Thursday, July 5, 2012
TENS OF THOUSANDS ATTEND THE ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL
Tens of thousands of people attended last night's annual Fourth of July festival at Riverfront Park... and other official displays all over Middle Tennessee. There were fewer individuals shooting off fireworks illegally because of the drought conditions we're under.
TOW TO GO PROGRAM THROUGH SATURDAY
AAA is providing safe rides to those in need during its annual "Tow to Go" program.
The program, which take a person and their car home for free from any bar or restaurant, kicks off on Wednesday, July 4th, and continues through Saturday. For more information call 1-800-AAA-HELP.
TRAILER USED FOR CELEBRATION CATCHES FIRE AFTER EVENT
Crews are investigating after a fire sparked early Thursday morning on a flat-bed trailer that was used during the Let Freedom Sing! celebration to ignite fireworks along the riverfront Wednesday night. The fire began just after 5 a.m. in the 500 block of Oman Street at the Metro Parks Facility off of Parthenon Avenue. Fire crews were able to contain the fire within 30 minutes of arriving on the scene. They quickly removed the parts that burned to make sure there were no hot embers remaining. Sources said smoke could be seen from miles away. Officials did not immediately know the cause of the fire but believe that a lingering hot ember from the fireworks lit earlier sparked the small truck fire. About a third of the truck was damaged from the fire including canisters and wood supports that were also used to shoot the fireworks. No injuries or property damage were reported from the incident.
TWO TEENS ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING FIREWORKS ILLEGALLY IN NASHVILLE
Two teens are in custody after court records say they posed dangers after shooting fireworks.
According to the police affidavit, 18-year-old Juwane Williams bumped into an undercover officer on 2nd Avenue and Commerce after the fireworks show. Williams allegedly pulled a Roman Candle from his pocket, lit it and pointed it at the officer. The candle fired into a large crowd, including at the officers, but no one was hurt. Williams was taken into custody, as officers took possession of the firework device with it still shooting explosives. Williams has several charges including aggravated assault of an officer. He's got a $52,000 bond.
Now, Michael Beasley, 18, was arrested in a separate incident at around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning after firing bottle rockets into the middle of Broadway at 3rd Avenue North.
According to police documents obtained by FOX 17 News, Beasley was observed repeatedly launching fireworks before police could intervene. Police say the suspect had absolutely no control over the direction of flight of the firework. This posed a significant danger, as there was heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Beasley is being held in the Davidson County Jail on $5,000 bond.
CALIFORNIA FIREWORKS DISPLAY GOES OFF ALL AT ONCE
Thousands of people camped out to watch the Big Bay Boom in San Diego's Glorietta Bay last night... but a technical difficulty caused ALL THE FIREWORKS to go off at once. There was a blinding explosion, and less than 15 seconds later it was all over. No one was hurt, everyone was just told to go home.
WOMAN CITED FOR ANIMAN CRUELTY FOR LEAVING DOG IN HOT CAR
A Murfreesboro woman could spend time in jail for leaving her dog inside a hot car while she shopped at a discount store. The temperature outside was 110 degrees, when someone called police to report a small, white dog, left unattended in the car. The Metro Animal control number is 862-7928, or you can call police if you see a child or a pet unattended in a hot car.
LOOK OUT FOR COUNTERFEIT BILLS IN MURFREESBORO
You need to watch out before you take twenty dollar bills from someone you don't know. There's counterfeit money floating around in Murfreesboro. The bills have been passed at a Swifty Gas station, Walmart, Mapco, Taco Bell and other businesses there. Find out how to tell whether money is fake at this site: http://www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml.
19 KENTUCKY CHILDREN FOUND HOME ALONE, NO COOL AIR, FOOD
Nineteen children were left home alone for nearly a week in a Bowling Green, Kentucky home without air conditioning or food. The children ranged in age from 8 months to 14-years-old. The mother of some of the kids has been found, and charged. Police are looking for the other adults who are supposed to be responsible for the children.
100 DOGS RESCUED FROM HOARDING SITUATION IN LEBANON
More than 100 dogs living in deplorable conditions were rescued this week from a property just outside Lebanon. Animal Rescue Corps safely removed all of the dogs from the property and transported them to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, where they are expected to remain in upcoming days. ARC needs financial help and donations of food and supplies to take care of the animals, and get them well. Apparently it was a case of hoarding. A woman who wanted to help the dogs, but says the situation got out of control. (firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line "Operation Freedom Dogs." Include your name, contact info, and availability.You can also donate cash, gift cards to major stores, or make food donations towards lunches for volunteers.)
HENDERSONVILLE RECEIVES 9/11 MEMORIAL
A four foot steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers is on a permanent display outside of Fire Station No. 2 in Hendersonville.
The city previously asked for the beam more than three years ago and underwent an 18 month process consisting of applications and interviews before being awarded the beam. "We want people to come here, we built this design so you can put your hands here on history," Hendersonville Fire Chief Jamie Steele said.
Workers with the City Road Department and Public Works helped build the rock pedestal the beam sits on, while firefighters placed landscaping around it. Steele said they plan to add spotlights to the display before the official ceremony later this year.
CAT LADIES MORE PRONE TO SUICIDE
A new study finds that so-called "Cat Ladies" are actually more likely to commit suicide. The researchers who came up with the numbers say it seems there's a link between the suicides and a parasite found in cat waste. Even worse, one in three people in the world are infected with the parasite, since it's also found in undercooked meat and unwashed vegetables.
(Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) - found not only in cat poop, but undercooked meat and unwashed vegetables - are at a higher risk of suicide. One in three people worldwide are infected with the parasite.)
BOAT EXPLODES AT PERCY PRIEST MARINA
A boat exploded at Percy Priest Lake early Wednesday morning after it caught fire and a propane tank exploded. The men on board told firefighters they had just brought it back to the Nashville Shores Marina because they were experiencing electrical problems.
Other boaters were able to cut the fiery boat loose from the marina to save other boats from damage, but two nearby boats were damaged by the flames. The loose boat sank later Wednesday, and leaking oil and fuel was visible on the water's surface. Nashville fire officials conducted tests on the water Wednesday and said they did not find a hazardous amount of pollutants.
RYAN SUTER AGREES TO DEAL WITH MINNESOTA WILD
The Nashville Predators' All-star defenseman Ryan Suter is leaving Music City and heading to the upper Midwest. Suter signed with the Minnesota Wild Wednesday. The Preds had been busy signing players since free agency began on July 1, but they still had one of their top targets remaining. Suter decided on his future and it was not what the Predators had hoped for. He will ink a 13-year deal worth a reported $98 million. Predators general manager David Poile ("Poyle") said he made Suter a "significant offer" to stay in Nashville, but said Suter told him his decision was about more than money.
FLA. LIFEGUARD HELPS SAVE LIFE, GETS FIRED
Lifeguard Tomas Lopez helped save a drowning man and got fired for it.
The reason: He left the section of a south Florida beach his company is paid to patrol. The Orlando-based company, Jeff Ellis and Associates, says Lopez broke a company rule and could have put beachgoers in his section in jeopardy. The Sun Sentinel reported Lopez was on duty Monday at Hallandale Beach when a beachgoer asked for help. Lopez said he ran to assist a man struggling in the water south of his post. By the time Lopez arrived, witnesses had pulled the drowning man out of the water. Lopez and an off-duty nurse helped him until paramedics arrived. The victim survived and was hospitalized. Afterward, Lopez was fired. Two other lifeguards have quit in protest.
HOW LONG WILL YOU HAVE TO WORK TO RETIRE WITH ENOUGH TO LIVE?
A new study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College finds a lot of Americans could retire safely if they work until the age of 70. That's how long it'll take most of us to have enough savings or income to live on the rest of our lives. Only 30 percent would be able to retire safely if they quit working at 62, as many of us thought we'd be able to.
DROUGHT HAS TN LAKES, RIVERS DANGEROUSLY LOW: GROC PRICES COULD RISE
Weeks of heat and a dangerous shortfall of rain is draining bodies of water across across Middle Tennessee. Percy Priest Lake is about 4 feet below where it should be right now. That could mean taste and odor issues in your drinking water, disruption at power plants, some places won't have a high enough water level for boating, canoeing and kayaking, and if we don't get really good rain soon, you could see higher grocery prices because farmers are losing their crops.
(See DROUGHT AREA HERE http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TN)
2 BOYS ELECTROCUTED DURING SWIM IN EAST TENNESSEE LAKE
Two boys swimming in a Marina at Cherokee Lake in East Tennessee were electrocuted yesterday. One died, the other is in critical condition after being revived on the helicopter, on the way to the hospital. Oficials think wiring on a houseboat may have caused the problem. ( Several other people were shocked when they dove in to help, but they're okay.)
POWER STILL OUT FOR A MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS HEAT
Imagine having no air conditioner, no fan, in this heat. The power is still out for more than a million homes and businesses from Indiana to Virginia after weekend storms that ripped through the region. Thousands of utility workers spent their holiday yesterday, working on getting electricity back on.
SPANKING LINKED TO MENTAL ILLNESS
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly discourages spanking, at least half of parents say they do. And a new study (in the journal Pediatrics) now says as much as 7 percent of adult mental illness, including depression, and substance abuse, may be attributable to childhood physical punishment.
(including slapping, shoving, grabbing, and hitting). (The study reports that spanking ups the risk of major depression by 41 percent, alcohol and drug abuse by 59 percent, and mania by 93 percent.)
DEBRIS FROM JAPAN ON WASHINGTON STATE BEACHES
Debris from the Japan tsunami is collecting on Washington State beaches faster than it can be hauled away. Seventy pick-up loads of tsunami junk were taken from beaches just last week... including refrigerators, oil drums, pieces of plastic, and household items.
BRAZILIAN OFFICIALS OFFER TIME OFF PRISON FOR READING
Officials in Brazil are giving prisoners time off their prison sentences, for reading. (The "Redemption Through Reading" program gives them four weeks to read a book and write an error-free essay about it. Reading a book a month can shave up to 48 days a year off their sentences.) The less educated people are the more likely they are to end up in jail, so the reading program could eventually keep them from coming back.
WALDO CANYON FIRE NEARLY CONTAINED?
Colorado's most destructive wildfire is now 90-percent contained, according to fire officials. The Waldo Canyon Fire, near Colorado Springs, killed two people, destroyed close to 350 homes, and has burned more than 18-thousand acres since it started less than two weeks ago.
KATIE HOLMES ASKED ABOUT DIVORCE
Breaking her silence for the first time since filing for divorce from Tom Cruise last week, actress Katie Holmes tells the "New York Daily News," "I'm all right. Thank you." She made the comments as she and her six-year-old daughter Suri strolled the aisles of a Whole Foods grocery store in New York City on the July 4th holiday.
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER NEW PARTICLE
Scientists in Geneva have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson [[ BO-sahn ]]. CERN Director General Rolf Heuer made the announcement of the so-called "God particle." The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, WIFE CAMILA EXPECTING BABY NO. 3
Two weeks after tying the knot, Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves, have more exciting news to share: They're expecting their third child! "Happy birthday America, more good news," the Magic Mike actor, 42, tweeted on Wednesday's July 4th holiday. "Camila and I are expecting our 3rd child, God bless, just keep liven."
The couple's new arrival will join big brother, Levi, 3, and big sister, Vida, 2.
CLAIRE DANES, HUSBAND HUGH DANCY EXPECTING
Another celebrity couple is celebrating baby news. Acting couple Claire Danes, 33, and Hugh Dancy, 37, join the parade of Hollywood parents-to-be.
They are expecting their first child, her rep confirms to People.com. Homeland star Danes, who won a Golden Globe in January, wed Dancy, 37, in France in 2009.