Monday, July 23, 2011
The NCAA came down hard this morning on Penn State in response to the schools sex scandal involving assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys last month. That all happened during Joe Paterno's tenure as coach. Among the sanctions, Penn State is being fined $60 million, banned from bowl games and post-season competition for 4 years, forced to reduce the number of scholarships it offers, vacate ALL wins from 1998-2011, and is being put on a 5 year probation.
The man accused of conducting the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre makes his first court appearnce this morning to face charges. James Holmes is likely to face first degree murder charges. President Obama visited Aurora yesterday and met with survivors and the families of those killed. The Malco Theatre in Smyrna took extra precautions over the weekend for screenings of the new Batman movie, with extra security on duty and signs warning no masks allowed.
Have you ever asked yourself, "I wonder what Johnson City tastes like?" Now you can find out. The East Tennessee will have a new soft drink named in its honor. It's from Pepsi and it's called "Mountain Dew Johnson City Gold." It will have a malt flavor to it and will credit the city as the birthplace of Mountain Dew. The test-run for the beverage will run August through October.
A local doctor is going to be in London for the Olympic Games which begin this weekend. Nashville chiropractor Dr. Dionne Kellogg will help take care of the American power lifting, judo and wrestling teams.
Some children allergic to eggs not have to stay that way. A new clinical trial, written about in the New England Journal of Medicine found that allergic kids who ate small amounts of powdered egg white daily for 22 months became "desensitized." and had little or no allergic reaction. After two years on the treatment, about a third of the kids involved could eat egg products with no problem.
If you're concerned about what in your air in your home, the state's Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits through next Monday. Radon's a natural gas that seeps up from the ground through cracks in the foundation and can cause health problems.
A surprise celebration was held for Scott Schroederin in Clarksville yesterday. Hundreds turned out to welcome the war veteran's return home, after 35 surgeries and an 18-month rehabilitation period. Schroeder was injured in 2010 when an IED exploded, blowing up his Humvee.
National Career Fairs is holding a job fair today at the Holiday Inn at 2200 Elm Hill Pike from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You'll have the chance to meet with dozens of employers. Dress professionally and bring many copies of your resume. More details at NationalCareerFairs.com.