Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM DROPS RAISES FOR TEACHERS
Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to give teachers a pay raise will be put on hold for at least a year. The Governor says teachers and other state workers will have to wait, because we just don't have it in the budget, yet. He blamed poor sales tax and business tax collections this year. 

BUT HERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS
Mayor Dean says he has no plans to seek a property tax increase next year.

POND SEARCHED FOR MISSING 16-YEAR-OLD
There's still no sign of a 16-year-old boy missing from Nolensville. Divers searched a pond on the family home of 16 year old Christopher Smithburg yesterday, but didn't find anything. His disappearance is classified as a runaway. The teen was last seen by family members last Thursday. 

VANDY DEVELOPING A REAL-LIFE THINKING CAP
You've heard the saying, "Putting on your thinking cap"? Well Vanderbilt University Scientists have come up with a real, honest-to-goodness thinking cap. You put it on and it sends a subtle electric current through your brain. It reportedly just feels tingly, and users learned faster and made fewer mistakes than those in the study who were not wearing the "thinking cap". 

PAINTING OF DEREK MASON TO BE REDONE
The painting of Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason on a mural near campus is going to be redone. Local artist Michael Cooper agreed to make it right after a group of students and fans signed a petition saying the painting is not an accurate portrayal and should be fixed.  Cooper says he was just working from a photo he was given, and he's fine with redoing the mural of Mason. You can see it at the link above, and see why fans of the coach wanted a better one.

FOR YOUR SUMMER COOKOUTS, MARINATE MEAT IN BEER TO CUT CANCER RISK
If you were outside yesterday, you may have decided to pull out the grill, or at least smelled smoeone who had done so. So here's a tip to remember for your next cookout. A team of European chemists has discovered that meat marinated in beer has remarkable health benefits! It's long been known that meat grilled at high temperatures produces a lot of (polycyclic aromatic) hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and reproductive problems in lab animals. But marinating meat in beer for at least four hours greatly lowers that effect. The darker beer the better, and even non-alcoholic beer works.

NASHVILLE FASHION WEEK UNDERWAY
You may see some weird and amazing fashions this week around Nashville. And not just because Cher was in concert last night.This is Nashville Fashion week, where the artsy, creative community gets to show off their talents, with special events, fashion shows and celebrations of all things fashionable. You can find out what's happening at nashvillefashionweek.com

FOUR ARRESTED FOR MOBILE METH LAB
This is what people in cars next to you may be up to: making meth. Four people from West Tennessee just got caught this weekend. After officers pulled over the car for a seatbelt violation, they could SMELL the chemicals in the car, and found a so-called 'Shake and bake" soda-bottle meth lab in the car. That's a way of making meth, for the busy drug user, on the go. You can make it anywhere without having to cook it up in your kitchen. The four people: two men, two women, are in jail. 

DAVIDSON COUNTY SHERIFF CONSIDERS MOVING JAILS TO ANTIOCH
The Davidson County Sheriff is considering a plan to move both of Nashville's jails to Antioch.  Daron Hall says the land downtown is valuable and consolidating the two jails would save taxpayer money. He's also considering the possibility of consolidating all sheriff's office operations to a central location.

NEW CARS MUST HAVE REARVIEW CAMERAS
They're statistics we're not proud of, but they happen. Men are involved in more fatal car crashes, women more smaller accidents, and property damage, because we can't seem to get out of the parking lot. We hit things, backing up. This may help. The Department of Transportation has announced a new regulation that'll require all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds, starting in 2018, to come standard with rear-view cameras. It could potentially save 200 lives, 15 thousand injuries and mllions of dollars in damages and medical costs each year. 

APRIL FOOLS' DAY
It's April 1st... beware, there may be some April fools at your office, so don't believe everything you hear today. l

APRIL GARDEN LIST AND PLANT SALES THIS MONTH
And this is one of the busiest months of the year for gardeners, so we've found a calendar of April plant sales, they're all over, all month, and things you should be doing in the garden this time of year...

APRIL COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALES, INCLUDING MILE-LONG YARD SALE
And a lot of local communities hold spring Community or Neighborhood Yard Sales, and Ms. Cheap has put together that list. It includes the Mile-Long-Yard Sale. See it at the link above, and have fun!

TV STUFF
DANCING WITH THE STARS: BILLY GOES HOME
On your TV: Former Star Wars actor, 77-year-old Billy Dee Williams, left Dancing with the Stars last night, saying he's quitting on doctor's advice, because of his chronic back problem. There were no other eliminations last night, as GMA host Robin Roberts served as guest judge.

NASHVILLE HAS ANOTHER STAR AND IT IS DELICIOUS!
If you 're a fan of our local food trucks, one of them will be featured in an upcoming Travel Channel show, called Food Paradise, and you're invited to be part of that episode. That means you'll need to be at the "I Dream of Weenie Food truck" on April 8th, at lunchtime. We'll remind you as that date gets closer.