Thursday, April 17th, 2014
PASSENGER FERRY LATEST
Unless the passengers are found soon from that ferry that sank off South Korea's coast yesterday, rescuers say the operation will have to go from rescue, to just recovering bodies. At last count, 179 were rescued, nine were confirmed dead, 287 still missing. Most of them were high school students on what was supposed to be fun trip to a tourist island.
As it sank, one of the kids sent a heartbreaking text that read, 'Mom... this might be my last chance to tell you.. I love you.." The mother says she sent her love back, but that was the last she heard.
EXPLOSION IN TENNESSEE
We had a situation of our own here in Tennessee, yesterday: an explosion at at ammunition plant in McEwen, Tennessee - about 55 miles west of Nashville. One man was killed, three others injured, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.
MOST EMPLOYERS BELIEVE PERSONALITY TRAITS AS IMPORTANT AS JOB SKILLS
"But he has a good personality." Maybe that's not what you wanna hear about a potential date, but bosses, love it. More than 75% of employers in a CareerBuilder.com poll say so-called 'soft skills' such as personality, strong work ethic, dependability and positive attitude are JUST as important when hiring someone, as the 'hard skills' of doing the job. So if you work well under pressure and you're a team player, find examples that demonstrate that, to add to your skills list.
DO YOU FIND THIS TO HOLD TRUE WITH YOU? HAPPIEST COUPLES SLEEP AN INCH APART
Okay, think about this. How do you and your partner sleep? Snuggled up, spread out, separate rooms? A new study claims couples who report being the happiest together, also sleep the closest; only about an INCH apart. There are exceptions, like if one person snores, or they're on different sleep schedules, but overall, couples who said they were happiest slept the closest.
And it's not a bad thing if you have your backs to each other. That's the most common position. The least-popular is face-to-face sleeping. Braving the morning "dragon breath!" Now, THAT is LOVE!
HOPES OF FINDING FERRY SURVIVORS DWINDLE. QUESTIONS REMAIN
The more time that passes, the less chance of finding more survivors from that passenger ferry that sank off the South Korean coast Wednesday. So far at least 179 have been rescued, and only nine are confirmed dead, but there are 287 still missing, and the water is very cold where they went down, so it's not likely they'll last very long if they're in it.
OBAMA WANTS MORE SOLAR POWER FOR BUSINESSES
President Obama is asking businesses to use more solar power, and is rolling out some initiatives to make it more affordable for businesses and state, and local governments. We already get tax breaks when we use it in our homes.
19-YEAR-OLD IN FRANKLIN ARRESTED FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE
What is going on in the minds of some teenagers?! Guess if we could figure that out we could do anything. 19 year-old Christopher Garrison has been arrested for flashing a woman at a Kroger parking lot in Franklin. He was caught because someone got a description of his license plate number.
19-YEAR-OLD IN OREGON URINATES IN DRINKING WATER RESERVOIR
And a 19-year-old in Portland, Oregon peed in the CITY'S water supply, so they're going to flush out the whole reservoir. 38-million gallons of water, literally, down the drain, just to be sure there's no health risk.
SRIRACHA FIGHT CONTINUES
No, they're NOT going to quit making Sriracha. But, yes, the one, little factory that makes all the Sriracha sauce in America IS still fighting with the city of Irwindale, California over the smell produced by turning the chilis into the red, spicy delicious sauce. The latest in the feud: the city council declared the company a nuisance, and the company owner says he may just give up and move. He's looking at offers from ten other states who say they would welcome the company and the economic boost it would bring. Sriracha... has gone from being something you see at Asian restaurants, to one of hte most popular condiments in the country. It's the stuff with the green cap and the rooster on the bottle.
EARLY VOTING UNDERWAY IN TENNESSEE
I'm sure you've seen the campaign signs... and you may have noticed that politicians are showing up at lots of community events, shaking hands, talking to people. It's all been leading up to the May 6th primary here in Tennessee.
Early voting for the May 6th primary is underway. In Davidson County, you can vote in the Howard Office building. The satellite voting locations open later this month. Early voting ends on May 1st.
MARATHON BOMBING SUSPECT'S ATTORNEYS CLAIM HE WAS UNDER CONTROL OF HIS BROTHER
Attorneys for the Boston Marathon bombings suspect are in federal court today fighting to get access to law enforcement records. Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [[ joh-HAHR zar-NYE-ev ]] are saying their client was under the "domination and control" of his older brother when they placed bombs at last year's marathon.
METRO BICYCLE PARKING ORDINANCE APPROVED
There are some new regulations for new buildings in Nashville. The Metro Council approved this week an ordinance that requires new buildings and large additions to existing buildings to include parking for bicycles.
FORMER TITAN CHRIS JOHNSON SIGNS WITH THE JETS
Former Titan Chris Johnson has a new job. The running back signed with the New York Jets on Wednesday. He was released from Tennessee nearly two-weeks ago after he refused to take a pay cut. "The Tennessean" says Johnson has signed a two-year, eight-million-dollar contract.
PAUL MCCARTNEY COMING TO NASHVILLE
Paul McCartney has announced that he's coming to Nashville for another show. He'll be at the Bridgestone Arena in June.
NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL UNDERWAY
The 45th annual Nashville Film Festival takes place April 17 - 26, 2014 at Green Hills Regal Cinema & Downtown Nashville, TN.
PURSE THIEF GETS SCAMMED, DRIVEN TO POLICE STATION
A purse snatcher in China's Guangxi province is in custody after a quick-thinking motorcyclist. According to Shanghaiist.com, surveillance video captured the moment a savvy motorcycle rider dropped off a purse thief at a police station parking lot in a town near Beihai Saturday. Apparently, the driver knew the man had just snatched a purse and told him to hop on as a getaway. He then drove the thief straight to police custody. Noticing that he was being tricked by the bike driver's supposed kindness, the man jumped off the bike, but was quickly apprehended by authorities. The motorcyclist was allowed to leave once the thief was captured.
METH BILL IN TROUBLE IN LEGISLATURE
The fate of Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to combat meth production in Tennessee could fall victim to legislative wrangling over how strictly to control cold and allergy medicine.
The state Senate and the House of Representatives each voted Thursday to reject the others' limits on pseudoephedrine, a medication that is essential to making methamphetamine.
Tennessee ranks second in the nation in meth production. The House has appointed members to a conference committee, which will be tasked with hammering out a compromise on Thursday. Lawmakers hope to adjourn before the day is out. Unless they finalize language, the meth bill will fail for the year.
MAZDA SPIDER RECALL
Mazda owners... need to be watching your mail for a recall letter from the dealership. The company says it's recalling more than 42 thousand MORE cars, that have been infested with spiders!
The spiders apparently get into a fuel-vent hose, build webs and cause blockages that can damage your engine. There was a similar problem a couple years ago and 65 thousand recalls because of it. This time, the spiders have been found in 2010 to 2012 model Mazda6 midsize sedans.