Monday, November 4, 2013

SHARP OBJECTS REPORTEDLY FOUND IN CANDY IN LEBANON 
Authorities in Lebanon, Tennessee say they got two reports of candy with sharp objects in it on Saturday. The Lebanon Democrat reported that one piece of candy contained a razor blade and the other a sewing pin. Police are investigating.
though police say the candy was given out separately... one on the Five Oaks area and another in the Blairmont Drive area of Lebanon. (The razor blade and sewing pin are both in police custody as evidence.)

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS: SOME ACTUALLY RICE, WEEDS
If you're about to pop a bunch of supplements, be aware that a new study of 44 popular supplements sold by a dozen companies, found the herbs in many of them are often diluted or replaced by cheap fillers like wheat, soybean, and rice. And some bottles contained ground up weeds.

MAKING STRIDES SETS RECORD
The American Cancer Society says we're about a million dollars closer to a cure, thanks to those who came out and donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk this weekend at LP Field. More than 27,000 people were there. 

OPRAH’S YARD SALE BRINGS IN 600-THOUSAND DOLLARS
Oprah’s former favorite things have sold for $600,000. She held what was called an ‘Epic yard sale’ on Saturday, and the proceeds go to  Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

BEST TIME TO CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE
And as we enter the biggest shopping season of the year, chances are higher that you'll need customer service of some kind. With that in mind, a new study finds if you HAVE to call customer service, the earlier in the day you do, the faster you'll get results. The absolute best time, researchers say, is between 9 and 11a.m.

CAUSE OF DEATH RELEASED FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE MURDERER PAUL REID
Convicted serial killer Paul Dennis Reid died from complications due to pneumonia, heart failure and upper respiratory issues, sources confirm to News 2. Reid died Friday evening at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry Medical College. He was 55 years old.  Reid was sentenced to death seven times in April 1999 for killing seven workers at three fast-food restaurants in Nashville and Clarksville in 1997.  His murder spree began in February of 1997 at a Donelson Captain D's restaurant. He forced 16-year-old employee Sara Jackson and 25-year-old manager Steve Hampton into a cooler then shot them execution style. One month later, in March, four employees at a McDonald's Hermitage were forced into a store room. Reid shot 17-year-old Angela Brown, 27-year-old Ronald Santiago, and 23-year-old Robert Sewell execution style.  He also attempted to shoot employee Jose Ramirez Gonzalez, but his weapon failed, so Reid stabbed the man 17 times. Gonzalez survived and later testified against Reid in court. The third set of murders took place in April of 1997. Reid traveled to Clarksville, kidnapped two employees of a local Baskin Robbins, slashed their throats and dumped them at Dunbar Cave State Park.  The bodies of 21-year-old Angela Holmes and 16-year-old Michelle Mace were found the following day.  Reid was arrested several months later, in June of 1997.

YUCKY BUT TRUE: SPICES YOU USE ARE NOT AS PURE AS WE'D LIKE
Yucky, but true: the Food and Drug Administration says about 12 percent of spices imported into the U.S. are contaminated.... and one report claims some of the spice imports investigated contained salmonella. The U.S. is the largest importer of spices in the world, bringing in more than a billion pounds of spices a year, from more than 140 countries.
 
HEALTH: MILLIONS COULD QUALIFY FOR FREE HEALTH POLICIES UNDER NEW LAW
 
HEALTH: U.S. PRETERM BIRTH RATES FALL
There are new numbers out, that say we're doing BETTER at preventing premature births in the United States. The 176-thousand fewer babies that have been born too soon... means fewer of them dying or having lifelong health problems, as WELL AS a savings of 9 BILLION dollars in healthcare costs.  But, the March of Dimes says we still have the highest rate of preterm births of any industrialized country, so we need to keep the focus on preventing premature births, and finding out why it happens. 

TITANS BEAT THE RAMS
Titans fans should be happy today: the Titans beat the Rams, led by former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, this weekend.  The 28-21 win in St. Louis yesterday also snapped the Titans' losing streak. 

88 PERCENT OF TEENS HAVE GADGETS ON HOLIDAY WISHLIST
What do kids want for Christmas? I think you know. But just in case: an online survey says 88% of children between 12 and 17, want gadgets. The most popular item is the iPhone.Only about half the parents surveyed, however, said the kids would be getting that expensive item. 

ONLY THREE MORE PAYDAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!
Speaking of Christmas, someone pointed out on Facebook that if you get paid every two weeks, there are only THREE MORE PAYDAYS till Christmas!

WOMAN ADDED TO TBI MOST WANTED LIST
Having a baby is a special time in a woman's life. Or it is for many women.  For 32-year-old Tiffany Jordan-Johnson, cops say having her seventh baby was an opportunity for her to use the child in a con game. The Madison, Tennessee woman allegedly kept offering the child for adoption to different families and agencies, would take whatever perks or cash she could get, then disappear. Her first five children are already in her mom's custody, and cops don't know where Tiffany, or her 6th and 7th children, are, so there's a thousand-dollar reward offered, and Tiffany has been added to the TBI's most wanted list. 

TRUCK DRIVER LOOKING AT PHOTOS ONLINE AS HE CRASHED, KILLED ONE PERSON
The video has been released, and it's not looking good for a truck driver who slammed into a string of police and fire trucks in Arizona and killed someone. The dashboard cam shows that 33 year old Jorge Espinoza was looking down at something at the time of the crash, and phone records show he was looking at scantily clad pictures of women online, when he crashed into the emergency vehicles. He's now been charged 20 felony counts, including second-degree murder.  SEE THE VIDEO

HOUSTON COACH COLLAPSES LEAVING FIELD
Houston, Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed as he was walking off the field at halftime of the team's game with the Colts this weekend. The 52-year-old was  light-headed and dizzy, and taken to the hospital for tests. (The Denver Broncos head coach John Fox was taken to a hospital Saturday after feeling lightheaded while playing golf.)

WINDOWS XP EASIER TO HACK
If you still have Windows XP, and you've held off updating it, now's the time. Microsoft says the older Windows XP operating system is six times more likely to get hacked than the newer Windows 7 or 8 systems. 

TENNESSEE LAWMAKERS INSPECTING CLASSROOM TEXTBOOKS
Tennessee lawmakers are spending the next two days making sure classroom textbooks are “tools of education, not indoctrination.” Those are the words of Senate Education Committee chair Dolores Gresham, who will lead the hearings.Activists have been picking apart history books, finding what they consider anti-Semitic bias and misrepresentation of religious history.

MOBILITY SCOOTERS ON THE ROAD, A HAZARD
Now that it gets dark earlier, officials say there's something more than just other drivers, deer and children to watch out for: it's mobility scooters. As a large portion of the country ages, those scooters are popping up more on city streets, residential streets and country roads... and here in Middle Tennessee three people have been killed, riding mobility scooters on the road in the dark, just since July. 

GERMAN SHEPHERD CALLED A HERO FOR SAVING BABY'S LIFE
A keen-eared German Shepherd has been credited with saving a newborn's life after the infant was abandoned in a park in England.
Roger Wilday was walking his 9 year old dog, Jade, last week, when the dog suddenly sprinted toward some bushes, laid down next to what appeared to be a discarded carrier bag and refused to return to her owner's side. As Wilday approached his dog, he realized why. There was a baby in the carrier. Doctors say the infant, only 24-hours old when she was found, would probably have died if she'd been left there much longer. She's okay, and hospital staff are calling the baby Jade, after her canine rescuer.

PREGNANT WIFE STABBED BY INTRUDER , WITNESSED BY HUSBAND ON VIDEO
A soldier stationed overseas was video chatting on Facetime with his pregnant wife here in the U.S., and he watched in horror, helplessly, as an intrudier came up behind her and repeatedly stabbed her. Rachel Poole is recovering, and her baby was delivered and is in good condition as well. The suspect was caught and is in jail.