Sunday, October 24, 2010

Davidson County Briefs: Restaurants warned of fake health inspectors

For the second time in recent months, local health officials are warning restaurants about scammers posing as health inspectors. At least seven restaurants notified the Metro Health Department after receiving suspicious calls from someone wanting to set up a food inspection. Food inspections are unannounced and are not scheduled over the phone or on a website. Metro Health inspectors are required to carry photo identification and will never ask for sensitive information over the phone, officials said. Metro issued a similar warning in late June. — NANCY DEVILLE THE TENNESSEAN Stones River Greenway to use old bridge The old Lebanon Pike bridge has been converted to a pedestrian walkway giving cyclists and walkers easier access to the east side of the Stones River Greenway. The greenway expansion includes a trail that runs beneath Lebanon Pike and connects across the river to Stones River Road. Previously walkers were forced to cross traffic on Lebanon Pike to use the greenway trail. Starting at the Percy Priest Dam, this 10-mile trail follows the Stones River, connecting neighborhoods, shopping areas, schools and parks until it reaches the Cumberland River near Opry Mills. Construction has begun on the Cumberland River Greenway extension from MetroCenter to Tennessee State University, which will be part of the greenway system that will link to the Stones River Greenway. — NANCY DEVILLE THE TENNESSEAN Haunted Nashville earns national ranking in top 25 Haunted Attraction Magazine has ranked Nathan Hamilton's Haunted Nashville in Hermitage among this year's 25 Must See Haunts nationwide — the first time any site in Tennessee made the list. "What we look for is great actors that stay in character, good costuming and their effectiveness in scaring people," said Leonard Pickel, editor with the Cincinnati-based trade publication. Guests experience paranormal activity followed by a startled scare. The attraction concentrates on illusions and special effects rather than the blood, gore and chain saws found at many haunted houses. Putting on 16 shows requires at least 60 actors and 25 support staff. Haunted Nashville, off Lebanon Pike, drew about 10,000 guests last year. — GETAHN WARD THE TENNESSEAN

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