Friday, January 10, 2014

HENDERSONVILLE FAMILY URGES OTHERS TO GET FLU SHOT AFTER DAUGHTER DIES FROM IT. 
A local family who just lost a child to the flu, is now urging everyone else to get a flu vaccine. 11-year-old Savannah Hyden, who was a 6th grader at Knox Doss Middle in Hendersonville, had not been given a flu shot and caught the virus over the winter break. She passed away on Wednesday. That makes 11 flu fatalities in Middle Tennessee this season.
     Savannah's aunt said, " Please take care of your kid so this doesn't happen to you." And, "If you are sick, please go to the doctor right away." 
 
WHITE HOUSE ISSUES FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION FOR WEST VIRGINIA
The White House has issued a federal disaster declaration for West Virginia. There was a chemical spill along the elk River yesterday that contaminated the water supply for NINE COUNTIES there. As many as 300-thousand people in West Virginia have been told not to use the tapwater, until further notice. 

LAVERGNE WATER SUPPLY AFFECTED BY COLD TEMPS
And there's an issue with the water supply in LaVergne, Tennessee. Officials say after everybody left their water trickling 24/7 to keep pipe from freezing the city's water storage tanks are low, one water tank down  low as 35-percent.  During the frigid weather, faucets were turned on a slow, constant stream to prevent frozen pipes.

MAN LEAVES KID IN BELOW-FREEZING CAR WHILE HE HUNTS
A 29-year-old Alabama man has been charged with child endangerment for leaving his 5-year-old boy alone in the car, for at least two hours, while daddy went hunting. The only way anybody even knew about it, was when the five year old got cold and scared and finally used ONSTAR to call for help. When deputies got there, the temperature IN the car, was 31 degrees. Dad was taken to jail, the kid is in custody of his step-mom.

NEW APP TO PARALLEL PARK YOUR CAR COULD BE OUT NEXT YEAR.
The new Driverless Car App, the one that'll parallel park you car, could come out as early as next year, and it can not come soon enough for Tennesseans! 
For many of us, the last time we parallel parked was when we had to take the test for our drivers' licenses... now we just circle the block a dozen times till we find a parking place we can pull into nose-first. The app is being shown off this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (The app is supposed to also help drivers stay in their lanes on highways.)
 
CRACKER BARREL WAITTRESS GETS 6 THOUSAND DOLLAR TIP
And talk about paying it forward! Two customers recently walked into a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Nebraska, and asked to be seated with the crankiest, grumpiest server. They were told 'we don't even HAVE those here!'... and ended up seated with the very nice 18-year-old Abigail Sailors. Through the meal, they asked about Abigail's life, found out she'd been raised in foster homes, and was saving up to go to college. When the customers left, they left behind a tip of more than 6000 dollars to help her with tuition and books. 

WIN A DATE WITH GEORGE CLOONEY
www.omaze.com
You could win a date with George Clooney. Omaze.com is offering the chance to win an A-list date night, February 4th with the superstar, to raise money for the Satellite Sentinel Project, which works to prevent war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan. Each individual entry costs 10 dollars. The winner and a friend get flown to New York, as well as accomodations. They also get to go backstage at the "Late Show With David Letterman," walk the red carpet at the premiere of Clooney's new movie, and attend the after party with George at your side. The deadline to enter is January 30th, and you can get the info at www.OMAZE.COM

THOUSANDS OF COUNTERFEIT ITEMS SEIZED FROM BELL ROAD STORE
If you bought a designer or name-brand item at Legends Clothing Store on Bell Road, it may have been counterfeit. Police got a tip from Crimestoppers that the store was selling the fakes, detectives followed the lead, and then yesterday, seized thousands of items they say are counterfeit. The investigation is still underway, and police expect charges to be filed soon. 

HEALTH: COLD CEREALS, EVEN SUGARY ONES, BETTER THAN NO BREAKFAST
Is it better for kids to eat cold cereal for breakfast or just skip it? A new study finds: cold cereals win. That even if kids eat the cereals with a bunch of sugar, they still have overall healthier diets and weigh less than children who just skip breakfast.

VANDY COACH EXPECTED TO LEAVE FOR PENN STATE
A lot of fans are UPSET.... that Vanderbilt University football coach James Franklin MAY be leaving to coach Penn State. He just started here in 2010, and guided Vandy to nine-win seasons in 2012 and again last year. While some fans are angry, the players have been mostly positive: tweeting things like, "I've never seen a coach make a tackle, block, or catch a pass.. We gonna be just fine Vandy Nation.. , Running back Brian Kimbrow said, "Time to gather the troops and go to work! We know what success feels like and it's well appreciated," and Vandy player Kyle Woestmann tweeted: "Football is a business. James Franklin is a good man. If you can't be positive, don't be a part of #Vandynation. Thanks."   
We'll let you know when we hear something.

RAINBOW YESTERDAY, NORTHERN LIGHTS THIS WEEKEND
Did you see the rainbow, yesterday? Our friend Virginia from Krispy Kreme called in and told us about it yesterday, then there were people posting photos of it all over facebook.
And this weekend, if you're interested n such things, be checking out the pages of your friends who live in the northern United States... and they'll probably be putting up photos of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. It's a pretty rare thing but a solar storm is causing them right now.

BRIDGE SCANDAL
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being sued for his role in September's gridlock at the George Washington Bridge. Six commuters have filed a lawsuit, claiming they were late for work after being, quote, "trapped on local roads."  The lane blockages were reportedly not necessary. They were said to be an act of political retaliation against a mayor who did not support Christie's re-election bid.

CELEB BABY GETS ENTIRE THEME PARK FOR 2ND BIRTHDAY
What do you do for your kid's birthday when you have more money than a small country? Well, Beyonce and Jay Z celebrated their baby's 2nd birthday by renting out an entire THEME park for little Blue Ivy. Ivy spent the day Tuesday with lemurs, orangutans, kangaroos and penguins at Jungle Island -- a wildlife park and botanical garden in Miami.
          Park officials are keeping the cost under wraps, but it's gotta be pricey to close the entire park. A VIP safari tour for just one person costs $240.

12 YEAR OLD'S LETTER TO HERSELF GOES VIRAL AFTER HER DEATH
Wednesday night, friends and family of 12-year-old Taylor Scout Smith gathered to celebrate her life, but her impact is being felt around the world.  Taylor, a student at Liberty Bell Middle School in Johnson City, passed away Sunday from complications with pneumonia, leaving behind a mom, dad, and older brother. Taylor's Mom and Dad have been going through boxes from her room, filled with poems, journals and letters of encouragement she'd written to people but hadn't given them yet. One of those letters is to someone who will never get to open it."To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only unless said otherwise," Smith read from a letter written by 12-year-old Taylor just months ago to her 22-year-old self. The letter reads, "Dear Taylor, how's life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past, I know I'm late for you, but I'm writing this early, so congratulations on graduating high school, if you didn't, go back and keep trying, get that degree…Do you have your own place yet? If we're in college what are we majoring in? Right now I want to be a lawyer." The letter goes on with words of wisdom and advice beyond her twelve years.  The last line reads, "Well, I think that's all, but remember it's been 10 years since I wrote this. Stuff has happened good and bad, that's just how life works and you have to go with it."  Advice she intended to look back on, advice her parents say now keeps them looking forward.

ON YOUR TV
The Golden Globes are Sunday night.

NEW SHOW "INTELLIGENCE" HAS RECORD DEBUT
CBS' new drama "Intelligence" got off a solid start on Tuesday, debuting to 16.7 million viewers airing out of NCIS. The 16.7 million were the most of any new series premiere this season.

KILLER WOMEN…. NOT SO MUCH
ABC's premiere of drama "Killer Women" debuted to a weak audience, even less than "Lucky 7."

CHICAGO P.D. GETS GOOD KICK-OFF RATING
NBC premiered its latest drama from Dick Wolf, "Chicago P.D." to a solid rating Wednesday night. Over on CBS, which won the night, The People's Choice Awards rose to a four-year high with total viewers.

THE BACHELORETTE FINDS LOVE, BUT NOT ON THE SHOW
Emily Maynard tried to find love twice on "The Bachelorette" but came up empty. Then, off-camera, she met Tyler Johnson and the two are engaged.

NEW MINISERIES, TRUE DETECTIVE, STARTS SUNDAY ON HBO, GOOD REVIEWS
Each season tells a different, self-contained story, followed the next year by a new tale with new characters and sometimes  new actors.
This first season of True Detective is an eight-hour murder mystery starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, neither of whom is expected to return next season.  Catch them while you can, because this first salvo of True Detective is riveting.

NEXT WEEK...Blacklist is back,  Nashville is back, Kelly Clarkson guest-stars on that, and we may find out who died.
And next Wednesday the new season of American Idol, with Harry Connick Jr, Keith Urban and J-Lo as judges. 

FUNNEEE: DAD'S WICKED SENSE OF HUMOR WHEN FILLING OUT DAYCARE APPLICATION FOR HIS BABY
When one dad was faced with the task of filling in a questionnaire sent home by his daughter's daycare, he did something any parent with a wicked sense of humor will appreciate: he was totally honest (well, mostly).