Monday, Dec 19, 2011
MEALS ON WHEELS, SAL-ARMY NEED CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEERS
If you're NOT spending Christmas with family or friends, instead of sitting around feeling sorry for yourself, psychologists recommend you DO something for someone, to lift your spirits. The Salvation Army says it needs people to help hand out gifts to families at the Angel Tree Warehouse, through Wednesday, the bell-ringer program -- which is the Salvation Army's biggest fundraiser all year -- is in desperate need of volunteers to ring the bells at red kettles, and help them bring in that money.
Meals on Wheels is in serious need of help to prepare and deliver hundreds of meals to homebound elderly folks on Christmas morning. Volunteer at the Salvation Army at 242-0411 (ask for Misty), and volunteer to help with meals on wheels at 615-463-2264.
ELATED, LAST US TROOPS LEAVE IRAQ, ENDING WAR
The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak yesterday, shouting, fist bumping and hugging each other. The convoy marked the end of a divisive war that lasted nearly nine years, cost nearly 4,500 American and well more than 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion U.S. dollars. The 5-hour drive by the last convoy of heavily armored personnel carriers, took place in the dark and under strict secrecy to prevent any final attacks on the withdrawing troops. The last soldiers to leave were based at Fort Hood, Texas.
HELP BRENTWOOD WELCOME HOME WOUNDED SOLDIER ON TUESDAY
If you drive through Brentwood, you'll see yellow ribbons along Concord Road. They're up in honor of 24 year-old Andrew Wilson, a Specialist 4 in the Army, who lost both his legs in the war in Afghanistan. He's coming back to Brentwood tomorrow, and there'll be a caravan escorting him home, as well as the yellow ribbons along the way. You can read about his story HERE
Details: Andrew 's flight arrives at 10:45am on the 20th. The route they will take is I65 to Old Hickory Blvd to Franklin Road - the Brentwood businesses will also be out on Franklin Road to welcome him - then to Concord Road. Brentwood Baptist and the YMCA on Concord say you can park there and line the street.
WHAT’S REALLY THE HOTTEST GIFT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
What’s the most requested gift this holiday season? It’s not a flat-screen TV or the iPad. It’s a gift card, according to the National Retail Federation. This season alone, the NRF projects that gift-card spending will reach $27.8 billion— with the average shopper expected to spend $155 on these plastic presents. The average American household has about $300 in gift cards on hand at any time. What’s emerged as a result is a fast-growing business in secondhand gift cards online. Sites like www.PlasticJungle.com, www.GiftCardCastle.com, and www.CardHub.com have sprung up to help facilitate the sale and exchange of cards. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, there’s opportunity to cash in.
LEGISLATORS PROPOSE LAW TO KEEP 8TH GRADERS FROM PASSING IF THEY'RE NOT QUALIFIED
Tennessee State lawmakers are proposing legislation to prevent eighth graders from entering ninth grade if they aren't ready. "The Tennessean" says legislators plan to end what they call "social promotion" by requiring schools to hold back students with failing grades or who have not proven skills in one or more subjects in the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program -- or TCAP. The law would have held back eight-thousand Tennessee students this year.
FRANKLIN CONSIDERS REPEALING U-TURN BAN
Did you know it's illegal to make a U-turn in Franklin, Tennessee? A lot of people who live there don't realize it either, until they get written up for it. Officials are considering revising the law so it'll allow a U-turn if the driver exercises care and does it safely.
TITANS LOSE TO WINLESS COLTS 27-13
The Titans gave the Indianapolis Colts their first win of the season yesterday. The final score, 27 to 13. That makes Indianapolis 1 and 13, and the Titans are now 7 and 7.
POSTAL SERVICE SAYS TODAY BUSIEST MAILING DAY OF YEAR
The U.S. Postal Service says today will be the busiest mailing day of the year, as people scramble to get holiday gifts and cards in the mail in time for Christmas. You have until December 21st to guarantee items will be shipped in time for Christmas.
PAYROLL TAX CUTS STILL UNDECIDED
House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday approved by the Senate over the weekend. But, Boehner says he WILL support extending the tax perk by one-year... IF it can be attached to the approval of the proposed Keystone Pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists say they've made a breakthrough that could revolutionize cancer treatment. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say they've found a way to keep a cancer patient's normal cells and tumor cells alive in the lab, which means they're figuring out how to pinpoint the treatment for each cancer patients' unique condition. That'll allow them to kill the cancer yet spare healthy cells from the toxins. There's also a cancer VACCINE being tested that's showing some GREAT results in some people, including those who have already been diagnosed.
MORE SECRET SANTAS PAY IT FORWARD IN HENDERSONVILLE, TN.
More than 10 secret Santas have paid off layaway balances at the Kmart in Hendersonville. A sales associate says "It's one of the most awe-inspiring things I've ever seen," Shoppers have paid between $20 and $200 toward layaway bills, including a family with three children.. who went there looking for another family with kids, that they could help buy christmas gifts.
FLORIDA UNIVERSITY DEALS WITH HAZING DEATH
An emergency meeting is scheduled today at Florida A&M University as trustees deliberate whether to suspend the school president, after a deadly hazing incident involving a drum major.
NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG IL DIES AT 69, WHITE HOUSE OBSERVING SITUATION
The White House is keeping an eye on the situation now that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has died. He was 69. He had already named his twenty-something year-old son as his successor. It's reported he suffered a massive heart attack.
MIT ISSUES OFFICIAL CERTIFICATES TO THOSE WHO PASS ONLINE COURSES
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is expanding its pioneer online courses. Now MIT says if you demonstrate mastery of subjects in its free online courses, they'll issue you an official certificate. M.I.T. began posting course materials from just about all its classes ten years ago. (The OpenCourseWare includes nearly 21-hundred courses.)
RADNOR LAKE AREA ADDS 37 ACRES
Naturalists and parks workers in the Metro area are celebrating a new addition to the Radnor Lake and Natural Area. The Harris Ridge acquisition adds 37-acres to the popular nature reserve south of Nashville. The public-private partnership sets aside 12-hundred acres in all, where you can enjoy hiking trails, a lake, streams and wildlife.
ONE IN THREE YOUNG AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY AGE 23
A new study in the journal "Pediatrics" finds about one-in-three Americans have been arrested by the time they're 23.... and many of them for something other than a minor traffic violation.
MAN ON DATE, STEALS DATE'S CAR AND LEAVES
Talk about a bad date! This couple was out together, went to a movie, the woman was driving a rental car, and her date says, "I left something in the car, lemme borrow the keys.." and he never came back! He stole the car and abandoned it in a parking lot a few days later. He's being charged with grand theft auto.
WOMAN PUTS $700 WORTH OF GIFTS INTO WRONG CAR
A Michigan woman is hoping for a holiday miracle after she accidentally put 700-dollars worth of gifts in someone else's car. Her key opened the trunk of the car, which looked just like hers, she dropped the gifts in the trunk, and shopped for another hour. The Ypsilanti woman realized her mistake when she came back out to the car and it was gone... hers was parked nearby. Gipson says what makes her mistake even worse is the fact that she had gotten laid off the day before, so she won't have an easy time replacing the gifts. She's hoping that the owner of the car will eventually find the presents and have the heart to bring them back.