Friday, May 4, 2012
POLICE INVESTIGATE STONES RIVER MALL ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION
Police warn you to be extra cautious when you're shopping... especially in Murfreesboro, where a man tried to kidnap a woman Wednesday night at Stones River Mall. The 56-year-old victim told police she'd opened the door of her van, then turned to find a man behind her waving a handgun. He demanded she get in the vehicle, but she had the sense to run back to the store, instead. If you know anything about the attempted kidnapping, you’re asked to call Murfreesboro Police.
MAYOR'S FIELD DAY IS TOMORROW
The Mayor's Field Day is tomorrow at LP Field! Admission is free, and just for showing up you get a free, reusable water bottle. If you finish the challenge, which includes the sack hop, football toss and more... you get a T-shirt. The mayor says he wants us ALL out there! It's part of Mayor Karl Dean's ongoing effort to get Nashvillians to be ACTIVE and more healthy! it'll save our economy MILLIONS! Get more info at www.MayorsFieldDay.com
LEE GREENWOOD SURPRISES VIETNAM VETERANS AT REUNION
Members of 15th Medical Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division got together last night in Franklin. The Vietnam Veterans have had several reunions, but this one was special: one of the men who'd taken a bullet in the head trying to rescue another soldier was finally getting to attend. In honor of the special night, organizer and former aircraft commander Art Jacobs got in touch with Lee Greenwood. Once all the vets were gathered, he slipped in through a side door and surprised them! The Vietnam Veterans were thrilled, and Greenwood says he's proud to be able to honor our military members whenever he can.
THP VOWS TOUGH ENFORCEMENT DURING CINCO DE MAYO
Since tomorrow is the "Cinco de Mayo"... and many people celebrate it as a drinking holiday, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is reminding you to choose a designated driver or make plans to find a way home other than driving drunk. Troopers and police will have sobriety checkpoints and will aggressively enforce laws against drunk driving and seat belt laws.
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant is adding another location to their Franklin and downtown Nashville venues. The former Porter-Walker Company on the Square in Columbia will open this fall. Puckett's original location, which started as a general store in Leiper's Fork during the 1950s, has separate ownership from the other locations.
TUBB RECORD SHOP CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY WITH SHOWS
The Ernest Tubb Record Store celebrates its 65th anniversary tomorrow. The original Shop opened May 3rd, 1945, and will have special shows to celebrate, at the Broadway location and the Troubadore Theater near Opryland Hotel.
PREDATORS PLAY GAME FOUR TONIGHT IN NASHVILLE
And the Nashville Predators play the Phoenix Coyotes tonight, in Nashville. Phoenix leads the best of seven Western Conference semifinals 2 games to 1.
WHY DO WE THROW FISH ON THE ICE AT PREDATORS GAMES?
Here's one explanation.
DEAN PROPERTY TAX PROPOSAL LOWERED FOR SUBURBS
An aide to Mayor Karl Dean says the administration will reduce the proposed property tax increase from 53 to 48 cents per 100-dollars of assessed value, "The Tennessean" reports. The decrease would be for suburban residents and wouldn't apply to residents living in the densely populated Urban Services District. Dean says the increase is for new revenue needed without cutting services.
LIST OF EX-PLAYERS SUING NFL GROWS
More than a hundred ADDITIONAL former pro football players are suing the NFL, alleging that the organization "repeatedly denied the connection between concussions and brain injury." The action comes after the death of former player Junior Seau who friends and family say had suffered NUMEROUS head injuries as a player.
WOMAN FINDS COCAINE IN BOX OF TAMPONS
Police are trying to find out how cocaine ended up in a box of feminine hygiene products in Utah, and whether there are MORE contaminated boxes out there.
The "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" -- the 138th Kentucky Derby -- is set for tomorrow night at Churchill Downs. (The Derby is the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. though no horse has won the Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in the same year since 1978.)
And Cyndi Lauper's in Kentucky, though she's possibly a little embarassed. Technical problems interfered with her performance yesterday. The equipment didn't work properly.. but the microphone DID start working, as she started cursing about it. Lauper later apologized and went on to serve as the grand marshal for the pre-Kentucky Derby parade.
UT STUDENT FROM BRENTWOOD FOUND DEAD IN BATHTUB
A University of Tennessee student from Brentwood was found dead in the bathtub of her apartment this week. No word yet on what killed 22 year old Sydney Sloan, but autopsy and toxicology tests are being done.
SIXTH MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT THIS WEEK IN NASHVILLE
Have you noticed the electronic signs on the interstate that now show the number of Tennessee Traffic Fatalities? The number has been going up pretty fast lately. Partly because we've had four fatal motorcycle crashes just this week in Nashville, including two just yesterday. There've been SIX motorcycle crashes since Sunday.
APPLE IPAD COMPETITION FALLING
Apple's iPad tablet is dominating the competition. New numbers show sales of Amazon's Kindle Fire are dropping. Right now 68% of all people with a tablet have an iPAD, while Kindle Fire has a 4% slice of that pie.
MISSING COOKEVILLE TEEN FOUND LYING ALONG ROAD
An Amber Alert issued for a 15-year-old Cookeville girl was cancelled after the girl was found lying alongside a road about a mile from her home... at 3:30 in the morning. They're still trying to figure out what happened because she was too shaken to give much information, but evidence at the home suggests she may have been abducted. (An investigation is underway. )
HEALTH: RESEARCHER KILLED BY DISEASE HE WAS WORKING ON BEATING
A California researcher has apparently been killed by a disease he was trying to find a vaccine against. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 25 year old Richard Din was working on research to prevent a highly contagious, deadly strain of meningococcal disease.
HASLAM UNSURE ABOUT "GATEWAY SEXUAL ACTIVITY" LAW
Governor Bill Haslam is undecided on whether or not he will veto a controversial sex education bill. Some parents claim sex education will show the kids how to start having sex , while teachers say the BAN would prevent them from giving out information that could save the kids lives, or prevent unwanted pregnancies. The governor has ten days to sign or veto it when it hits his desk, or it'll automatically become law if he does nothing.
KENT STATE ANNIVERSARY
In Ohio, Kent State University staff and students will pause today to remember the four students who were shot to death in 1970 on campus. They were killed in a hail of National Guard gunfire during a Vietnam War protest.
TALLEST MAN IN WORLD GETS NEW SHOES
The tallest man in America is getting a huge new pair of shoes thanks to Reebok. Seven-foot-eight-inch tall Igor Vovkovinskiy [[ vo-koh-VIN-ski ]] traveled from Minnesota to the company's headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts for today's special fitting. Reebok figures it will take two-to-three months to make a pair of size 26 sneakers for Vovkovinskiy.