Friday, September 20, 2013

DOG DAY FESTIVAL SATURDAY
Now, the important question: does your dog have a cute new outfit for the weekend? Nashville's Dog Day Festival is tomorrow, 10 to 4 at Centennial Park. Its a fundraiser for the Nashville Humane Association, which finds homes for more than 3,100 dogs, cats and other pets each year. The money helps them carry on that mission. Mix will be out there, and you can get the details on the front page at www.mix929.com

HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ENDS FIELD TRIPS TO RELIGIOUS VENUES
Officials at Sumner County schools say students will no longer be allowed to take field trips to religious venues. Hendersonville High School says it's offered an honors class in world studies for a decade in which students learn about different religions including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hindu and Islam. They then visit religious venues. But... the school board decided to end the trips completely, after a parent complained because the field trip his stepdaughter went on included a visit to a mosque and a Hindu temple.

NEWS: FLU SHOTS AVAIL NOW AT HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Metro Public Health Department says, " NOW, you can get your flu shot. They have received their shipment of vaccines. The shots are twenty bucks, unless your insurance covers 'em. (The shots are offered for a $20 fee and no appointment is needed. TennCare and Medicare Part B will be accepted.)  Those interested in getting the vaccine can go to one of the following locations:Lentz Health Center (311 23rd Ave. North) East Health Center (1015 East Trinity Lane) Woodbine Health Center (224 Oriel Ave.)

MINIATURE PARKS TAKE OVER DOWNTOWN PARKING
Keep your eyes open downtown today, when you get near the metered parking areas. About 30 of them are decorated with little miniature PARK scenes, like tiny yoga, yard games, and tables and chairs, to celebrate Nashville's second annual Park-ing day. The special meters are on 2nd Avenue North, 5th Avenue North, Tenth Avenue near Cummins Station, and some meters on Broadway.

COLORADO SEARCH AND RESCUE
The search-and-rescue in Colorado has become one of the largest in the state's history. More than three-thousand people had to be pulled from the floodwaters by helicopters or taken out of neighborhoods by all-terrain military vehicles. 

GM ADDING SECOND SHIFT IN SPRING HILL, HIRING IN JANUARY
General Motors is adding a second shift to its new assembly line in Spring Hill.  That means new jobs. They'll need a hundred more people, and hiring will start in January. ( The assembly line is helping make the new Ecotec four-cylinder engine.)

NEW IPHONE HITS STORES TODAY
The new iPhones are out and early adopters are stressing over how to get theirs first! There are already lines of people outside the Apple Store in Green Hills, as the higher-end 5S phone and the lower cost 5C both go on sale today. Analysts are predicting Apple will sell five to eight-million iPhones this weekend.

MURFREESBORO AMAZON WORKERS SUING FOR OFF THE CLOCK THEFT CHECKS
Amazon workers in Murfreesboro have filed a class-action lawsuit in Nashville... asking for pay and overtime for the off-the-clock theft checks. They say if they have to be there, they should be paid for their time. The Nashville attorney who represents the workers says the U.S. Court of Appeals has already ruled that an Amazon workplace in Nevada had to pay their workers for the theft check.

POPE FRANCIS WANTS CHURCH TO END 'OBSESSION' WITH ABORTION AND SAME-SEX TOPICS
Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to end what he calls its "obsession" with abortion and same-sex relationships.  He says it's not necessary to focus on those issues and that the church should be a home for all. 
 
DAIRY QUEEN HERO
And a Dairy Queen manager who stood up for a visually impaired customer is making us all feel a little better today. 19-year-old Joey Prusak was behind the counter when a blind customer dropped a twenty dollar bill, and the woman behind him picked it up, stuffed it into her pocket and stepped up to the counter. Prusak told her,  "Ma'am I'm not going to serve someone as disrespectful as you, so you can either return the $20 bill and I'll serve you, or you can leave." She left. Joey even gave twenty of his own money to the blind man, and another customer saw it, and posted it online. Now, Joey is getting thank yous and attaboys from people across the country. Add one from us, Joey! Thank you!

SALVATION ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR ANGEL TREE SIGNUP
You heard us mention that fall starts this weekend... well something else very seasonal is about to start, too... we're just 2 and a half weeks away from the first day of Angel Tree Registration!!! The Salvation Army says it needs volunteers to help people sign up to get help from the Angel Tree program. You can work one day or several, and are invited to get your whole church, company or school group involved.Find out what shifts are needed at www.salarmy-nashville.com, or calling 242-0411

CHICAGO IS "MURDER CAPITAL"
The biggest city in Illinois is the murder capital of the U.S.  According to FBI statistics, Chicago had more homicides than any other city in the nation last year.

MOTORCYCLE CHASE ENDS IN CRASH
We've all seen them... motorcyclists driving 90 miles an hour or more, cutting in and out of traffic, tailgating, running lights. This time, a woman police clocked doing 94 miles an hour on I-40, reportedly saw a police officer coming up behind her, and quickly took an exit ramp, but instead of getting away, she crashed into an SUV at Old Hickory Boulevard. She was taken to the hospital with critical but non-life-threatening injuries, and will be ticketd for speeding. The SUV driver is okay.

POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY
Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.  The annual observance honors America's prisoners of war and those missing in action.  President Obama called on Americans to pay tribute to the service members who have not returned from the battlefield.

MAJORITY OF STREAMING SERVICE USERS BINGE-WATCH
Nielsen, which keeps track of who watches what, and when, says that MOST people who subscribe to online streaming services now binge on their shows. 88% of Netflix users and 70% of Hulu Plus users stream three or MORE episodes of their shows in one sitting.

"STIX" TO BE BUILT AT MUSIC CITY CENTER
Nashville's most expensive piece of public art is being placed outside the Music City Center.  The collection of 30 arrow-like structures is called "Stix" and will take up the center of the roundabout at Eighth Avenue and Korean Veterans Boulevard.  The project will cost 750-thousand-dollars, more than double what it cost the city for its last art project.

FALL STARTS THIS WEEKEND
Fall starts this Sunday. It's official. You may now  put out your halloween decorations.