Good morning, Nashville. Local teachers are afraid that text lingo may be getting in the way of our kids learning the English language. With text speak working its way into conversation in real life (IRL), it stands to reason that it has also been showing up in kids’ papers and projects for school. English language expert and University School of Nashville teacher Robert McKay especially worries that all of this shorthand is hurting the art of language and the importance of spelling.
- Something stinks. Not only do we have bedbugs and brown recluses to worry about this year, but an exotic species of stinkbug has also moved into Middle Tennessee. From China! Outside of their nasty odor, bug experts fear they could also be bad for crops.
- Hungry people. Second Harvest is working hard to get ready for the colder months, which usually leave more folks in need of food and other assistance. Due to the economy still sucking and the holidays just around the corner, they’re going to need all the food donations they can get. Find out how you can help.
- Bits & pieces. Our State Attorney General will be studying foreclosure problems over the next few months … Early voting is off to a good start with more than 600 voters showing up yesterday … A last-minute goal with only 26.7 seconds left on the clock lifted the Preds to a 3-2 victory over Chicago last night … Some construction-related road closures on I-65 near Rosa Parks could snarl traffic for the next week.
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