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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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- Giant worms! No, we're not talking about a summer horror flick but the result of spring showers. Rare, giant earthworms are appearing on the Palouse Prairie in Idaho. Worm lover Cass Davis tells the Lewiston Tribune he found three foot-long worms while hiking last weekend. He thinks they're giant Palouse earthworms, which can grow up to a yard long. The worms were believed to have been extinct until a researcher found one a decade ago.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Some California school kids are turning high-tech entrepreneurs. Five Riverview Elementary School students in Fresno have come up with an idea for an app to monitor water use. The state is in the grip of a record drought. The Fresno Bee reports the kids presented their idea to officials in March. Now, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and businesses including AT&T are kicking in more than 50,000 bucks to develop the app. It will be free and should be available for download by the time school starts in the fall.

 
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