Monday, February 18,2013

MINDY MCCREADY FOUND DEAD
http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=791263
Country singer Mindy McCready has apparently committed suicide. She was found dead yesterday at her home in Arkansas. McCready has had repeated problems with drug and alcohol addiction and her boyfriend died last month, also an apparent  suicide. She was reportedly found on the same porch where he died. Her father claimed that since her boyfriend's death Mindy just slept all day, drank and took prescription drugs all night, and was abusive and unable to take care of her two boys. Mindy MCCready was 37. (She was on an episode of "Celebrity Rehab" three years ago with Dr. Drew Pinsky, who said he contacted her last month after her boyfriend's death. Pinsky said he urged her to get help, but that Mindy was afraid of what people would think.)

SUICIDE 10TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN UNITED STATES
http://www.suicidehotlines.com/tennessee.html
Every parent who's lost a child to suicide, knows what heartbreak Mindy McCready's parents must be feeling today. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. If you know someone who's in trouble, here's a link for suicide hotlines and crisis lines, for the person who's considering suicide as an option, as well as family members who need to get their loved one some help.
http://www.suicidehotlines.com/tennessee.html 
The Nashville Crisis Line number is 615-244-7444, and it's answered 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

DO YOU KNOW THE SIGNS OF DEPRESSION?
http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-and-types
Sleeping a lot, as Mindy McCready reportedly did, can be a sign of major depression. What other signs might you be missing in a loved-one?
http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/major-depression

TWO DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE HOTELS FACE FEDERAL LAWSUIT
http://www.wsmv.com/story/21226514/nashville-hotels-face-federal-lawsuit
Two downtown Nashville hotels face a federal lawsuit for allegedly paying employees below the minimum wage and denying them overtime pay. Hotel housekeepers filed the suit against The Best Western Music Row and the Comfort Inn Downtown, claiming the hotels are not only underpaying them, but that it's common practice by management to mistreat employees, including physical violence.

PRESIDENT'S DAY CLOSINGS
http://www.wkrn.com/story/21231644/celebrate-presidents-day-throughout-middle-tennessee
Today is President's Day. For a lot of people, it's just another day. But it's actually to honor all American presidents, especially George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.   
All federal, state and county offices and courts are closed. Public schools are closed, most banks are closed and there's no mail delivery today.

TELEVISION CAN BE HIGH IN CALORIES!
You knew we tend to eat more when we're watching TV, because we eat mindlessly. But, a new study from Yale finds we eat 45% more snacks when we're hit with food commercials. The good news is that when we see ads about healthy lifestyles and good nutrition, we tend to eat better.  R

Read more about ADS THAT TARGET OBESITY
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/09/10/blue-cross-ads-aim-to-fight-obesity-by-targeting-parents/

GAS PRICES STILL GOING UP
http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/17/news/economy/gas-prices/
Gas prices are up again.  Today marks the 32nd day the price at the pump has gone up.  We're now at an average of $3.73 a gallon. 

WHY PARENTS JOIN FACEBOOK
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57569806-71/half-of-facebook-parents-joined-to-spy-on-kids
A new study shows that half of all parents who join Facebook sign up to keep track of their kids' online activities. They're most interested in their children's friends, possible drug use and actual opinions of their parents. 

COUPLE ARRESTED FOR MAKING METH WITH BABY IN HOUSE
http://www.wsmv.com/story/21225754/couple-accused-of-making-meth-in-front-of-toddler
To show you how crazy meth makes you act: two people have been arrested in Hermitage for making meth in the presence of their 3 year old daughter. Meth is highly toxic, and it's explosive. Yet, there they were, cooking up the deadly drug near the baby. 28 year old Phillip Mason, and 23-year-old Emily Mashburn are charged with child endangerment, meth charges and weapons charges. The baby is with relatives. (Cops also arrested the owner of the duplex for his involvement in the case.)

YOU CAN HELP SHAPE NASHVILLE'S FUTURE
http://www.nashville.gov/Government/NashvilleNext.aspx
Mayor Karl Dean is asking what you want next for Nashville, and is taking public input during a three-year planning project called NashvilleNext. You can share your thoughts online http://www.nashville.gov/Government/NashvilleNext.aspx
or at the Nashville Public library.

NASHVILLE RIVERFRONT CHANGES: CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN AT ROLLING MILL HILL
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130216/BUSINESS02/302160066/Rolling-Mill-Hill-get-more-residential-units-retail-space
The banks of the Cumberland River are about to be transformed again. A combined $60 million in new construction is slated for the last three upper-end parcels at Rolling Mill Hill, which would complete the residential part of the community south of Broadway on the banks of the Cumberland River.
SWH Residential Partners LLC, the Atlanta-based apartment developer picked as the city’s development partner for the project this week, said the buildings will have a total of 380 residential units and nearly 7,000 square feet of retail space — the first new retail space in the overall development.
By year-end, work should start on 180 apartment units that will sit atop ground-level retail space for restaurants, coffee shops and other retailers, plus seven flexible work/live units for offices or residential use
Rolling Mill Hill runs along the Cumberland River, bordered by Korean Veterans Blvd on one end, and I-40 on the other, and extends as far out as Rutledge and Academy place.

A LITTLE SUGAR REALLY DOES HELP THINGS GO DOWN!
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/18/sugar-mist-makes-veggies-more-palatable-to-kids
Wanna get the kids to eat more veggies? Try a little sugar on them. Preschoolers who were served vegetables sprayed with a mist of sugar ate more of the healthy foods. Seems children are more sensitive to the bitter flavor in some veggies, and the sugar was just enough to balance it out. A nutritionist shared with us that if it takes a little cheese, or sauce, or in this case sugar, to get you started on eating more veggies, it's better than NOT eating them. (You probably won't have to use sugar every time, but it can get them started on veggies at a younger age, and used to eating them. Researchers added about a half-teaspoon of sugar to each ¾ cup of veggies,  which only adds 8 calories. )

ROD STEWART GETS DULLEST MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
http://www.ultimate-tar.com/news/wtf/rod_stewart_named_dull_man_of_the_year.html
Rod Stewart has gotten an unusual recognition for a rock star. He's on the  "Dull Man of the Year" list. He made the list because of his love of model trains. Others on the list include a researcher who has discovered that goats have accents.

GALLATIN CHURCH EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH THEFT
http://www.wsmv.com
 A Gallatin church employee has been charged with stealing from the congregation. Crystal Lynn Dycus is accused of stealing 165 thousand dollars from the Douglas Chapel United Methodist, and using the cash to make mortgage payments, and pay for tanning visits. She goes to court this week.
 
ANNUAL POLAR BEAR PLUNGE WAS THIS WEEKEND
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/21226609/community-participates-in-annual-polar-plunge
Okay, you know how cold it was this weekend? In spite of that there were people stripping down to their bathing suits and jumping into the icy cold waters of Percy Priest Lake for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. It's a fundraiser for Special Olympics Tennessee. (Organizers say the water was a frigid 41 degrees.)

HARRY POTTER STAR GETS NEW CBS COMEDY THIS FALL
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/harry-potter-rupert-grint-super-clyde-greg-garcia-cbs-421404
You knew him as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. Now, Rupert Grint is going from sidekick to superhero in a CBS' comedy this fall. It's called Super Clyde.  about a fast food worker who wants to be a super hero.

POLICE CONFUSE WOMAN'S BUCKEYES DECAL FOR POT LEAF
Police in Tennessee may want to brush up on the difference between the leaf of a marijuana plant and the leaf of an Ohio buckeye tree.  Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni tells "The Columbus Dispatch" she was recently pulled over near Memphis because the cops thought her Ohio State University Buckeye decal was some kind of pot symbol.  The 65-year-old woman lives in Plano, Texas now, but grew up a Buckeyes football fan in Columbus, Ohio.  She says "it's just amazing they would be that dumb" to confuse the two plants, adding that they looked at her as if she was speaking a different language when she tried to explain the mix-up.  Jonas-Boggioni says the police even asked her to remove the decal permanently, but she refused.  She explains, quote, "This little old lady is no drug dealer."

NASHVILLE MUSICIAN ARRESTED ON CHILD SEX CHARGES
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/21226372/band-member-admits-to-seeking-sex-with-children
Some members of the Nashville music commun ity were shocked this weekend to hear that a local just got arrested in a sting. He was trying to buy sex with small children. The FBI says 30-year-old banjo player, Abraham Eugene Spear, entered a guilty plea Friday in a Dallas federal courtroom to one count of enticement of a minor.  Spear played the banjo for the Josh Thompson band. He now faces 10  years to life in prison.

GOVERNOR HASLAM'S SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM DRAWING MIXED REVIEWS
http://www.wsmv.com/story/21229056/voucher-plan-is-gearing-up-in-tenn-legislature
Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee is drawing mixed response from lawmakers and educators.    Proponents of the measure say it is another option for parents seeking to provide a better education for their children. Those against the proposal say voucher programs are unproven, and they don't like the idea of taking funds from public schools and giving them to private institutions. School vouchers, also referred to as opportunity scholarships, are state-funded scholarships that pay for students to attend private school rather than public school. Private schools must meet minimum standards established by legislatures in order to accept voucher recipients. Legislatures also set parameters for student eligibility, which in Tennessee would include children in low-income families, attending low performing schools.  Governor Haslam's voucher program would also be limited to 5,000 students at first.           

13 THOUSAND BOXES OF GIRLSCOUT COOKIES DESTROYED, LEADERS QUESTIONED ABOUT WHY THEY WEREN'T DONATED TO NEEDY
http://www.examiner.com/article/13-200-girl-scout-cookie-boxes-destroyed-cookies-unsold-but-not-expired
Many are asking why the practice of girl scout leaders is not to take unsold cookies and donate them to the needy, instead of what happened last May. Video surfaced showing 13,200 boxes of the treats being destroyed. They weren't expired, and had no problems, they were just being tossed into a dump. The Gorgonio Girl Scout Council in Redlands, Calif, who was responsible for the waste, has come under fire over it, though a vice president with the group claims he didn't know that's what happened to them, and agreed that a good practice would have been to buy back the unsold cookies and donate them to local church groups and food banks.