Shelby's engine and he's very happy with it.''

Shelby, who had been suffering from congestive heart failure for about a year, got the transplanted heart June 8. Wise said he could be released next week.

Shelby, 67, lives on his ranch in Pittsburg, Texas, about 120 miles northeast of Dallas. He was a three-time U.S. Sports Car Driver of the Year and designed of the famed Cobra muscle car.

The American-built Cobras, the first affordable performance cars at $6,000, led to the first and only U.S. victories at LeMans in the mid-1960s.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The crowd of 100,000 people who jammed into the Riverbend Festival had to pay to see Bill Cosby, but police Sgt. Brian Bergenback got paid for his time with the down-to-earth TV comedian.

Cosby took a limousine to the show Friday night, but told Bergenback he wanted to ride in a patrol car on the trip back to the Chattanooga airport.

''I thought he was kidding, but when he got back from performing, he got in the car and said, 'Let's go,' '' Bergenback said.

To avoid festival traffic and give Cosby some sightseeing, Bergenback drove up Corridor J, a new highway that the comedian called the last road in the United States without billboards.

''He also talked about how he thought Chattanooga was growing,'' Bergenback said. ''He said you can always tell how big a city is by how many car dealerships you have in one place.''

Bergenback said he and Cosby discussed ''normal things'' during the celebrity delivery.

''And he talked about the last time he rode in a police car,'' the sergeant said. ''He said they caught a speeder doing 82. Evidently he's done this before.''


NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - The bygone days of sock hops and greasy kid stuff returned at a weekend nostalgia concert by Chubby Checker and Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Checker got the crowd swiveling with the invitation, ''Come on baby, let's do the twist.'' A crowd of more than 4,000 joined in at the Nebraskaland Days show on Saturday.

Checker was just 17 when he recorded the song that started a national dance craze in the 1960s. The singer, wearing red-and-black checkerboard shoes, told the audience he was unhurt in a concert tour bus accident in Oklahoma last week.

''The bus is totaled but we're still alive, thank God,'' he said.

Revere and the Raiders wore tight white pants, knee-high silver boots and Colonial-style jackets. Revere wore his traditional three-cornered cap.

Revere showed off a keyboard built into the grill of a Ford Mustang with renditions of ''Indian Nation,'' ''Shake It Up'' and ''Louie Louie,'' one of the most covered songs of the era.

''I'm here to tell you we recorded it first,'' Revere said of the song made famous by the Kingsmen, ''and I'm going to live long enough to play it last.''