Thursday, July 11, 2013

STORM DAMAGE IN FRANKLIN
There may be debris in the road on your ride in this morning. That storm system that rolled through yesterday brought high winds and lots of damage to some areas. There's significant damage in the Franklin area, trees blown down, part of a roof blown off a liquor store,  and snapped at least one power line on Murfreesboro Road.

RESCUE CREWS PULLING PEOPLE FROM THE WATER IN MURFREESBORO, FOUR DAYS IN A ROW
And for four days in a row now, rescue crews have had to pull someone from the Stones River in Murfreesboro. Sunday, they rescued one boy, Monday, three more, Tuesday a 19 year-old drowned, and then yesterday, a 19 year old, out there with two friends, slipped on rocks and hurt himself. We've had so much rain lately that creeks and rivers are prone to flooding and are NOT safe for swimming and playing.

RANDY TRAVIS HAS STROKE IN HOSPITAL
Singer Randy Travis has had a setback: he's in a Texas hospital with congestive heart failure, and now he's had a stroke, and surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Travis' family and friends are with him at the hospital and are asking for prayers for the 54 year old. The hashtag is prayforrandy

NELSON MANDELA STILL CRITICAL
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is still in critical condition but said to be responding to treatment. He's 94, and has been in since June 8th for a lung infection.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS RELEASING WATER, IT’S COMING DOWNSTREAM
PLEASE be careful when you're near streams, creeks and rivers this week.. the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening the dams and releasing water from every basin along the Cumberland River... and that water is coming downstream. That means water levels will be higher all along the waterways, and the water will be flowing faster.

NASHVILLE DANCIN' CANCELLED, YMCA CAMP CHANGING ROUTINE TO ACCOMODATE
Because of that, Nashville Dancin' has been cancelled for tonight at Riverfront Park. It'll be back next week. and on the other reservoir side of Percy Priest Lake, places like YMCA's Camp Widjiwagan are seeing water spilling over normally dry docks where hundreds of kids usually walk.  Camp counselors have had to put extra precautions in place so kids can get to the boats where the docks are underwater.

BED BUG CALLS INCREASING IN NASHVILLE
Last travel season we kept hearing about bed bugs in other states. This year, however, we've had a big increase, and we're at number 14 on Terminix's list of bed-buggiest cities in the nation. 14th. Officials say part of the problem is the bugs hitching a ride in luggage of tourists who come here for vacation.

EX-ARMY INSPECTOR ACCUSED OF STEALING SOLDIERS' IDS
A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct is being charged with it, himself. Officials say 42 year-old James Robert Jones of Woodlawn, Tennessee stole the identities of fellow Army personnel, including a soldier who'd been killed in combat, and used the IDs to get loans in the soldier's names. Jones has been indicted for identity theft, bank fraud and other charges.

MAN IN CHARGE OF HELPING DISABLED VETS, CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM THEM
Thomas Keller, a former treasurer with the Tennessee Disabled American Veterans, has been charged with stealing nearly 250-thousand dollars from the injured men and women he was supposed to be helping. He's been fired. 

VACCINATING KIDS IS KEEPING OLDER FOLKS HEALTHY, TOO
Here's good news: getting children vaccinated is helping keep older people healthy. The vaccine routinely given to stop ear infections in babies, has reduced pneumonia and death from it, in babies AND in elderly people. It's called a herd vaccine... where you keep a BARRIER of healthy people around the most susceptible. We've already found it works with the flu shot. (By 2009, more than half the nationwide decline in pneumonia hospitalizations could be attributed to older adults, with some 70,000 fewer annual hospitalizations for those age 85 and older.)

84 YEAR-OLD COLUMBIA WOMAN DIES OF BURN INJURIES
An 84-year-old Columbia woman airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for burns Wednesday morning died only a few hours after arriving for treatment. Fire officials say Ruth Brown, a retired DuPont and Spontex lab tech, appeared to have fallen asleep while smoking, setting fire to her clothes and the couch in her home.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS START TODAY IN FLORIDA MURDER TRIAL
One of the most closely-watched criminal trials of the year is winding down.  Closing arguments are scheduled to start today in the murder trial of former Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.  He's facing a second-degree murder charge for gunning down Trayvon Martin last year.

PORK PRICES MAY GO UP, VIRUS HITTING PIGS
Pork prices -- which for many of us means bacon -- may go up in the next few months because of a new PIG virus that's migrated to the United States, and is killing piglets. So far it's hit at least 15 states, there's no way to treat it, and it's spreading. The virus is not contagious to humans.

BON JOVI MAKES 1 MILLION DONATION TO LAST YEAR'S HURRICANE
Jon Bon Jovi went back home to New Jersey this week, and brought a gift... a $1 million donation to help those affected by last year's big hurricane.

MEREDITH VIERA SHOW COMING NEXT FALL
And TVs Meredith Vieira is getting her own daytime talk show, "The Meredith Vieira Show," to begin in fall of 2014.

EAST NASHVILLE 'UNPROFESSIONAL' TEACHER KEEPING HER JOB
An East Nashville teacher accused of unprofessional conduct is keeping her job.  On Tuesday, the Metro School Board voted to save Sherrie Martin's job.  The principal at Lockeland Elementary Design Center recommended Martin be fired after she was allegedly seen shouting at students and texting on her cell phone while administering standardized tests.