Tuesday, June 25, 2013

GOODWILL RESPONDS TO 'LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE' STORY
Before you stop giving to Goodwill over that NBC Story that's being repeated, let's see what's going on here in Tennessee.
Our local Goodwill has put out a press release that says, "Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is committed to paying their employees fairly according to their ability to work and our ability to pay, and we pay all of our employees above the minimum wage. Our mission is to provide employment and training for people who have a disability or who otherwise have difficulty finding and keeping a job." They encourage you to go to www.giveit2goodwill.org/annualreport  to see how our local Goodwill spends its money and to learn about the services they provide.

WHY SOME GOODWILL WORKERS EARN LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE

WILLIAMSON COUNTY SCHOOLS HIRING TUESDAY
Williamson County Schools is hiring today, 9 to 10:30 at the Tennessee Career Center, on Noah Drive in Franklin. The school system is hiring for full and part-time positions… and jobs include teachers, substitute teachers, maintenance, transportation, food services, and child care. You can register online at www.workforceessentials.com/event. (Vicki Crosier at 615-790-3311.)

PAULA DEEN LOSES SPONSOR
One of Paula Deen's biggest sponsors -- Smithfield Foods -- dropped her Monday, three days after the Food Network cancelled her contract. Deen's admission in a May deposition that she had used the "n-word" in the past has led to a national backlash. Smithfield released this statement Monday, "Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen. Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned." 

PAULA DEEN ON TV
Celebrity chef Paula Deen is on the "Today" show tomorrow (Wed). This is her first public appearance since she was dropped by the Food Network and sponsor Smithfield Foods. 

DR. OZ LAUNCHES MAGAZINE
Dr. Oz is one of the most popular daytime show hosts in America, and when he says something, we spend time trying to find it in print so we can share it. Soon, you'll be able to just pick up a magazine. Dr. Oz is launching a new lifestyle magazine starting next year. He says it'll be fun, edgy and respect the toughness and intelligence of women.

MICHAEL JACKSON DEATH ANNIVERSARY, SON SET TO TESTIFY AT TRIAL
It's hard to believe, but it's been four years .. today, since Michael Jackson died. Four years after Michael Jackson died, his oldest son is ready to tell a jury about the last days of his life. 
Prince Jackson, now 16, was 12 when he followed an ambulance carrying his father to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the afternoon of June 25, 2009. 
On Monday, in the Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit, Jackson lawyers informed AEG Live attorneys that Prince will be the next witness after a doctor who is an expert in medical conflicts of interest completes his testimony Tuesday.  That would likely put Prince on the stand tomorrow. 

ZIMMERMAN TRIAL RESUMES THIS MORNING
Attorneys are still giving opening statements, in day two of the George Zimmerman murder trial. He's accused of shooting to death unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. 

CHICAGO WON NHL STANLEY CUP
The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, and they did it in a very impressive way. With 90 seconds left in the game, they scored twice in 17 seconds, to beat the Boston Bruins and win the championship. 

DANISH POLICE OFFICERS ON TRIAL FOR CHASING EACH OTHER
A couple of cops in Denmark are in trouble for chasing each other around in umnarked cars. The first driver thought the second car was a speeder, and started chasing him. The second, unmarked police car driver says he thought he was being harassed by some road-rager, and began trying to chase the first car. There they were, going in circles, faster and faster, until they crashed into a THIRD car, and got out and flashed badges at each other. They're both facing charges of endangering other drivers.

NSO SAVED FROM FORECLOSURE
The Nashville Symphony is being saved from foreclosure.  The NSO struck a deal Monday with Bank of America that stops a public auction for the Schermerhorn Symphony Center that had been set for Friday.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE SYMPHONY?

MOST PET OWNERS DON'T TRUST AIRLINES WITH ANIMALS
When you go on vacation, what do you do about your pet? About 75% of us say we do not trust airlines to take care of our pets in the cargo area, so the number one vacation option is to board them at a vet or petcare place. But we feel so guilty about it, that many people say they just choose to stay home. And of those who do take pets along, about 15 percent say they'll sneak the animal onto a plane, or into a hotel where they're not supposed to be.

SNOWDEN
Intelligence officials say they don't yet know how much top secret information NSA leaker Edward Snowden took when he fled the U.S. Several officials say they fear the former security contractor may have made off with more documents than initially thought.  Snowden is charged with espionage and theft. 

DOWNTON ABBEY GETS NEW BIG-NAME STAR
Paul Giamati is joining the cast of "Downton Abbey" as Cora's brother.

TWINKIES AND OTHER TREATS BACK ON SHELVES JULY 15TH
Hostess Twinkies, cupcakes and Donettes, will be back on store shelves July 15th (in case you'd noticed they were gone.) The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year, but is back with fewer workers and a leaner business plan.
The cakes will reportedly be the same, but with the tag line on the boxes: "The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever."   The new President of Hostess, Rich Seban, would like to put one long-held myth to rest, however: Twinkie's shelf life is really only about 45 days -- not FOREVER.

NEW EVIDENCE FOUND IN CASE OF FOOTBALL PLAYER HERNANDEZ
Massachusetts State Police are saying no new evidence was found during a search of a stream near the home of New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez.  At least one officer dressed in a wetsuit and carrying what appeared to be a metal detector scoured the water yesterday morning.  Police were looking for evidence in the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

BABY BOOMERS SHOULD BE SCREENED FOR HEP C
Baby Boomers should be screened for hepatits C.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending all Americans born between 1945 and 1965 be screened once for the chronic infection of the liver.