The text messages that made my Monday - 01/13/14

You never know when something is going to happen that could spark something pretty awesome.  That's an over-simplified way of saying it, but it's true.

Take, for example, this morning when I was added to a group text thread - by mistake.  I scrolled through 90-some txt messages.  I NEVER have that many text messages!  I read through them all and realized they were teenagers.  I contemplated whether to respond.  The last text message said "did anyone ever say who the 417 was?"  Well, that was me.  So I responded, "Hey, this is Jennifer Waddell from Fox17.  Good morning!!  PS love the cow pic!"  By the way, the cow pic was of a girl who works at Chik-fil-A and it cracked me up.

Well that sparked a whole conversation with a group of high-schoolers.  Come to find out, they are part of the news crew at Mt. Juliet High School.  What are the odds?  We ended up putting this whole interaction in the newscast as a "talker".  They got to watch it live from their classroom and now I'm planning a visit to their class to talk about journalism.  I've attached a photo the students sent me from their own green screen.  How cool is that?

This was one of the most random, fun and inspiring mornings that all started with a message that wasn't even meant for me. 

Thought for the day:  If you get the wrong message how will you respond?


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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Weed users can now learn how to become garden gurus. Atlantic City will host a grow your own marijuana seminar. The four-day course with a fee of $1,000 will be offered by a California-based marijuana school at Bally's Casino next weekend. While medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey, growing your own is not. Oaksterdam University chancellor Dale Jones told The Philadelphia Inquirer that basil will be used in demonstrations. The course will include talks on the business and legal sides of the marijuana industry. Jones said students who earn high scores will receive certifications that could lead to jobs.


ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- Police say witnesses heard a central Pennsylvania woman singing after she crashed into a parked car while driving drunk. Police say neighbors heard loud music coming from the car of 26-year-old Heidi Jo Clatterbaugh before she crashed about early Aug. 2. Two witnesses told police they saw her singing in the front seat of her car, with her feet propped up on the dash board. Police say Clatterbaugh ran away after witnesses took her car keys, but she was later found a short distance away. Court records show Clatterbaugh was charged with driving drunk on Aug. 2, three days after she waived her right to a preliminary hearing on drunken driving charges stemming from a June arrest. The Altoona Mirror reports the newest charges were filed just last week.


DALLAS (AP) -- Most car enthusiasts dream of cruising in a Ferrari or Porsche. But a Texas man has stepped up to buy three vintage trolleys. The Dallas Morning News reports that the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority has three turtleback trolleys, named after their shape, that were designed in the early 20th century. One of the trolleys, known as Car 323, is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world with 13 windows. It was repurposed as a ticket office and gift shop in Abilene, Texas and returned to Dallas in the mid-1980s by the transit authority. Transit officials had planned on scrapping the three trolleys to use the land they were on for a maintenance barn. But Andy Nold, head of a preservation group called North Texas Historic Transportation, has offered $250 for each car, plus the cost to move them. The authority has tentatively accepted the offer.


SPRINGER, N.M. (AP) -- A new rehabiliation project finds New Mexico inmates horsing around. The New Mexico Department of Corrections has launched a program that lets prisoners without disciplinary problems help with rescued horses. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the program teaches inmates horsemanship skills, while the horses get daily attention and care. State Corrections Industries Director Anna Martinez says the inmates also learn accountability. Program director Billy Jones says rescued horses would be sold as ranch animals once they're nursed back to full health. The inmate horse rescue program got its legs from $75,000 approved by state lawmakers last year.

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