2 METRO ANIMAL CONTROL OFFERS PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER RAID
Two Metro Animal Care and Control officers have been placed on leave in connection with the dog fighting operation discovered earlier this week in north Nashville. Apparently they didn't properly document previous reports of neglect and dogfighting at the location where the 38 dogs were found, so now there's an investigation underway. Meanwhile, Metro Animal Control has the rescued dogs, and Nashville Humane Association has taken some of Animal Control's dogs and cats to make room for the rescues, so they're both pretty overwhelmed, and could use donations and volunteer time.
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NAVY REASSIGNS FORMER BLUE ANGELS COMMANDER
The Navy has reassigned a former commander of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team over allegations of sexual harassment. We might not have known about it but The Washington Post says someone 'inadvertently' emailed a copy of an internal military document to them about it. Thge Navy says it's investigating.
TITANS RELEASE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
The Tennessee Titans have released their 2014 game schedule. They'll open regular season play on the road September 7th against Kansas City and the first Titans home game will be September 14th against Dallas.
SOUTH KOREAN STUDENTS BACK IN CLASS TODAY AFTER FERRY ACCIDENT
Today will probably be a tough one for students at a high school on the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea. They're back in class today after the ferry boat accident that killed many of their classmates. Before class, the kids filed past photos of the nearly 250 students who are known or thought to have died when the ferry sank.
WOMAN SELLS HEROIN FROM HER HOSPITAL BED
What do you do when your drug dealer goes to the hospital? You go to the hospital room to get your dope. In Greensburg, Pennsylvania, after 38-year-old Lori Sullenberger was taken to the hospital for an unspecified complaint, she started getting visitors. A LOT of visitors, who'd come and go, in short, little visits. Hospital security got suspicious, and found Lori propped up there in the hospital bed, selling heroin. She, and a couple of her customers, were arrested.
FDA TO REGULATE ECIGS
The Food and Drug Administration is moving to regulate e-cigarettes. Among the rules the FDA will propose today is one to immediately make e-cigarettes off-limits to anyone younger than 18. Public health experts and the FDA say manufacturers increasingly aim e-cigarette advertising at kids, with flavors including strawberry and thin mint.
ANOTHER STORAGE UNIT DRUG BUST
This'll make you wonder what's in those storage units you drive by every day. There was a drug bust earlier this week, where Metro Nashville cops found a large amount of marijuana stashed in a storage unit, and then yesterday in Madison, police found a 56 pound compressed brick of marijuana in a storage unit, and arrested the two guys who allegedly put it there. The guys are facing drug charges, and an additional charge because they had the pot in drug free school zone.
DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FINALLY CLEARS WAY FOR WORLD WAR II VET TO RECEIVE BENEFITS
This is a sad example of what some veterans go through after their service. A Tennessee World War II veteran was told by the Department of Veterans Affairs, earlier this year that, yes, after a twenty year battle, the 88 year old who was injured in the Battle of Iwo Jima, could collect disability. BUT. The VA then said he was not competent to manage his own affairs and would have to wait till he could be assigned a case manager, who would also receive part of his payments for overseeing them. Finally, after fighting the VA some more, and producing a doctor's statement of competency, former Marine Millard Sells of Byrdstown, Tennessee will get his disability pay and back pay to 2005. Thank you, Mr. Sells, for your service.
RUTHERFORD COUNTY KIDS IN TROUBLE OVER GUM
A fight over a piece of CHEWING gum has two Giles County middle School students facing some serious consequences. The two boys are apparently football teammates at Richland school in Lynnville, about 70 miles south of Nashville. School officials say one of the teens asked the other for a piece of gum, and when he was refused, there was an argument, one punched the other in face, breaking the kids' jaw in two places. Now one student is facing criminal charges and is suspended from school, the other eighth grader will have surgery today to repair his jaw. Over a PIECE OF GUM.
CHANGES AT COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON THIS YEAR
If you're going to the Country Music Marathon this weekend, remember there are changes this year that'll affect you. Metro police have banned bags near the start and finish lines at this year's run. The change is for spectators, as well as runners in the marathon and half marathon, and the so-called "No Bag Zone" runs along Broadway from 1st to 12th Avenue, on Demonbreun from 1st to 8th, and around Music City Center.
Other security measures include:
1. Spectators are not allowed to view race on a one-block section of 6th Avenue that runs under the Music City Center
2. People parking near the start line in the Music City Center parking garage and Pinnacle Building garage must be parked before 6 am
3. Lower Broadway will close to traffic at 3 am Saturday morning
4. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed beginning at 12 am Saturday morning
5. Bags and coolers are allowed on other areas of the course, but spectators are urged to keep those items with them at all times
This year's Country Music Marathon begins on lower Broadway and ends at LP Field. The race begins at 7 a.m. Saturday.
In addition to security changes, this year's marathon will begin on Lower Broadway instead of its usual start on West End.
The expo, which is held Thursday and Friday, will be held at the new Music City Center.
For more information on the Country Music Marathon, visit their Web site.
MAJORITY READ BOOKS ON EREADERS
Do you read books? Hardcopy or on an e-reader. 54 percent of adults surveyed say they read on an electronic reader, tablet or their phone. And those who DO read ebooks, tend to read about 20 books more a year than those who read hardcopy books.
MY LAND FOR YOUR KIDNEY
What an AMAZING story this is: Rob Robinson is on a hunting vacation... and knocks on this farmer's door in Kansas, and asks permission to hunt. The generous farmer says, sure. Rob goes back next year, asks again, and the two guys start talking. The farmer confessed to Rob that he was ill. Needed a kidney transplant. So, Rob gets home and got tested, and found he was a MATCH for the farm owner... Gil Alexander. He called Gil, told him he wanted to offer him a kidney. The farm owner says he hung up and started crying. Now, afterward, the transplant was successful, the two are friends, and they've founded an outdoor nonprofit to bring vets, kids and others to the farm in KANSAS for nature and hunting trips.
YUCK! DOCTOR USING 'UNORTHODOX' CLEANING METHODS, SUSPENDED
'The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine is indefinitely suspending a doctor's license to practice over some unorthodox cleaning methods. Officials announced on Wednesday that the physician in question had admitted to using Lysol floor cleaner and spray to disinfect medical equipment, and then reusing the instruments on different patients.
THINGS GOING ON THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT
This is a Flea Market weekend, the Baby Fair is Saturday, County Music Marathon is this weekend, Watertown's Mile-Long yard sale is this weekend.
NEXT WEEKEND: The Renaissance Festival starts, Mix 92-9's Kidsville opens at Centennial Park, with kids' activities, face painting, games and live music.
TICKETS to this summer's Paul McCartney Concert go on sale tomorrow (Friday), but you get one more chance to win them FREE, first, tomorrow (Friday) at gametime, 7:43, here on Mix 92.9.