Monday, August 18, 2014

PEYTONSVILLE ROAD OVERPASS DESTROYED BY TANKER 
If your ride in takes you into the area of I-65 at Peytonsville Road, just keep in mind, there'll be crews there for weeks, replacing the bridge destroyed by a tanker explosion, so there will be delays. The blast happened after 67-year-old Bobby Bobo ran into a support column of the Peytonsville Road overpass and the truck exploded.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT BEGINS SEPT. 2ND
Davidson County is changing the way it handles domestic violence cases, with a Domestic Violence Court, including judges, prosecutors and security staff specialized to handle the complex issues involved in domestsic violence. The changes also include an Advocacy Center that opens later this fall. 

U.S. CARRIES OUT MORE AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ
The U.S. is carrying out more airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS militants.  More than a dozen airstrikes on Sunday supported Kurdish and Iraqi forces who launched a ground offensive to retake the Mosul Dam. 

507 AIRPORT SCREENERS ARRESTED FOR THEFT IN PAST DECADE
Someone's done the math, and it's a ltille If you're counting, 507 airport screeners have been fired for stealing from luggage in the past 13 years.

"NATIONAL ANTHEM GIRL" TO MAKE HISTORY IN NASHVILLE
Have you heard of National Anthem Girl? She's a woman who's on a mission to sing the National Anthem in all 50 states. She'll complete her goal here in Nashville.  Janine Stange will sing the anthem before the Titans' final preseason game on August 28th. Even better, at each performance, Janine sets up a table and provides blank thank you notes for people to write personal messages that will be sent to deployed soldiers in an Operation Gratitude military care package. 

CELEBRITY UPDATE:
Word is that Jennifer Lawrence and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin are dating.
Christina Aguilera gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Friday. She also has a 6-year-old son, Max.
We're now finding out about Robin Williams' last week. Not the tabloidy, "brave final hours," stuff.  These are things from Robin's friends and family, like the fact that the day before he died, Robin Williams kept his weekly date -- a Sunday morning meeting with 87 year old comic Mort Sahl-- at a Bookstore Cafe.

On the late-night scene: Craig Ferguson's CBS show ends this fall, but... he's reportedly in talks to have another show, when more people might actually be awake to see him. 7pm.   

OBAMA INTERRUPTS VACATION TO COME HOLD MEETINGS AT WHITE HOUSE
President Obama is holding meetings today at the White House to focus on military operations in Iraq and the unrest in Missouri over the police killing of an unarmed teenager. 

KWIK SAK ROBBERY, DO YOU RECOGNIZE TRUCK?
In La Vergne, Tennessee, three men robbed a Kwik Sak convenience store Saturday morning by smashing through the front glass door with a sledge hammer, and stealing the ATM machine. I'm posting the link with surveillance photos of their pickup, and police are hoping you can help identify the vehicle, or the three white males who were in it. ( La Vergne Police Department at 615-793-7744 or contact Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.)

HEALTH: EXERCISE IN YOUR LEISURE TIME
You may have thought your work gave you enough exercise to keep you healthy. Not so fast. A new stsudy finds even if you do hard work like heavy lifting or a lot of standing and repetetive tasks, you still need to hit the gym or the treadmill at the house, to get benefits like lower blood pressure and better health.

MEN AND WOMEN AND BABIES
Here's something about men, and women, and babies, that you might have instinctively known. Researchers say it's more important to men than it is to women that their kids resemble them, perhaps because men think it validates their paternity, which scientists say they're prone to doubt. Females are more concerned that a baby looks healthy and cute.

4-YEAR-OLD IN CLARKSVILLE DIES AFTER FINDING LOADED HANDGUN
A four-year-old child from Clarksville passed away lasst night, after the child found a loaded handgun and accidentally shot himself in the chest. He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

FREIGHT TRAIN COLLISION SUNDAY
Two freight trains collided yesterday in northern Arkansas, killing two crew members and forcing more than 500 people out of their homes. The trains were carrying toxic substances. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

MICROSOFT SLOWDOWN
No, it's not your imagination. Microsoft says the latest upgrades HAVE slowed down computers. Some of them so much that they lock up and have to be rebooted. The latest updates are affecting Internet Explorer 7 to Internet Explorer 11. 

MOTHER USES TEXT MESSAGES TO CONVINCE THIEF TO RETURN CAR
Wow! This is unusual. In Missouri, a single mother of five was shopping. And while she was inside the store, someone stole her van. She remembered that her cellphone was in the car and texted the crooks, asking them to PLEASE return the van, that she desperately needed it, and couldn't afford to replace it. The thief did. Texted her detailed directions on where to find it. The crook also left a note: said he was sorry, his own kids needed a meal on the table, and said, 'but it's been so hard since I lost my job.' 

DISNEY WORLD TO SHUT DOWN “AMERICAN IDOL EXPERIENCE”
Disney World is closing down it's American Idol Experience attraction at the end of this month.

SOUTH NASHVILLE TO PLAY IN CONSOLATION GAME TUESDAY
South Nashville is out of the Little League World Series.  They lost Saturday to Rhode Island 8-to-7, but will play tomorrow in a consolation game against Vancouver.  This was South Nashville's second consecutive trip to the Little League World Series.

HIGH SCHOOL GYM STUDENTS MUST WEAR HEART MONITORS
Some kids in Iowa are going to have to wear heart monitors this year, in gym class, to make sure they're actually being physically active, and not just sitting around talking like I did with my girlfriends in gym.

JAKE OWEN HOSTING FREE BEACH PARTY TONIGHT
Jake Owen is celebrating his fifth number one single "Beachin'" with his fans.  He's hosting a free beach party tonight in the back parking lot of BMI on Music Square East beginning at 7 p.m.  Gates open at 6 p.m.