MORE NISSAN CARS RECALLED
If you've been waiting to see if your Nissan is involved in all these recalls, here's an update. There are more recalls. This time for problems with airbags on cars and SUVs built between 2001 and 2003, including four Infinity models, the Nissan Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra.
CONGRESS WORKING ON NEW VA REFORM BILL
Congressional negotiators say they're making "significant progress" on a bill to reform the Veterans Affairs Department. The new bill would "make the VA more accountable and would recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals," to help take care of the growing caseload.
FAMILIES HEADING TO DISCOUNT, DEPARTMENT STORES FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Just so you don't walk into a store this week and wonder, 'Why are there so many people here?' This is the final week for parents of Metro kids to shop for back to school....and the tax free weekend starts Friday. So department and discount stores will be busy, as well as clothing stores as parents stock up on supplies and clothes for the kids. Fewer than one in four parents say they've already started shopping, which means they're all under the gun to get in NOW.
RICHARD BRANSON WANTS KIDS' CLASS CABINS ON VIRGIN FLIGHTS
Next time you fly, how would you live to have a flight that's completely kid-free? Richard Branson wants to introduce "Kid's Class" section on airplanes... a separate cabin for kids, with NANNIES to look after them.
STORMS DESTROY E. TENNESSEE HOMES
Those storms that swept through here last night, did some serious damage in East Tennessee, destroying at least ten homes. No reports of injuries so far... and no determination whether it was just high winds or an actual tornado in the Speedwell area. At least 36 counties in east Tennessee had some significant damage.
WOMAN LEAVES KIDS IN CAR AT DICKERSON PIKE WALMART
If you leave your kids or pets in the car, we will tell on you. 49 year-old Veronica Lewis has been charged with felony child neglect for leaving three young children unattended in the car Saturday night.. as she shopped at the Walmart on Dickerson Pike. Someone saw the two 2-year-olds and a four-year-old in the vehicle and called police. Lewis first said she'd only been in the store a few minutes - which is still illegal - but store surveillance shows it was more than 45 minutes. She was taken to jail, the children are okay.
MAN THREATENED TO BLOW UP NASHVILLE RUNWAY
An Antioch man is accused of threatening to blow up a runway at the Nashville International Airport. Police traced the threat calls to Zachary Smith of Antioch, and found multiple calls had also been made from his phone to the Russian Embassy in Washington DC.
BRENTWOOD MEETING ON HILL CENTER
Brentwood's City Commission meets tonight for a final vote on the proposed Hill Center Brentwood, a 600,000-square-foot mixed-use project that'd be build on 32 acres, on the southwest corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Road. The final vote is expected to be FOR the project with little or no opposition.
SUSPECT WEARS CLEAR PLASTIC BAG OVER HEAD AS DISGUISE
Aren't you glad that most criminals are not geniuses? In Illinois, a guy robbed a Circle K. His disguise? A bag over his head. A CLEAR, plastic bag.
MAN CALLS 911 TO TRICK POLICE. DOESN'T WORK
And I'll bet this guy is saying, 'It seemed like a good idea at the time.' But it wasn't. Julius Lupowitz in Florida got pulled over by police, and thought he'd come up with a genius idea to get out of a speeding ticket. While the officer was checking for warrants, Julius called 9-1-1 and said there'd been a murder. He hoped the officer would speed off to check it out, instead, 9-1-1 traced the call back to Julius' phone, and now he faces felony charges. The officer said he had been planning to let Julius off with just a warning.
UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL ISSUES CALL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID
The United Nations Security Council is issuing a call for an "immediate and unconditional" humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.... to allow the delivery of "urgently needed assistance."
NASHVILLE DANCE TEAM INJURED IN COFFEE COUNTY CRASH
If your kids are going on a road trip with ANY team, have you checked the tires on the vehicle they'll be using? There's been another crash involving a blown tire, and lots of kids injured. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says tires shouldn't just "blow" unless they're defective or worn, or hit something.
Members of the Nashville dance team injured in an accident in Coffee County are leaving the hospital. Their van was on I-24 between Manchester and Monteagle on Saturday when a tire blew, the driver lost control and crashed. All eleven people on board were injured and taken to three different hospitals. At least five of them have been released.
UNLOCKING PHONES TO BE LEGAL
The rules on unlocking your phone are changing again... as the President is set to sign legislation that would make it legal for you to unlock your phone, meaning you could use your iPhone with any carrier. The White House had received more than 114,000 petitions seeking legalized unlocking.. The carrier COULD still ban unlocking within your contract period.
NURSE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING SAVED BY FLIP FLOPS
A nurse who was struck by lightning recently has her flip flop shoes to thank that she survived. She says the lightning hit the satellite dish, set the house on fire, and blew out switches from the walls. There were sparks of electricity in the air, but even with all that, she's okay. Firefighters told her that her rubber flip flops kept her insulated, and kept the electricity from passing straight through her body.
SALES TAX HOLIDAY STARTS FRIDAY
If you have back-to-school shopping to do, you'll save some money by waiting until this weekend. Tennessee's Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Clothing and school supplies are tax free as long as each item is 100 dollars or less. Computers are also tax free if they cost 15-hundred dollars or less.
WOMAN CLAIMS WALMART'S ICE CREAM SANDWICHES DON'T MELT
Walmart's store-brand ice cream sandwiches don't even melt in the sun, according to a report from WCPO Cincinnati.
The discovery was made by a local mom, Christie Watson, who noticed that a Great Value ice cream sandwich her son left out on their patio table hadn't fully melted -- even though it had been sitting out for 12 hours on an 80-degree day. Watson left a second ice cream sandwich out overnight with the same results, WCPO reports.
"What am I feeding to my children?" she asked, appalled.
"Ice cream melts based on the ingredients, including cream," Walmart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt said in an email. "Ice cream with more cream will generally melt at a slower rate, which is the case with our Great Value ice cream sandwiches."
But as Business Insider reports, the product also contains a number of additives:
According to Wal-Mart's website, the ice cream sandwiches contain milk, cream, buttermilk, sugar, whey, and corn syrup.
It also contains "1 percent or less of mono-and diglycerides, vanilla extract, guar gum, calcium sulfate, carob bean gum, cellulose gum, carrageenan, artificial flavor, and annatto for color."
WCPO conducted an experiment of their own, leaving out a third Walmart sandwich alongside a Klondike bar and a pint of Haagen Dazs ice cream. The Haagen Dazs ice cream -- which contains only cream, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla, and no gums -- melted fastest. The Klondike bar melted, too.
"The Walmart sandwich, though it melted a bit, remained the most solid in appearance, and still looked like a sandwich," the station reported.