Wednesday, March 13, 2013


TRIAL UNDERWAY FOR HENDERSONVILLE WOMAN LINDSEY LOWE
The trial of a Hendersonville woman accused of smothering her newborn twins is under way, and both sides agree that she made no preparations for the babies' births. Prosecutors, though, say that means the 26 year old never intended for the babies to live. Defense attorneys argued that Lowe had blocked the pregnancy from her mind, and say she didn't even know what was happening when she started to give birth.

SMYRNA AIRPORT TOWER SCHEDULED TO CLOSE
Sequester cuts are hitting Smyrna. The air traffic control tower at Smyrna Airport is set to close next month, putting six full-time workers out of a job. Airport officials say flights can still land in Smyrna without a tower but say safety will be an issue.

SUICIDAL MAN CAUSES I-24 ACCIDENT
Police say that big crash on I-24 that tied up traffic for 3 hours, was from a pedestrian who walked in front of a pickup near Harding place, apparently trying to commit suicide. He survived the initial hit and was taken to the hospital. The pickup, however, was then hit by a semi and careened into another car, injuring three people. No word yet on who the pedestrian was.

AMERICANS ARE BUYING GUNS FOR PROTECTION
Americans are buying guns more for protection than for hunting and recreation, according to a new poll.  Among gun owners polled by the Pew Research Center, 48-percent say they own firearms to protect themselves, while 32-percent say they use guns for hunting.  

MISSISSIPPI BANS BAN
Super-sized soft drinks aren't going away in Mississippi. Lawmakers there have approved legislation saying no one can cap portion sizes on their sodas. NOT that there's necessarily a connection, but Mississippi has been ranked the fattest state in the nation, with nearly 35% of it's residents rated as obese.
 
On the UPSIDE of the whole soda size story.... for more than two decades, soda was the No. 1 drink in the U.S., with the average american drinking 54 gallons a year by 1998. But now, with all the things we've heard that soda can do to us, we're getting back on track with water. Beverage Digest says Americans now drink more water a year, than soda. 58 gallons of water, 44 gallons of soda. (The growth is mainly led by Bottled water....making it convenient to have with us all the time.) 

FORMER NASHVILLE RESTAURANT SERVER TESTS POSITIVE FOR TUBERCULOSIS
Thirty employees at a Nashville restaurant are being tested for tuberculosis, after a former server tested positive for the disease. The health department says the patient worked at Logan's Road House in Antioch about five months ago, but said TB is not something that’s easy to catch, so if you ate there then, there's very little risk you have it. The health department says the spread of TB takes long-term, sustained contact, usually in small, unventilated areas.

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CENTER NOW OPEN IN NASHVILLE
The new Financial Empowerment Center is open in Nashville.. it’s been created to help our city’s economy improve, by helping residents, one at a time. Low income families can learn how to reduce debt and build assets, how to open safe and affordable checking accounts, establish a credit score, decrease debt and maintain savings.
The center is funded by a 3 year grant, and should help about 5000 Nashville residents.

FILING ERROR H & R BLOCK
A filing error by H & R Block is delaying 600-thousand tax returns. The company apparently left a mandatory space blank, having to do with educational tax credits. That means those filer's refunds could be held up by as much as six weeks.

NO NEW POPE, YET
BLACK SMOKE coming out of the Sistine Chapel this morning means the Cardinals in the conclave have voted twice today, and have not yet elected a new pope. They'll pray for inspiration from God, then vote again this afternoon.

FRANKLIN TO ALLOW STREET VENDING
Homeless people can still sell "The Contributor" in Franklin, but there are some rules: town officials have amended a city ordinance prohibiting street sales, to let them sell from the sidewalk only, and only on the passenger side of the vehicles.  
And, just so you'll know, if someone is LEGITIMATELY selling the contributor, they'll have a large plastic tag around their neck that you can clearly see.

TOP TEN HOPEFULS TAKE STAGE ON 'AMERICAN IDOL"
The top ten contestants on Fox's "American Idol" face off in tonight's live show. The contestants will be singing their favorite songs from past "American Idol" winners.. And there is a Nashville contestant in the finals: Kree Harrison.

BACHELOR SEAN LOWE GOES FROM BACHELOR TO DANCING
And Sean Lowe is going from “The Bachelor” to the ballroom. The newly-engaged “Bachelor” will compete on the new season of “Dancing With The Stars” that starts Monday on ABC.

DEMI MOORE'S KIDS HAVE CUT TIES
RUMOR has it that Demi Moore's children from her past marriage to Bruce Willis have cut ties with her. Rumer, 23; Scout, 20, and Tallulah, 18 are reportedly shunning their mother. A source close to the family say the kids don't want to deal with the drama at the moment. Since breaking up with Ashton, Demi are all concerned that she is going to relapse and head back to rehab and they can't deal with the stress and worry of it."