Thursday, May 17, 2012
JOB FAIR THRU SATURDAY AT NEW PUCKETT'S RESTAURANT LOCATION
If you want to work at Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant in Franklin, you’ll want to get to the job fair they’re holding. It’s today through Saturday at the new location that’ll open this summer. Puckett's Boat House will be at 98 East Main Street in Franklin. (The former Riff's Burgers location near Route 31 Cafe and Marcia's Patisserie.) They’re hiring assistant managers, grill cooks, dish washers, servers, hosts and bus boys. Get DETAILS HERE
DOUG DILLARD DIES
Nashville banjo player, and former Andy Griffith Show star, Doug Dillard has passed away after a lengthy illness. Dillard was taken to a Nashville emergency room last night and died shortly after. The Dillards were regulars on the Andy Griffith show... as the Darlin' Family, who were always singing and playing music. SEE THEM DOING 'DOUG'S TUNE' HERE
The Dillards were such a sensation that they opened for Elton John's first tour of the U.S. Doug Dillard was 75.
(READ ABOUT how the Dillards influenced the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds.
VIDEO SHOWS TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES BEING TORTURED, BEATENThere was an ugly picture of Tennesseans painted on national TV last night. ABC aired video of Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell "soring" horses.. which is injuring a horse's foot, so they'll lift it higher because it hurts to step down. Trainers are also seen beating the horses with sticks and shocking them with cattle prods to distract them from the pain on their feet, so they'll keep walking. McConnell was arrested earlier this year. That video aired on ABC's Nightline. Pepsi has pulled out of the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration because of it. (http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/video/undercover-video-prize-horses-tortured-16360945 )
MOTHER SUFFERING FROM FLESH-EATING BACTERIA STILL CRITICAL
There are now TWO women in Georgia in critical condition from flesh-eating bacteria. One is that college student, Aimee Copeland, who hurt herself with a homemade zip line, and has lost her leg and other parts of her body as the infection spread. The other is a South Carolina woman who gave birth to twins at a Georgia hospital, then developed the infection over her entire leg within hours. She's now had at least four operations, but doctors think they've stopped the spread of the bacteria.
TITANS FAVORED IN ONLY 2 GAMES IN 2012 SEASON
The Tennessee Titans are FAVORED in just two games of the upcoming season. Cantor Gaming put odds on every game for the first 16 weeks of the NFL season and the Titans are only favored to win in week eight against the Colts and week 12 at Jacksonville. However, the gaming site adds that upsets DO happen, and predicts six to eight wins for the Titans this year. The Green Bay Packers are favored in EVERY game, according to the site.
ROOM BURGLARIZED AT MAXWELL HOUSE HOTEL
If you’ll click the link above, you can see a video of a man who burglarized a room at the Maxwell House Hotel on Rosa Parks Boulevard. Police want you to take a look and see if you know the guy. You're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME, if you do.
ACTOR MISSING FROM LOS ANGELES HOME
32 year-old Actor Nick Stahl is missing from his Los Angeles home. Stahl, who played John Connor in "Terminator 3"... has had substance abuse issues in the past, and was reported missing on Monday. His other films include Mel Gibson's "The Man Without A Face."
TN ADOPTS TOUGHER STANDARDS ON BULLYING
State leaders are taking a tougher stance on bullying by increasing punishment and making teachers be trained to identify bullying or cyber bullying, and forced to report it. The issue has gotten more attention since two local teens who were being bullied committed suicide. If a student is found guilty of cyber bullying, the punishment will include 30 hours of community service.
FREE ADMISSION FRIDAY AT THE FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
And tomorrow (Friday) you can get into the Frist Center FREE, as part of "Art Museum Day." The Frist Center is hoping you'll share your museum experiences through social media... with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay .
200 FEWER METRO POLICE OFFICERS IF BUDGET PROPOSAL FAILS
As the Metro Council discusses the budget, Mayor Karl Dean is warning if it doesn’t pass, you could lose 200 police officers. The one-point-seven-billion-dollar budget, partially funded by a proposed property tax hike, includes over six-million more dollars dedicated to public safety.
U.S. ARMY WILL MORE CLOSELY REVIEW MENTAL ISSUES IN SOLDIERS
After so many soldiers seemingly 'fell through the cracks' and have had serious, sometimes deadly, issues, after being 'cleared' by Army doctors, the U.S. Army Secretary has ordered the Army to look at the way post-traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral-health issues are diagnosed. (And, they're being told to go BACK and look at every case of soldiers dismissed for mental health reasons since 2001 when the U.S. became involved in Afghanistan and Iraq.)
DEFENSE BILL MAY OVERTURN INDEFINITE DETENTION
There's talk in the House of amending the Defense Bill today. One proposal would overturn a law allowing indefinite detention, without trial, of terrorism suspects captured in the U.S. Also, a group of anti-war lawmakers wants a quicker withdrawal of U.S. troops.
AUTOPSY ON KENNEDY DEATH
An autopsy is expected to be performed today on the second wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide at her home in Mount Kisco, New York. A housekeeper reportedly found 52-year-old Mary Richardson Kennedy hanging in a garage. Robert and Mary Kennedy were married in 1994 and Robert filed for divorce in May of 2010, just days before she was charged with drunken driving.
TENNESSEE GETS $4 MILLION GRANT TO HELP YOU GET INSURED
Tennessee is getting four-point-three-million dollars from the federal government to help establish a health insurance exchange as mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It helps individuals and small businesses find a private insurance plan starting in 2014.
MAN KILLS HIMSELF IN PINKERTON PARK
A 65-year-old Franklin man is dead after shooting himself Tuesday morning in Pinkerton Park. Police say they responded to a report of shots fired in the park at about 8:45, and found the man at the rear of the park, off the walking trail and by a small bridge near the canoe launch area. He was rushed by ambulance to Williamson Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
IBMA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL LEAVING NASHVILLE
After eight years in Nashville, the International Bluegrass Music Association is moving its awards show and four-day conference from Nashville to Raleigh, North Carolina. The annual event is still scheduled here this fall, but will move next year. IBMA representatives say the main reason was that accommodations cost too much here, but also that moving the Festival to Earl Scruggs' home state enhances the heritage of the event. What it'll mean to Nashville is lost tourist revenue.
ASTRONAUT JOE ACABA CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY IN SPACE
NASA Astronaut Joe Acaba is spending his 45th birthday in space. He arrived at the International Space Station last night. Acaba, from California, is the first NASA astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage.
CLOSING ARGUMENTS TODAY IN JOHN EDWARDS TRIAL
Former Senator John Edwards' campaign finance violations trial is down to closing arguments. The 58-year-old Edwards is accused of improperly using campaign funds in 2008 to pay for flights, hotel and medical expenses for his then-pregnant mistress. Edwards' attorneys say the money was a gift from a wealthy supporter, not a campaign contribution.
OLYMPIC TORCH HAND-OFF TODAY
The Olympic flame will be passed on to British dignitaries today ahead of next month's London 2012 games. A delegation including Princess Anne and David Beckham will accept the historic torch in a special ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece. (The flame will then be flown to the UK tomorrow to begin its eight-thousand-mile journey to the Olympic Park in London, where it will light the Olympic Stadium cauldron at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games on July 27th. The torch was lit May 10th in a special ceremony at the site of the original ancient games in Olympia.)
GOOD HOUSING NEWS
Foreclosure filings in the U.S. fell to their lowest level in five years last month. RealtyTrac says the number of default, auction and seizure notices sent out in April is the lowest since July 2007.
SAME PERSON SENDING WHITE POWDER TO HUNDREDS OF OFFICES, SCHOOLS, MORE
The FBI in Houston thinks its narrowing down the person who sent hundreds of letters containing a suspicious but non-hazardous powder to schools, churches and government offices across the U.S. The sender mailed more than 380 letters, beginning in late 2008."
MARVIN WINANS CARJACKED
Gospel singing legend and pastor Marvin Winans was carjacked yesterday. He was filling up his tank at a Detroit gas station and someone stole his vehicle. He's the one who delivered the eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral.