Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:09 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:09:54 GMT
A Humphreys County business owner says a thief made off with his wrecker truck and equipment worth more than a quarter-million dollars. "They tried to steal the roll back over here to the side of us andMore >>
A Humphreys County business owner says a thief made off with his wrecker truck and equipment worth more than a quarter-million dollars.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:58 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:58:21 GMT
Metro police are working to identify a gunman who is suspected of robbing the same Walgreen's pharmacy four times. Police say the most recent robbery at the Walgreens on Highway 70 South happened SundayMore >>
Metro police are working to identify a gunman who is suspected of robbing the same Walgreen's pharmacy four times.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:54 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:54:49 GMT
The owner of a popular east Nashville restaurant and music venue said the city crossed the line when a dozen officials showed up to inspect the business. "Outraged. I feel like there is a way of goingMore >>
The owner of a popular east Nashville restaurant and music venue said the city crossed the line when a dozen officials showed up to inspect the business.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:38 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:38:14 GMT
A child pedestrian was struck and seriously injured Wednesday night in Bellevue. The incident was reported just before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Sonya Drive. Police sayMore >>
A child pedestrian was struck and seriously injured Wednesday night in Bellevue.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:18:13 GMT
Metro police say a mother used her own daughter to help steal from a Nashville Wal-Mart store.More >>
Metro police say a mother used her own daughter to help steal from a Nashville Walmart store.More >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -
The maker of the iconic U.S. snack Twinkies said Friday it is going out of business and laying off all of its 18,500 workers after a national strike crippled its operations.
In Nashville, 26 people are losing their jobs, including Patricia Keith, who worked as a cashier at the Charlotte Avenue outlet store for five years.
"I've got to find another job," she said. "I've got grandchildren to take care of."
Shoppers rushed into the Nashville store to stock up on items for the last time.
"Ding-dongs, Twinkies, Susie-Qs, apple pies. It's kind of heartbreaking," said shopper Michael Lohmiller.
"I heard it on the radio," said Nate Logan. "I wasn't sure. I picked my son and said, 'we're going to the store.'"
"I don't know if they thought that was a bluff," CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said on CNBC Friday. He said the financial impact of the strike makes it "too late" to save the company even if workers have a change of heart. That's because the clients such as retailers decide to stop carrying products when supplies aren't adequate.
The company, founded in 1930, was fighting battles beyond labor costs.Competition is increasing in the snack space, and Americans are increasingly conscious about healthy eating.
The cake-like Twinkies had gained a cultural reputation in recent years for being nearly indestructible, documented in playful videos and blogs.
Hostess Brands had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S.Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by Thursday evening.
The privately held Texas company filed for protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade.
"Many people have worked incredibly long and hard to keep this from happening, but now Hostess Brands has no other alternative than to begin the process of winding down and preparing for the sale of our iconic brands,"Rayburn said in a letter to employees posted on the company website.
He added that all employees will eventually lose their jobs, "some sooner than others."
Rayburn said he's hopeful that the company will find buyers for its roster of about 30 brands, which include Ho Hos, Dolly Madison, Drake's and Nature'sPride snacks. The company books about $2.5 billion in sales a year.
Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike last week after rejecting inSeptember a contract offer that cut wages and benefits.
Rayburn said the union's leadership had misled members into believing there was a buyer in the wings who would rescue the company. He said the union hadn't returned the company's calls for the past month.
A union representative did not immediately return a call from The AssociatedPress seeking comment.
Hostess had already reached a contract agreement with its largest union, theInternational Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Hostess has said that production at about a dozen of the company's 33 plant shad been seriously affected by the strike. Three plants were closed earlier this week.
Copyright 2012 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. Materials from Associated Press used in this report.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:14 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:14:11 GMT
National Beef Packing Co., a Liberal, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The problem was discoveredMore >>
National Beef Packing Company - a Liberal, KS, establishment - is recalling approximately 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:18 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:18:42 GMT
A Nashville Cajun restaurant is currently closed for business with a sign hanging on the front door indicating taxes have not been paid. The sign says "seized for non-payment of Tennessee state taxes." ChapmanMore >>
A Nashville Cajun restaurant is currently closed for business with a sign hanging on the front door indicating taxes have not been paid. Morning Report More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:11 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:11:36 GMT
A Utah family celebrating Father's Day with a camping trip to Wyoming survived an encounter with a bear thanks to the quick thinking of their 11-year-old son. It was supposed to be a family fun day ofMore >>
A Utah family celebrating Father's Day with a camping trip to Wyoming survived an encounter with a bear thanks to the quick thinking of their 11-year-old son.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:20:07 GMT
George "Rico" Laise in court June 19, 2013
A 42-year-old soccer coach accused of having sex with his underage players was in a Nashville courtroom Wednesday morning. Facing four charges of rape, George "Rico" Laise appeared for a preliminary hearing.More >>
A 42-year-old soccer coach accused of having sex with his underage players was in a Nashville courtroom Wednesday morning.More >>
Country singer Slim Whitman has died at the age of 90 in Florida.More >>
Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy "Mars Attacks!," died Wednesday at a...More >>