Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In Today's News, below: Metro Nashville Public Schools is hiring, some local celebrities are making cameo appearances on tonight's "Nashville," a determined teenager gets a better job than he'd expected, the new best time to buy plane tickets, and more.

NASHVILLE ENTERTAINERS MAKE CAMEO ON TONIGHT'S "NASHVILLE" EPISODE
So far, Nashville has shied away from tapping into Music City's vast stable of stars for celebrity cameos, focusing instead on the fictional fame of Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). That all changes in this week's episode, which features guest appearances from real Nashville notables Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Kip Moore, Kate York and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. They play themselves as guests at a star-studded surprise party that Juliette throws for Deacon (Charles Esten) at the Bluebird. At the soiree, Rayna, Watty White (JD Souther) and Adria (Erin McCarley) perform alongside Tillis, York and Moore. Juliette's performance doesn't go as smoothly when her mother, fresh out of rehab, makes a scene. Meanwhile, Teddy (Eric Close) hires Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) for his mayoral staff and chemistry brews between Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar's outlaw brother Jason (David Clayton Rogers).

METRO SCHOOLS HIRING BUS DRIVERS
If you need a job, Metro Schools is hiring bus drivers. School officials say they're about 40 drivers short. Some parents say their children are often picked up late, or not picked up at all. That's Metro schools. You can get the info on their website MNPS.org.

POPE'S LAST SPEECH
A crowd of tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square this morning to hear Pope Benedict the 16th deliver his final public speech as head of the Roman Catholic church.  Tomorrow, the 85-year-old Pontiff will officially resign, making him the first Pope to do so in nearly 600 years. 

STUDENTS STRANDED AT SCHOOL IN COLORADO
About 60 students are stranded by blizzard conditions overnight at a school east of Colorado Springs.  The kids are reportedly stuck in a building in Rush, Colorado. They're okay, they have staff members with them, and food and supplies, but they just can't go home.

NASCAR LEGAL ACTION POSSIBLE
Legal action against NASCAR may be just around the corner.  Some of the 33 fans hurt in the crash at Saturday's race, a day before the BIG race... have hired an attorney. They were injured when debris from the wreck flew into the stands.

STATE FAIR STAYING IN NASHVILLE FOR ANOTHER YEAR
The Tennessee State Fair is staying in Nashville another year.  The fair board voted Tuesday to approve a one-year 50-thousand dollar lease with the Tennessee State Fair Association.After months of negotiating, the fair board voted to approve a one-year lease with the Tennessee State Fair Association, choosing the group comprised of state tourism and agriculture officials without seriously entertaining a last-minute proposal from a Memphis-based operator that had doubled its financial offer to use the 117-acre city-owned fairgrounds at Nolensville Pike and Wedgewood Avenue.
Commissioners expressed frustration that the press learned of Universal Fairs’ $500,000 offer to hold a “Middle Tennessee State Fair” before they had.
They also agreed they were obligated to work with the state fair association — which had already met financial conditions the fair board outlined at a meeting earlier this month.

944 INMATES RECEIVED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Hey, chalk up one for new technology in Metro jails! The Tennessee Labor Department just put in a new system to keep track of when inmates are let out of local jails. And a side benefit of that system, found that 944 of them had still been getting unemployment checks WHILE they were in jail. That's one-point-three MILLION dollars, just last year, paid to people who aren't eligible. Now the Labor Department will try to get as much of the money back as it can, and the new system should keep inmates in future from continuing to cheat you out of taxpayer dollars.

NASHVILLE STUDENT ARRESTED FOR HANVING HANDGUN AT SCHOOL
A 13-year-old could face charges for bringing a handgun to school.  Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School was locked down yesterday after the handgun was found in the boy's gym bag.  He told police he had the weapon because of a situation outside of school.  it was unloaded, but he may still be charged.

NEW BEST TIME TO BUY PLANE TICKETS
You've heard for years that the best time to buy plane tickets is a Tuesday or Wednesday, but a new study from Texas A & M says, "No, weekends are now the best time. That's when round-trip, one-way tickets are cheapest." And, the study says, don't wait till the last minute hoping prices will fall. You're still best buying at least a month to 6 weeks ahead of your departure time.

MADISON, TN. NURSING HOME SUSPENDED
A nursing home in Madison, Tennessee -- Imperial Gardens Health and Rehab -- has been suspended from taking new residents. The home is also under state investigation, and has been fined 5 thousand dollars for conditions detrimental to the health and welfare to its residents. 

SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS ON VOTING RIGHTS ACT IN ALABAMA
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today on the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Shelby County, Alabama is challenging the provision of the law that says.. any changes to voting rules in jurisdictions with a history of discrimination must be pre-approved by federal officials. Shelby County attorneys say Alabama is a different place than it was in 1965, so they don't need Washington oversight now. 

U.S. MAY SEND AID TO SYRIAN REBELS
You'd better start reading up on what's going on with the Syrian rebels, if you want to know where American dollars may be going soon. There are signs that Washington and European officials are considering sending body armor, armed vehicles and possibly military training that way.

SEX TAPE SCANDAL COSTS MISS TEEN DELAWARE HER CROWN
Miss Delaware Teen USA is turning in her crown. It has to do with a sex video scandal.

TEENAGER REWARDED FOR LONG WALK IN THE SNOW
You hear all the time people complaining that they can't find jobs. But how hard are they really trying? 18 year-old Jhaqueil Reagan was walking, about 10 miles, in the snow, to an appointment at a Dairy Queen, to apply for a job. He asked Art Bouvier for directions, and Bouvier turned out to be the owner of another local restaurant. When Bouvier found out the teenager was willing to walk to an interview, rather than staying home because he didn't have bus fare, Bouvier offered Reagan a job at double the minimum wage he'd been headed for. Way to go!

TRUCK CARRYING ICE CREAM FLIPS IN MILLERSVILLE
A truck carrying 40 thousand pounds of ice cream flipped on I65 South at exit 104 in Millersville last night. Emergency crews had to unload the truck and pick up the pieces, and finally got traffic up and running this morning. I kept thinking, "What a WASTE of time!" If they'd just put three women there, with spoons, they could have cleaned up that ice cream in ten minutes flat!

TANNING MOM WON'T FACE CHARGES
New Jersey's so-called tanning mom will not face any charges.  Patricia Krentcil had been accused of child endangerment charges after her five-year-old daughter said she burned her leg while tanning with her mom last April.  A grand jury has decided against indicting Krentcil.

WEST NASHVILLE MAN FOUND CRUSHED UNDER CAR IN DRIVEWAY
A west Nashville man was crushed to death while working on his car early Tuesday morning. The incident happened just after 12 a.m., Midnight at a home on Alamo Drive at Croley Drive.
A neighbor noticed the man, who has been identified as Richard Evans, under his car and called Metro police.  The 74-year-old died before first responders arrived.  According to police, one of the jacks holding up the vehicle slipped causing the car to fall on the man. No one else was home at the time of the incident, and police say there was no sign of foul play.

NEW YORKERS ADD IVs TO SPA SERVICES
New Yorkers get hooked up to IVs for a sunburns, hangovers, and even a quick energy boost, and now... they're getting them at spas for an energy boost.