Friday, February 8, 2013

BLIZZARD HEADED TO NORTHEAST
Millions of people across the Northeast are bracing for a blizzard.  The National Weather Service is forecasting up to two-feet of snow and winds up to 60 miles an hour. Relief agencies like the REd Cross and Salvation Army are getting crews ready to help, as hundreds of thousands of people may be without power, in the freezing cold.. by tomorrow morning. The most severe weather is expected to hit Massachusetts this afternoon. 

HERE IN NASHVILLE, it's just getting colder!
Here's our forecast.

NASHVILLE COUPLE OFFERING HOME TO TORNADO VICTIMS
We had problems of our own last week with those 20 tornadoes that hit Middle Tennessee on January 30th. But, we have good neighbors who help each other. In fact, Patty Coast told WKRN Tv that it made her sad to hear about a Robertson County family whose house was destroyed, and the mom was seriously injured, so she and her husband are giving them a house.
They just need to figure out how to move it to their property in Robertson county.

HOME DEPOT IS HIRING
You need a job? Home Depot is hiring 600 seasonal workers. You can apply online, and it could turn into a full time job.  About half of last year's seasonal hires ended up with full-time jobs.
The jobs vary: you'll be assigned responsibilities based on your previous experience, and on what the specific store needs.  And if you're a veteran, or know someone who is, please let them know that Home Depot uses a military skills translator to match unique military skills with positions at the company.

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!
Metro police officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night.  Officers will conduct the checkpoint between 8 p.m. and midnight near Murfreesboro Road and Thompson Lane.  The department routinely schedules sobriety checkpoints in random locations to identify and arrest intoxicated and/or impaired drivers.

COLORADO SHOOTING VICTIMS AND FAMILIES SAY THEY'RE BEING HARASSED
Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case again want victims' names be removed from court documents. The victims and families are concerned for their privacy and safety after continued harassment from conspiracy theorists.  The judge has already denied earlier requests.

HEALTH: CDC STUDY EXAMINES TAXING SUGARY BEVERAGES
A CDC study says a tax on sugary beverages as a way to reduce obesity rates among kids would only be partially effective.  They say that's a good start, but want to also add a subsidy for healthy alternatives, like water, so kids don't just switch to chocolate milk or juices.

BEYONCE'S 'UNFLATTERING' SUPER BOWL PHOTOS JUST GOT FUNNIER
And the latest silliness going around is the freeze-frame photo of Beyonce' as she sang at the Super Bowl. People are taking it and photo-shopping it into other photos, much like the,''I am Not Impressed" meme that went around awhile back. I've posted one on our mix facebook page if you want to check it out.

FOOD-EATING SUPERSTAR NOW DOING PARTIES AND BAR MITZVAHS?
You know what might have made your Super Bowl party better? A food eating champion. Former hot dog eating champTakeru Kobayashi was at some guy's Super Bowl Party for a personal appearance... ate a whole pizza in 60 seconds. That's a world record, by the way. (Ananova)

SPEED LIMIT LOWERING ON FRANKLIN ROADWAY
Pay attention to speed limit signs in Franklin, please. They've got a construction project going on and are LOWERING the speed limit in some places, starting Monday. Fifth Avenue North and Hillsboro Road in Franklin will be a 25-mile-per-hour zone.

GM RELEASES FIRST DIESEL-POWERED CAR SINCE '86 
General Motors thinks Americans may be ready for a diesel car again. They've unveiled their first diesel for the U.S. since 1986. The diesel Chevy Cruze. (It gets 42 miles a gallon on the highway.)
 
MINDY MCCREADY COMMITTED
Singer Mindy McCready has been committed to a treatment facility for drug and alcohol issues. The 37 year-old's two boys are in foster care. One is 6, the other is 9 months-old. Mindy's boyfriend died a few weeks ago.

HAMBURGER MACHINE COULD PUT THOUSANDS OUT OF WORK, SAVE MILLIONS
A San Francisco company has created an Alpha machine, to make hamburgers. It's basically a robotic assembly line that can make 6 hamburgers per minute, fresh, as they're ordered. It grinds the meat fresh, cuts the veggies fresh and piles them onto the burger.  It could replace all hamburger cooks in a restaurant or fast food joint, and if the business decided to use touch screens for orders and card readers to pay, they could eliminate everyone, except someone to clean the burger machine and load in fresh ingredients.