Wednesday, July 18, 2012
BURN BANS GRADUALLY BEING LIFTED
With the rain we've been getting recently, open burn bans are gradually being lifted throughout Middle Tennessee. Tuesday morning the City of Murfreesboro lifted its ban that had been in effect since late June. About a dozen people got tickets, including James Hodge, who’ll pay 50 dollars plus more than 300 in court costs. He could have gotten a year in jail and a 2500 dollar fine.
METRO DETAILS PROPOSED $136M RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM
Metro could have a rapid transit system by 2015. Mayor Karl Dean is for it, and is holding public hearings for input. It would be an East-West Connector that'd run vehicles every 10 minutes or so, along an eight-mile corridor from the Five Points area in east Nashville to the White Bridge Road area in west Nashville... via dedicated lanes.
DEADLINE IS FRI JULY 27TH FOR LOCAL SAFETY VIDEO CONTEST
You still have a little more than a week if you or your kids want to enter the Franklin Fire Department's Summer Video contest. It's open to Williamson county residents. You're asked to put together a safety video, five minutes or less, and focused around Franklin or the Fire department. (Entries must be submitted by July 27, 2012. www.franklintn.gov/summersafety )
FDA APPROVES WEIGHT-LOSS PILL
A new weight-loss drug has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Qsymia is now the second obesity pill to be approved in less than a month. (Before that, the last new drug approved was in 1999. It should be available in a few months. )
PENN STATE STATUE UNDER FIRE
A statue of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno came under fire yesterday, when a plane towing a banner that read, "TAKE THE STATUE DOWN OR WE WILL" flew over campus yesterday. Some are calling for the statue to be taken down after the release of last week's Freeh report showing Paterno's role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse coverup.
METRO COUNCIL APPROVES SETTLEMENT FOR WOMAN HIT BY CITY TRUCK
Metro Council approved a settlement for 7500 dollars last night for that woman who was hit by a Metro Public Works employee... as she crossed the street in her wheelchair.... even though the employee was found not at fault: Adisa Hattie was crossing Charlotte Avenue against the light when she was hit, and suffered minor head and neck injuries. The settlement was one of four approved by City council last night.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENED DURING METRO COUNCIL MEETING?
TITANS RANKED 32ND MOST VALUABLE SPORTS FRANCHISE
The Tennessee Titans have been ranked one of the world's most valuable sports franchises. "Forbes" magazine puts the Titans at number 32 on the list, with a value of 964-million-dollars.
TITANS' KENNY BRIT HAS SECOND SURGERY
The Titans' Kenny Britt is recovering from another arthroscopic surgery. He's now had it on both knees: one in May, the one he's recovering from now, at the end of June.
PRESIDENT AND AG SECRETARY TALK TODAY ABOUT DROUGHT
President Obama and the Agriculture Secretary meet today to talk about how to deal with the worst drought in half a century. Last week the Agriculture Department issued a drought disaster declaration for more than half the counties in the nation.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA GETS PETITION
More than 300-thousand people have signed a petition calling on the Boy Scouts of America to end the organization's ban on gay leaders. The petition is being delivered today to the Scouts' national headquarters in Irving, Texas .... a day after a special committee appointed by the Boy Scouts announced its unanimous decision to uphold the ban.
MOST OF US DRIVE VERY DISTRACTED EACH DAY
More than 80-percent of us in America drive to work, and a new survey finds we're VERY distracted. 30 percent of us say we text and drive, 6 in 10 say we're focused on road rage, and other drivers, and one in ten say we've actually FOUGHT with another driver.
VANDERBILT MEDICAL CENTER RANKED TOP HOSPITAL IN STATE
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as best hospital in Nashville, and best in the State. And 11 of the hospital's 16 specialty programs were listed among the Top 50 in America in their respective fields. You can see if your hospital made the list...HERE
FIRST EVER ELECTRIC STRETCH LIMO IS IN COOL SPRINGS
The first ever car of its kind is driving around Franklin. It's the world's only electric stretch limousine. It's a retrofitted Nissan Leaf, that's being used as a courtesy shuttle at the Embassy Suites. They're just down the street from Nissan's North American headquarters. The size of the car does cut down on battery life so you won't see the limo outside Cool Springs.
DOCTOR DOOM PREDICTS MORE FINANCIAL TROUBLE
The economist called "Doctor Doom" for correctly predicting the 2008 financial meltdown has an even worse prediction for next year. Nouriel Roubini believes a global "perfect storm" will emerge next year when five factors combine: the debt crisis in Europe, tax increases and spending cuts in the U.S., China's economy, slowdowns in emerging markets, and a military confrontation with Iran.
STORE CUSTOMERS TAKE OFF WITH "THE HOFF"
What's the hottest shoplifted item at Cumberland Farm stores in New England? Posters of former Baywatch star and singer David Hasselhoff promoting iced coffee. It's the hot new decorative item for dorm walls. The Hoff celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday.
SHANTERRICA MADDEN SENTENCED FOR MURDER
Shanterrica Madden of Memphis has been sentenced... for stabbing her roommate ... Middle Tennessee State University basketball player Tina Stewart to death last year. Madden got 25 years for second degree murder and four years for tampering with evidence.
NELSON MANDELA BIRTHDAY TODAY
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former South African President Nelson Mandela is 94 years old today. As part of what's known as Nelson Mandela International Day, the foundation named for Mandela is calling on individuals, communities and organizations around the world to devote 67 minutes of time toward community service. That represents the 67 years Mandela gave to the struggle to end apartheid in his homeland and promote social justice around the world.