Friday, October 26, 2012
EVENTS THIS WEEKEND:
FLEA MARKET AT THE FAIRGROUNDS
If you're Christmas shopping already, remember that the Flea Market is at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds this weekend. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free, parking is five dollars. www.nashvilleexpocenter.org or 862- 5016
FRIDAY: THE WITCHING HOUR: HAINTS, CURSES AND CRITTERS
Travellers Rest presents a look into the dark corners of Tennessee's past with stories of monsters, ghosts, and other spooky things from tales once told around the fireside. A play will also be presented about the only documented trial for witchcraft in the state's history. Candlelight tours of the mansion will be offered along with other activities for guests of all ages. Fri Oct 26 6pm - 10
GHOULS AT GRASSMERE
This is the final weekend for Ghouls at Grassmere, at the Nashville Zoo. www.nashvillezoo.org
The annual "Hauntings at the Hermitage" is Saturday with ghost stories, haunted hay rides, a hay maze, outdoor movies on the lawn, food and kids' activities. (exit 221A from I-40 in Hermitage). www.thehermitage.com
SATURDAY, A CELEBRATION OF ONE OF THE MOST RECORDED SONGS EVER
Local artists are celebrating the 80th anniversary of one of the most recognized Gospel songs of all time, "I'll Fly Away." The song was written in 1932, and has been one of the most recorded songs ever. Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Charlie Daniels will lead a sing-along of the song at the Saturday night Grand Ole Opry.
Franklin's annual Pumpkinfest is Saturday. Includes arts and crafts vendors, a kids' activity area, music, giant pumpkin, music, a chili cookoff and more, on Main Street in Franklin. www.historicfranklin.com (Admission is free, 10am-6pm)
Join Mix 92.9 from 4p.m. to 8p.m. Sunday at Newton Nissan in Gallatin for the annual Trunk or Treat Event: 60 car trunks full of treats, inflatables, food, costume prizes and more! Admission is free.
METRO POLICE OUT WITH SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS, BUSES RUNNING FREE SAT NIGHT
A lot of people will celebrate Halloween this weekend, so Metro police and Highway Patrol officers will be out in full force, with sobriety checkpoints to catch impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and speeders. Metro Transit will have 20 buses running free routes this Saturday night, so you have the option of public transportation, instead of drinking and driving.
BILLION DOLLAR STORM HEADED OUR WAY
Hurricane Sandy has already killed at least 21 people in the Caribbean, and it could be even more deadly by the time it hits the East Coast of the United States. Forecasters say it could do a BILLION dollars in damage, and are calling it FrankenStorm, since it could combine with arctic air sweeping in from the North and a storm from the West. It's expected to slam into the Northeast just before Halloween, late Monday or early Tuesday. It's also expected to hit during a full moon when tides are near their highest, making coastal flooding worse.
LOCAL WOMAN ASSAULTS SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD
A Nashville woman has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for repeatedly hitting a Metro crossing guard with her car. Yesterday a woman crossing guard on Old Hickory Boulevard in Madison was trying to stop cars so kids could cross the street when 29 year old Shanikia Word accidentally bumped the crossing guard with her car. Instead of apologizing, she allegedly left the scene, came back and cursed at the crossing guard then hit her twice more with her car. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital. Shanikia was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and driving on a suspended license.
HARVARD STUDY SHOWS LINK BETWEEN SODA, TEEN VIOLENCE
We know soda is full of sugar and calories, the carbonation can keep your body from absorbing calcium, but now, there's a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health that shows teenagers who drink large amounts of soda may be more prone to violence! On a level with users of alcohol and tobacco.
FRANKLIN TO SAVE BY HAVING TRASH TRUCKS MAKE MORE RIGHT TURNS
The city of Franklin wants to start using a traffic routing company to lay out the routes their trash trucks would take. They say it'll cost about 60 thousand but will save money in the long run, by helping the trucks make more right hand turns. That means fewer stops, less gas wasted, and less wear and tear on the vehicles. It's also supposed to be safer for the sanitation workers that way. City leaders will vote on the contract next month.
LOCAL MAN SENTENCED FOR RUNNING OVER EX IN DELL PARKING LOT
The man who pleaded guilty to running over his girlfriend after she broke up with him has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Police say Jordan Looper ran over Whitney Wiser in the Dell Computers parking lot last year and dragged her behind his SUV. She did recover.
REAL ESTATE WEBSITE NOW LISTS FORECLOSURES
The real estate website www.Zillow.com is now listing homes that are heading into foreclosure. Buyers think it's great... some people losing their homes think it's an invasion of privacy and it's embarrassing. Foreclosure information has always been available to the public.
INVESTIGATION INTO TRIPLE MURDER MOVES FORWARD
Metro Police are still investigating the murders of 3 members of a Nashville family on Monday. Police think the Sullivans' deaths were not just random killings.
LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY OPENS NURSING CENTER
The new Nursing and Health Sciences Center at Lipscomb University is now open. The 24-thousand-square-foot building has offices, classrooms and high-tech learning spaces.
WHAT'LL HAPPEN TO NASHVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL
The future of Nashville General Hospital is still undecided. A public meeting was held yesterday to discuss options, including turning the hospital into an outpatient-only facility. Fewer people are going there these days, and the hospital is getting less reimbursement as its expenses go up.
LINDSAY LOHAN'S PUBLICIST CALLS IT QUITS
Lindsay Lohan's had another publicist quit on her. This one has had to defend Lohan in her recent blowup with her mom; against allegations that she hit someone with her car, and in her altercation with a congressional staffer over cell phone photos. Her last publicist quit two years ago.
NASHVILLE HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY-BACK
There's a candy buy back again this year. Nashville Smile Team dentists will pay children a dollar per pound of candy, November 1st through 8th, at their office on Trousdale Drive.