NOVEMBER 18, 2011
Vince Gill Opens Up About Pedophile Gym Teacher In Wake Of Penn State Scandal
Singer Vince Gill says hearing about the Penn State abuse has brought up memories of his own. Gill said, "It conjured up something that happened in my past when I was about that age, as a 12-year-old kid starting 7th grade," he confided. "There was unfortunately a gym teacher at our school that wound up being the same kind of thing." Gill made the revelation in an interview with CNN's "Showbiz Tonight" Wednesday night. See the interview here.
Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore Split
Demi Moore is ending her marriage to actor Ashton Kutcher. Moore, 49, and Kutcher who's now 33, were married in September 2005. There've been rumors about Kutcher's infidelity for months now. Demi said, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."
Angel Tree Charity Needs Help
A holiday charity in the Metro area is in desperate need. The Nashville Salvation Army says the economy and unemployment have caused more than a 25-percent increase in recipients of the Angel Tree program. The program lets children, seniors or families write a gift request on a tree ornament for a charity giver to 'adopt' and fill the request. Angel Tree booths are located in the RiverGate Mall, Green Hills Mall, Cool Springs Galleria and Hickory Hollow. You can also call Mix 92.9 at 615-737-0929 to adopt an Angel.
Peanut Butter Recalled
There's a recall you need to know about: Smucker's is recalling jars of Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky, because it may be contaminated with salmonella. You would have bought the peanut butter within the past week, and it'll have "best if used by" dates of August 2012.
Consumers Warned Not To Eat Certain Lettuce
There's romaine lettuce that may be contaminated with E coli bacteria. It's in 9 to 16 ounce packages and sold under the Ready Pac, Trader Joe's, Safeway and Dining In Classic labels. You can read more here.
More Come Forward In Penn State Scandal
Additional people are stepping forward to say they are sexual assault victims of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is currently charged with raping or molesting eight young boys over a 15-year period. The new alleged victims are in addition to the eight listed in a grand jury investigation.
Another Coach Named In Alleged Sexual Abuse
Another college assistant coach is being investigated for allegedly sexually abusing a child. Police are investigating an allegation that Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine molested a team ball boy starting in the early 1980s and continuing for years.
Opryland Hotel Lights Up For Christmas
The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center kicked off its annual "A Country Christmas" last night when it flipped the switch to turn on the holiday lights displays. Thousands come from all over the country, and locally, to see it.
Occupy Movement Plans Rumsfeld Protest
Occupy Nashville protesters are planning to protest Donald Rumsfeld's visit to Music City. The group is rallying at the hotel where the former Secretary of Defense is staying. Protesters say he is responsible for the deaths of more than 6,000 troops by misleading the public into a war. He is here to promote a new book and to raise money for conservative groups.
Is 'Real Housewives Of Music City' In The Works?
The possibility of a "Real Housewives of Music City" series may be in the works after someone posted an ad on Craigslist. There's been a lot of buzz on local blogs about the possibility of the show, but there's no word if the show is the latest spinoff of Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise. According to the ad, a major network is looking for housewives and socialites from Nashville for a new reality show. Casting directors would prefer women connected to the country music business.
Natalie Wood's Death To Be Investigated Again
The 1981 drowning case of actress Natalie Wood is being reopened. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide investigators say they've received new information from people who said they had knowledge of the case. One of those people is reportedly the captain of a boat owned by Wood and her then-husband Robert Wagner.
Michigan Official Proposes Relocation Offer To Jack Daniels
A Michigan lawmaker is trying to lure away a big Tennessee business. Michigan House speaker Jase Bolger has started wooing Jack Daniels, mentioning Michigan's effort to reform the tax code for businesses. The letter comes after a recent Lynchburg proposal to put a barrel tax on the distillery to raise revenue for Moore County.
House Says Pizza Is A 'Vegetable'
The House says Pizza is a vegetable. Pizza and french fries were on the verge of getting cut from federally funded school lunch menus because they didn't meet federal guidelines for health. Now, at least when they have enough tomato paste on them, pizza slices can qualify for a serving of veggies. Healthier school lunches are a large part of First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to curb childhood obesity. The American Frozen Food Institute lobbied Congress on behalf of the sellers of frozen pizza and french fries. The school lunch provisions are a part of a huge bill that provides money for all segments of the federal government. The House sent the bill to the Senate for final Congressional approval.
FEMA Restores Flood Relief Funds
Millions in FEMA funds have been restored for Nashville flood victims. That means we'll get back over $34-million so FEMA can buy 122 homes from those affected and covert the properties to open green space. The move would prevent future disasters if those sites flood. The feds had put the money on hold when the program ran dry from spending during the Hurricane Irene relief effort.
McGraw Selected Among 'Sexiest Men Alive'
A local entertainer has received some love from People Magazine for his hotness. Tim McGraw has been named one of People's Sexiest Men Alive in the current issue. He and Kenny Chesney have announced they're going on tour together next summer.
Docs Disagree On When Pregnancy Begins
A new study shows doctors disagree on when pregnancy begins. Many believe pregnancy starts when the sperm fertilizes the egg. That differs from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology which views pregnancy as starting when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus, about a week later. The study appears in the "American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology."
Deadline Looms For Congressional Budget Cuts
The deadline is nearing and the Congressional super-committee charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts still doesn't have a deal. The 12-member bi-partisan committee has until midnight Wednesday to reach a deal or automatic spending cuts will kick in for virtually every federal agency.
Latest 'Twilight' Installment Draws Eager Fans
The latest film in "The Twilight Saga" series has drawn eager fans to theaters. "Breaking Dawn" opened to sold-out midnight screenings overnight and is expected to rake in top dollars at the weekend box office, despite less-than favorable reviews. Box office analysts predict the film will likely become the second movie this year to break the $100 million mark.
Volcanoes Killed Dinosaurs?
A Princeton professor says new research shows that volcanoes, not an asteroid, killed the dinosaurs. Geosciences professor Gerta Keller says the volcanoes caused acid rain which killed the animals. She led the team of researchers who published a report this month in the "Journal of the Geological Society of India." The team piggy-backed on research by a French geophysicist who found that the eruptions happened in three phases and the second one coincided with the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.