Tuesday, May 8, 2012
FULL SCALE EMERGENCY EXERCISE AT AIRPORT TUES
If you drive in past the airport you need to remember that they're conducting a full-scale emergency drill today.. complete with similated aircraft problems, fake victims and emergency crews on the scene. it's only a test, and it'll take place between 9:30 and noon today at BNA. They have to do this every three years. (The exercise will test the effectiveness of the response plans and procedures of the airport and participating federal, state, local and community agencies. )
MUSIC CITY HONOR FLIGHT FOR WWII VETS LEAVES MAY 8TH
Before the Emergency drill gets underway, there's something really sweet happening at BNA: An honor flight for World War II veterans. It's where 100 or so Tennessee World War II vets... get flown to Washington, D.C. and back ... for free, to see the World War II memorial and others that honor them for their service to our country. (The trip was coordinated by Music City Honor Flight, a Nashville organization established to honor Tennessee’s World War II veterans.)
BOMB MEANT FOR U.S.-BOUND PLANE STOPPED
President Obama is thanking his intelligence staff for stopping an attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner. An explosive device was found, made of all plastic to get past the screening process. The plot's been linked to al-Qaeda.
GROWTH BOOM IN RUTHERFORD?
Mark the recession in Rutherford County officially over: there's a growth boom starting. They already have an Amazon.com distribution center in the works, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nissan is hiring at Smyrna, MTSU is adding a nwe science building and there's a new Stewarts Creek High School and now Walmart says it''ll build a new store off Church Street in Murfreesboro.
NEW RETAIL COMMUNITY OPENING IN EAST NASHVILLE
Here in Nashville, there's a new retail community in the works as well: The Shops At Fatherland in East Nashville will be finished by this fall, and will include 14 small buildings with ten-thousand square feet of retail space.
PREDATORS FALL TO COYOTES 2 TO 1 IN SERIES END
The Nashville Predators are out of the playoffs. They lost to the Phoenix Coyotes last night 2-1 in Game Five of the Western Conference semifinals. That means the Coyotes took the best-of-seven series four games to one.
DRIVERLESS CARS BEING TESTED ON U.S. ROADS
Nevada has granted Google what is believed to be the first U.S. license to test driverless cars on public streets. There'll have to be at least two people in the car during testing, including someone behind the wheel. The system regulates the brakes, accelerator and steering, but you can take control by stepping on the brake or turning the wheel. Tests showed the car was just as safe, or safer, than a human driver.... although it gets honked at more often because it's actually obeying traffic laws.
COMMUTERS HAVE POORER HEALTH
The longer your commute, the poorer your health. That's what a new study finds. It's because the longer distance you drive, the less time you tend to put into getting physical exercise. The point where the longer drive starts affecting your health, including blood pressure, seems to be ten miles. (The study is published in the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine.")
BODIES OF MISSING TN. WOMAN AND DAUGHTER FOUND
Federal investigators have found the bodies of a missing Tennessee mother and her eldest daughter. Jo Ann Bain and 14-year-old Adrienne were found behind their alleged kidnapper's house in Alpine, Mississippi, and the two other girls kidnapped when they were, are still missing. They're thought to be with suspect Adam Mayes. He's that guy with the goatee that you see plastered all over the news today. You can see him HERE.
CHEATHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS DIRECTOR RESIGNS
There's some drama going on in Cheatham County: The schools director, at the board meeting last night, abruptly declared he'd had all he could take and quit his job. Some board members say they wouldn't accept his resignation and plan to hold an emergency meeting tonight at six.
NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY
And Today is National Teachers Day, part of Teacher Appreciation Week. It's to recognize and honor the contributions America's more than three-and-a-half-million teachers make to their students' lives.
TEEN DRIVERS AND TEXTERS
If you have a teenaged driver in your family, this could be your teachable moment: even though they know it can be deadly, nearly a third of drivers under 21 admit they've texted WHILE DRIVING in just the past month.
HEALTH: ACUPUNCTURE, HYPNOSIS HELP SMOKERS QUIT
If regular smoking cessation hasn't worked for you, a new study finds people who try acupuncture or hypnosis are up to three times more likely to kick the habit than those who don't use the tools. (Results of the study are published in the "American Journal of Medicine.")
HEALTH: STUDY SAYS JOGGERS LIVE LONGER, HAPPIER
Jogging at least an hour a week is good for your health and the length of your life, Danish researchers found that joggers live healthier, and an average of six years longer than people who don't jog. (www.escardio.org.)
HICKMAN COUNTY PRISON ON LOCKDOWN AFTER STABBING
A Hickman County prison remains on lockdown after a reported stabbing. Officials say an inmate was stabbed around noon yesterday in the Turney Center Industrial Complex on R.W. Moore Memorial Parkway. The inmate is reported to have a non-life threatening injury. Officials say they have not identified a suspect and the prison is on lockdown while they investigate.
JORAN VAN DER SLOOT HEARING TODAY
An extradition hearing is scheduled for today for Joran van der Sloot which could send him to the U.S. Van der Sloot has been indicted in the U.S. on charges he extorted 25-thousand dollars from the mother of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway. She vanished while on a class trip to Aruba. The hearing will be held Peru where Van der Sloot is serving time for murder.
CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS URGE VANDERBUILT TO LOOSEN 'ALL COMERS' POLICY
Thirty-six members of Congress are putting pressure on Vanderbilt University to back off on requiring campus religious organizations to adhere to what the school calls an "all-comers" policy. It requires any group associated with the university to allow any student to join and run for office, even if the student doesn't share the group's core beliefs. The school adopted the policy after a Christian fraternity expelled a gay member. Lawmakers say the policy discriminates against faith-based groups.
TEENS BUYING ALCOHOL ONLINE
A new study shows too many teens are successfully using the Internet to purchase alcohol. Nearly half of those who try get what they want. Researchers say the findings show that regulatory and enforcement agencies aren't doing enough to keep up with new technology. The study appears in the journal "Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine."