Thursday, May 23, 2013

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
With the extra time off this weekend, you may be looking for something to do with the family, so here are some options.  Friday night is Zoovie Night at the Nashville Zoo, the Flea Market and the Renaissance fair are both this weekend, there's a big music festival Saturday on Granny White Pike, across from Radnor Lake, there's a Memorial Day Blues Festival in Centennial Park, all day Monday, it's free, and Nashville Shores opens this weekend, Clint Redwine will be out there Saturday from 11 to 1.

MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL
We have a long Memorial Day weekend ahead. Lots of people will be taking some time off. In fact, Triple A says about one in ten of us will travel at least 50 miles over the weekend. That's a lot of traffic on the road and at the airport but, still down from last year. Mainly because fewer people are flying. They blame higher ticket prices, baggage fees and security hassles. For many of us, it's just not worth it for only a couple of days off. 

THP INCREASES SECURITY AND CHECKPOINTS ON THE ROAD
With all the extra traffic on the road, Tennessee Highway Patrol officers and police say they'll all be out in full-force today through Monday, with driver license and sobriety checkpoints, and looking for people who are driving impaired, distracted, driving too fast or driving aggressively. If you get caught doing something stupid.. you've at least been warned.

V-A DISABILITY CLAIM BACKLOG
It's about time someone's looking into this: Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is taking on the backlog of disability claims at Veterans Affairs.  She held a round table discussion yesterday with high-level officials from Social Security, the IRS and the Department of Defense.

METRO ROAD CREWS USING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO FILL POTHOLES
Metro Public Works is using technology to fix the city's potholes.  A spokesperson says crews use infrared heating systems to heat the pavement, they then add a mix of new asphalt and old blacktop to create a seamless patch.  Officials say the infrared patch is smoother and more permanent than the hot mix that is typically used to fix potholes.

9-1-1 OPERATORS TO BE RETRAINED AFTER HANGING UP ON WOMAN BEING ATTACKED
9-1-1 operators in Washington D.C. will be retrained after hanging up three times on a woman who was being attacked earlier this week. They said they couldn't hear her, and didn't bother to call her back or even send a text message.

PARENTS WANT KIDS TO BE ACTIVE, NOT PLAYING VIDEO GAMES
Many parents are concerned that their kids aren't going to take advantage of the warm weather and take part in more physically engaging, outdoor activities this summer.  Nearly 85-percent of the moms and dads participating in a poll for the Water Quality and Health Council say they'd rather see their kids out splashing in a pool than playing video games.  But 85-percent are concerned that the lure of electronics will "interfere" with their family's summertime activities, while 94-percent agree that children spend too much time playing video games when they could be doing something more active.  The majority of parents also believe it's harmful for kids to spend a lot of time playing video games.  Over 90-percent feel that a child's health suffers when he or she continually foregoes physical activity in favor of playing video games, and 85-percent think it has a negative impact on a child's social skills.

TORNADO FOLLOW-UP: HUG SEEN 'ROUND THE WORLD
They're calling it the hug seen 'round the world. One of the Moore tornado photos of a man in the red shirt, and a little boy, holding onto each other, covered in debris, the man's face clearly filled with relief and love for that child. Well, now we know the story behind the photo. The man is a first responder and the 6 year old is his neighbor. It reminds us that there were a LOT of happy endings among the tragedies. You can see the lovely story of "Big Dawg" and "Little Dawg" HERE

METRO OFFICER INVOLVED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
A Metro Nashville police officer may be at fault for a rollover accident at North 12th Street and Gartland. He was responding to an emergency call last night when he crashed into an SUV.

BOY SCOUTS VOTE TODAY
The Boy Scouts national council votes today whether to lift the ban against letting gay boys into the scouts.

PRINTERS HELP SAVE BABY'S LIFE
These new 3-D printers are changing the world! First, we found out that they can print FOOD, and now, a little baby with a rare birth defect has received a life-saving implant created on a printer.
Researchers at the University of Michigan used a 3-D printer to create a custom-made tiny, flexible splint that will grow with the baby to keep his lungs working.

LONDON ATTACK
Two men accused of butchering a British soldier had been investigated by security services before. After the attack, investigators searched several locations and tried to determine whether the men were part of a wider plot to instill terror on the streets of London.
The men, suspected of hacking the off-duty soldier to death while horrified bystanders watched, boasted of their exploits and warned of more violence in images recorded on witnesses' mobile phones. Holding bloody knives and a meat cleaver, they waited for the arrival of police, who shot them in the legs, according to a passer-by who tried to save the dying soldier.

DAVIDSON COUNTY NEEDS NEW PUBLIC GUARDIAN
You may not have even known we had one, but Davidson County has a Public Guardian. Someone who's supposed to speak for and make decisions for elderly and disable adults who can't take care of their own affairs, but now we need a new one. Citing “significant concerns” that she charged excessive fees to her clients, Davidson County Probate Judge David Randy Kennedy on Wednesday permanently suspended public guardian Jeanan Mills Stuart and vowed to help seek her replacement.
Stuart’s termination and simultaneous resignation follow a series of Tennessean stories raising questions about her billing practices. The Tennessean’s analysis showed she regularly charged lawyer rates of $200 to $225 per hour for tasks such as taking wards shopping, sorting their clothes, moving them into an assisted living facility or running errands for them. In one case, she charged more than $1,200 to take a ward on a shopping trip to Dillards and Walgreens.

CAR RECALL: CADILLAC CROSSOVERS
There's a recall of new Cadillac Crossovers from GM, because the wheels may fall off!  You're supposed to be notified if yours are involved, but you may want to check those lugnuts in the meantime instead of waiting for your letter.

TWITTER ADDS EXTRA SECURITY
After continued high-profile security breaches over the past year, Twitter on Wednesday announced it will bring increased security features to users, a way to further verify a user’s identity when logging in to his or her profile.

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
Fun., Imagine Dragons, and Deadmau5 [[ dead mouse ]] are all getting a little recognition from their teenaged fans.  They're among the nominees for this year's Teen Choice Awards, which were announced on Wednesday.  Fun. is in the running for the Choice Music Group, along with Maroon 5 and boy bands One Direction, the Wanted, and Big Time Rush.