Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 

In Today's News, below: severe storms could cause you some afternoon and evening problems, a metro school official has been arrested for DUI, for a third time, a Kentucky couple has fallen for an adoption scam, prosecutors want better laws to help them with child sex abuse cases, and Nashville Reads is set for March, but you need details now so you can get ready to read along!

SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE LATE TUESDAY INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY!
If you're like most people, you hear the weather forecast while you're busy, and we don't want you to miss this important component of today's situation: although it's a relatively nice morning and we're expecting highs in the 70s today, keep in mind if you're going to be out late this evening it'll be a whole different picture as that cold front comes in. Tonight is expected to be very, very windy with winds up to 45 miles an hour. That could mean trees and power lines falling, debris in the road and things blowing around in your yard and neighborhood, even though the storms aren't expected to hit till late tonight. Just be aware of that, and get as ready as you can.

METRO SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL ARRESTED FOR DUI
A Metro Nashville Schools assistant principal was arrested for DUI late Sunday night. Police say 37 year-old Shannon Hill, failed a field sobriety test and resisted arrest. The assistant principal at Jones Paideia Magnet Elementary School, was also charged with driving on a revoked license and resisting arrest. He'd been convicted of DUI last April, and arrested for DUI in November of 2011. (but refused to take a breathalyzer test. The DUI charge was dropped and Hill was found guilty of implied consent and reckless driving. ) Hill is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

KENTUCKY COUPLE TAKEN IN BY ADOPTION SCAM
A Hopkinsville, Kentucky couple has been taken in by an adoption scam. The D-A says the couple did
everything right for a private adoption: hiring lawyers, requiring ultrasounds and going through proper
proceures, but after giving 22 year old Sara Pavey more than 10 thousand dollars, they found out she was
never even pregnant with the twins she had promised to let the couple adopt. Her ultrasound photos were
Google images. Pavey's now on the run. Once she's caught she'll be charged with felony theft. (And a charge of persistent felony offender)

TENN PROSECUTORS OUTLINE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA, INCLUDING CHANGES IN CHILD SEX
ABUSE LAWS

Tennessee prosecutors are pushing for changes to the law that they say will help them prosecute serial child sexual abusers. They want to be able to have one trial for sex abusers who commit crimes in multiple counties instead of separate trials in each county. The proposed change is part of the group's legislative agenda this year. (They also want to increase the minimum amount of time that must be served before a prisoner is eligible for parole in cases of aggravated child neglect and attempted first-degree murder (where there are serious bodily injuries).

"NASHVILLE READS" IS SET FOR MARCH. GET YOUR BOOK NOW!
"Nashville Reads" starts in March, but we're telling you about it now, so you can get ready.
This is a big push by the Mayor and Nashville Public Library to get the whole city reading the same book at the same time, to create a citywide shared experience! The book they want us all to read together is "The Life of Pi." The event kicks off with a reading from the author at the Nashville Library, they'll show the movie, and there'll be a grand finale in mid-April at The Nashville Zoo. "Nashville Reads" starts March 2nd, runs through April 13th.
 
METRO LEADERS ASK FOR TWO PERCENT BUDGET CUTS
Metro Nashville leaders are asking all city departments to cut their budgets by two-percent. Officials say the city needs to continue to look for ways to reduce costs because "we owe it to the taxpayers."
 
ONE MILLION DOLLAR LOTTERY TICKET SOLD ON DICKERSON ROAD IN NASHVILLE
Lottery officials say Saturday night's winning MILLION dollar ticket was sold at the Nashville Market on
Dickerson Road. The winner is a Nashville woman who asked not to be identified. She came forward to claim her prize Monday.
 
BARBARA WALTERS RECOVERING FROM CHICKEN POX
And journalist Barbara Walters is still in the hospital. The 83 year old fell and hurt herself when she was in Washington to cover the inaugural, and since then she's been running a fever. Turns out she has has chicken pox, and she's now being treated for the virus.
 
FACEBOOK REPORTING OUTAGE IN U.S., OTHER COUNTRIES
Is it just me or do you ever have problems where Facebook won't let you upload photos or post any comments? Most of us probably think, "Ahh, it's just my old computer," and move onto something else till it's working again. But yesterday, apparently it was Facebook, itself. The social networking site had an outage that affected locations around the world, including -- in the States -- Tennessee, Seattle, New York City and Florida. Everything should be back up and running now. You may wanna check and make sure everything looks right.
 
HASLAM BUDGET PROPOSAL INCLUDES DCS STAFF SHAKEUP
Gov. Bill Haslam has presented his Tennessee budget to lawmakers. It's a $33 billion dollar budget that includes a staffing shakeup at the troubled Department of Children's Services, a heavy investment into construction projects around the state and the Governor's proposal to create a school voucher program so parents can use public money to send their kids to private schools.

ABOUT HALF OF DEGREED AMERICANS WORKING JOBS THEY'RE OVERQUALIFIED FOR
Here's what you tell the kids when they want to drop out of high school: they don't stand a chance competing in the business world if they do. About half of working Americans who have college degrees are working jobs for which they're overqualified. And if an employer can choose between a college grad and a high school dropout, guess who's gonna get the gig? (Center for College Affordability and Productivity says) There are more college graduates in the workforce than there are jobs requiring a degree.
 
RESEARCHERS SEE POSSIBLE HEALTH RISKS IN POPULAR DOG TREAT
Turns out there's a lot more inside a popular dog treat than most pet owners probably imagine. They're called "pizzle" sticks or "bully" sticks and a new study says they're loaded with calories and bacteria. I can't even tell you on the air what they're made out of (bull male body parts) but researchers say if you feed Bully sticks to your dogs you should consider the treats as raw meat and always wash your hands after handling them.
 
HILLARY CLINTON SUPER PAC FORMED
Even though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly denied she's interested in running for President in 2016, there's a new Super Pac that's been formed to work for her when she's ready to make a run for the White House. A super Pac (political action committee) can make unlimited political spending to influence an election, but can't donate to a specific campaign. The name of the new super PAC is "Ready for Hillary."
 
OPRAH'S BIRTHDAY
If you're celebrating a birthday today, you share it with Oprah Winfrey. The media businesswoman is 59.
 
TEAMS BOTH IN NEW ORLEANS FOR SUPER BOWL
The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens are both now in New Orleans for Super Bowl 47 this
Sunday.

TWO GEORGIA MEN ARRESTED FOR STEALING $65,000 WORTH OF CHICKEN WINGS
Two Georgia men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing $65,000 worth of frozen chicken wings from a cold storage business where they worked. Police said storage facility employees 35-year-old Dewayne Patterson and 26-year-old Renaldo Jackson are charged with theft after stealing the wings from Nordic Cold storage in Doraville, just north of Atlanta.

BOY SCOUNTS CHANGING STANCE ON GAY LEADERS AND SCOUTS
The Boy Scouts of America is close to ending the organization's longtime ban on gay leaders and Scouts. A policy under consideration would allow local chapters to decide on their own if they want to admit homosexuals. Scouting officials say the chapters would then be in control, based on religious beliefs or other qualifications.

FRANKLIN, TN. ALDERMAN WANTS GUNS ALLOWED IN CITY HALL
A Franklin alderman wants to make it legal to carry guns into City Hall and other municipal buildings. Alderman Dana McLendon says, quote, "gun free zones aren't gun free. That's where all the massacres happen." Mayor Ken Moore says he and the board will discuss the issue once McLendon makes a proposal.

FIRE DESTROYS NORTH NASHVILLE APARTMENT BUILDING
Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire at a North Nashville apartment complex that destroyed an entire building. Officials say firefighters were called to the Haynes Garden Apartments Monday morning. Eight units were destroyed, but no injuries were reported.

SOLAR PANELS TO BE INSTALLED ON MUSIC CITY CENTER ROOF
Nearly 850 solar panels will soon be installed on the roof of the new Music City Center. Mayor Karl Dean says electricity generated from the panels will be used to power different features of the convention center, including escalators and fans. It will take crews about one-month to install a total 845 panels.