Friday, April 11, 1214
HIT AND RUN DEATH
A 13-year-old was killed and his mother was injured in a hit-and-run collision yesterday afternoon on I-24 in Smyrna. The suspected driver, identified as 33-year-old Tina L. Wilson, kept driving after hitting the family's vehicle while they were changing a tire. Wilson was found in Davidson County and taken into custody. She faces charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and failure to report a fatal crash, probably more later.
BRINGING SAX-Y BACK
The guitar is #1 on a list of the sexiest instruments, according to a new poll from Vanity Fair. It pulled 26 percent, followed closely by the saxophone at 25 percent. The remainder of the list was made of the piano (21 percent), violin (14 percent), drums (seven percent) and flute (five percent) The flute? Sad news for legendary flautist Ron Burgandy.
MOM GETS 20 YEARS
22-year-old Neena Constanza of Nashville is facing 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated neglect and reckless homicide in the death of her infant daughter, Eloise. Prosecutors said she knew her boyfriend was abusing the child but failed to get her 17-month-old away from the man. Costanza's lawyers said she, too, was a victim of her former boyfriend's abuse.
Nashville Predators announced yesterday that Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton will running a new skating academy at the Ford Ice Center, to be located behind the Global Mall in Antioch. According to the Preds, Hamilton will help develop the curriculum and hire a skating director at the facility.
NEW JOBS IN M'BORO
State officials say medical device company Enovate Medical plans to expand its operations at its U.S. headquarters in Murfreesboro, adding 410 jobs in the next five years. The company said yesterday the expansion in Rutherford County represents an investment of $13.1 million.
STATE BUDGET APPROVED
Legislators have approved Tennessee's $32.4 budget for the year beginning in July. Both Democrats and Republicans in the House presented proposals to give teachers and state employees one-time bonuses and pay increases, but all those amendments failed.
Despite all the gimmicks and apps, Smartphone makers hve yet to come up with a batter that lasts more than a day or two. A startup company from Tel Aviv, StoreDot, has come up with a prototype charger that will do the job in just 30 seconds! The company's working on shrinking the size of the charger, which could cost about $30 when it hits stores. The report says StoreDot will start commercial production in late 2016.
R&R HALL OF FAME
At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night, the four original members of Kiss graciously accepted their award, but also brought up their gripe that the other members from the group's 40-year history who were not inducted by the hall. Bruce Springsteen ushered in his E Street Band, leading them in a gritty take on The River, and inductees Daryl Hall & John Oates, performed funky versions of She's Gone and You Make My Dreams.
Also inducted as non-performers are the late Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and the original manager for the Rolling Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham.
COLBERT GETS GIG
CBS has chosen Stephen Colbert to take over the Late Show when Dave retires next year. Craig Ferguson from the "Late, Late Show," rumoured to have been a contender for the job, didn't seem upset about it last night .