Tuesday, May 1, 2012
In Today's News, below: 3-year-old bitten by dog, lawsuits filed over Nashville Flood, Flood Anniversary this week, Teachers caught abusing students, traffic changes in Franklin, where you can get a job with full benefits, and more!
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THREE YEAR OLD MADISON BOY BITTEN BY PUT BULLDOG
A three-year-old Madison boy is at Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt after being bitten in the face by a neighbor's pit bull. The child's mother and the dog owner were in the yard, talking about how dangerous the dog was, and how he'd chased people into their homes, when the little boy bent down to adjust his shoe and the pit bull...who had been chained to a picnic table... grabbed the boy by the face. The 3 year old is recovering from serious injuries to his eye, nose and mouth, the dog is quarantined... and as of last night, no charges had been filed.
JOBS IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY
If you’re looking for a job, try Williamson County. They’re facing a shortage of school bus drivers. Director of Transportation John Hancock said the district is currently down 14 drivers, and plans to add routes next school year. Hancock said the positions are part-time, but pay $13.30 an hour and include full benefits. He said an ideal candidate needs to have a clean driving record, pass the district's 10 day training and background check and enjoy working with kids.
NASHVILLE FLOOD TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY
It was TWO years ago today that the Nashville flood was starting. Middle Tennessee got over 13 inches of rain in a two day period, pushing the Cumberland River nearly 12 feet above flood stage.
NASHVILLE COMPANIES SUE GOVERNMENT FOR MAKING FLOOD WORSE
Two Nashville companies are suing the federal government for aggravating the disaster of the 2010 spring floods. Opryland Hotel owner Gaylord Entertainment and Ashland city water heater manufacturer filed the joint suit accusing the National Weather Service and Army Corp of Engineers of negligence... causing at least 326-million dollars in damages. They allege that the Corps delayed releasing massive amounts of water through the dam's spillway and the weather service used out-dated data to predict flood stages.The flooding killed 11 people in Nashville.
METRO TEACHER HEARD INSULTING STUDENTS ON RECORDING, SUSPENDED
Metro Nashville elementary school teacher Noelle Smith is on administrative leave after being caught insulting her students. Smith teaches third grade at Sylvan Park. Concerned parents placed a tape recorder in their daughter's backpack after the little girl came home despondent, talking about dying. Metro's Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools (Brenda Steele) put Smith on leave while the incident is investigated.
U-TURNS WILL BE LEGAL IN FRANKLIN
If you find yourself going the wrong way in Franklin, you can now make a U-turn if it's safe -- and unless there's a sign prohibiting it at that specific intersection -- and you won't get a ticket. Until now Franklin had a ban against U-Turns no matter what. It's been rescinded.
MUSIC CITY CENTER 1 YEAR AWAY FROM COMPLETION
Construction crews hit a big milestone this week at the new Music City Center in downtown Nashville... they say they're on track to finish in one year. Crews are now putting finishing touches on the building.. including pouring planters, and doing landscaping.
TDOT TO RUN DAILY FATALITY COUNT ON INTERSTATE SIGNS
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is starting something new to encourage you to drive more safely.. they're posting the current number of traffic deaths on those digital interstate message signs. They'll also post reminders to wear your seatbelt, obey the speed limit, and to NOT text and drive. Traffic deaths are up from this time last year.
PLANTS STOLEN FROM ANTIOCH CHURCH
Thieves hit Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church in Antioch this weekend, stealing more than 200 plants that the church members were going to plant in a garden for needy families. If you'd like to donate plants to the community garden you can contact the church. 615-366-1568.
HEALTH: NUMBER OF ADDICTED BABIES TRIPLES
The number of babies addicted at birth to painkillers is rising sharply. A new study finds that there's one baby an hour in the U.S. born addicted to opiates such as Oxycontin because moms are taking the drugs while pregnant.(Results of the study are published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association.")
HENDERSONVILLE OFFICER ASSAULTED TRYING TO STOP SHOPLIFTING (link has pics)
A Hendersonville police officer riding a horse was assaulted by shoplifters this weekend at the Streets of Indian Lake shopping center. The cop tried to stop the shoplifters as they ran outside... they then tried to hit him with their car as they fled. One of the crooks has been caught, there are warrants out for the rest.
ONE YEAR AGO TODAY OSAMA DIED
It was one year ago today that thousands of people were celebrating the death of Al-Quaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The announcement came on May 1st, though it was already the 2nd in Pakistan.
2ND ACCIDENT AT NEW CUMBERLAND PARK LEAVES WOMAN INJURED
There's been another injury at Metro's new waterfront park. A Nashville woman slipped on some hilly artificial grass at Cumberland Park this weekend and broke her ankle. (Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will use the park as his backdrop for his State of Metro Address today)
POLICE INCREASE PATROL ON DANGEROUS CLARKSVILLE ROADWAY
Clarksville police have stepped up patrols on one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Montgomery County: Tiny Town Road. There've been more than 100 crashes there since January, including a fatal one this month. Some drivers use the wide, straight stretch of road to drag race.
OCCUPY PROTESTERS CALL FOR DAY WITHOUT WORK
Since it's May Day, the Occupy movement is calling on protesters to participate in a General Strike today: stay home from work and school, skip the chores and take to the streets. They're rallying in more than 100 cities nationwide.
FIRST CASE OF AFRICANIZED BEES FOUND IN MONROE COUNTY
The first case of partially Africanized Bees has been reported in Monroe County in East Tennessee, according to the State Department of Agriculture. Genetic tests showed they were less than 17 percent Africanized. They need to be 50 percent to be considered truly Africanized. The Ag Department said the colony was depopulated and they are working with other beekeepers in the area to see if other bees have been affected. The bee colony was purchased by the beekeeper last year from an out-of-state dealer. The sting from a single Africanized bee is no more venomous than the typical bee sting. However, Africanized bees are more aggressive and defend their nests more fiercely and in greater numbers. They also tend to colonize in smaller spaces. If you see honeybees on the ground, or in small openings such as flower pots or bluebird houses, officials said leave them alone and call the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. State law requires all beekeepers register their colonies with the TDA and to update their registration every three years.
MTSU TO AWARD ITS 100,000TH DEGREE
Middle Tennessee State University will award its 100,000th degree during graduation ceremonies Saturday. The school opened in 1911 as the Middle Tennessee State Normal School for the purpose of educating teachers. More than 2,500 students are scheduled to receive degrees at MTSU this weekend.
PLAYGROUND BURNED IN NORTH NASHVILLE
Employees discovered a playground, only built six months ago through a grant, had been burned over the weekend. Officials at the McGruder Family Resource Center said they came to work Monday morning to find parts of the playground burned. They have filed a police report, and police were investigating.
"I couldn't believe it! My first through was, why would someone do this," said Tracye Henderson of the McGruder Family Resource Center. The playground was made possible by through a KaBOOM! grant by United Way of Metro Nashville. It was built in just six hours in November 2011 by nearly 300 volunteers, and NewsChannel 5 made a time lapse video during its construction. The united way has said they are committed to rebuilding this playground, but until it happens, it will be closed to children, while metro police continue the arson investigation.
HILLARY CLINTON IN CHINA TODAY
The status of a Chinese dissident is likely to be the focus of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's arrival in Beijing today. Clinton would not confirm whether the U.S. embassy in Beijing is housing Chen Guancheng [[ chen wah-cheng ]]. The well-known blind activist fled house arrest on April 22nd.
SEWER THROUGH CLARKSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD STINKING UP THE PLACE
A sewage pipe running through one Clarksville neighborhood has forced residents to close their windows and hold their noses. They say it's a horrible smell, that gets worse in the heat. Some have quit having backyard cookouts, because of the nasty sewer smell, and one elderly woman says she can't go outside because the fumes trigger her asthma.
A representative from Clarksville Water and Sewer says they'll have someone check on the odor as well as some green slime in one resident's back yard. They have an odor control system, but say there is only so much they can do to cover the stench of waste.
MAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT WITH SKILLET, NO CHARGES YET
Greene County authorities say a man has died after being hit on the head with a frying pan. 26-year-old Eric Hiatt was struck by the teenage brother of a woman he was fighting with. Hiatt was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday night. The sheriff's report said deputies were called to the house on a report of a domestic dispute with a male subject unconscious. The woman who was attacked, 26-year-old Tara Fincannon, told deputies Hiatt was attacking her on a bed when her younger brother hit him with a skillet. The 18-year-old, Travis Fincannon, was questioned and released. A grand jury will determine whether any charges will be filed.
OSAMA DOCUMENTS ONLINE
You'll soon be able to go online and look at documents Osama bin Laden wrote while he was in hiding. White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan told a group at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, that bin Laden made some gloomy remarks, expressing concern about morale in the ranks of al-Qaeda recruits.
SALVATION ARMY SPRING FESTIVAL MAY 12
The Salvation Army's 1st Annual Music and Arts Festival is May 12, starting at noon, at the Magness Potter Community Center, 611 Stockell St., Nashville, TN. For more info: (615) 242--0411. Includes live music, Food, bounce Houses, Games and Vendor Booths. Bring your own Lawn Chair. FREE ADMISSION!
RODNEY KING BOOK RELEASE TODAY
Rodney King says his videotaped beating that led to the Los Angeles riots in 1992 still haunts him. King is telling his story in a new book, "The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption" that comes out today.