After graduating high school, Matthews was homeless. His parents were out of the picture.

Luckily the piano studio at Florida Southern College in Lakeland was open 24 hours. That's how his teacher learned of his situation and stepped in to help. "He found me sleeping in his studio and pretty much got me out of that situation, found me a different school to go to where I had a dorm and a roof over my head," said Matthews.

Matthews continued perfecting his craft at UWF. Eventually he decided to take his talents to the big stage, Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He entered the American Protg International piano & strings competition and Matthews was selected as an Honorable Mention winner.

"It's a dream come true," he said. "I never would have thought in a million years I see myself going on that stage and it just means the world to me."

Musicians from all over the world will study his every note, chord and key stroke. A solid performance could springboard his music career to the next level.

James has overcome challenges before and Carnegie Hall will be no different. "I really don't know what's going to happen with it," he said. "But I'm just going to go and try my best and stay focused."

Matthews will perform Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:30 am in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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After graduating high school, Matthews was homeless. His parents were out of the picture.

Luckily the piano studio at Florida Southern College in Lakeland was open 24 hours. That's how his teacher learned of his situation and stepped in to help. "He found me sleeping in his studio and pretty much got me out of that situation, found me a different school to go to where I had a dorm and a roof over my head," said Matthews.

Matthews continued perfecting his craft at UWF. Eventually he decided to take his talents to the big stage, Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He entered the American Protg International piano & strings competition and Matthews was selected as an Honorable Mention winner.

"It's a dream come true," he said. "I never would have thought in a million years I see myself going on that stage and it just means the world to me."

Musicians from all over the world will study his every note, chord and key stroke. A solid performance could springboard his music career to the next level.

James has overcome challenges before and Carnegie Hall will be no different. "I really don't know what's going to happen with it," he said. "But I'm just going to go and try my best and stay focused."

Matthews will perform Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:30 am in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for more updates."/>
After graduating high school, Matthews was homeless. His parents were out of the picture.

Luckily the piano studio at Florida Southern College in Lakeland was open 24 hours. That's how his teacher learned of his situation and stepped in to help. "He found me sleeping in his studio and pretty much got me out of that situation, found me a different school to go to where I had a dorm and a roof over my head," said Matthews.

Matthews continued perfecting his craft at UWF. Eventually he decided to take his talents to the big stage, Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He entered the American Protg International piano & strings competition and Matthews was selected as an Honorable Mention winner.

"It's a dream come true," he said. "I never would have thought in a million years I see myself going on that stage and it just means the world to me."

Musicians from all over the world will study his every note, chord and key stroke. A solid performance could springboard his music career to the next level.

James has overcome challenges before and Carnegie Hall will be no different. "I really don't know what's going to happen with it," he said. "But I'm just going to go and try my best and stay focused."

Matthews will perform Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:30 am in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for more updates." />
 

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Christmas came early! - 08/21/13

It's only August and I already have a few things on my Christmas list. One of those things is for the Austin Fire Department to go back to the way things were about two months ago.
Let me explain... I follow about six or seven websites at any given time to get you the traffic reports. One of those is the AFD Active Fire Incidents website. This one: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/fact/default.cfm?sort=0
They used to list when they were called out to a wreck and it was one of my most reliable sources, if not the most reliable. I knew that if a wreck was listed on the AFD website, it was there! That's not always the case with the Austin Police Department's website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/qact/default.cfm?sort=6
I've met with APD about upgrading their system, and they agree it's needed, but it takes a lot of time to do that, so I've adapted.
But then last month I noticed AFD wasn't responding to all these wrecks, so that was weird. So I call them and ask if something has changed with their reporting, and sure enough it had. I tweeted about it, you may have seen it.
I'm still not 100% clear on exactly why they stopped reporting it. First I was told it was in violation of HIPPA, but on my follow up call, it sounded more like it was some sort of technical glitch.
From what I understand, they're working on fixing the glitch. My fingers are crossed that Christmas comes early! I'll keep you posted.

An update.... I got a call this morning from AFD saying they fixed the glitch! Happy Back to School Monday! It wasn't fixed early this morning, but hoping from now on, things will be back to normal.

If you ever see something you want me to investigate (especially traffic related) let me know. You can Tweet me, Facebook me, or email me eharpold@keyetv.com

 
 
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