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Titans safety steps up, aids in son’s surprise home delivery

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans safety Kevin Byard and his wife didn’t plan on having their baby at home, though now he has a story he’ll be able to tell his son forever.

The two-time defensive captain with the most interceptions in the NFL over the past three seasons wound up delivering his son, Kevin Leon Byard IV, at home last month when his wife’s contractions prevented them from getting to the hospital.


“One of those deals where we just couldn’t make it to the hospital,” Byard told reporters Wednesday, adding he and his wife weren’t planning “on having the baby at the house.”

Byard and his wife, Clarke, expected their son to arrive on Aug. 24. She started having contractions on Aug. 23. Once they eased up, Byard laid down for a nap. His

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Fairmont leaders hear RHCC to build health-care facility in town


			
				                                Tony Mackey, a managing partner of Fairmont Golf Course, asks Tuesday for answers to drainage issues experienced by the business for the past 10 years during a Board of Commissioners meeting at the Fairmont-South Robeson Heritage Center as Town Attorney Jessica Scott, left, and Mayor Charles Townsend listen.

Tony Mackey, a managing partner of Fairmont Golf Course, asks Tuesday for answers to drainage issues experienced by the business for the past 10 years during a Board of Commissioners meeting at the Fairmont-South Robeson Heritage Center as Town Attorney Jessica Scott, left, and Mayor Charles Townsend listen.

FAIRMONT — Commissioners here were told Tuesday that a new health-care facility is on its way to town.

Robeson Health Care Corporation CEO Tim Smith said a new medical center, which will be about 14,000 square feet in size, will be built at the site of the South Robeson Medical Center on South Walnut Street. The medical center and property are owned by the corporation.

Construction of the new facility will begin in the next 60 days, he said. The project will cost about $3.5 million.

“This is one that we’re very very proud of,” Smith said of the project.

The facility

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‘DWTS’ cast rumors; ‘Home Improvement’ reunion; live-action ‘Powerpuff Girls’: Buzz

‘DWTS’ cast rumors

“Dancing with the Stars” cast rumors for season 29 sound wild. Former “The Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe (who’s now dating Buffalo hunk Jason Tartick) is the confirmed celebrity so far, but ET reports Backstreet Boys singer A.J. McLean will also be competing for the mirrorball trophy this fall. E! News reports other people in talks include controversial “Tiger King” subject Carole Baskin, actress Anne Heche and “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause — while White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci turned them down. The full cast will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 2 on “Good Morning America.” Season 29 of “DWTS” premieres Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. on ABC with new host Tyra Banks and likely some other changes due to Covid-19, such as no studio audience.

‘Home Improvement’ reunion

It’s tool time: Variety reports the History Channel has ordered a reality competition series that

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Why Home Improvement Has Surged And How It’s Changing America : NPR

“It used to be a backyard. Now it’s a summer oasis,” says Astoria Camille of the water feature she built in her mother’s Kansas City, Mo., backyard using an old stock tank and 53 bags of pea gravel.

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“It used to be a backyard. Now it’s a summer oasis,” says Astoria Camille of the water feature she built in her mother’s Kansas City, Mo., backyard using an old stock tank and 53 bags of pea gravel.

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The sound of power tools is roaring in neighborhoods across the United States.

In the Brookside neighborhood in central Kansas City, Mo., John Buhr has do-it-yourself projects going from top of the garage to the basement.

“As soon as COVID hit, we needed someplace the kids could play,” Buhr says, noting that neighborhood parks were closed. “So we put a playhouse down [in the

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D.C. flooding: D.C. Water offers financial assistance after flooding

“What really happened to all of our basements?” she said. “What caused this immense amount of sewage that came out of our toilet and our shower?”

D.C. Water officials tried to explain the mess during a community videoconference call Wednesday evening. The utility also offered financial help for homeowners struggling to clean up, referring to the downpour as a “100-year storm event.”

Climate change is causing more short, high-intensity storms, the utility said. D.C.’s century-old water system is aging and stressed by development. Plans for green infrastructure and an overflow tunnel would help prevent flooding but are not yet online. And the existing 124 million-gallon Anacostia River Tunnel — running seven miles from RFK Stadium to the Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant — filled in about 35 minutes.

“Even when our system was working to its maximum capacity, it just could not accommodate this event,” said Kishia L. Powell, D.C.

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Titans’ Kevin Byard delivers baby in bathtub for catch of his life

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They just couldn’t make it to the hospital, Kevin Byard said.

So on Aug. 23, a day before their baby’s due date, the Titans safety had to deliver his newborn son at his home in Nashville. Byard on Wednesday explained how the harrowing experience unfolded, beginning with his wife, Clarke, waking him up at 10:30 p.m. with contractions that quickly grew in intensity.

Byard said he went downstairs to prepare the car for their trip to the hospital and called their doula, telling her to meet them there. Moments later, Clarke told her husband to pick up the phone

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