Friday, January 24, 2014

NES ASKS CUSTOMERS TO HELP CONSERVE ENERGY 
www.nespower.com
Nashville Electric Service (NES) is asking you to help reduce the heavy demand on the electric system, by conserving energy as much as you can.... especially through this afternoon.... when some people will have the heat cranked to its highest. NES says it doesn't expect problems in meeting the demand, they're not anticipating any blackouts or brownouts...  but they want to keep from putting too much strain on the system. They're asking us to keep thermostats no higher than 68 degrees, to run the dishwasher, do laundry or use the oven AFTER 8pm if you can.. and just, basically, do what your dad always yelled at you when you were a kid... DON'T STAND THERE WITH THE FRIDGE DOOR OPEN.. and turn off the lights when you leave the room... do you think I'm made of money...? Actually they didn't say that last part.. but you can get more tips at NESPOWER.COM

GIVE YOURSELF A HOME ENERGY AUDIT. GET A FREE KIT FROM NES
If this winter has strengthened your resolve to cut your energy costs, you can get a free home energy use test kit from NES at the link above.
Find out how easy it is to determine if your home is energy efficient.  Just complete a do-it-yourself home energy audit, and you’ll receive a free energy saving kit in the mail.  The FREE kit includes: •2 compact fluorescent bulbs•Outlet & light switch gaskets •Filter whistle •2 faucet aerators •Hot water temperature gauge•Home thermometer•How to Save brochure

MAN SUES ELECTRIC COMPANY, SAYS HE KEPT LIGHTS ON BY PRAYER AND THEY OWE HIM
A south African man is suing an electricity company for $18 million because he claims his prayers kept the lights on during the 2010 World Cup. Nelson Modupe says ... if the electric company isn't willing to part with the cash, he's willing to consider the offer of a  partnership in the company.

DRESS CODE FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS SUGGESTED
Experts are suggesting a new dress code for doctors and nurses in hospitals.  The main concern is that lab coats, ties, watches, rings and shoes worn by health workers contain too many germs that could make patients sick. Other health experts say that's not going to happen until we have more studies proving that healthcare workers' clothing and accessories are sources of infection. (The suggestions are published in their entirety in the journal "Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology." )

DEADLY CHAIN-REACTION CRASH IN INDIANA
There was a horrible, deadly, chain-reaction crash in northwest Indiana yesterday. Three people were killed, at least 20 injured as more than 30 cars and more than a dozen semis plowed into each other on I-94. They were coming from an area with clear roads, and hit an area with basically white-out conditions, and just started sliping and crashing.
 
MIDDLE TENNESSEE DEATH TOLL FROM FLU IS STILL INCREASING
People are still dying from the flu here in Middle Tennessee. Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center now say we've lost at last 19 people compared to 11 flu deaths last year. And close to 500 people have been hospitalized. That's not even beginning to count all those who got sick and just stayed home, in misery.

LOCAL GRAMMY NOMINEES AND TIE-INS. NOMINEE LIST
They Grammy Awards are Sunday night. Lots of local people and people with Nashville ties, are nominated, including Kacy Musgraves. You may remember she got her big break on Nashville Star a couple of years back. She she didn't win it. She finished in 7th place. She's nominated for FOUR grammys this year, which TIES with aylor Swift and Lourde for the most nominations for a woman this year. The show is on Sunday night. Listen to the Mix Morning Show on Monday to hear highlights and low moments.

SUPERBOWL TICKETS UP TO 35 HUNDRED DOLLARS EACH
Good thing we've got our Big Game Bash with Famous Dave's. You can sign up at mix929.com to win a FEAST from Famous Daves, some cash and a big ole Flat screen TV. To actually sit at the Big game, in PERSON, is just out of reach for most people. Superbowl Tickets are selling on StubHub right now 35 hundred dollars each.

TEAM USA OUTFITS REVEALED
There are a lot of stunned, "I don't get it" looks and "SMH" posts over the team USA Olympic outfits. They WERE made in America this year, but some are saying they're a LIIIITLE over-the-top, and that they look like ugly Christmas sweaters. You can see 'em and weigh in if you want. We have that photo on our Mix Facebook page.

FDA CHECKS INTO 'CARAMEL COLORING' AFTER CONSUMER REPORTS STUDY FINDS POSSIBLE CARCINOGEN 
Consumer Reports says it's found higher than expected levels of a possible carcinogen in some soft drinks. It's something in the caramel coloring that's added to sodas to make them brown. California laws have set a limit on the chemical, calling a possible cancer-causer, but  Consumer Reports found that a couple of sodas went beyond that limit, including Pepsi and Pepsi One.  Consumer Reports says... this is about coloring food brown... if there's any doubt it causes cancer, food companies should take it out. The FDA says it'll check it out.

ARE YOU A GRAMMY NOMINEE?
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There was something a little weird and fun on the Grammy.com website last night. I checked in to see who the nominees are, and there's a link that asks, "Are you a 56th GRAMMY Nominee?" My first thought was, "Do the nominees not KNOW if they're nominated?" And then, "AM I nominated?" lol.
There WERE two Annas, but, I'm not on there. There ARE a lot of local people on there, as well. You can see the grammy nominees at www.grammy.com

HEALTH: NIGHT SHIFT WORK CAN CAUSE DNA DAMAGE
If you're working the night shift and you're not loving it, here's a little more motivation to get off your rear, and get your career in gear, to find a new job. Scientists are now saying that working night shifts is so bad for you, that it may actually DAMAGE YOUR DNA. Night shift work has already been linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.  

GALLATIN MAN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD ROUND OF AMERICAN IDOL
And an MTSU graduate, and now Gallatin resident, Ben Briley, has made it to the next round of American Idol. He's going to Hollywood.