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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BEAR CUB-STORE

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Stuffed teddy bears on drug store shelves may be a common thing. But shoppers where in for a surprise over the weekend when they saw a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, Oregon. KGW reports that customers snapped pics and videotapped the litte bear until police arrived and scooped the youngster into a shopping cart. Oregon wildlife officials are holding the cub until it can be moved to a rehab center or a zoo.

TOE SQUEEZING CHARGE

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) -- A foot fetish went too far in the parking lot of a New Jersey supermarket earlier this month. Mount Laurel police say 30-year-old Derrick Johnson Jr., was arrested Tuesday and charged with harassment for the bizarre confrontation on Oct. 4. Police say Johnson approached the woman while she loaded groceries into her car. He complimented her on her toes, then allegedly touched and squeezed two of them. When the startled woman told Johnson to stop touching her, he allegedly told her he was obsessed with toes and ran off.

FIREWORKS-REMAINS

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. Well, his father's ashes, actually. Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver's cremated remains will be launched into the sky as part of his family's goodbye. Carver's family is the first to try Greenlawn's new program. His son is funeral director Jim Carver. He says his father, who died in 2008, loved watching fireworks and would appreciate the unusual send off. The family will follow the eight-minute fireworks display with a cookout and memorial celebration. The Springfield News-Leader says the fireworks memorials range from $300 to the "Ultimate Goodbye" as much as $10,000.

INMATES-FINANCIAL EDUCATION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Prisoners will get the chance to learn how to balance their checkbooks and set budgets. Or at least some will in West Virginia jails. The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority plans to offer a four-week financial education program in November to inmates serving sentences for misdemeanor convictions. The state says the program covers the basics, including how to cut debt and save for emergencies. Officials say inmates can reduce their sentences by five days for taking the course. Prisoners can also reduce time in the can by taking a life skills course.