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Jul 11, 2012

Khan Academy, The Future of Education?

What is the future of education? Think about it... 

When we were in school, we all sat at desks, listened to the teacher, took tests, and went on field trips. Not a lot has changed in the classroom except the addition of computers. So, what is the next big step.

It’s been called “the teacher to the world;” some folks love it while others just aren’t sure. 

Jul 11, 2012

SHADES OF GREY STAY

50 Shades Of Grey doesn’t end at the bookstore. So far the trilogy expecst to have sold more than 20 million copies by later this week.

Universal pictures are getting ready to do a film based on the first book in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy.

 

Now, you can live you Shades of Grey fantasy at 3 hotels in Seattle that offer packages with champagne, romantic room and even a “sexy black box” and more high end fun. LINKS ARE BELOW in case you are interested.

 

Jul 11, 2012

SIT ON IT

Okay, we are standing more than we NORMALLY do today because of a new study that has been released.  Yep, according to the experts (who watched us sit, 167,000 of us, for more than 5 hours a day), we can add 2 more years to our lives if we get up off our rear ends and stand. 

 

Jul 11, 2012

GIRL SCOUTS MONEY STOLEN

It turned out to be a bad 4th of July for  a group of Girl Scouts in Sevier County.

The Girl Scouts in Sevier County gathered at Patriot Park on Independence Day to sell patriotic hats, sun visors, bouncy balls, temporary tattoos and glow sticks during the city's annual festivities.

The girls sold several thousand dollars worth of merchandise.

As the evening came to an end, the girls, parent volunteers and troop leaders looked to the sky to watch the fireworks.

Jul 11, 2012

MOM OF THE YEAR

No charges expected against mom who abandoned daughter at Caryville bar

 

No charges are expected against an Illinois woman who abandoned her 19-year-old special-needs daughter at a Campbell County bar last month.

Eva Cameron of Algonquin, Ill., voluntarily returned today to Caryville to give police a statement regarding how she left her daughter at a bar and drove away, according to Caryville Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith.

Jul 10, 2012

CAR FEVER

This is just a fun story because you just don't see this happen anymore.  Keeping stuff! 

Jul 10, 2012

Juvenile Court

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot give juvenile offenders life without parole as a mandatory sentence. The 5-4 decision in Miller v. Alabama raised some hard questions. Many states now have to both address past sentences under mandatory schemes and come up with a new rule for future sentences.

Outside the court, in the real world, this decision presents for many a difficult moment on an agonizing issue. Should kids be held responsible for their actions? Are they old enough to know better?

 

Jul 10, 2012

KIDS AND CARS

Here are some tips on how to make sure that never happens to you.

The safety group KidsAndCars.com calls it “Look Before You Lock” – if you drive your kids or grandkids around in the back seat of your car on a regular basis, make it a practice to always open the back door and look in the back seat before you leave your car.

Do it at home, at the supermarket, at work, at the daycare center, everywhere.

Jul 10, 2012

It's a scam and folks are falling for it!  Another 2,000 folks fell for it last week. 

A multistate identity theft scam that claims President Barack Obama will pay your utility bills appears to have widened.

The scheme was first reported in May, when Dallas-based Atmos Energy warned its 3 million customers in 12 states that scammers had been asking for Social Security numbers to enroll in the faux federal program.

Jul 9, 2012

SEXTING

We talk about this and talk about it and no one, no parent seems to think their teen is doing this...

BUT OBVIOUSLY they are. 

Sexting. 

The stats speak for themselves. It hasn't stopped and it hasn't slowed down. You're gonna have to accept (and this is hard) it's COMMON.

 

More than a quarter of American teenagers sent nude photos of themselves electronically, and those who engaged in ‘sexting’ were almost twice as likely as their peers to have had sex, researchers found.