The woman hired to clean up Rutgers' scandal-scarred athletic program quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players submitted a letter complaining she ruled through...Full Story >
The woman hired to clean up Rutgers' scandal-scarred athletic program quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players submitted a letter complaining she ruled through humiliation, fear...Full Story >
Police say suspected Maoist rebels attacked a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India's ruling Congress party in eastern India, killing at least 16 people and wounding 25 others.Full Story >
About 200 suspected Maoist rebels set off a land mine and opened fire on a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India's ruling Congress party in the country's east, killing at least 28 people and...Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:12 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:12:30 GMT
(RNN/KENS/CNN) - At least one person in San Antonio has died Saturday during heavy flooding caused by rain that dumped more than a foot of water on some parts of the area. Police confirmed a woman's bodyFull Story >
Firefighters in San Antonio are still looking for two missing people after heavy rain and flooding swamped the area and left thousands without power.Full Story >
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
It's Nashville's showcase park - a park the city is spending millions of dollars to upgrade - but at the feet of the beauty, history and recreation is a park suffering from a nasty little secret.
Centennial Park boasts unmistakable beauty. Its gardens and ponds surround a majestic full-size replica of the Parthenon.
But there are also thousands of cigarette butts left littered and discarded all over the park, sometimes in surprisingly deep piles.
"The issue is litter to an extreme measure in this park. It's illegal. The objects are small, so they are easy to overlook and easy to ignore. I think our local leaders have done a tremendous job of ignoring the problem," said Mark Thien of the Nashville Clean Water Project.
Thien has been on the case for a year, making home videos, meeting with city leaders and trying to share his message that this nasty problem needs attention.
He contends it's more than a nuisance. It's a health problem.
"All of these toxic chemicals in these butts, in the filters and the remainder of the tobacco, is leeching into our water. Most of the cigarette butts wash into storm drains in Nashville. And storm drains flow directly into fresh water. What that means is your drinking water," Thien said.
Some may be skeptical that cigarette butts are all that dangerous, but water experts are adamant.
"It's a little, concentrated toxic waste dump we're putting down in the ground. One probably wouldn't be a problem, but it's a hundred thousand or a million. So it's a huge potential source of pollutants," said John McFadden of the Tennessee Environmental Council.
To see how Centennial Park became such an ashtray, look no further than nearby Centennial Medical Center. It's a non-smoking campus, so there isn't a single smoking area in the entire facility. Offices for Hospital Corporation of America, right across from the park, also ban smoking.
Now all the smokers migrate to the park.
Centennial Medical Center has appointed an employee task force to help solve the problem.
"Our goal with our tobacco-free policy was to completely remove tobacco products, especially lighted products, anywhere from the vicinity of our campus, recognizing that there is an unintended consequence," said Kimberly Tiscione of TriStar Centennial Medical Center.
Earlier this year, the hospital paid to have ashcans installed - not on hospital property, but across the street on park property.
"It's totally a mistake. This whole thing has been just really asinine. To put ashcans on the edge of municipal sidewalks so that there can be these private smoke decks in a public park - that's not what our parks are intended for," Thien said.
Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch says in 2007 the department tried to ban smoking in parks but discovered it was against state law.
"The park board tried, has to be responsible in banning smoking, but felt like we couldn't," Lynch said.
You may, then, wonder why don't officers just start writing littering tickets. Wouldn't a fine stop a smoker mid-puff?
"They look to see if anybody is doing that, but they don't sit down there, watching for it, because they feel it would take them away from higher priority issues in the park," Lynch said.
Lynch suggests that if people really want to end smoking in the parks, someone needs to carry legislation. Until then, he believes park police needs to focus on more serious personal safety issues in the park.
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Saturday, May 25 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:23:27 GMT
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - K-9 Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot and killed on the ramp of Exit 34 from the Bluegrass Parkway to Highway 55 in Nelson County early Saturday morning. A 911 call from a womanFull Story >
K-9 officer Jason Ellis, 33, was the first Bardstown police officer killed in the line of duty.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
The Village of Morrow: 2013 Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2013 Participants must line up at 10 a.m. at the former Morrow Elementary School located on Pike St., the parade is to start at 11 a.m. ContactFull Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >