Monday, may 14, 2012
VETS: ARCADIUS' DEATH AT STEEPLECHASE WAS UNAVOIDABLE
The 8 year-old horse that died after winning the Iroquois Steeplechase on Saturday will be buried near the track at Percy Warner Park, but questions are being raised about whether the horses are being pushed too hard. A veterinarian says Arcadius had a pulmonary aneurysm, which could not have been diagnosed or prevented, and that it could just as easily have happend in the field as after a race. The necropsy report will be out today.(Arcadius was an 8-year-old, world class, grade one racing horse.)
STUDY: MANY TENNESSEANS CAN'T AFFORD DOCTOR VISIT
If you've put off a doctor's visit because of finances, you're not alone. A recent study shows nearly 7 in 10 Tennesseans skipped at least one doctor visit in 2010 because they couldn't afford to go.The numbers aren't in yet for 2011. (The study released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute.)
HIGHER STANDARDS/HIGHER PAY FOR BABYSITTERS
Parents are becoming more particular when it comes to hiring babysitters. (Now, consider the source, and the fact that the American Red Cross offers CPR and babysitting training for a fee, but ) a Red Cross poll finds many parents want people with CPR and first aid training to watch their kids. And they're paying from 6 to 20 dollars an hour for it. However, the poll also found parents usually choose an adult they know to watch the kids, instead of a teenager.
FINALLY, A TIP THAT MIGHT WORK TO KEEP KIDS FROM BEING LEFT IN HOT CARS
Police and health officials are reminding you that this is the time of year it's getting deadly dangerous to leave a child in a parked car. And one piece of advice that seems to be helping... is for the parent to put something they'll NEED to get before they can leave the car, in the back seat. Like your purse, briefcase, glasses, cellphone, groceries.
YOUNG CANCER PATIENTS' 'STRONGER' VIDEO A BIG HIT
Have you seen the video that some kids at Seattle Children's Hospital made, dancing and lip synching to Kelly Clarkson's song, "Stronger?" It was the idea of 22 year-old Chris Rumble, a leukemia patient at the hospital, and hundreds of thousands of people have already watched it.
Even cooler.. Kelly made a video especially for the KIDS, and posted it online. You can see her response here. Doctors at Seattle Children's say the entire experience has REALLY lifted the kids' spirits.
You can see all the videos, including the "Making Of.." the childrens' video.
MOTHER'S DAY THIEF COMES CLEAN 54 YEARS LATER, RETURNS HYDRANGEAS TO CENTENNIAL PARK
Flowers stolen from Nashville's Centennial Park 54 years ago have been returned. A man from Kentucky says he and a friend couldn't afford something nice for a Mother's Day gift so they stole two containers of Hydrangeas from the entrance of the Park. Billy Teitloff says they multiplied in his mom's back yard all these years, and now, as he's writing his memoir wanted to set things straight, and brought two plants back. You can see the Nikko blue hydrangeas: they've been replanted in the sunken gardens, just north of lake Watauga in Centennial Park.
SPRING HILL FUNERAL HOME APPEALS FOR CREMATORY
A Spring Hill funeral home is trying again to get a permit for a new crematory, after city leaders turned down the request last year. Neighbors complained because of safety fears, though a study found little chance of public risk by having one nearby.
FIRE DESTROYS GALLATIN BUILDING
The 21st Century Building on Franklin Street in Gallatin has been destroyed. It caught fire around 4 yesterday morning. No word yet on why.
SNAKE CAUSES CLARKSVILLE POWER OUTAGE
About 12-thousand homes in Clarksville were without electricity for hours yesterday after a snake got sizzled at a primary power substation and tripped the power.
AVENGERS SETS MORE RECORDS
"The Avengers" set another box office record: the first film ever to sell more than 100 MILLION dollars in its SECOND weekend.
MAKER OF SHELBY RACECARS DIES
Carroll Shelby, most famous for creating high-performance road and racing cars bearing his name, died Thursday in Dallas, Texas. He was 89 years old. Shelby's name is probably most associated with the Cobra, a car that combined a lightweight British racecar body with a powerful Ford V8 engine. He is also known for the Shelby line of Ford Mustang-based performance cars. The cause of his death has not been released, according to a statement from the auto company Shelby American.
BIOLOGICAL FATHER SEEKS CUSTODY OF SURVIVING DAUGHTER
A custody case could separate the surviving two sisters who were kidnapped in West Tennessee. The man who's the biological father of the oldest girl now says he wants her back. Mark Johnson, who fathered Adrienne -- who was murdered -- and her sister Alexandria -- who survived the kidnapping -- signed over his custody rights more than a year ago to Jo Ann Bain's current husband Gary. But now he's seeking legal action to get his surviving daughter back.
Gary Bain, the girl's legal father, says he's taking the girls to California to spread the ashes of Joann and Adrienne on the beach. The two were killed by Adam Mayes during the kidnapping of the youngest two girls.
YAHOO CEO OUT AFTER SCANDAL OVER EMBELLISHED RESUME
Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Scott Thompson is out after it was found he padded his resume by adding a college degree he didn't really have. He was with the company just four months.
NEW JERSEY TOWN CITES TEXTING PEDESTRIANS
Police in Fort Lee, New Jersey are writing tickets to people caught texting and walking. The police say there are more people not watching where they're going, and jaywalking, as they stare down at that phone in their hands. Cops say it's their job to stop them and keep them from being hit by cars.
RIVERGATE MALL KICKED OFF IT'S YEWT ESCORT POLICY THIS WEEKEND
The new Escort Policy Kicked off this weekend at Rivergate Mall. Friday and Saturday nights at RiverGate, everyone under 18 has to be escorted by an adult the entire time they're there. It's supposed to stop some of the youth and gang-related trouble that sometimes kept shoppers away. www.RiverGate-Mall.com
HOT BUTTON ISSUES FUEL HATE CRIMES
Local authorities say hot button issues could be fueling the recent rise in hate crimes. They're reporting a more than 50-percent increase last year after three years of declines. The rate of victims in Nashville nearly doubled from the year before. They say current controversial issues like homosexuality and Shariah law, the religious rules of the Muslim tradition, could be tied to the increase.
NEW 'BACHELORETTE' SEASON WILL BE 'DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT'
A Bachelorette season with no hot tub scenes? No overnight dates? Along with the clinking of Champagne glasses and the passing out of roses, those have become staples of the ABC franchise. But this time around, expect a "different vibe" with single mom Emily Maynard in the Bachelorette driver's seat for Season 8, which kicks off Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Maynard will start out meeting 25 men - including a mushroom farmer, a-race car driver and a singer/songwriter. "Emily's season is drastically different," says host Chris Harrison. Maynard, 26, was engaged to Nascar driver Ricky Hendrick when he died in an airplane crash in 2004. He died before she gave birth to their daughter, Ricki, now 6. It's the first time the franchise has featured a single mom, and that "definitely changed the tone" of everything, Harrison said in a press call. "It changed the tone from Night 1."