Friday, October 12, 2012
TPAC YARD SALE
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is hosting a yard sale to help raise money for breast cancer research. Among the items for sale include Broadway posters, marquee signs and other promotional items. Organizers said some of the items are priced as low as $1. All of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure <http://ww5.komen.org/>. The sale continues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The event is cash only. For more info: www.tpac.org/
WALK 100 MILES IS BACK THIS WEEKEND
Mayor Karl Dean wants you to take a walk with him. He's leading his second round of "Walk 100 Miles" and asking you to join in and get healthy! It's not 100 miles all at once, it's smaller walks in different parts of town, all through the year. You walk along and track the miles online. The first one is a week from tomorrow... and you can get the info at www.walk100miles.com (Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m. Walk begins at the Walgreens, 2611 Franklin Pike and will travel through the 12th South Neighborhood & Sevier Park.)
WHO WON THE DEBATE?
Vice President Joe Biden and GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan exchanged some spirited words about the economy and other topics during their debate in Kentucky last night. A national poll finds 48-percent of voters who watched believe Republican Paul Ryan was the winner. Forty-four percent say Vice President Joe Biden won.
Two more people have died from the fungal meningitis caused by tainted steroid injections. That makes 14 dead, at least 170 sick.
NASHVILLE MEDICAL MART PLANS FALL THROUGH
A Dallas developer is canceling plans to convert the Nashville Convention Center into a new medical trade center. The $250 million project was announced in 2009... and would have added 12 stories on top of the existing Convention Center, but the developers haven’t been able to get enough tenants for the project to be financially feasible to go ahead with.
ROBIN ROBERTS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT
Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts has has her bone marrow transplant, and now, she's been released from the hosital. The 51-year-old anchor says after spending 30 days in the hospital sleeping in her own bed again felt like "a big victory."
SALVATION ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The Salvation Army is asking for your help to get people enrolled for the Angel Tree program. They're seeing more than 200 families a day, and they need help taking applications, at the Angel Tree Warehouse. We'll post the info on our mix929.com NEWS page. (Misty Ratcliff, 242-0411.)
CONVICTED RAPIST APPEALS, GETS LONGER SENTENC
A convicted felon who asked for an appeal on a 1995 rape charge may be regretting his choice. Arthur Turner was 18 when he was convicted of kidnapping a woman, driving around with her in the trunk and attacking her repeatedly. She managed to escape and he was found later sleeping at his girlfriend's home in Smyrna. In his appeal trial, he was found guilty again, and 30 more years were added to his 40 year sentence. Now he has no chance of parole until 2065.
SHRED AND PRESCRIPTION DROP OFF DAY THIS SAT
Don't forget to gather up those old checks and papers, and those prescriptions you don't take any longer: tomorrow is a free shred day and prescription drug drop-off day at LP field. From 10 to 2 you can bring boxes of documents to shred, and get rid of those meds without flushing them or throwing them away, which lets them end up in our drinking water. (Lot D at LP Field)
UNDERWEAR SALES PREDICT ECONOMY?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/underwear-sales-growth-economy_n_1952214.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
There is an old saying that underwear sales predict the economy. OK, there's not really such a saying. lol. But when Alan Greenspan was chairman of the Federal Reserve, he reportedly used the sales of male underpants as an indicator. Apparently when we're broke, we keep the old ones. That makes sense. A national market research company says there's been a 6% increase in underwear sales this past year. ... which is supposed to mean our economy is on the upswing.
The Titans win! If you fell asleep and missed it, Rob Bironas made a 40-yard field goal as time ran out on the clock last night for the game, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26 to 23. The Titans now have 2 wins and 4 losses and the Steelers are 2 and 3.
BEST CITIES FOR WORKING MOMS (FORBES)
Forbes Magazine has ranked the best cities for working mothers, and Nashville is in the top 20, nationwide. They used factors like women's annual earnings, how likely they are to be victims of crime, the average commute, number of doctors, childcare cost and money spent per student. Nashville is 19th, Columbus, Ohio is number one.
SOFTBALL-SIZED EYEBALL WASHES UP ON FLORIDA BEACH www.usatoday.com/story/ondeadline/2012/10/11/eyeball-florida-pompano/1628051
Picture yourself walking along the beach in Florida: the wind's blowing, the waves are crashing, you're looking down for seashells and you see -- an EYEBALL the size of a baseball! State wildlife officials say it's probably from a giant squid or a whale.
WOMEN'S PRE-WEDDING JITTERS LINKED TO HIGHER DIVORCE RATE
A new study found that women who had pre-wedding jitters... actually were on to something. Women who had premarital doubts... before their wedding were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than wives without these doubts.
ROBIN ROBERTS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL, GETTING STRONGER
"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robert Roberts is back at home and recovering after a month-long hospital stay for a bone marrow transplant. The 51-year-old Roberts tweeted Wednesday, "There's no place like home. After 30 days in the hospital I'm home. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Thank YOU and bless YOU. XO" Roberts has Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a condition caused by the treatment that cured her breast cancer. Roberts says she's getting stronger and stronger every day and is looking forward to returning to the "GMA" desk.
MAN DIES AFTER LIVE ROACH-EATING CONTEST
The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms. The 32 year old was competing to win a python, and the contestants were eating the bugs normally used as food. After winning the contest, Edward Archbold walked outside and collapsed. Entomologists say the bugs aren't poison, so unless the man was allergic or the bugs had been contaminated with something they shouldn't have been the problem. Police are waiting for autopsy results.
WENDY'S PIGTAILS GET FIRST MAKEOVER SINCE 198
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/49375617Wendy's pigtails are getting a tweak. For the first time since 1983, the Dublin, Ohio-based fast food company is updating its logo in a move intended to signal its ongoing transformation into a higher-end hamburger chain. Instead of the boxy, old-fashioned lettering against a red-and-yellow backdrop, the pared-down new look features the chain's name in a casual red font against a clean white backdrop. An image of the smiling, cartoon girl in red pigtails floats above - though this girl looks more vivid and not quite as childlike.
FEWER PEOPLE BUYING XBOXES AND PLAYSTATIONS
Americans are finding something to do besides playing with Xboxes and Playstations. A report from researcher NPD Group found U.S. retail video game sales declined 24 percent in September from a year earlier. Officials say a nearly 40-percent drop in sales of game consoles largely contributed to the decline. Software sales also dropped 18 percent. The industry is hoping to see sales numbers increase as the holiday season gets underway
MICHAEL BOLTON TO STAR IN NEW ABC COMEDY
Michael Bolton is planning on making television a full-time job. "Deadline" says the singer will be playing a fictional version of himself in an upcoming comedy series for ABC. The show will be called "Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life," and is currently in development. It's based on an idea by NBC's "Go On" actress Allison Miller and is loosely inspired by her real-life celebrity encounters when she first came to Hollywood. Though the concept is Miller's, she has not yet signed on to star in the show. "How I Met Your Mother" and "30 Rock" writer Tami Sagher is writing the comedy.
JOBS IN FRANKLIN, JOB FAIR NEXT WEEK http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121008/WILLIAMSON01/121008028/Frankl... ?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs&nclick_check=1
The Franklin Housing Authority is hosting a job fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the housing authority community center, 100 Spring St., Franklin. Companies will be hiring for openings in construction, food service, customer service and many more positions, 615-794-1247, ext. 212.
SYLVAN PARK RESTAURANT MOVING OCT 19TH
One of Nashville's oldest meat and threes is moving. The Sylvan Park restaurant on Murphy Road will close October 19th and reopen ten days later at its new location on Abbott Martin Road in Green Hills .