Thursday, April 3, 2014

MOTHER OF BOY MISSING FOR FIVE DAYS ARRESTED
Many of us don't think about this, but,  good thing that child advocates do: they tell us that often when kids run away, especially if they have a history of it, they're running FROM something bad at home. It's looking like that's what was going on with that Nolensville boy who was just found after five days missing. Susan Smithburg, his mother,  has been arrested on child abuse charges. Investigators say she forced her 16-year-old son to do 15-hundred pushups last week after he burned a piece of toast and then withheld food from him. Police say that's what led the teen to leave. In case you're wondering why he didn't tell an adult at school, he was being home schooled.  Wednesday night, News 2 learned Christopher is now in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services along with his 17-year-old brother and 10-year-old sister.  Authorities said the 17-year-old also exhibited signs of abuse.
All three siblings will remain in foster care as the investigation continues.
Susan Smithburg is being held on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 17.

TO RELIEVE ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
Okay, if you're suffering from allergies, it's time to kick in the annual 'allergy PLAN.' That means if you CAN, get new pillows every 1 to 3 years (unless you use pillow COVERS as well as pillowcases), because pillows get full of gunk that can trigger your allergies. Wash your hair before bed, so you don't put  fresh allergens on your new pillows, leave your shoes and jackets OUTSIDE or near the door, so you don't track IN allergens and grind them into the furniture and carpets, and wipe down your pet after he or she has been out, because their feet, and fur, can carry a TON of allergens into the house and onto the carpet, furniture and beds. See MORE TIPS to have fewer allergy symptoms. 

TUBERCULOSIS CONFIRMED AT SYCAMORE HIGH SCHOOL
Health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis at Sycamore High School in Pleasant View, in Cheatham County. Since TB is spread through the air, from person to person, other students now have to get tested. "Tuberculosis is an airborne spread disease," said Lori MacDonald of the Tennessee Department of Health. "It's highly treatable, highly manageable, and it's not as communicable as viruses."

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THE LIME SHORTAGE?
Next time you're at a restaurant, notice whether they're giving out limes with your meal! Limes... which we generally get from Mexico, have gone from about 14 dollars a case to more than 100 dollars a case, and are so valuable that drug cartels are hijacking lime trucks and stealing the cargo. That, pluse bad weather and a tree disease have caused a lime shortage. Some places are substituting other fruits for limes, or have done away with them, altogether. That could mean no limes with Mexican food, your fish tacos or your.. sniffle...  Margaritas.

SHOOTING AT FT. HOOD, TEXAS
An investigation is underway today after another deadly shooting at the nation's largest military base.. Fort Hood, Texas. A former Iraq Veteran, known to have mental health issues and at Fort Hood to be evaluated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, started shooting. Before it was over, three other people and the shooter were dead, 16 others injured -- three of those are in critical condition. There was another mass shooting at Fort Hood five years ago that left more than a dozen dead.

BOBO MURDER SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY THREATENED HIS BROTHER
We know a little more about that coercion charge against Zachary Adams. He's the guy accused of kidnapping and killing Holly Bobo. The TBI says the day before he was indicted last month, Zachary Adams used another inmate to get the message to his brother. The message was reportedly, “Tell my brother he is the one who started all this s#%t and if he don’t shut his mouth he will be in the hole beside her.”  TBI agents say Coercion of Witness is a felony charge and will not be tolerated.

LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENT BILL BEING DISCUSSED
The Senate could pass a bill to extend longterm unemployment benefits today... BUT... it may have a harder time in the House. Speaker John Boehner [[ BAY-nur ]] and other top House Republicans say the bill shouldn't just be handing out more money, it should include incentives to create more jobs. 

BEST DAYS TO MOW THE LAWN WITHOUT GETTING RAINED ON?
http://www.wkrn.com/WEATHER
Face it. You're going to have to pull out the lawn mower soon, if you haven't already.  Your best shot for mowing and not getting rained on the next few days: looks like maybe today (since we have only a 40% chance of rain) and even better, if you can hold off till Saturday. Other than that, we have at least a chance of rain in the forecast for about the next week.

TAYLOR SWIFT VISITS HOSPITAL
You think YOU'RE busy! I'll bet Taylor Swift has even more on her to-do list: shows, writing, recording, appearances, commercials, yet Tay Tay still found time to go visit a Childrens hospital earlier this week. Taylor spent five hours visiting with the sick kids and singing to them. She also recently visited patients at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Made their DAY.

STABBING DEATH IN BRENTWOOD
There's been a stabbing death in Brentwood. 31-year-old Daniel Cantrell is been charged with killing his father, 65-year-old Oliver Cantrell, Junior. When police were called to Cantrell Jr.'s home last night, they found his body, and son Daniel still there. He was arrested a short time later. Cantrell Jr. was a longtime employee of LifeWay Architecture. 

BOSTON MARATHON FOLLOW UP
Last year's Boston Marathon bombing has turned up what researchers call law enforcement "fault lines."  A Harvard University study shows a lack of coordination at the local, state and federal levels... meaning they didn't know what the other agency was doing... or how many boots the other agencies had on the ground...  a very common problem across the country. But when it happens, the researchers say that puts law enforcement responders at risk of shooting each other, or so-called "friendly fire."

HISTORIC NATIVE AMERICAN SALT PANS FOUND AT NEW STADIUM SITE
With all the digging going on at Sulphur Dell for the new Nashville Sounds Ballpark... workers uncovered some cool artifacts! They've found pottery vessels called salt pans, that archaeologists believe were used by Native Americans... in a THEN-booming salt production and export business, that was as important to the economy as our music is today. We could just as easily have been called Salt City instead of music city. They did have to wrap up the archaelogical stuff, however, and get back to construction, so the new ballpark can open in time for next year's season.

NEW JERSEY TEEN WHO CLIMBED WORLD TRADE CENTER FACES A YEAR IN JAIL
The New Jersey teenager who climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Center is facing a serious new charge; a base jumping charge, that could send the 16-year-old to jail for a year.

UKRAINE LATEST
And the cold shoulder is getting colder for Russia because of the situation in Ukraine. Now NASA has put nearly all business with Russia on hold. No visits, no communications, except for the International Space Station program.

OLYMPIC TEAMS VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY
The U.S. Winter Olympics and Paralympics teams are having a fun day: they'll be honored at the White House for their performances at this year's Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. 

AMAZON JUMPS INTO STREAMING MARKET
Amazon is hoping to give Apple TV a run for its money.  The online retailer and tablet-maker announced the launch of Fire TV on Wednesday.
Peter Larsen, Amazon Kindle VP, says it's a 99-dollar streaming device that will beam online programming to the television.  The company hopes to gain a foothold in a market dominated by Apple, Google Chromecast and Roku.  Fire TV will feature high definition streaming and two gigs of RAM, yet the entire device is thinner than a dime. 

HIMYM RATED ONE OF THE TOP 20 WORST SERIES ENDINGS OF ALL TIME
And NO, it wasn't just Kim Leslie, on a rant about how horrible the series finale of How I Met Your Mother was. After a general uproar over the sad ending of the show, Entertainment Weekly has listed it among the "20 Most Frustrating TV Finales Ever."