Monday October 22, 2012
MENINGITIS OUTBREAK SEEMS TO BE TAPERING OFF
That meningitis outbreak is finally tapering off. As of Saturday there were 284 cases of the rare illness, and 23 deaths nationwide. There were 9 deaths here in Tennessee. (69 total cases across the state.)
The final presidential debate before the election is tonight at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are expected to focus on foreign policy starting shortly after 8 local time and it will be on TV.
FREE HELP IF YOU'RE AT RISK OF LOSING YOUR HOME
If you’re at risk of losing your home because you’ve had a change in circumstances and can’t pay the mortgage, there’s an event this week that could turn things around for you. It’s sponsored by the U-S Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development - or HUD. It’s called Help for Homeowners, and it's Wednesday at the Nashville Convention Center. You’ll get help from HUD-approved counselors and mortgage companies .. who’ll let you know your options… which may include refinancing, or getting into the “Keep My Tennessee Home” program, which pays your mortgage for up to 18 months while you look for work.
RECORD TURNOUT FOR MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
If you've known someone with breast cancer, or lost someone to breast cancer, then you're going to love this: there were more than 20 thousand people, a record turnout, at Saturday's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. They raised more than 650-thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society's breast cancer programs, which include research, education, and support for cancer patients.
JOHNSON, HASSELBECK CARRY TITANS TO SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN
And I know it's Monday so how about some good news? The Titans WON this weekend!
This was their second in a row. They scored a touchdown with just over a minute left on the clock, and beat the Buffalo Bills 35-34 yesterday. The team is back at home on Sunday against the (Indianapolis) Colts.
FRANKLIN WINS CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS MARCHING BAND TITLE
Franklin High School has won the Contest of Champions high school marching band competition. Bands as far away as Florida and New York come to compete. Franklin was first, McGavock was fifth, Overton placed 6th and Columbia Central ranked in 8th place.
SALVATION ARMY KICKS OFF ANGEL TREE SEASON WITH CONCERT
The Salvation Army kicked off its Angel Tree season with what they hope to make an annual tradition for people in Middle Tennessee: Nashville Glee for Angel Tree. Last night at the Opry House, The Nashville Choir and Choirs from several local high schools sang inspirational songs, and people in the audience were reminded that we're expecting a record number of people to sign up for Christmas clothing and toys through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, and Angels on the Air.
TAYLOR SWIFT'S NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY
Taylor Swift's new album, "Red" is out today. She says it's about -- surprise -- the relationships she's had the past two years.
LANCE ARMSTRONG LOSES TITLES FOR DRUG USE
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of the seven Tour de France cycling titles that made him a legend. The International Cycling Union decision also bans him from cycling for life.... and comes after this month's finding by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that there is "overwhelming" evidence that Armstrong was involved as a professional cyclist in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."
He'll also have to give back prize money, which will be something like 14 million dollars.
Nissan is recalling thousands of Altimas to fix a problem with bolts that could fall out of the steering mechanism. If your 2012 or 2013 Altima is involved you'll get a notice from your dealer. (The recall affects nearly 14-thousand 2012 and 2013 Altimas built between mid-May and late July this year.)
MAN FALLS FROM ESCALATOR IN NEW JERSEY
A man who fell from an escalator on his way out of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday is in critical condition with severe head injuries. He fell over the side, and dropped 21 feet onto a metal stage.
MASS SHOOTING IN MILWAUKEE
Four people are dead after a mass shooting in Milwaukee. a 45 year-old man shot and killed three women, and wounded four others before killing himself at a day spa yesterday. It was apparently a husband, attacking his wife and those around her.
GARTH BROOKS INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Garth Brooks has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, so was Connie Smith, and legendary piano player Hargus "Pig" Robbins.
GEORGE MCGOVERN DIES
Former South Dakota lawmaker George McGovern has passed away. The 90-year-old was the Democratic party's presidential nominee in 1972, but lost to Richard Nixon.
PARENTS SUE CHICAGO HOSPITAL FOR WRONGFULLY DECLARING CHILD DEAD
The parents of an 8-year-old Chicago boy who has severe brain damage are suing the hospital that declared him dead, and kept him off a ventilator for five hours, even when family members were insisting that his eyes and body were still moving. The hospital denies the allegations and says the boy arrived at the hospital after being in full cardiac arrest for 25 minutes.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND JESSICA BIEL ARE MARRIED
The couple tied the knot Friday with a 6.5 million dollar wedding in Italy.
BOX OFFICE: WHAT DID WE WATCH AT THE MOVIES?
1. Paranormal Activity 4 - $30.2 million
2. Argo - $16.6 million
3. Hotel Transylvania - $13.5 million
4. Taken 2 - $13.4 million
5. Alex Cross - $11.8 million