Wednesday, April 23, 2014

KOREAN FERRY DEATH TOLL
Divers are now going through the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea, bringing up bodies. The official death toll is up to 146, and more than 150 still missing. The ferry sank last week with 476 people on board, many high school students and teachers on a school outing. 

38 DOGS RESCUED FROM DOG FIGHTING OPERATION
38 dogs have been rescued from an apparent dog fighting operation... in two homes in north Nashville. Officers found the dogs chained to trees, many with numerous injuries, as well as equipment that's generally used to teach dogs to be vicious and fight, and syringes that may have been used to give the dogs shots of steroids. The dogs were found after their owner Michael Davis, was arrested as part of a large scale heroin and cocaine trafficking bust. The dogs have been taken to Metro Animal Care and Control to be treated, as police get ready for possible dog fighting and animal cruelty charges.

MICHELLE OBAMA AND DR. JILL BIDEN AT FORT CAMPBELL TODAY TO SUPPORT VETERANS
First Lady Michelle Obama and the vice-president's wife, Dr. Jill Biden are at Fort Campbell in Kentucky today for a jobs summit focused on helping veterans find work.  Recently released statistics show more than 700-thousand veterans were unemployed. After the summit, there's a big Hiring our Heroes job fair to do something about it.

GAME OF THRONES CRUISE
Game of Thrones fans, here's something you're gonna LOVE! A cruise based on the HBO hit series. The "Game of Thrones" cruise has G-O-T- themed stuff onboard and makes stops at several filming locations in Northern Ireland. 

TDOT ADDRESSES SAFETY ISSUES ON I-65 CONSTRUCTION AREA 
If you've been nearly run over on that stretch of I-65 north of downtown where all that road widening construction is going on, a TDOT spokesperson promises the situation there is about to get better. The problem has been that, after crews patched potholes, the road was really rough and uneven, and many of the lane markings and reflectors were partly wiped out or were gone. In the dark or in the rain, your guess is as good as anybody's where the lane is.  TDOT says they'll have the lane markings back down by the end of the week, but say you should just get used to going slower on that stretch of I-65, since that project to expand it from 6 to 10 lanes will be going on till October of NEXT year. More than 142,000 vehicles travel this section each day.

YOUNG ADULTS DON'T WANT A CAR
Remember when you couldn't wait to get a car? A new poll finds nearly 2 in 3 people between 18 and 34 say they'd rather not have to get one. More young people are using the quality of public transportation as a primary consideration when they're deciding where to live.

KENTUCKY 4-YEAR-OLD'S DEATH RULED ACCIDENTAL
This is a sad way to be reminded about child safety. Police in Hopkinsville, Kentucky have ruled as accidental the death of a 4 year old boy after a window his parents were propping open with a stick, fell on his neck and he suffocated.

$90K, 80LBS OF POT FOUND IN NASHVILLE MAN'S POSSESSION
Don't think cops won't stop you for going 7 miles over the limit. They just hit the jackpot doing that. A Nashville man, 54 year-old Danny Hopkins, was pulled over for doing 77 in a 70 mile an hour zone. In his car police found 60-thousand dollars in cash, and then when Hopkins admitted it was drug money, officers got a search warrant and found thousands more at his house (90-grand, total in alleged drug cash), as well as 79 pounds of high grade pot in his home and his storage locker.

BILL CLINTON IN TOWN MONDAY
The first lady is in Kentucky today, supporting finding jobs for veterans.
And on Monday, former President Bill Clinton will be here in Nashville ... to speak to the first graduating class of LEAD Academy. LEAD is the first and only Charter HIGH school in Nashville. When it opened, President Clinton promised the LEAD school founder, Jeremy Kane, that if they had 100 percent graduation and all the kids were accepted to four year colleges, he'd come back to town to speak at the graduation. They all did, all 44 have been accepted to colleges, so Clinton will be here on Monday, keeping HIS part of that deal.

GIBBS SELL JOHNNY CASH PROPERTY
Singer Barry Gibb and his wife have sold the Hendersonville property that had been the longtime home of Johnny and June Carter Cash.
Lakehouse Holdings reportedly bought the property for two million dollars, back in mid-March. The home, itself, caught fire and burned a few years ago.

NEW BALLPARK CALLED FIRST TENNESSEE PARK
In case you missed it, the name of the new Nashville Sounds ballpark ... that'll open next year: First Tennessee Park. 

TEENS FIND NEW WAY TO ABUSE COMMON ITEM
What's the latest, seemingly innocent thing that some teenagers are finding a way to abuse? Burts Bees lip balm. The teens get drunk or high and spread some of the lip balm on their eyelids, and call that BURN they get from the peppermint oil, 'Beezin.' Eye experts call it, asking for serious eye trouble. 

ELLEN'S NEW TV SERIES ON HGTV
Love HGTV? Love Ellen DeGeneres? You're in luck. Ellen is launching a new six-episode FURNITURE design challenge TV show next year, that'll air on HGTV. 

VEGGIE ICE CREAM DEBUTS
And just because it's kind of interesting to hear how people elsewhere love flavors of food that make us cringe a little, here are the new Haagen Daz ice cream flavors that are coming out in Japan next month: Tomato/cherry ice cream, and Carrot/citrus. They're expected to be big sellers.

CAPTOR RELEASES GEORGIA BOY AFTER HE REPEATEDLY SINGS GOSPEL SONG
Did you hear the amazing story of the 10-year-old Atlanta boy, who was KIDNAPPED, but says he kept praying and singing a song he learned at church until, more than three hours later, the kidnapper stopped the car, and pushed the boy out. The child is okay, but still pretty traumatized. The guy who wrote the song that the little boy was singing the whole time, made a special visit to the kid's church to meet him. The kidnapper is still on the loose. 

NASHVILLE IN THE RUNNING TO HOST DNC
Nashville is in the running to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. We'll know if we get the Convention, and the money it brings, around the end of the year.