Monday, May 12, 2014

SOME PEOPLE FORGOTTEN ON MOTHER'S DAY
Although you couldn't watch anything or listen to anything without hearing about Mother's Day this weekend, today might be a good day to reach out to people you may know who may feel like they were left out. Not everyone has a mother who's still living, and not everyone has become a mother. Some have furbabies instead, and more and more these days there are children with drug-addicted mothers, kids who are taken away from their parents because of abuse or neglect, parents and kids who are estranged, or kids being raised by other family members. Remember those women - and those kids today - and if you can, let them know you know, and that they're not alone.

STORMS AND TORNADOES IN NEBRASKA
They're cleaning up today in Nebraska after a line of severe thunderstorms tore through, leaving widespread damage and triggering at least one apparent tornado.  More severe weather is forecast for the central U.S. today.

SCHUMER ASKS FOR REWARD FOR MISSING NIGERIAN GIRLS
Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the State Department to offer a reward for information leading to freedom for the nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria. 

CLIPPER OWNER ASKS FOR FORGIVENESS
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is asking for forgiveness. It's been almost two weeks since Sterling was banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments.  He's now telling CNN's Anderson Cooper he made a mistake and he's sorry. In the interview, that'll air tonight, the 80-year-old Sterling asks, "Am I entitled to one mistake? Am I after 35 years?" 
 
TITANS ADD SIX PLAYERS DURING DRAFT
The Tennessee Titans have six new players. During this year's NFL Draft, the Titans chose offensive tackle Taylor Lewan in the first round, running back Bishop Sankey in the second.  The team also added defensive tackle DaQuan Jones and defensive back Marqueston Huff, linebacker Avery Williamson and quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE OPENS WASHINGTON MONUMENT
The National Park Service will reopen the Washington Monument today. It's been closed to the public since an August 2011 earthquake caused significant structural damage. 

PEDESTRIAN HIT ON I-65 IN MARSHALL COUNTY
A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle as the person was apparently walking in the southbound lanes of I-65 in Marshall County shortly before midnight Saturday night. Life flight was called to the scene. No details were immediately available about the victim’s condition or possible charges in the case. 

"NASHVILLE" RENEWED
ABC says it's renewing the TV series "Nashville" for a third season, but has not commented, officially, on whether they'll stay here in Nashville for filming. A source leaked last month that producers might be looking at filming somewhere else, which would take away that money the production brings.
The finale of SEASON two, of "Nashville" airs Wednesday night.

LEARNING ENGLISH AND MAKING FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Here's your feel good story of the day. This is such a great, simple idea: Teenagers in Brazil want to learn to speak English fluently, and elderly people here in America, just want someone to talk to. So a school in Brazil has put them together, online, so they can see and meet each other. Not only are the kids learning English, but the teens and the nursing home folks have made some connections that are changing their lives. SEE THE VIDEO on this page.
I LOVE it! Hopefully, that idea will spread.

POLICE INVESTIGATE WRECK NEAR STEWARTS FERRY ON I40
Metro police have kind of a mystery on their hands. They're investigating a crash off I-40 in Hermitage overnight, after a woman came into TriStar Summit around 3:30 this morning, and told them she had crashed... but police couldn't find the car. Turns out it was so far off I40 , back in the treeline... that it couldn't be seen from the road. Here's the mystery part, the woman SAID there was a second victim in the crash, a man, but he was nowhere to be found.  The investigation into the crash is still underway.

NIGERIAN GIRLS
More than 200 mothers in Nigeria are still without their daughters nearly four weeks after the girls were kidnapped by militants. As many as 276 girls were taken, about 50 escaped, but not a single one of the remaining girls has been found. The president of Nigeria however, now says he's optimistic that the girls can be found as members of the international community step in to help. At least one U.S. lawmaker is suggesting we come up with some reward money.

METRO POLICE OFFICER KILLED
There are some pretty traumatized people this morning, after that crash on I-65 Northbound near Brentwood Saturday morning, because they then saw what happend after the initial crash. A truck had overturned while taking the on-ramp from Old Hickory Boulevard, so a TDOT help truck was on the scene, and 25 year old  metro police officer Michael Petrina, just a few months out of the police academy was out of his car, directing traffic. Just then, a motorhome came around the blind curve, was unable to stop and, trying to navigate between Petrina's patrol car and the TDOT help truck, slammed into Petrina, killing him. The driver, 71 year old Dean Diver of Florida has not been charged, though an investigation is underway. Petrina had served in the Tennessee National Guard and has family in Germantown, Tennessee.

"NASHVILLE" RENEWED, FILMING SITE UNDECIDED
 ABC's "Nashville" is coming back for a third season, but it's not clear yet whether it'll be filmed here in Nashville. Apparently the 'economic incentives' will help producers make their decisions. Last year, the show got about 13 million dollars from the state, Metro government, and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation. 

BOY SCOUTS RESCUE INJURED ANN CURRY 
Did you hear? NBC journalist Ann Curry was hiking on a trail in New Jersey, and she somehow fell and broke her ankle and couldn't walk out. So, guess who shows up? Boy scouts. No. Really. A whole bunch of boyscouts showed up. They used their skills to build a makeshift stretcher to carry her out to the trailhead. She wrote them a personal thank you note.

BARBARA WALTERS' FINAL WEEK UNDERWAY
The celebrations begin today marking Barbara Walters' final week as co-host of "The View."  The 84-year-old news veteran is ending her broadcast career with a number of high profile interviews.  

FUNERAL TODAY FOR FORMER SENATOR MATTHEWS
Funeral services for former U.S. Senator Harlan Mathews are today.  Mathews died last Friday at the age of 87 after being recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.

DAUGHTER OF HANK SENIOR ARRESTED AGAIN
The daughter of country music legend Hank Williams Senior is once again facing charges for driving under the influence.  The Wilson County Sheriff's Office says Jett Williams Adkinson was arrested Friday night. She had been arrested for dui in February as well.