Thursday, June 21, 2012
GAS LEAK CAUSED OPRYLAND EXPLOSION?
Repairs are underway at the Gaylord Hotel after the explosion Tuesday night that forced thousands of guests to evacuate, including 500 sheriffs who were attending a conference. The explosion, near the Ryman exhibit hall in the convention center, caused an estimated 750-thousand-dollars of damage to an escalator, wall and ceiling. Hotel officials say a gas leak caused the problem, the gas company claims it found NO leaks. (Meetings and events at the hotel will go on as the repair work does.)
DANGEROUS AMOUNTS OF LEAD FOUND IN POPULAR PURSES
An investigation by a consumer watchdog group has found dangerous levels of LEAD in popular, name brand purses. The Center for Environmental Health found lead in handbags sold at one in FOUR retail stores it visited. And the five purses that contained the most lead included some of the more expensive ones: they were made by Tory Burch, Guess, House of Harlow, Nine West and Charlotte Russe. You can SEE WHETHER YOU OWN A PURSE FROM ONE OF THE MANUFACTURERS
NASHVILLE MUSIC EXECUTIVE DONNA HILLEY DIES
Another local woman who was a leader in the Nashville music scene has passed away. Donna Hilley, who helped Sony/ATV to become Nashville’s largest publishing company, died Wednesday at age 65, after years of failing health. She worked with artists such Conway Twitty, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
IMPOSTER PULLING PEOPLE OVER IN MURFREESBORO
Beware... there's an imposter on the roads. Police are looking for a man who's allegedly pulling over people in the Murfreesboro area, using lights and claiming to be with the TBI. He's driving a light colored, older model Jeep Cherokee, is a 40-50 year old male, with a buzz cut and a mustache. If you don't see ID or you have ANY doubts that the person pulling you over is for real, call the police and ask.
BATMOBILE AT WALMART ON POWELL, TODAY
The Dark Knight Rises ... the latest Batman movie, doesn't hit theaters till July 20th... but the Batman Tumbler... the batmovile that made its first appearance in "Batman Begins"... is on display here in Nashville today. You can see the Tumbler vehicle and the Bat-Pod from 10 to 3 today at the Wal-Mart on Powell Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
BIGAMY SUIT DROPPED AGAINST REESE WITHERSPOON'S FATHER
A bigamy lawsuit against actress Reese Witherspoon's father and his new wife has been dropped. Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon sued her husband John after she learned John had married his second wife in January, even though he'd never divorced Mary. Since the second marriage, Reese Witherspoon has been trying to gain conservatorship over her father.
FUNERAL FOR GERMANTOWN CAFE CO-OWNER IS FRIDAY
The funeral for the co-owner of Germantown Cafe will be held tomorrow. Forty-seven-year-old Jay Luther died of suffocation by carbon dioxide after he accidentally locked himself inside the restaurant's walk-in cooler. (The funeral begins at 11 a.m. at Taylor Funeral Home.)
HEAT WAVE ACROSS NORTHEAST
While we have unrelenting heat here in Middle Tennessee.. people across the country are dealing with potentially deadly weather. In the Northeast, there's an excessive heat warning with indexes in the triple digits... and this is in areas where they may not even have air conditioning because it doesn't typically get that hot.
WORST FLOODING IN 40 YEARS IN MINNESOTA
And in Duluth, Minnesota, they're dealing with the worst flooding in 40 years. The Governor has declared a state of emergency, people have been driven from their homes, and a zoo has been flooded out.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION RAISES AWARENESS OF FATAL DISEASE
The Alzheimer's Association is launching an effort today to try to raise awareness of the fatal disease. The group's "The Longest Day" challenge today is geared toward getting Americans involved in the fight against the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Nearly five-and-a-half-million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to triple by 2050. You can get warning signs at alz.org.
WYNONNA JUDD MARRIES DRUMMER CACTUS MOSER
Country singer Wynonna Judd has tied the knot. She married drummer Cactus Moser on Sunday in Lieper’s Fork, Tennessee. This is the third marriage for 48-year-old Judd. She has two children with her first husband, Arch Kelly III.
BERRY HILL GOODWILL EVACUATED, 1 TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL
The Goodwill store in Berry Hill was evacuated yesterday morning after a vapor of some sort made several people sick. Nine of them said they had irritated eyes, nose or throat, and one person was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. No word yet on what caused it.
POLICE SEIZE VEHICLE INVOLVED IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT
Murfreesboro police have found that vehicle someone was driving when they hit 22 year old bicyclist Donald Faulkner, then left him for dead. Faulkner is in ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Now cops have to figure out who was driving the car during the hit and run, and there's a thousand-dollar cash reward if you can help. 615-893-STOP (7867).
BELLEVUE WOMAN DISCOVERS 5 FOOT RATTLESNAKE IN GARAGE
It's the time of year when the critters outdoors are coming indoors.... A Bellevue resident discovered a five foot rattlesnake inside her garage, located off of Highway 70 S. on Tuesday morning. She had someone take the snake away.
'NASHVILLE' TV SHOW GOOD FOR ECONOMY: GETS A STATE GRANT TO HELP IT SUCCEED
The state is giving a $7-and-a-half million dollar grant to the makers of the "Nashville" television show that starts this fall on ABC. The reimbursement grant will be based on how much the production spends here on qualified expenses. It's expected to employ more than 350 Tennessee residents in various crew positions in and around Nashville, starting in mid-July.
POLICE OFFICER WHO CHOSE NOT TO ARREST GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS FIRED
The police chief whose officers decided not to arrest George Zimmerman for shooting 17 year-old Trayvon Martin is out of a job. He's been relieved of his duties. Zimmerman is in jail awaiting trial on second-degree murder charges.
REPEAT DUI OFFENDER FITTED WITH ALCOHOL MONITOR AT LAST
A six-time DUI offender, who once killed a woman while driving drunk, has managed to avoid a basic condition of his bond for five months now. The case of Shawn Woods has outraged Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Earlier this year, Woods was accused of driving 101 mph on I-65 without a license or insurance, with a BAC of .17 - more than twice the legal level. Woods was considered so dangerous and unpredictable that he was ordered by the court to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet, called a SCRAM. It was a pretty basic ruling, yet court appearance after court appearance later, Woods showed up without the SCRAM bracelet and without any consequences. Millie Webb, of Franklin, is the past national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and she spearheaded the federal
HALLE BERRY TO PAY 20-THOUSAND A MONTH CHILD SUPPORT
Actress Halle Berry's bank book will be a little lighter now that she and her ex have a child support agreement in place. Sources linked to Gabriel Aubry, the father of the Oscar winner's four-year-old daughter, Nahla, tell TMZ.com that Berry has been ordered to pay Aubry 20-thousand-dollars a month. While Berry and Aubry have been separated since 2010, the judge's order Monday is the first court-sanctioned child support arrangement for the couple. And the two still haven't settled all their issues surrounding their daughter. Berry and Aubry are expected to return to court so a judge can determine whether Berry can move to Paris with Nahla.
ARTIST LEROY NEIMAN DEAD AT 91
Artist LeRoy Nieman has died in New York at the age of 91. Neiman is best known for his ability to quickly capture the energy of major sporting and leisure events on canvas. He was known for the live drawings he produced of the world chess tournament between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer in Iceland in 1972 as well as his live drawings of the Olympics produced for TV. His longtime publicist confirmed his death Wednesday but the cause has not been released.
HEALTHCARE AND IMMIGRATION DECISIONS EXPECTED SOON
Healthcare and immigration are in the spotlight as more U.S. Supreme Court rulings are expected soon. Sometime before the end of the month the high court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law, and the legality of Arizona's tough new immigration law.