March Heart Gallery Feature: Meet Katie - 03/21/14

In January, I partnered with the Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee to feature children and teens on Fox17 looking for their forever family. The response to these segments has been absolutely amazing.

Our March feature is Katie. She is a beautiful and kind 16 year-old with a bright future. Some of her interests include cooking, gymnastics, and spending time outdoors. Currently, she is in ROTC at her high school, but she looks forward to taking a Daycare class next year because she loves spending time with children. She was an absolute joy to spend time with, and I really enjoyed getting to know her while we went on a shopping spree courtesy of RiverGate Mall.

When I plan these segments, I try to find activities that interest the children and teens so they can have fun while we interview them. RiverGate Mall really went above and beyond my expectations for the shoot. The stores showered Katie with gifts and a new spring wardrobe. In addition to that, the employees were exceptionally kind and welcoming and made it a day Katie will never forget.

I'm in the process of planning our April feature and will let you know how the shoot goes. For more information on Katie and how you can become an adoptive parent visit the Heart Gallery of Middle TN Website.

 

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TOMMY CHONG

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stoner comic Tommy Chong came out smokin' last night -- on the dance floor. The 76-year-old Chong is a contestant this season on "Dancing With the Stars." The judges were impressed by his cool and his smooth moves. Chong rode onto the dance floor in a low rider, with old partner Cheech Marin at the wheel. Judge Bruno Tonioli (toh-nee-OH'-lee) says he was expecting "bad grandpa" but got cool grandpa instead.

POT SHOP POACHING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A legal pot store dropping a dime on a pot dealer? It's happening in Seattle. Cannabis City is the city's only licensed recreational pot shop. Police report the staff at the legal pot store called officers to report a dealer trying to poach customers. Workers say the man was selling weed out of the back of his Buick and was handing out business cards. Employees at Cannabis City say the pot dealer threatened to "stomp" a worker who had confronted him. Police add the man had left by the time officers arrived.

CAPITAL BIKESHARE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Want to buy a used bike? How about 250 of them? Washington's Capital Bikeshare program is getting a bunch of new, old bikes. The bikes are coming from Ottawa at a discount. The Canadian city is planning a new bike sharing system based on different technology. So, WTOP reports D.C. Bikeshare is buying the bikes along with all 25 of Ottawa's old docking stations. Capital Bikeshare has more than 22,000 members.

TIPPING HOTEL MAIDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tip the maid. That's the goal of "The Envelope Please" campaign. Former California first lady Maria Shriver and Marriott are launching a program to encourage the tipping of hotel maids. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on envelopes left in the rooms. Shriver is the founder of an organization called A Woman's Nation that aims to empower women. She says many travelers don't realize tipping is customary. So how much do you leave? Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says usually $1 to $5 per night.

 
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