Posted: 3:34 am Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
By Ann Kelly
Airside C at Tampa International Airport was shut down for close to three hours last night after screeners saw something they thought looked suspicious. The airside that is home to Southwest and Spirit Airlines was cleared. It’s all back to normal now at TIA after security determined there was no threat.
There was at least one winning ticket sold in last night’s Mega Million drawing but not to anyone in Florida. That ticket was sold in San Jose, California but as of early this morning lottery officials were waiting to hear from other states to see if any more tickets were eligible to win the estimated $522 million dollar jackpot.
Be extra careful at the beach for the next few days. Between Clearwater and Sarasota 19 swimmers who were caught in rip tides had to be rescued. With more rough weather possible today the rip tides may still be an issue.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office is looking for new recruits and have loosened some qualifications as a result. Sheriff Chad Chronister made the announcement and said applicants now only need a high school diploma and at least three years of active duty military experience to apply and the Sheriff’s department police on tattoos has also been changed. For the full story, check here.
The Florida Orchestra is looking for a new president. President & CEO, Michael Pastreich has successfully led the orchestra for the past for more than ten years. making him the longest-serving president in their 50-year history. Marketing Director Sherry Powell will step in as the search begins for a new leader.
Mark this one down – Florida’s back to school sales tax holiday is set for August 3rd – 5th. We have the complete list of what is and what not’s on the list this year. There are limits of $60 or less for items like clothing, shoes and other supplies. An adopt-a-teacher program a Tampa woman has created has gone viral. Ellie Baggett wants to help teachers who actually buy their own classroom supplies. The idea is to adopt a teacher and spend around $30 for supplies for them. The campaign in on Facebook if you’d like to help.
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