Friday, April 26, 2013

COUNTRY LEGEND GEORGE JONES HAS PASSED AWAY
Country legend George Jones has passed away. He had been in poor health for a long time, and had just gone into a Nashville hospital a few days ago.

TIMES SQUARE WAS ON THE HIT LIST
The surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect has reportedly told police if he hadn't been caught, he and his brother had discussed the idea of exploding the rest of their bombs in Times Square in New York.

NASHVILLE'S ST. JUDE COUNTRY MUSIC MARATHON
Remember, traffic is going to be HORRIBLE tomorrow morning in Nashville as streets are closed and the runners take over! More than 30 thousand are expected for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon and half-marathon. There'll be hundreds of law enforcement and security personnel all along the route, mailboxes along the marathon route are being blocked off so no one can put anything dangerous into them, and the police Chief says, remember, "If you see something, say something, " by calling 880-1515 to report anything suspicious at the race.

REGULATION REQUIRES CABS TO HAVE GPS TRACKING
All Metro Nashville cabs are now required to have GPS tracking devices. It's apparently a response to a recent murder where the woman had last been seen getting into a cab, yet apparently no cabbie admitted to picking her up. The new regulation also requires cab companies to turn over requested information to police within 24 hours.

HEALTH: FEWER DOCTORS' VISITS
A new survey shows fewer Americans are going to the doctor's office... saying they can't afford it. 80-million people ... about one in FOUR in the U.S. .... say they didn't get any medical services last year because it's too expensive. 

FREE DENTISTRY DAY
Dickson Dental is trying to help out... they're offering a free cleaning, extraction or filling today ... for people in Dickson who don't have dental insurance or can't afford dental treatment. It's today only, first come-first served. You can call Dickson Dental for more information. 446-7050.

RAIN COULD HURT CORN CROPS
Corn is used in more things than you'd ever imagine,  including paper, tires, toothpaste, paint, even cosmetics. ALL those things could cost more later this year... if it doesn't stop raining. Farmers in the mid United States are dealing with flooded fields from spring rains, and worry they won't be able to get corn crops in the ground in time to get a decent crop.

BRIDGESTONE ARENA GETTING A MAKEOVER
You know how it is, your neighbors paint their house and yours looks worse. Well now that we have the new Music City Center opening next month, Bridgestone Arena will get a multi-million-dollar makeover. It'll include a new restaurant, a patio area and a wrap-around video screen. The seven-million-dollar project should be done by October.

MARS DRAWING CRASHES NASA WEBSITE
One of the latest photos that's gone viral, is of the path the mars rover Curiosity made on the surface of mars. Since someone posted the photo and mentioned it looked like a male private body part, the photo went viral, getting so many views that it crashed the NASA website. NASA says of course they didn't use the explorer to draw dirty pictures.. that's just a coincidence.

NFL DRAFT CONTINUES
I may keep you from getting upset at someone today by telling you this: if some of your co-workers, or maybe your spouse, seems distant right about now, it could be because today is day two of the NFL Draft. 

TODDLER KILLED IN ATTACK BY THE FAMILY DOG; GUESS WHAT BREED?
This is SO sad, but you need to know about it because it may make a difference in whether you leave your kids alone with a dog. A little 2 year old boy in Atlanta was killed in a dog attack Wednesday... killed by a pitt bull that the family'd had for 8 years. (Fulton County animal services will test the dog and decide whether he'll be euthanized. The 2 year-old's mother was so distraught she was taken to the hospital for observation.)

HASLAM OVERWHELMED ON AG GAG BILL
Never has Gov. Bill Haslam gotten so much communication on a single issue. He's gotten close to 5000 emails and 2000 phone calls about the so-called 'ag-gag' bill, mostly against it... that would require activists to turn over footage of livestock cruelty to police within 48 hours. Animal rights groups say that would mean long-term investigations like the one that led to the conviction of a walking horse trainer, would become illegal. (Celebrities including Carrie Underwood and Ellen DeGeneres have encouraged their fans to contact the governor to ask him NOT to sign it into law.)

SINKHOLE CLOSES MCGAVOCK PIKE
That HUGE sinkhole on McGavock Pike at Murfreesboro Road near the Nashville Airport over in the Donelson area will probably be there for the next few weeks. Workers say it's about 6 feet across, 12 to 15 feet deep and it's expected to take quite awhile to fill it and repave. In the meantime McGavock is closed between Cummings Drive and Murfreesboro Road.

GAP PROTEST
Protestors are demanding Gap Inc. improve working conditions at their factories in Bangladesh.  Dozens of people gathered outside Gap headquarters in San Francisco To stage a demonstration.... after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh, killing at least 273 workers.

STILA LAUNCHES GLOW IN THE DARK LIPSTICK
What's the latest trend in makeup? Neon colors. And Stila is taking that neon look a step further.. with glow-in-the-dark lipsticks. They look like regular lipsticks during the day but glow in the dark under a black light.

NEW STUDY ABOUT TRAFFIC JAMS
There's a new study about traffic jams that finds the number one thing people do when they're stuck in traffic is sing. Being a provider of many of those singalong songs, we thank you!

AMERICAN IDOL
And our Nashville girl, Kree Harrison, is safe for another week on American Idol... last night judges used their SAVE option and decided not to send anyone home.  

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
Zoovie Night is Friday night at the Nashville Zoo. Family friendly flick starts at 6, this weekend’s feature is Horton Hears a Who.

Neighborhood Sale Day in Berry Hill on Saturday, 10 till 3. Berry Hill businesses will have sidewalk sales, yard sales and other special events.

It's Flea Market Weekend at the Tn. State Fairgrounds,

Country Music marathon on Saturday... there were about 30-thousand people there last year.

Adventure Science Center hosting Nano Days this weekend. Kids explore the world of atoms, molecules and nano-scale forces... www.adventureSci.org

Jimmy Buffet...and the Coral Reefer Band.... at Bridgestone Arena Saturday night...

NASHVILLE'S ZOMBIE PROM or Promocalypse...
It's tomorrow night. It's for 18 and older... you don't have to be a zombie to attend, but you must wear prom clothes. And they've issued a warning on their website that says, "Note for the living: Keep in mind you might have a dance partner who has a little 'gore' on him or her. We're not responsible for your dry-cleaning bills." At the Cannery.

And there's a NASHVILLE LOVES BOSTON Benefit Concert, Sunday night at 12th and Porter... proceeds go to the ONE FUND... Boston's official fund for families affected by the bombings. www.facebook.com/nashvillelovesboston