Friday, May 24, 2013

COPS ATTEND KINDERGARTEN KID'S GRADUATION
Kindergarten graduation is supposed to be a really fun time for a kid. But little Tatum Raetz's graduation came just three days after her police officer father was killed while investigating a drunk driving case. So the 5 year old had some stand-ins for daddy:  nearly 300 uniformed officers lined the sidewalk at her school. When the little girl and her mom got out of the car they saw a sea of blue: officers cheering and applauding, just there to support her. The photos are WONDERFUL.

HILLSBORO STUDENTS HIT BY SUV
Here we go, into the most dangerous time of year for kids. Two Hillsboro High School students were hit by an SUV as they crossed the street at Hillsboro and Abbott Martin yesterday morning. They girls are going to be okay, but admitted they crossed against the light. You're going to have to remember that children do NOT always pay attention like they should, and as a driver, you'll need to watch out for them if you can.

MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL: INCREASED SECURITY ON THE ROAD
This weekend is considered the start of the summer driving season, so there'lll be a lot of extra traffic on the roads and at the airport. THP and local police will have roadblocks and checkpoints through Monday night.

METRO NASHVILLE SCHOOL IS OUT
This is the final day of school for Metro Nashville. Please be aware the kids will be out at times you don't normally see them today.

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE
With the extra time off this weekend, you may be looking for something to do with the family, so here are some options.
Tonight (Friday night) is Zoovie Night at the Zoo. They're showing Monsters Vs Aliens at 6, the Flea Market is at the State Fairgrounds this weekend, and this is the last weekend of the Renaissance Festival. Nashville's Memorial Day Blues Festival is Monday in Centennial Park, 10 to 6, admission is free.

KIDS WITH ASTHMA BETTER WITH SWIMMING
Nashville Shores opens this weekend, and community pools are starting to. And as they do, health officials are reminding you that swimming is a great way to get kids to exercise and socialize. It's also been shown that kids with asthma have fewer symptoms when they swim regularly. When does your Metro community pool open?

CARRIE UNDERWOOD DONATES TO RED CROSS
Carrie Underwood is donating a million dollars to the Red Cross to help with tornado relief in Oklahoma. She says she used to ride her bike through some of the neighborhoods hit.... and just wants to help.

BOY SCOUTS MAKE DECISION
http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/us/boy-scouts-sexual-orientation
Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow openly gay boys to join scouting. They say everyone can agree that kids are better off when they are scouting.  

BRIDGE COLLAPSE IN WASHINGTON STATE
Investigators in Washington state are trying to figure out what caused a section of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit [[ SKA-jit ]] River to collapse, plunging two vehicles into the water below, and injuring three people.

IRS OFFICIAL ON LEAVE AFTER REFUSING TO TESTIFY
IRS official Lois Lerner is on administrative leave.  The move comes just a day after she took the Fifth while testifying on Capitol Hill in the IRS scandal.  The agency has come under fire for placing conservative groups under extra scrutiny while applying for non-profit status.

JODI ARIAS
Prosecutors in Phoenix, Arizona plan to keep trying to see Jodi Arias sentenced to death, even after yesterday's hung jury decision. She's been convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008.

CHARLES RAMSEY, WHO HELPED FREE KIDNAP VICTIMS, GETS BURGERS FOR LIFE
And remember Charles Ramsey, who helped free the Ohio Kidnapping victims? Well, since he did mention he interrupted his burger meal to go help, more than a dozen Northeast Ohio restaurants are offering him a free burger anytime he wants to stop in and eat.

BROKEN ARM ONE DAY AFTER SIX YEAR HEALING PROCESS
A man in England has to have surgery. Again. After breaking his arm. Again.
Tim Blackburn fell off a ladder in 2007 and broke his arm so badly it required surgery, and then special treatments. The DAY AFTER his last bone-mending treatment, he tripped over his dog and fell down the stairs, breaking the same arm. Tim said, "I just gotta laugh, or I'll cry about it."

THE NEW WAVE FOR LIBRARIES?  TEXAS TO OPEN PAPERLESS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Do you still go to the library? Ever? That's why officials in San Antonio are trying out an electronic, paperless library. You go to the library and you can either use a computer station or check out an e-reader, and they already have a starter selection of ten-thousand digital books. You can also check them out online.
OTHER PAPERLESS LIBRARIES 

NINE YEAR OLD TAKES ON MCDONALD'S
A nine-year-old girl takes McDonald's CEO Don Thompson to task for targeting kids with food that's not healthy.  Thompson was confronted by Hannah Robertson during Thursday's annual shareholder's meeting.  She asked, "Mr. Thompson, don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?"  Thompson said, "We don't sell junk food."