Friday, August 8, 2014

PRESIDENT HAS AUTHORIZED TARGETED AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ
The President has authorized targeted airstrikes in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and facilities in the country. He also ordered humanitarian airdrops to help the thousands of Iraqis stranded on top of a mountain, who fled from a surge of violence.

MORE CHARGES POSSIBLE IN CRASH THAT KILLED DOCTOR
More charges could be filed against the man accused of causing the crash that killed Hermitage doctor, Eric Raefsky. Clayton Rogers was wearing a court-ordered ankle monitoring device when he failed to yield and slammed into Raefsky's vehicle, killing the oncologist. Now officials say the ankle monitor wasn't working because it wasn't charged, and they're waiting for the official toxicology reports to determine whether Rogers was drunk and high.

MEDICAL DEBTS NOT COUNTED AGAINST YOUR CREDIT
Now, beware of this, because scammers have already been using the, "Your credit score may have changed..." emails to get you to click links and open your computer to scammers and bugs.
But, if you have a bunch of medical debt, you actually may see your credit score go up, soon. The nation's top credit score provider, FICO, is coming out with a new scoring model that doesn't penalize you for medical debt.

GOVERNOR HASLAM WINS GOP NOMINATION
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is the winner of the Republican primary.  Haslam got 95-percent of the vote in Thursday's election, which means he'll run against Democrat Charlie Brown in November.

LAMAR ALEXANDER WINS
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander has won his primary, and moves on in his re-election bid, after beating tea party favorite, state Representative Joe Carr on Thursday. 

NO MAJOR PROBLEMS REPORTED AT POLLS
There were some issues at the polls. Some election results in Davidson county came in late. The election commission says it's because of heavy rain. And in Williamson County, two polling stations lost power for awhile because of storms. 

BABY TRIGGERS WHITE HOUSE ALARM
The Secret Service says an unusual intruder triggered a security alert at the White House yesterday.  According to witnesses, Pennsylvania Avenue was shut down momentarily because an 18-month-old baby crawled through the fence and onto the north lawn triggering the alarm system.  Secret Service ficials returned the screaming child to his mom without asking any questions. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION USE AT RECORD HIGH
The number of people using the city's public transportation is at a record high. We were up just 2% from last year, but that's nearly eleven-million trips last year on buses and trains operated by MTA and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee.

POLL: MANY TEENS SAY PARENTS HAVE BAD DRIVING HABITS
It looks like sometimes teens know better than their parents when it comes to safe driving.  A new survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Holding Company has found that almost 60 percent of teens say their parents text while driving and 42 say they have asked their parents to stop when seeing it happen.  Parents aren't setting a good example for other types of risky driving habits either.  Sixteen percent of teens say they've been behind the wheel with a parent after knowing they've had at least one alcoholic beverage.  Over 80 percent admit to being guilty of at least one infraction, and say they do listen to their children when reminded.

LEBRON JAMES
More than 30-thousand people will pack Akron's InfoCision Stadium tonight to welcome LeBron James back to his hometown.  The sold-out "Welcome Home LeBron" event will honor James' charity work in Akron and his re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

ADMIT YOU'RE HAPPY DAY
Have you ever noticed that there are some people on social media who almost ALWAYS post a complaint, a gripe, an "I'm so sick of this..." etcetera etcetera etcetera.. always something negative? Well remind them that today is "Admit You're Happy Day"... where you're encouraged to think more about what's right in life, and count your blessings, literally. I am thankful for YOU. You are wonderful, andd you are appreciated. Thank you.

SUPER MOON
The SUPER MOON is this weekend! Saturday night, Sunday night. The August full moon is reportedly the "closest and largest" full moon of the entire year, which is why it is known as "supermoon."

MILWAUKEE BAR PUTS FRIED CHICKEN ON BLOODY MARY 
Have you heard about the new drink in Milwaukee? There's a bar there that's known for its outrageous drinks, and the latest one is a "Chicken Fried" Bloody Mary. It's a delicious, tomatoey bloody mary, topped with an entire fried chicken. They say it serves two to four people, and costs, 50 dollars, though some people may find that hard to swallow.
 
EVACUEES TAKING SHELTER AS HURRICANE HITS HAWAII
Evacuees are showing up at shelters as Hurricane Iselle [[ ee-SELL ]] closes in on Hawaii's Big Island.  Iselle is the first hurricane to hit the islands in 22 years, bringing heavy rain and surf, strong winds and flooding.  A second storm, Hurricane Julio is further east of Hurricane Iselle.

CDC DIRECTOR ON EBOLA
The director of the CDC claims the deadly Ebola virus can be controlled and stopped.  In a House hearing, Dr. Tom Frieden [[ FREED-en ]] said it must be stopped at its source in Africa, and says he's confident that there will not be a large Ebola outbreak in the U.S.  He says it's infectious, which means it can be transmitted from perrson to person, but not highly contagious, since it requires close contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

BINGE DRINKING KILLS THOUSANDS. ARE YOU A BINGE DRINKER?
You don't have to be an alcoholic, for the booze to kill you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says binge drinking kills more than ten thousand people a year. Many people don't realize they ARE binge-drinkers. Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a single sitting.

ELVIS WEEK STARTS SATURDAY IN MEMPHIS
Elvis week starts tomorrow in Memphis, at Graceland. Runs through August 17th, to remember the late Elvis Presley.