Friday, May 11, 2012
CHURCH HOLDS SERVICE FOR LOCAL TEEN HURT IN GOLF CART CRASH
Nearly 200 people gathered at a Church in Green Hills last night to pray for a 15-year-old Franklin High School student injured in a golf cart crash Wednesday night. Brennan Roach was riding in the vehicle along with THREE other teenagers when a tire blew and they crashed. One kid was killed, two have been treated and released, and Brennan is still in the hospital. Williamson County School school officials have suspended end of course exams till next week.
REPORT: SCHOOL CRIME DOWN 5-PERCENT
A new Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report shows the number of crimes reproted at schools is down more than 5 percent from 2010 to last year.
NON-PROFIT HANDS ON NASHVILLE LAUNCHES URBAN FARM
Nashville non-profit Hands On Nashville has bought some land that had been damaged in the 2010 flood, and they're turning it into an urban farm. They'll have a summer camp type setup, where teenagers grow and harvest the food. It'll then go to other local non-profits.
MEAT INDUSTRY DEFENDS INGREDIENT CALLED 'MEAT GLUE'
The U.S. meat industry is defending itself against critics of an additive sometimes called "meat glue." The industry says the enzymes are safe, natural and not being used to mislead consumers. The enzymes are used to make consistently sized, uniformly shaped larger steaks from smaller cuts of beef and pork. Most of them are sold to the food service industry.
REESE WITHERSPOON'S MOM GETS RESTRAINING ORDER IN MARRIAGE DEBACLE
A Davidson County judge has granted a restraining order to the mother of actress Reese Witherspoon. The order is against the woman claiming to be her husband's wife. Betty Witherspoon says Patricia Taylor can't be married to Dr. John Witherspoon, because he's still not divorced from her. The order prohibits Taylor from using the last name Witherspoon or calling herself Witherspoon's wife.
NASHVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES MAYOR'S TAX INCREASE
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has weighed in ... in FAVOR of Mayor Karl Dean's property tax hike proposal. They say the increase fits with the CITY'S goal for economic vitality... by providing the budget we need to continue growing.
ZOOEY DESCHANEL, LORETTA LYNN ANNOUNCE BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF 'COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER'
Loretta Lynn fans got a surprise during her recent performance at the Ryman. Miss Loretta called actress Zoey Deschanel to the stage and announced that Zoey will be playing Lynn on Broadway, in the musical version of "Coal Miner's Daughter." Sissy Spacek played Lynn in the 1980 movie version.
ADAM MAYES DEAD, GIRLS RESCUED
Tennessee murder suspect Adam Mayes is dead and those two young girls he kidnapped are safe. The FBI found him and closed in, and Mayes shot himself rather than surrender. Twelve year old Alexandria Bain and eight-year-old Kyliyah Bain were found nearby and taken to a hospital to be checked out. Mayes is accused of killing the girls' mother and their 14-year-old sister.
HOUSTON TORNADO AT HIGH SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
A high school fundraiser turned terrifying when a tornado hit in the suburban Houston area. The twister touched down briefly in Weimar, Texas yesterday... eight people in a pizza truck were hurt when it was flipped, but no serious injuries.
HEALTH: ONE IN SIX CANCERS CAUSED BY INFECTIONS
A new study shows as many as one in six cancer cases are caused by infections that are preventable or treatable. Researchers say the two-million new cancer cases reported around the world in 2008 were related to infections like the human papillomavirus and hepatitis B and C. (The study appears in the journal "The Lancet Oncology.")
NASHVILLE IN TOP TEN LIST TO FIND JOB
A survey just released by employment agency Adecco Staffing U.S. finds Nashville the seventh best city in America to find a job. They based the numbers on job openings in the last six months, and the overall economic environment. Washington, DC, and the Arlington/Alexandria, Virginia, area are tied at number one.
US MOTHERS RANK 25TH IN THE WORLD, UP FROM 31ST
As we head towards mother's day this Sunday ... out come the reports about moms and kids. The annual "Save the Children" mothers’ report finds the United States is ranked 25th in the world for how well mothers care for their children. Norway is the country which provides the best education, health care and nutrition, followed by Iceland and Sweden.
HEALTH: FDA PANEL SUPPORTING OBESITY PILL
A Food and Drug Administration panel is supporting a new weight loss pill. Now the FDA doesn't always take its advisory panel's advice, but the panel says the drug Lorcaserin has sufficient health benefits, and not too many health concerns to ban it. If it's approved, Lorcaserin would be the nation's first FDA-sanctioned obesity pill in more than ten years.
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers moved into the second round of the NBA playoffs with Game Six wins last night... which means they'll meet in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
A new study by the "L.A. Times" reports one-in-four California residents was not born in America, much more than any other state. The study also finds that foreign born nationals have bigger households, more children under the age of 18, are more likely to be multigenerational, and more likely to be working than native born Americans in California.
WEEKEND EVENTS INCLUDE:
Things to do with the family this weekend include the Salvation Army's Spring Festival tomorrow at the Magness Potter Community Center, www.salarmy-nashville.com , The Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna; www.greattennesseeairshow.com, and the Iroquois Steeplechase. There are still some 15 dollar general admission tickets available. See more info
FDA APPROVES HIV VACCINE
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is supporting what could be the first drug ever approved for preventing HIV in healthy people. Studies have shown Gilead Sciences' Truvada to be well tolerated and effective in reducing the risk of infection in so-called high risk individuals who aren't already infected. The FDA is expected to make a final decision sometime next month.
ANTHRAX SCARE AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Two elementary schools and a government building in Connecticut are closed today while authorities investigate a white powder scare. The powder was first found yesterday at schools in Newington and Manchester. HazMat teams were later called out to a government center in Waterbury. A note inside one envelope read, "al-Qeada is back."
AND TODAY IS: MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY
CHARGERS HONOR LATE FORMER MEMBER JUNIOR SEAU
The San Diego Chargers will honor the late Junior Seau [[ SAY-ow ]] at a public memorial service tonight at Qualcomm Stadium. Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week at his Oceanside, California home. A private funeral is scheduled this morning in Oceanside.