STATE DEPARTMENT: BANNING VISAS WILL NOT HELP FIGHT EBOLA
The State Department says it is NOT considering a ban on travel visas from West Africa to the U.S. because travelers would find underground ways of getting into the country, making it harder to contain the disease. However, new rules from Homeland Security will make anybody coming in from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea fly into one of the five airports that have the advanced Ebola screenings.
SEE PHOTO AND INFO ABOUT MISSING ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD NASHVILLE BOY
Metro Police are looking for an 11-year-old boy who's been missing since Monday: Nathan Long, who reportedly came home from an after-school program, changed his clothes then left the house and hasn't been seen by his family since. You can see his photo and read more information at the link, above.
PRANK IN GREEN HILLS LEADS TO FELONY CHARGES
Now we know what happened the other night at the Green Hills Theater. Some guy says he was just pulling a prank. Police say Sean Pounds admitted that he spread some sort of compound on the ground that would make a loud popping sound when someone walked on it, and that he admitted he'd done the same thing at Vanderbilt University earlier this year. He's facing felony charges.
PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE HAPPENING THURSDAY
There's going to be a SOLAR eclipse Thurday afternoon: a partial eclips of the sun that most of the country will be able to see. around sunset.
ISIS SAYS IT HAS U.S. WEAPONS
ISIS says those weapons the U.S. just airdropped into Syria... are now theirs. An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a video yesterday, showing ISIS fighters in possession of American hand grenades, rounds for small rockets, and other supplies.
PARENTS GET SEXUALIZED COSTUMES REMOVED FROM STORE
Sometimes, all you gotta do is ask. Some parents say they're getting results when they ask stores to come up with alternatives to sexy and sexist Halloween costumes for little girls. For example, a police officer costume for your 5 year old boy: a little blue uniform, shirt, pants, badge and hat. A police officer uniform for your 5 year-old girl: a shiny, mini dress, and knee high go go boots. One mom said that was ridiculous, and asked her store to stop carrying costumes that implied that little girls couldn't be taken seriously at those jobs. Guess what! Her store did! YAY, parents!
So remember that when you see the same thing at your store: never hurts to ask.
TAYLOR SWIFT DEBUTS NEW SONG IN TARGET AD
Taylor Swift is sharing another sample from her upcoming album, "1989." The country-pop superstar tweeted that the Target commercial for the deluxe edition of her disc is now out, and it "features a brand new song, called "Style." Target is the exclusive outlet for the deluxe edition of "1989," which features three bonus tracks and other extras. Taylor's album will be available on Monday.
4-YEAR-OLD SHOOTS, KILLS HERSELF, IN HENRY COUNTY
A sad story this morning out of Henry County, in Buchanan, Tennessee... a 4-year-old girl got her hands on a loaded handgun, shot herself. She was dead when the emergency crew got there.
CONSTRUCTION RESUMES ON THE DINER DOWNTOWN
That six-story, 24-hour-a -day diner at the corner of Demonbreun and Third Avenue is back on. Construction had to be stopped earlier this year when the builders found out the sidewalks weren't up to Metro Codes requirements... they had to redesign the entire first floor. It'll be called The Diner.
NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL HAZING SCANDAL
A New Jersey high school is in the middle of a firestorm over hazing by the football team ... and now, five of the team's coaches have been suspended, while the county prosecutor investigates.
SURVEY: SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTS FEMALE BODY IMAGE MORE THAN CELEBRITIES
A new survey finds that a woman's body image is more influenced by her Facebook feed than fashion magazines. Of course, consider the source, the study came from "Glamour," magazine .. but they say the women between 18 to 40 they asked, said looking at their peers on social media sites leave them feeling unhappy with their own bodies. What's sad is that 80 PERCENT of women who took the survey said just catching a glimpse of themselves in the mirror makes them feel a little down. 80 percent!
GULCH, SOBRO PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE APPROVED
A pedestrian bridge that will unite two of Nashville's hottest neighborhoods is cleared for takeoff! The Metro Council has approved the 18-million-dollar, 700-foot bridge that'll run from Pine Street in the Gulch, over the railroad tracks to Cummins Station in the SoBro neighborhood. Construction starts next summer and wraps up in the fall of 2016.
ON YOUR TV: The CW has picked up "Flash" for a full season (that was fast! tee hee), and "Jane the Virgin" has been picked up for a full season.