Friday, August 29, 2014

METRO CRACKING DOWN ON TEXTING DRIVERS
Metro Police are taking texting while driving even more seriously with a 138% increase in citations issued this year compared to 2012. The National Highway Safety Administration reports that 10 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. If police issue a citation for texting while driving, it is a Class C misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $50. 

MURFREESBORO COMMUNITY FIGHTS POLICE-FIRE TRAINING FACILITY
Liberty Station and Liberty Valley subdivision residents in Murfreesboro convinced the board of zoning that their neighborhood was not the place for a new police and fire training facility which would have included dog training, a 55 ft. burn tower, and the thing that really had people upset – a firing range with high powered weapons. 

FREE APPS FOR CAR SAFETY RECALLS
One new study found that one out of every six vehicles in Nashville has an open recall, meaning there's been a safety recall issued for that car or truck and the problem hasn't been fixed. Now there are apps that are free that can tell you if you have a vehicle with a safety issue.  Safer Car.gov and My Carfax are both free.

DOLLY'S ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Hasn’t everyone taken the ice bucket challenge for ALS yet?  Well, no one is getting quite the attention as the person Kenny Rogers challenged – or – dared to take the cold splash.  Dolly Parton said yes to the challenge – and it’s all in good fun for a great cause.  No wet t-shirt contest though.  See the video here

BRAIN SURGERY...THROUGH THE NOSE
Brain surgery used to be done only one way, with scars, a shaved head, and long recovery.  But Doctors are doing some surgeries on the brain a new way these days.  Through the nose!  For tumors located at the base of the skull, this totally revolutionizes the treatment, and lessons risk and recovery time.  Read more...

911 CALLS AFFECTED BY CELL PHONES
Williamson County's director of public safety has ordered a change to the cell tower that sent one woman's 911 call to wrong dispatch center, not once but twice.   Delays from transfers are part of the 911 system, a problem in all counties…not just Williamson. Director of Public Safety Bill Jorgenson says, "Over 80% of our calls are coming from cell phones, and the technology has not caught up with that yet.” 

JOAN RIVERS HOSPITALIZED
81 Year old comedienne Joan Rivers is listed in stable but critical condition after she was hospitalized following throat surgery yesterday.   Today she is in a medically induced coma, but resting comfortably.  Her daughter is at her side, asking for continued prayers.

STATE FAIR OPENS NEXT WEEK
108 years ago, the TN State Fair began, and next week Sept 5 – 7, the tradition continues at the TN state Fiargrounds.  The Fairest of the Fair pageant, an apple pie baking contest, The funnel cake 5K and more!  Get ticket info HERE.

LABOR DAY 'NO REFUSAL' FOR DRUNK DRIVERS
TN Hwy Patrol will begin a no refusal campaign starting Midnight tonight thru midnight Labor day.  What that means is IF you are pulled over for suspected drunk driving, you cannot refuse a blood test. Officials said there will also be driver's license, sobriety and seatbelt checkpoints, as well as saturation patrols and tavern checks.  

NEW ORIENTATION TRAINING FOR MTSU STUDENTS
Student orientation at MTSU has long advised students about ways to avoid sexual assault, but this year the school is launching a program that will sponsor training focused on engaging men in the discussion  with issues such as ‘what is consent’ and how to report and respond to reports of sexual assaults.

WORST DRIVERS IN AMERICA
The All-State Safest Driver Results are in for this year, with Boston claiming the worst drivers in the U.S. and Phoenix, AZ with the best. Nashville weighs in at #80 this year…down 29 spots from last year on the safety list. 

THE FARMER'S ALMANAC HAS WINTER PREDICTION
The new Farmer’s Almanac hit the shelves this week, and it warns we are in for another BRUTAL Winter, but meterologists don’t necessarily agree.  But the 200 year old publication points out their years of accuracy…and holds fast to the correct days to plant your pole beans in the spring.
 
HUMMINGBIRD CELEBRATION THIS WEEKEND
Hummingbird fans will want to go to "Celebrate Hummingbirds" from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Warner Park Nature Center "There will be arts and crafts, puppet shows, hummingbird hikes and hummingbird banding all day long. The banding will start at 7:30 a.m. and go on all day,"Banding hummingbirds sounds as hard as putting Barbie shoes on a Barbie – but what a challenge! 

TITAN'S TRAFFIC
The Tennessee Titans conclude their preseason tonight, playing the Vikings. Kickoff at LP Field is scheduled for 7 p.m. Remember, the usual streets and roads will be closed earlier to handle the traffic.

SLEEPY STUDENTS
If you think school starts too early, you aren't the only one. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that lack of sleep in adolescents causes poor academic performance and poses a serious public health concern. Traffic accidents, depression and obesity can result, with schools that start too early contributing to the problem. The report saysthat , with every hour of sleep that is lost increasing the odds of obesity by 80%. To reduce these public health concerns, the academy recommends that schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Only 14% of public high schools currently meet this guideline. www.cnn.com/2014/08/28/health/school-start-times/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

RETIREMENT NOT SO ROSY
The majority of Generation X workers expect a lower standard of living in retirement. A report by Transamerican Center finds that those born between 1965 and 1978 believe they'll need to save a million dollars or more for retirement, but most only have $70,000 in retirement savings for their household. The report by the Transamerica Center finds that 83% of members of Generation X are concerned that Social Security won't be there when they're ready to retire, and about third expect a lower standard of living in retirement.

CHILD PORN ARREST IN RUTHERFORD CO.
A Rutherford County man was arrested after a year-long investigation into the exchange of child porn through a file sharing network. The TBI indicted Andrew Hotte on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor. The investigation, led by the TBI as well as Rutherford County law enforcement agencies, began in 2013.

I'D RATHER GO TO JAIL, YOUR HONOR
An Italian man is behind bars after choosing jail over house arrest to avoid spending time with his wife. According to TheLocal.It, the 37-year-old was three months into his eleven month house arrest sentence for several minor crimes when he asked authorities to lock him up Wednesday. Apparently, the man couldn't take the constant fighting with his wife that he had to endure while locked up at home. He reportedly told police that the situation would end badly if he continued to live with her. Police obliged him and put him behind bars to serve out his sentence.

RAPE INVESTIGATION
Middle Tennessee State University is investigating after a student said she was raped on campus. The unidentified student showed up at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Monday claiming she had been raped. The school was notified by a nurse at the hospital. The university sent an email alerting students of the report.

GOOD NEWS SPRING HILL
GM announced yesterday that the company will be producing the next-generation Cadillac SRX at the plant in Spring Hill. GM is also investing $185 million to make small gas engines at the plant . About 400 former Saturn workers will be called back to work soon to start building new engines and the new Cadillac. The news is good for workers and for small businesses in the area that took a major hit when Saturn was idled five years ago. The plant currently employs more than 2,300 people. Economists said each of those jobs will create another six support jobs.

SO LONG, GREER
It was standing room only last night as fans filled Greer Stadium for the Nashville Sounds' last regular season home game. The Sounds are fighting for first place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern division. The team's new $37 million ballpark near downtown Nashville is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2015 season. It will also feature a guitar scoreboard similar to Greer's. www.wkrn.com/story/26389893/nashville-sounds-hold-final-regular-season-home-game-at-greer