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August 21

How would you feel  if your neighbors could dictate what you can and cannot do to your home?  Metro Council has passed a new law with a set of guidelines that deal with how large and tall a home can be.  Residents have to request the overlay to apply it to their block or neighborhood.  Supporters say it would help preserve the neighborhoods character.

The FDA is recalling peanut and almond butters because of possible salmonella contamination.  The brands are Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha that were sold at Kroger, Whole Foods and Trader Joes.

MoNay Davis is an inspiration to the kids and a history maker too.  The 13 year old who became the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series last week now has another honor.  She is the first little league player to be big and bold on the cover of “Sports Illustrated”.


While construction continues on the Goose Creek/Peytonsville Bridge, some changes have come along to keep your safe.  A temporary fire station and staging area has been set up at Ag Expo Park.  The will allow firefighters and EMS to quickly respond to the southeastern part of Franklin.  It will be in place for about 90 days, the time frame for completion of the new bridge.

Many say you can’t beat the coffee at McDonalds and you will get the chance to brew some up at home.  Their McCafe brand will be hitting supermarket shelves next year.

The Wall Street Journal asked their readers about what age is right for kids to use electronic devices and   many say they start early as long as it’s used as a learning tool and not an electronic babysitter.  Moderation was also brought up a lot.  So when should kids get to use electronic gadgets?  One reader said it’s simple:  Just after they purchase one.


August 20

Moms, you may be able to relate to this.  Lyndi Trischer is a police officer in Florence, Kentucky who is 7 ½ months pregnant.  Those 10 hour shifts even more physically demanding now which is why she asked for light duty.  She was able to take a desk job last year when pregnant for the first time but a policy change was made.  She now has to stay on patrol or use up all her sick days and vacation.

The American missionary who became ill with Ebola in Liberia is not showing signs of the disease.  Nancy Writebol is still hospitalized at Emory Hospital in Atlanta and just completed a 21 day health monitoring period.

Nashville Restaurant Week has started.  Through Sunday over 50 restaurants are offering special prices on their menu favorites.  For a list of those restaurants, head to http://nashvilleoriginals.com/



Community Health Systems, based in Franklin says its computers have been hacked.  Four and a half million records of medical patients were put at risk although no financial or medical information was affected.  CHS is taking additional steps to avoid a further attack.

There has been no confirmation from the Vatican, but Pope Francis is considering a tour of the U.S. next year.  Most likely in the fall of 2015 that could have him dropping in on Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

Yawning, we all do it, but why.  Scientists say when our brains get hot, that’s nature’s way of cooling it down.   That’s one reason why you may find yourself doing it more during the summer.  Yawning is also contagious, especially when we’re in the company of family and friends.


August 19


So who will take over the Family Dollar empire?  It just might be Goodlettsville based Dollar General.   They upped the ante to take over the company by putting in a bid totaling 9.7 billion dollars.  That’s 1.2 billion more than the bid Dollar Tree made last month.

If your browser is Internet Explorer, that thing has really been dragging.  A series of updates that Microsoft released really bogged things down if you use explorer versions 7 to 11.  A hotfix is available to get you back up to speed on the company’s website.

Between work, the kid’s activities and all that, we’re down to spending only about an hour a day relaxing.  The latest poll also finds that two-thirds of us say we’d be more relaxed if we didn’t have any electronic gadgets or internet access.  About 28 per cent get stressed out at the thought of relaxing.

The largest freshman class ever at Belmont University is settling in on campus.  This is the schools welcome week and more than 1700 students are expected to participate in a service project at 13 sites across Nashville.  Belmont also opened a new 186,000 square foot academic center in time for fall classes.

Communities around Fort Campbell are asking residents to write letters to the Army hoping to avoid significant cuts at the post.  Back in July the Army said half the civilian and military workforce, about 16,000, would be cut. 

If you are not getting any satisfaction when you deal with customer service, change the approach.  Being polite and using please and thank you can go a long way.  Also take notes in case there is follow up contact and if you are emailing a complaint, be brief.  Shorter is better. 

August 18

Some Williamson County students and parents have a challenge this morning.  Following the crash that affected bridges at I-65 and Peytonsville Road, Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney is asking parents to get the kids on a bus to school to avoid congestion.  Some bus route times may double.

Nothing like the smell bacon when it’s being cooked up, but that may be an aroma we don’t get as often.  A deadly virus has wiped out 10% of the entire U.S. herd of pigs and that has bacon at an all time high of 6.11 per pound.  If that keeps up we may just be doing LT’s instead of BLT’S.

After a loss to the Saints over the weekend, the Titans are now 1 and 1 in the pre-season.  Up next is a trip to Atlanta to take on the Falcons Saturday night.

Parents and students in Williamson County will need some patience this morning.  The district is encouraging parents to let their kids take the bus to school this morning following Friday’s tanker crash.  Some bus route information has changed and you can check that at http://www.wcs.edu/

Even though they are out of the running for the title, the South Nashville little league team has a few more days at the Little League World Series in Williamsport.  Tomorrow they will play a consolation game against Vancouver.

We believe we are a friendly city to visit and Conde Nast Traveler agrees.  Nashville ranked the 8th Friendliest City in the U.S.  We get positives for our music scene, downtown area and the Frist Center.


August 15


To help keep you safe when you’re on the roads the Governors Highway Safety Office has kicked off a campaign to crack down on drunken driving.  Law enforcement across the state will be keeping a keen eye on that throughout the campaign that begins today and runs through Labor Day.

Check your chicken nuggets.  Have an 8 ounce box of frozen Applegate Naturals they are part of a recall.  Perdue makes them and they sent out the alert after some customers found small pieces of plastic in their nuggets.

For the weekend a reminder that tomorrow is Fish Family Fun Day at Nashville Shores.  Join us all day at an extra special low price for all kinds of fun activities.  

Friends and family that couldn’t make the trip and a few others will be focused on ESPN later today as the little leaguers from South Nashville play their first game in the Little League World Series.  They will go against the team from Philadelphia this afternoon at 2.

If you have been trying to cut back on the coffee for one reason or another, the cost might help you accomplish that goal.  The makers of Folgers and Maxwell house raised prices in June and now it’s going up on the K-cup.  Keurig says they’ll hike it up 9 per cent in November.  Global coffee prices have gone up 55% over the past year.

Ebay crashed earlier this week and there’s concern the internet is running out of space.  Experts say parts of the web are already at full capacity and smartphones and tablets are a big part of the problem since they clog up routers with a lot of extra traffic.


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