Friday, May 18, 2012
JOB FAIRS THIS WEEKEND
There are some job fairs going on today, including one for Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant in Franklin...(http://www.puckettsgrocery.com/files/pr-boathouse-announcement.html )
There’s a job fair today at 4300 Clarksville Pike in Nashville, for numerous employers... ((615) 876-8740 ext. 212 for more information) and there's a job fair in Decherd tomorrow (Saturday) for the Nissan facility there. (Saturday, May 19, 9am-2pm, Tullahoma Career Center, 111 East Lincoln Street, Decherd, Tn. Yates Services is recruiting to fill long-term, full-time contractor positions at Nissan's Power Train manufacturing facility in Decherd. )
KEEP THIS LINK HANDY TO CHECK FOR JOB FAIRS THROUGHOUT THE STATE http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/JobFairs/
AIR QUALITY ALERT
There's an Orange level air quality alert today. You're supposed to stay in if you have lung disease like asthma, and to drive less if you can to keep from polluting the air more.
Friends and fans are remembering Grammy Award-winning singer/entertainer Donna Summer today. Her death was a shock to many who didn't know she was ill. The singer reportedly found out about ten months ago that she had lung cancer, but kept it between close friends and family. www.Tmz.com reports that Summer believed it was caused by inhaling toxic particles from the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. Summer will be buried here in the Nashville area on Monday. She was 63.
THINGS YOU MAY NOT HAVE REMEMBERED ABOUT DONNA
Her duet with Barbra Streisand, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" was one of four Summer songs that topped the Billboard Top 100 charts.
"I was shocked to hear about Donna," Streisand said in a statement. "She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented."
Summer was the first female artist to chart with back-to-back multi-platinum double albums.
She appeared in the 1978 film, "Thank God It's Friday," which won the best original song Oscar for "Last Dance." Summer also appeared twice on the 1990s hit TV show "Family Matters," playing Steve Urkel's Aunt Oona from Altoona. In 2011, she was a guest judge on music reality show "Platinum Hit," and she performed with the female finalists on the 2008 "American Idol" finale.
A recent poll found "Last Dance" was many music lovers' favorite Donna Summer Song. Other fan-chosen top-five favorites included "She Works Hard for the Money," "On the Radio," "Love to Love You Baby," and "MacArthur Park." Donna Summer was 63.
Today's the day Facebook goes on sale to the public at 38 dollars a share, if you can afford to buy LOTS of shares. When the stock starts trading this morning it'll immediately create 1000 new millionaires and take Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg’s worth to at least 19 BILLION dollars.
MISSISSIPPI SERIAL KILLER CAUGHT
Police in Mississippi think they've caught their serial killer, who was posing as a law enforcement officer, pulling people over and shooting them. 28-year-old James Willie was arrested on suspicion of raping a woman, and the nine-millimeter handgun he had on him when he was caught... matches the one that killed two men in separate incidents.
MAYOR'S “SHARE A BOOK” READING CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF SATURDAY WITH PUBLIC EVENT
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has announced a citywide focus on literacy, and the campaign kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) at the Nashville Public Library. It's called the 'Share A Book" program, where you're encouraged to donate a gently used book. You'll get a free library card, meet the mayor, and other celebrities, and you'll be helping your community. About 12 percent of adult Davidson County residents lack basic reading and comprehension skills. Get info at www.shareabook.nashville.gov
FREE ADMISSION TODAY (FRIDAY) AT THE FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
Today ( Friday) is FREE admission day at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. It's Art Museum Day.
MOM WHO SENT ADOPTED SON BACK MUST PAY THOUSANDS
A judge has ruled that the Tennessee mother who sent her adopted son back to Russia has to pay $1,000 a month in child support and thousands more in court costs and fees. Torry Hansen was living in Shelbyville in April of 2010 when she sent her then-seven-year-old son, alone, on a plane back to Moscow with a note that said he was violent and she couldn't keep him.
TAYLOR SWIFT DONATES $4M TO COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Superstar entertainer Taylor Swift has donated 4 million dollars to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum... to fund the Taylor Swift Education Center. It's the largest donation ever given to the museum by an artist. (A portion of the money is also said to go toward an exhibit and classroom space that is scheduled to open in 2014. For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame visit their Web site. )
2013 CMA FEST TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY
Tickets to NEXT YEARS'S CMA Music Festival -- not this year's, but the 2013 Festival -- go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., at www.ticketmaster.com. (Festival is set for June 6-9, 2013.) www.CMAFest.com
MS. CHEAP TIPS/SALES THIS WEEKEND
$6 Sales - still time to shop them.
The spring selling season for the "HCI Everything $6 Sales" at area hospitals and office buildings is winding down. But there are still two of these big public sales - featuring $6 jewelry, watches, accessories and gifts - coming up in the next couple of weeks. The first wraps up today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Medical Research Building-Light Hall. Hours are 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday. And May 22-23, the sale will take place at the AT&T Center, 333 Commerce St. in downtown Nashville. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 22 and 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 23. Sales will crank back up in August.
ADELE COULD BE BIG WINNER AT SUNDAY’S BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Adele could be the evening's top winner at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards. The Grammy-winning British songstress leads all finalists with nods in 18 categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist. Her hit album "21" is also in the running for Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Pop Album, while its lead single "Rolling in the Deep" is a contender for Top Hot 100 Song and six other categories. Joining Adele in the Top Artist category are Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Lil Wayne. LMFAO is also a finalist in 17 different categories, while Bruno Mars, Foster the People, and "American Idol" champ Scotty McCreery also got nods.
The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will be handed out at Las Vegas' MGM Grand this Sunday, May 20th. Hosted by "Modern Family" co-stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, the ceremony will also feature a tribute to Whitney Houston and performances from Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, LMFAO, The Wanted and more. The event will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
MICK JAGGER HOSTS SNL THIS WEEKEND
LAW ALLOWS SOME CONS TO CLEAR RECORD
A bill expected to become law July 1st will allow Tennesseans convicted of some nonviolent crimes to have their criminal records expunged for a 350-dollar fee.They must be crime free for the past five years and have paid all restitution and penalties.
COUNCILMAN PUSHES RESIDENCY RULE FOR NEW METRO WORKERS
A Metro councilman is calling for legislation requiring anyone hired by city government after a certain date to live within Nashville or Davidson County. It's been brought up before, but Councilman Charlie Tygard says now it's especially relevant as the Mayor and Council discuss a 53-cent property-tax hike to help pay for city worker raises. A city report shows 55-percent of Metro firefighters live in other counties. Tygard says city workers who want support for raises should be residents of the county.
APRIL UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS DIP
Tennessee's unemployment rate dipped again in April, but state officials say it's partially because of a shrinking work force. It slipped from seven-point-nine in March to seven-point eight. They say more of the long-term unemployed have given up looking for work, which makes the percentage of people with jobs look better. However, the labor department says 43-thousand more Tennesseans are working this spring compared to a year ago with job gains in trade and transportation, manufacturing and hospitality.
NASHVILLE "BRIDGE SCHOOL" AIMS TO LOWER DROP-OUT RATE
Metro Nashville school leaders are hoping their plan of a "bridge school" will lower the dropout rate. They say ninth grade is when the highest number of students fall behind or drop out, and the million-dollar program would identify struggling students in grades eighth through tenth to help them catch up and transition them into a traditional high school. The plan is to put it in what is now the Cohn Adult Learning Center near Sylvan Park. They expect to have about 200 students next year.
SECURITY DRILL AHEAD OF NATO SUMMIT IN CHICAGO
A security drill today will include fighter jets as the NATO summit approaches. They'll fly over Chicago for about two hours beginning around 9 this morning, local time. The U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters will include Air Force KC-135 tankers, Air Force F-16s and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters.
DEAN SUPPORTS $20-MILLION RENOVATION OF STRATFORD HIGH
Mayor Karl Dean is pushing for a 20-million-dollar renovation of 50 year-old Stratford High School... which is in dire need of improvements to its heating and air system, and removal of mildew from some classrooms.(Dean says making sure young people have a comfortable and safe place to learn is an important responsibility as a city.)
DEAN NAMED NASHVILLIAN OF THE YEAR
Mayor Karl Dean has been named "Nashvillian of the Year" by the Easter Seals... a non-profit that helps people with special needs. Mayor Dean took office in 2007.