Tuesday, May 22, 2012
GEORGE JONES HOSPITALIZED
Country Hall of Famer George Jones is hospitalized again... for a lingering upper respiratory infection. His concerts through June are being rescheduled. They included a show that was supposed to happen Friday night at Hurricane Mills, Tennessee... The 80-year-old Jones was first hospitalized with this problem in March.(A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Jones is known for dozens of classic hits including "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "White Lightning.")
FIRE AT PARTHENON EVACUATES 300 PEOPLE
A small explosion and electrical fire at a Nashville high rise Monday night sends about 100 residents running for safety, and there's a chance they may have to sleep elsewhere tonight.
Six floors are without power at the Parthenon Towers, at 301 28th Avenue North, after fire officials say a fire occurred in the mechanical room. Firefighters, electrical contractor and engineers worked Monday night trying to determine if they can safetly turn electricity back on or if they will have to evacuate residents.
This is the third incident where there's been either a fire or electrical problem in the last three weeks at the parthenon. This latest incident started tonight with an electrical fire in the mechanical room.
One person slipped and fell getting out. Everyone else got out okay. But many residents had just moved back in yesterday from a previous fire and power outage.
The Red Cross is working with management at the housing facility and preparing to shelter up to 300 residents who are currently displaced and without power.
The Parthenon Towers is a metro government-run apartment housing complex for seniors and disabled citizens. Parthenon Towers Fire Causes Power Outage
TENNESSEE'S DENTAL HEALTH AMONG WORST IN NATION
Dental health care for Tennesseans ranks among the worst in the nation; we’re 47 worst out of 50 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least half of Tennesseans have lost at least one tooth, and one in five of us, have lost six or more teeth because of tooth decay, infection or gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to heart and lung disease, diabetes and low-birth-weight babies. (Many Tennesseans wait till their dental problems are so severe that a tooth falls out and they end up in the emergency room.)
NEW TENNESSEE STATE PARK
You have a new place to go with the family this summer: a new state park. Tennessee's 54th state park opens to the public tomorrow, at Cummins Falls near Cookeville, east of Nashville.
SNORING CAN RAISE CANCER RISK FIVE TIMES
Sleep apnea is a problem that goes well beyond annoying your partner with loud snoring. Research is showing it can raise your risk for obesity, heart attacks, stroke and diabetes... and now, add to that: cancer. It's because you're not breathing as you should be, your blood oxygen is lower, and tumors can grow. How do you know if you may have sleep apnea: you're excessively sleepy during the day, you snore loudly, waking up with a dry mouth and/or morning headaches or insomnia,
MORE AMERICANS ARE PLANNING SUMMER VACATIONS THIS YEAR
More people will be traveling this summer. According to the latest www.TripAdvisor.com poll, 86-percent plan to get away during the summer months this year, which is a five-percent increase over 2011. Money also isn't as big of an issue for 27-percent, who intend to spend more on their vacation this year than they did last year.
MAN CAUGHT VIDEOTAPING UP GIRL'S SKIRT
A Nashville man has been arrested for trying to use his cellphone to take pictures up a 16 year-old girl's skirt at Opry Mills Mall over the weekend. The 39 year old told police he wanted pictures of the girl because he throught she was attractive. The girl's mom caught on to what he was doing, and cops nabbed him.
ROSE BUSHES STOLEN FROM SOLDIER MEMORIAL
A local memorial to our American military members has been trashed and stolen from. The Memorial has been on Riverside Drive in East Nashville since the 1930s... and recently someone started dumping trash there. Now someone's stolen three large rose bushes from the site. Neighbors are angry and disappointed that someone would deface a military memorial like that.
POPULAR ANTIBIOTIC LINKED TO INCREASED HEART DISEASE DEATHS
A new study suggests that one of the most popular antibiotics on the market for treating bacterial infections could be deadly for some people. If you have heart problems, Zithromax, commonly known as the Z-Pak, could increase your risk of death from heart disease.... in the first five days of taking it.
JUDGE AGREES TO HEAR ARGUMENTS TO UNSEAL WITHERSPOON RECORDS
A judge has ordered a hearing to determine whether records and hearings involving Reese Witherspoon's father will be open to the media and public. Witherspoon is trying to have her father, Dr. John Witherspoon, placed under a conservator, who would act as his legal representative because of concerns about his competency. The Hollywood actress' actions came after her dad was accused of marrying Tricianne Taylor, while still married to Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Witherspoon.
HARDWARE STORE BANS USE OF PENNIES
What do you think about doing away with pennies? Last year the U.S. Government spent 119 million dollars to MINT 49 million dollars worth of pennies. A Florida hardware store has just posted a sign at the door that says, 'No more pennies. For cash sales, we round in your favor.' It's estimated that you'll waste 2 and a half hours this year handling pennies or waiting for someone else to. (Canada announced in March it'll stop making its one-cent piece, saving them 11 million dollars a year.)
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL SOON IN MIDSTATE
You have only a couple more days of school zone speeds to deal with. School is out for the summer in some counties after Wednesday. Thursday is the last day of school for most Metro Schools.
WOMAN HIT IN THE FACE BY GOLF BALL WHILE DRIVING
A freak accident near a golf course was nearly deadly for a Chapel Hill woman. She and her husband were riding their motorcycles in Murfreesboro, near the Indian Hills Golf Club on South Church Street... when a stray golf ball hit her in the face, knocking out some teeth. She managed to maintain control of the motorcycle, and got medical attention.
TWO NASHVILLE HIGH SCHOOLS MAKE NEWSWEEK'S TOP 100
Newsweek has released its annual ranking of the top public high schools in the nation, and two local schools are in the top 100: Nashville's Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School, and Nashville's Martin Luther King Academic Magnet school.
MCGRAW SIGNS NEW LABEL DEAL
Tim McGraw has just signed onto the Big Machine record label, run by Scott Borchetta. He signed at the Greyhound bus station because that's where he arrived in Nashville... 23 years ago... with just his guitar.
The two-hour finale of Dancing with the Stars is tonight.. with performances by Gladys Knight and Kelly Clarkson. (The "Dancing with the Stars" finale will air on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.)
PRINCIPAL: DELETE FACEBOOK ACCOUNT OR BE EXPELLED
Students at a school in Australia are facing a serious ultimatum - quit Facebook or be expelled. The school's principal is trying to combat cyber bullying, and said since Facebook's minimum age is 13, if parents won't help stop the problem, she will. Leioni Hultgren told students if they aren't at least 13 years old, they need to delete their Facebook page if they want to stay enrolled in her school.
MAN CONVICTED OF RENTING FORECLOSED HOMES
A Georgia man is in a whole lot of trouble after finding empty area homes in foreclosure, changing the locks, drafting fake leases and renting them. John Harris ran a business that was supposed to help people restore their credit but he was busted when the real homeowners started showing up to find unsuspecting tenants living on their property. 5He was found guilty late last week of dozens of counts by a jury in Cobb County.
UNITED STATES SELLING DRONES TO IRAQ’S MILITARY
The U.S. is selling unarmed surveillance drones to Iraq's navy to help protect Iraqi oil exports and strengthen U.S.-Iraq ties. The drones will allow Iraq's military to constantly watch over the nation's oil terminals in the Persian Gulf, which Iran sometimes threatens to blockade.
MAJOR ECONOMIC GROWTH PREDICTED NEXT YEAR
Economists are forecasting major job growth in the next year. A new survey from the National Association for Business Economics predicts the U.S. jobless rate will fall to seven-point-five-percent by the end of 2013. Economists expect monthly job growth to average about 200-thousand next year.