Wednesday, June 13, 2012
NASHVILLE ELECTRIC SERVICE WARNING CUSTOMERS OF A POSSIBLE SCAM
Nashville Electric Service is warning you about a possible scam. People in Tennessee and other states have been contacted and told there's special funding that'll pay their electric bill, and then asked for personal information to get the deal. Some have fallen for it. NES says it will never call or email you and ask for personal information.
RALLY POINT FOR VETERANS IN COOKEVILLE TODAY (WED)
If you know a veteran, make sure they know about today's Rally Point event. It's in Cookeville... at Leslie Town Centre. The free events bring together dozens of agencies and organizations that can help vet with things like VA claim assistance, vocational traiining, education, jobs, mental health, housing and business loans. (Leslie Town Centre, One West First Street, Cookeville, TN. Veterans with questions about the event should contact Senator Corker’s Nashville office at 615-279-8125.)
DICKSON GIRL, 16, DIES AFTER FALLING OUT OF CAR
A 16-year-old Dickson girl was killed late last week when she fell from a moving car. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says her boyfriend, 18 year-old Wesley Perry, was driving. He claims she fell asleep and fell out of the vehicle, though the TBI says the car door was working properly, so that shouldn't have been possible. They're investigating, and an autopsy is being done.
"YOU ARE SO NASHVILLE IF"... COMPETITION STARTS TODAY
If you've been in Nashville long enough to know what makes a true Nashvillian, it's time to share that info with your friends. The Nashville Scene's "You are so Nashville if..." contest is underway. They're asking for your submissions by June 26th, you can enter it online. ENTRY FORM HERE
DAVIDSON COUNTY EMPLOYEE RESIGNS AFTER DUI ARREST
The Director of Operations at the Davidson County Jail has resigned in lieu of being fired, after his second DUI charge in Rutherford county in less than three months. Kevin Jermone Cox was found passed out behind the wheel of his car in March, then got caught again June 3rd by a state Trooper.
HORSE TRAILER COLLAPSES ON INTERSTATE
Officials are trying to determine what caused a fully loaded horse trailer to buckle and collapse along I-440 yesterday. The trailer belonging to Three Angels Farms was carrying 37 horses, apparently headed to a slaughterhouse, when the incident happened. One of the horses had to be euthanized, the others were loaded onto another trailer.
NEW DOMAIN NAMES ANNOUNCED TODAY
Your internet world is about to get larger. The global organization responsible for Internet domain names is releasing a list today of two-thousand proposed new domains. We already have domains like .com, .net, .org... you could also find yourself visiting sites with suffixes like "funny.LOL" or "drama.Youtube." Some companies say they'll maintain their own online domains which would give them sites that end with .google or .canon.
NASHVILLE RANKS FIFTH ON LIST FOR ENTREPRENEURS
In this economy, a lot of people have lost one job and started new careers. Being in Nashville is a plus. A new study finds Nashville is one of the best cities for entrepreneurs to start their own small businesses. (Nashville also scored an A-plus for its business friendly licensing requirements and regulations.)
HOMEOWNER DRIVES UP, CHASES BURGLARY SUSPECTS
A man and woman have been arrested for burglarizing a home in the Donelson area. The homeowners pulled up, and saw 24 year-old Glenna Pinkerton sitting in a car in their driveway. She honked the horn and out ran 24 year-old Roger Dale Smith.. with a pillowcase of the victims' belongings. The victim followed the suspects long enough to give the information to police, who caught the two thieves at a local motel.
HEALTH: TENNESSEE MEN FLUNK HEALTH REPORT CARD
The 2012 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card looks at threats to men’s lives... ranging from cancer to homicide... and ranks how Tennessee men compare to national health goals. Tennessee men flunked in multiple categories, meaning we have MUCH worse health and more fatalities than other states from lung, colon, head and neck cancer, liver disease, motor vehicle fatalities, suicides and homicides, strokes, and injury deaths. Other studies have found the health of Tennessee women just as bad.
MORNING PEOPLE REALLY ARE HAPPIER THAN TIRED NIGHT OWLS
Those people who can muster up cheerful smiles almost as soon as they leap out of bed in the mornings aren't faking it. The results of a new study suggest morning people really are happier. And older people are more likely to be morning people: only 7 percent of people 17 to 38 are morning people, but just 7 percent of those over 59 are night owls.
TIP ALERTS POLICE TO ILLEGAL DRUG ACTIVITY AT EAST NASHVILLE MARKET
You could apparently buy more than beer and cigarettes at the Main Street Market in east Nashville until Monday. Metro police got a tip, and when they got to the store, found illegal drugs, loaded handguns and a loaded AK-47 Assault rifle. The 28-year-old employee was arrested.
UNITED AIRLINES CHARGING 100 DOLLARS FOR SECOND BAG
Another airline is increasing its rate for a second checked bag, to 100 dollars. United is the latest to bump up the second checked bag fee on international flights. Delta raised second bag fees to 100 bucks in January.
HEALTH: FIRST HEART VALVE THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE OPEN HEART SURGERY
An FDA panel meets today to consider expanding the use of a first-of-its-kind non-surgical artificial heart valve. The Sapien heart valve should work for patients who aren't healthy enough to undergo the surgery required for other valves.
LADY GAGA WANTS TO WEAR COCKROACHES
Lady Gaga is working on a new outfit. The superstar singer is known for her bizarre clothing, and this one is no exception. She is asking her designers to construct a hat that can be filled with cockroaches. She's reportedly been fond of the roaches since learning of a study in which New York students used her music to get the insects to move. An insider says Gaga is now calling the bugs "my real life monsters."
ALABAMA SHOOTING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
A man wanted by Alabama authorities and the FBI in connection with the weekend killing of three men and the wounding of two others is in custody. Desmonte Leonard turned himself in to authorities at the Montgomery Federal Courthouse Tuesday evening. Leonard is a prime suspect in the killing of three 20-year-old men near the Auburn University campus Saturday night.
CONFERENCE OF MAYORS MEETING IN ORLANDO
Nearly 200 mayors from around the U.S. are making Orlando, Florida their destination today. Over the next four days they'll be meeting at the 80th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. They'll be discussing issues common to their cities such as water infrastructure. On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a keynote address.
METRO POLICE BUST MARIJUANA GARDEN
21 year-old Bernie Sands of North Nashville has been arrested for growing 31 marijuana plants in his house. No word whether it was a neighbor who turned him in.
WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE CITY
Don't move to Tokyo, Japan if your budget is a little tight. It's just been named the world's most expensive city by Mercer, a consultancy that ranks cities by their cost of living. A cup of coffee in Tokyo could set you back more than $8. The U.S. seems relatively cheap in comparison: Our most expensive city, New York, is ranked all the way down in 33rd place.
DALLAS IS BACK ON TV TONIGHT
(HOW MANY EPISODES DO YOU THINK IT'LL LAST?)
"Dallas" is back (two-hour series premiere airs Wed., June 13, 9 p.m. ET on TNT), but don't call it a reboot. "I think it's an upgrade," said Brenda Strong, who plays Ann Ewing, Bobby's (Patrick Duffy) new wife. "If you have one version of a computer program, this is the upgrade, the 'Dallas 2.0.' And you don't need an owner's manual because there's a lot of familiarity with this show."
The original "Dallas" ran from 1978-1991, garnering Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for best drama series and several nominations and wins in the acting categories as well. This new iteration catches you up on all the Ewing family drama pretty quickly.