BATTLE OF FRANKLIN
The restoration of a historic battlefield in Franklin is forcing a few businesses to find new homes. Among them, a pizza place and a family owned tortilla business. In 2012 Civil War preservationists raised $1.8 million to buy the Columbia Avenue building in Franklin. Archaeologists recently unearthed new pieces from the Battle of Franklin which was fought in the parking lot of the complex. Preservationists hope to have the new park ready for a 150 year Battle of Franklin celebration in November.
METRO SCHOOLS GET GRANT
Metro Nashville Schools have been awarded a grant worth almost $2.5 million from the Department of Education. Metro Schools plans to use the funds to hire more staff and provide additional training to current employees on student mental health issues.
GO TO COLLEGE
Going to college for free seems to be a hit in Tennessee. Nearly 23,000 students have signed up to participate in Gov. Haslam's program that covers full tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.
It's National Coffee Day and naturally, there are a few companies giving the stuff out for free. Dunkin Donuts is offering free cups of its new dark blend. Krispy Kreme is also giving away free cups of coffee.
Mars Chocolate has announced a voluntary recall of its M&M's Milk Chocolate Theater Box for possibly containing undeclared peanut butter. The peanut butter could cause a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction to some people. The peanut butter ingredient is not listed on the outside cardboard box.
J. LO REAR-ENDED
Jennifer Lopez was out for a ride with Leah Remini, when drunk driver rear-ended their car. The two were out driving with their kids in the back set. The driver sped off, but was caught and arrested for DUI and hit and run. After the accident, J.Lo uploaded a selfie to Instagram, to both assure fans that her lips had remained glossy.
WHO HAS ALL 'DA MONEY?
Bill Gates is still the richest man in America. The Microsoft founder topped the "Forbes 400" list of the wealthiest Americans for the 21st straight year. He's worth a cool 81-billion dollars. www.forbes.com/sites/forbespr/2014/09/29/forbes-announces-its-33rd-annual-forbes-400-ranking-of-the-richest-americans/
The return of Newman!! A New York City postal carrier is accused of failing to deliver more than 40,000 pieces of mail. Joseph Brucato has been charged with hoarded the mail at his home, car and post office locker. Authorities say about 2,500 pounds of U.S. mail postmarked as far back as 2005 was recovered. www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/26/joseph-brucato-mailman-hoards-letters_n_5887996.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news