NOVEMBER 1, 2011
Halloween Candy Buy Back
Click here to see if your dentist participates in a Halloween candy buy back program. They might still be participating and not on the list, give them a call to make sure. Find out more.
Nissan To Hire Hundreds At Smyrna Plant
Nissan is holding a job fair tomorrow to fill hundreds of positions at its Smyrna plant. Over a thousand positions will be available when the Rutherford County plant starts making the Nissan Leaf next year. The fair is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 2) at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.
Elephant Mourns Loss Of Canine Companion At Hohenwald Sanctuary
For the past eight years, at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, wherever you saw Tarra the elephant, you saw Bella the dog. The two were inseparable. Recently Bella the dog died. Officials think she was killed by coyotes. It appears that Tarra found the dog's body before caretakers did, and carried the dog with her trunk back to the barn where the two spent most of their time. See a slideshow of photos of the two, and read their story here, and the Mix 92.9 Facebook page. There'll be a memorial fund set up in Bella's honor.
Woman Sought In Cool Springs Belk Shoplifting Case
Police in Franklin want you to see if you know this thief. The woman in the surveillance photos was seen entering a dressing room at the Belk department store at the Cool Springs Galleria with an empty bag and clothes several times on the evening of October 17. She then was seen leaving the store with a purse filled with eight Lilly Pulitzer blouses worth an estimated $900. Information about the suspect could be worth up to $1,000 with a call to Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 615-794-4000. To send an anonymous tip to Franklin police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411), or call Franklin police at 615-794-2513.
Nashville Judge Grants Restraining Order Preventing Arrests Of Protesters
Occupy Nashville protesters are regaining their right to camp out at the state capital. A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order preventing the state from arresting protesters for violating a curfew ordinance at the capital. ACLU attorneys say the new restrictions are a violation of First Amendment rights. State troopers arrested around 50 demonstrators over the weekend.
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Have Their Own Security Team
Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City now have their own law enforcement. The group voted to set up a security team to enforce a set of rules aimed at keeping the peace in Zuccotti Park.
East Coast Still In The Dark
More than a million East Coast residents are still in the dark this morning after the weekend's rare October snowstorm. Officials say it will be days before power is fully restored to residents in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and other states hit by the storm. Thirteen deaths have been blamed on the storm.
Nashville Restaurants Help The Homeless
Now when you eat out, you can help the homeless. More than a dozen Nashville restaurants have joined together for a program called "Streetsmart: Helping the Homeless." You can add a dollar to your bill that goes to the non profit Room In The Inn. Room In The Room gives shelter to people with jobs who are experiencing homelessness. The program runs through New Years Eve. See which restaurants are participating on the Room In The Inn Facebook page.
Kim Kardashian Splits With Husband Of 72 Days
Kim Kardashian is speaking out on her split from NBA player Kris Humphries after two months of marriage. The reality TV star issued a statement yesterday saying, quote, "I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don't work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best."
State Could Allow Debit Card Purchases For Lotto Tix
Tennessee gambling officials are considering changing state lottery rules to let you buy tickets with debit cards instead of the cash only policy they have now. Members of a state lottery task force say younger people often ONLY use debit cards, and letting them buy that way would boost sales.
Jessica Simpson Confirms Pregnancy
Singer, actress, entrepreneur Jessica Simpson has confirmed she's pregnant with her first child. The 31-year-old singer made the announcement by dressing for Halloween as a mummy showing her baby bump. She'll be a rich mummy: Simpson's line of clothing, handbags and shoes is expected to earn more than a BILLION dollars this year. She's engaged to 32-year-old former pro football player Eric Johnson.
New TN Law Cracks Down On Pill Mills
Tennessee is cracking down on distribution of prescription pain medications. A new law officially going into effect next year is going after illegal pain clinics that have increasingly been popping up around the city. It requires clinics to be certified by the Health Department and imposes stiff penalties on physicians affiliated with them. Drug enforcement officials say the state ranks second nationally in the amount of prescription medications issued.
Gas Prices Drop In Nashville
The average price of gas has dropped four cents in Nashville. AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says the average price per gallon dropped to $3.25. Nationwide, prices have dropped one cent to $3.44.
Family Claims Son With Down Syndrome Tazed After Running From Police
A Williamson County family is claiming police brutality after a family member was tazed while running from the police. The cops say they've received dozens of false report calls from the Mitchells over the past several months, and when Christopher Mitchell and his mother apparently made another false 911 call recently, cops tried to question Christopher and he ran. Police say they tazed him three times. The family says it was more, even though the tasers register each time they're used. The 28-year-old was charged with filing a false police report and evading arrest.
Teachers Overburdened With Evaluations
The Department of Education is trying to get the number of evaluations Tennessee teachers need to have, reduced. Teachers say the four evaluations they currently go through is overburdening them. The old requirement was one every five years. The department of education is asking the state school board to cut them down to two.
Super Committee Meets Today To Make Cuts By Thanksgiving
The congressional super-committee on debt and deficits holds another public meeting today. The panel will hear from Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of the presidential commission on fiscal responsibility and reform. The super-committee is charged with identifying $1.2 trillion in spending cuts by Thanksgiving.
Study: Youth Targeted By Soft Drink Makers
A new study shows soft drink makers are taking aim at children and teenagers. The study from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, indicates children and teenagers are seeing much more advertising than ever before, with Hispanics and blacks especially targeted.
Is Your Home Cleaner Than Your Parents'?
Do you keep a cleaner home than your parents did? If a recent survey is right, we must be a nation of neat-freaks. A recent survey found about 75% of women claim their house is as clean or CLEANER than the one they grew up in.