Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
WILLIAMSON CO. SCHOOLS WARN PARENTS OF DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAM
There are scammers going around in Williamson county, knocking doors, claiming to be selling things for Williamson County schools. School officials say those people are NOT WCS representatives, and if you have any questions, call the school principal and ask before you give anyone your money in the name of the school.
DAVIDSON COUNTY COURT CLERK RESGNING
Davidson County Clerk John Arriola says he plans to resign. Arriola has been under investigation by the District Attorney General for nearly a year over charging couples a $40 fee and pocketing the money when his office performed weddings.
REPORT DEBRIS STILL LEFT OVER FROM FLOOD
So far cleanup crews have pulled out 135 tons of trash and debris out of waterways, after the flood of 2010... but there's still plenty more clogging waterways…. which increases the chance of flooding when it rains.Local officials have teamed with volunteer group Hands On Nashville to clean up some of those sites. They're asking you to tell them where the debris is, by calling them or reporting it online.
Hands on Nashville will make a list, prioritize, and start cleaning up locations.
Metro will send in heavy equipment and workers if necessary. The hotline number is 615-790-9767, ext. 223. The websites are: www.harpethriver.org/hotline or www.hon.org. If you want to volunteer to help clean up, sign up on the Hands On Nashville website.
SALAD RECALL ANNOUNCED
You need to check your fridge for a recalled salad that may be contaminated with listeria. Dole has recalled more than a thousand cases of the salad greens that were sold at Wal-Mart and Kroger stores in six states, including Tennessee. You may have eaten it or thrown it out already though, the salads had a sell by date of June 19th. SEE HERE the specific salads involved.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU WARNS OF CAR AD SCAM
With so many people looking for work, the Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a job offer NOT to take. They say someone offers to hire you to drive their car around town with a vinyl-wrapped advertisement on it. The scammers then send you a check for more money than originally promised but tell you to cash it and send the extra money to a third party. What happens is that you've sent out that cash, and the original check bounces, leaving YOU responsible for all of it.
GUY KICKED OUT OF CHESNEY CONCERT REFUNDED TICKET PRICE
Nathan Blankenship of Bellevue -- the guy who got kicked out of the Brothers of the Sun tour for causing a disturbance -- has been refunded his ticket price. Blankenship is the guy who was dressed like Kenny Chesney and kicked out by security. Chesney's people say they knew nothing about it.
COLORADO WILDFIRES STILL RAGING
Thousands of people have been driven from their homes as half a dozen wildfires are now burning in Colorado. Fire officials says there's not much chance they'll be able to contain the state's largest and most destructive blaze, the 83-thousand-acre High Park fire, anytime soon.
SUPREME COURT EXPECTED TO RULE ON HEALTHCARE REFORM THURSDAY
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on healthcare reform on Thursday. At the heart of the case is the individual mandate, requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance.
THE SALVATION ARMY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR ITS SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR KIDS
(Summer Day Camp Continues through July 27)
The Salvation Army is asking for volunteers to help with its summer day camp for kids. They do sports, arts and crafts, games and music. If you have a little time to volunteer ... call 242-0411 or go to www.Salarmy-Nashville.com
TROPICAL STORM DEBBY
Tropical Storm Debby is still pouring down rain on Florida as it slowly moves through the Gulf of Mexico.
RED CROSS IN CRITICAL NEED OF BLOOD
The Red Cross is asking you to make some time to donate blood this summer. They say their supply is critically low, and a bunch of recent car wrecks have taken a toll on what they had.
MORE PEOPLE DIED FROM SWINE FLU THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT
Health officials have finally tallied up all the deaths from the swine flu pandemic of 2009, 2010, and say the death toll is about 15 times higher than they originally thought. 284 thousand deaths..... more than half of them in southeast Asia and Africa. (which together hold 38 percent of the world’s population. )
HOLLYWOOD'S HIGHEST-PAID ACTRESSES
Guess who's the highest-paid woman in Hollywood. Cameron Diaz? Nope. She's second. Forbes says the top earning woman in Hollywood last year was Kristin Stewart... who plays Bella Swan in the Twilight Movie series and, most recently, starred in Snow White and the Huntsman.
Stewart, who's 22 years old, pulled in 34.5 million dollars last year.
ZOO OWNER BUILDS SPECIAL HOUSE FOR HIMSELF, GIRAFFE
You may have heard: we have a new baby giraffe at the Nashville Zoo. Well so far mom and baby are doing fine. But in Pennsylvania, a mother giraffe apparently rejected her baby, so the zookeeper has built a special structure at the zoo where he can live with the giraffe and take care of him. The home features a 24 foot tall common room, two bedrooms an office and a kitchen.
WITHERSPOON CASE CLOSED: JUDGE AGREES TO DISMISS CONSERVATORSHIP, KEEP RECORDS SEALED
A judge has agreed to dismiss the emergency conservatorship request by Reese Witherspoon in her father's interest, and just keep the court file sealed from the public. Witherspoon's mother had already dropped her charges of bigamy against Reese's dad earlier this month.
BILLY RAY CYRUS TO MAKE BROADWAY DEBUT IN 'CHICAGO'
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is making his Broadway debut in "Chicago."
The singer of "Achy Breaky Heart" and father of Miley Cyrus is detouring from his Nashville roots in taking on the role of criminal lawyer Billy Flynn for a seven-week engagement beginning Nov. 5.
STARBUCKS OPENS TEA HOUSE
Is Starbucks (SBUX) about to do for tea what it's done for the cup of joe?
With the launch of Tazo, its first tea-only store, the coffee giant is aiming to turn tea into the Next Big Thing. "The store is set to open in October in Seattle, the heart of coffee country. Tazo--named for the Starbucks-owned brand that is also sold in supermarkets, drugstores and cafes--will offer loose tea "blending stations," so you can buy tea by the ounce, bagged teas and a tea bar, as well as pastries and tea brewing equipment and tea sets. The wholesale market for tea has quadrupled from 20 years ago: it's not an 8 billion dollar a year market.