Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SEVERAL DROWNINGS REPORTED OVER HOLIDAY
When we have free time, many of us head to the water. And, sadly, there are usually deaths during holiday weekends. Monday a 22-year-old Nashville man drowned at Burgess Falls State Park, and an 18-year-old Smyrna High School senior drowned near the Walter Hill dam on the Stones River.  On Sunday, a LaVergne man was killed in a boating accident on Percy Priest Lake.

HEAVY RAIN CAUSES FLASH FLOODING, COOLER WEATHER
Some areas are still drying out today after those heavy rains that swept through yesterday caused some flash flooding. There was trouble at 15th Avenue near Acklen, and apparently also on 21st Avenue near the Harris Teeter. The good news: along with the less-hot weather today, we get lower humidity than we've had lately. Our News2 Meteorologist, Justin Bruce, says though fall doesn't start till the 22nd, he's calling this a Fall Preview.

JOB FAIR TODAY IN SUMNER COUNTY
There's a job fair today... to hire about 600 people for a Sumner County company. These are so-called "pick and pack" positions. The job fair is 10 to 2 at the Goodwill Career Center in Gallatin...
Save the link for the JOB FAIR CALENDAR
 

NEW PROGRAM LETS YOU SPONSOR A VETERAN
Over the past decade, more than 50,000 American service members have been injured while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now, there's a way we can do more than just say we support our servicemembers and put flags on our Facebook Pages. There's now a program where you can basically 'adopt' a wounded veteran, helping them pay bills, take care of shopping, or just keeping them company. Some are very isolated when they come back home. You can get more information about the Chamberlain Society program HERE

CARRIE UNDERWOOD HUSBAND MIKE FISHER INJURED (VIDEO)
Singer Carrie Underwood's hockey player husband Mike Fisher has been injured. He was bitten over the weekend by ... a chipmunk. Carrie posted a video of Mikey grabbing the little critter as it hid behind the toilet, so he could toss it outside. A little later she posted a second video showing his hand and the two red bite marks. Fisher says he has a whole new respect for the mighty chipmunk.

1 CHARGED FOR DUI CRASH THAT CLOSED I-65S EARLY THIS MORNING, AND LEFT ONE VICTIM IN A DITCH
In case you were still sleeping when this happened, I-65 South in Williamson county was closed this morning for hours. Police say they've charged a woman with driving under the Influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
Around 1:50 a.m., a crash involving a tractor trailer and a sedan occurred at mile marker 59 on I-65 southbound at State Route 840.  One person was injured, but their condition remains unknown. 
According to officials, the driver of the sedan wandered into nearby woods following the crash.
She was later brought out in handcuffs and is being charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
Her identity has not been released.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the crash contributed to two more accidents.
It took nearly four hours to clear the area because a large amount of oil spilled onto the interstate.
The southbound lanes were back open just before 6:00 a.m.
LATER: MAN FOUND IN DITCH
A short time later, 911 dispatchers received a call from a man who said he was in a ditch and needed help.
Emergency personnel used the man's cell phone ping to locate him in a ditch along the I-65 north ramp near State Route 840.
There was no vehicle near the scene. The man reportedly suffered from head trauma.  He was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital.  It is believed he could have been involved in the earlier crash.  No additional details about the man or his potential involvement have been made available.

PRESSURIZATION DIVERTS PLANE TO NASHVILLE
This must have scared the heck out of some people: they were on a plane headed from Atlanta to St. Louis, when something happened with the cabin pressure and the oxygen masks dropped down! The plane made a quick landing in Nashville so things could be checked out. Everybody's okay. 

FIRST INPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR INTERNET ADDICTION
You knew it was coming: rehab for people who are hooked on the internet. A Pennsylvania hospital has opened the country's first inpatient treatment program for Internet addiction. The program was organized by specialists with backgrounds in treating addictions like drug and alcohol abuse.
 
FIREFIGHTERS MAKING PROGRESS FIGHTING RIM FIRE
Firefighters say they have the Rim Fire, one of the largest wildfire in California's history, 70% contained now. They still say they expect it to be more than two weeks till they get it completely contained.

TREE PESTS THREATEN TENNESSEE FORESTS: YOU'RE ASKED TO LEARN TO IDENTIFY THEM
As we head into the fall, the conservation group, the Nature Conservancy, is urging you to help head off some pests that are threatening Tennessee trees. They say if citizens will help them catch and treat the little bugs early, you may help head off the pests that could decimate some Tennessee trees!

LISTENING TO MUSIC IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART
You knew this, deep down, but scientists say they've found empirical evidence that music can make your heart stronger, and help people with heart disease recover just by listening to their favorite tunes.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WANTS TO BE A BAD GUY
While most actors would LOVE to land a superhero role, singer/actor Justin Timberlake said in an interview recently that he's not interested in playing a superhero, he'd like to play a bad guy in a film. He says he grew up watching Batman and the RIDDLER would be his DREAM role... because the Riddler's 'proper crazy...'
No word yet on any offers to Timberlake to play his dream gig. 

KITTEN HATER WANTS TO BE MAYOR OF NYC
Remember those two kittens who were scrambling along the New York City subway tracks last week… and the trains were stopped so someone could save them? Well NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh) probably just lost the cat-lover vote: he says he doesn't think shutting down subway service for lost cats is appropriate. Seeing their opportunity, other mayoral hopefuls are speaking out, saying they would have stopped the trains. (New York Post)