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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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.