Old Dog, New Tricks - 08/14/14

  If you read this blog with any regularity, then you've heard me talk about my dogs from time to time.  Despite tonight's title... this blog isn't about my fur babies.
   Instead, it's about *this* old dog and some new duties placed on my plate.  We recently started a new 5:30pm newscast.  I'm so glad we can offer you news as it happens in the afternoons now.  With this newscast, comes real time traffic reports.  We hope this is helpful as you begin your commute home or if you're waiting on someone to arrive.  You can even stream our news if you're driving by clicking  m.fox17.com/stream
    With that said, guess who gets to do the traffic?  My colleague Scott Couch and me.  The only problem is, I'm directionally challenged.  I can't find my way out of a wet paper sack.  I get lost going to the break room.  It's just not my thing.  I'm good at investigative reports, uncovering government waste, misspending, consumer news, and more.... but traffic?  I'm woefully ill equipped. 
    Thankfully, Scott and I had a pow wow about this and he likes doing traffic.  He's spent most of his career here in Middle Tennessee and knows every back road, every street, every alternate route...every everything.  In fact, when we attend events together, he always drives because I know he can get us there in THE most expeditious fashion.
     So, here's what we've worked out.  Scott will do the traffic bit most of the time, but when he's off... this old dog has to step in and try the new trick. 
     It's not that I can't embrace new things.  Heck I've learned to wake board this year in my 40's and learned how to embed links in my blog like this one about how I need  The Map Lady  just to get to the grocery store.   So, yes I do like to learn new things and try to learn a new skill or two every few months. 
     But when it comes to Old Dogs and New traffic Tricks... hmmmm...  I'm working to get around this roadblock.

 

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DRUNKEN BANK ROBBER

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- If you're planning to knock over a bank, it's probably best not to knock down a few first. That's what a man in Tallahassee has found out the hard way. Authorities say an intoxicated Stanley Geddie walked into the Capital City Bank and demanded $100,000 from a manager -- claiming he had a handgun and plastic explosives. When police arrived, they found the man "very intoxicated and spaced out" in the manager's office. They also found a cab driver who said he brought Geddie to the bank -- and complained he got stiffed on his $25.50 fare. At least the would-be robber decided not to drive to the bank heist. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Geddie is charged with robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer. He's also being held on two probation violations.

BASEBALL GIVEAWAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training -- a time for baseball teams and their fans to be optimistic. But the Houston Astros are balking over a planned promotion by one of its minor league affiliates. The Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League feel so confident the 'Stros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotional giveaway this summer. But once the big league club heard about the pitch, they asked the Triple-A team to bench it. Grizzlies officials say they don't want any issues with its parent club.

POLICE HORSE ON THE LAM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- You've heard about the occasional rogue police officer. But a rogue police horse? A spokesman for the Cleveland police department says a horse with the department's mounted unit was tied up at a cemetery -- but got loose and started roaming the downtown area. Police finally caught up with Jack and got him back where he belonged. Police say there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers say Jack stayed on the street during his escape -- but didn't stop at red lights.

GOATS CAPTURED

SEATTLE (AP) -- You've probably heard the phrase: "getting someone's goat." In this case, police in Seattle got someone's goat -- times 10. A herd of 10 goats got free from a yard in the Beacon Hill neighborhood -- and began chasing a group of children. That led police on a chase of their own -- after the creatures. The police website says officers were able to wrangle the goats into a pen. Animal control officers were called to reach the goats' owner.

 
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