Friday, January 25, 2013

In Today's News, below, why you should never, ever eat the peanuts or pretzels you get on a flight, a local Veteran pulls off an incredible non-military mission that'll make you proud, school closings, weather information and flight cancellations.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS
There are some school closings because of the weather: Cheatham, Clarksville/Montgomery County, Dickson County, Robertson, Sumner, Lebanon Special District and Wilson County Schools are closed today. Rutherford, Franklin Special School District and Williamson County schools are opening 2 hours late. If there are changes, you can see them immediately... HERE and on the front page at www.mix929.com

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN TN
A winter weather advisory is in effect in Tennessee through Noon today, when temperatures get up to well above freezing and take away the chance that this freezing precipitation will stick to roadways.
In some areas that are still below freezing, there's still the possibility of ice accumulation, and ice on bridges, overpasses, decks, driveways and side streets. Generally in Tennessee, if you can get out of your NEIGHBORHOOD, TDOT can get the main roads passable even on a really bad day.

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CANCELLING FLIGHTS
Check before you head to the airport, however: United and American Airlines have cancelled all incoming and outgoing flights because of the weather, and other airlines may follow.

COLD GRIPS 2/3 OF THE NATION
And it's not just Tennessee in the path of the cold front. Two thirds of the United States is getting hit. ... HARD... Freezing rain in Salt Lake City caused more than 200 wrecks yesterday and all the runways at Salt Lake Airport were shut down.

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER, EVER EAT THE PEANUTS ON A FLIGHT
Mix 92.9 just found out from some longtime flight attendants why you should NEVER, ever eat the peanuts or the pretzels they give you, while you're on a flight.
It's because with the cabin pressure, you swell. And ANYTHING with salt, like pretzels, peanuts, even tomato juice or soda, makes you swell more. The attendants say you should never take off your shoes mid-flight because your feet will swell and you may not be able to get them back on. And some attendants say they will start out the morning wearing a skirt so loose you could spin it around backwards… but by the end of the day, it's cutting into their waists. That also rules out drinking Bloody Marys on a long flight, unless you want your feet and legs to look like they're stuffed into sausage casings by the time you get off the plane. So save the salty snacks till later, and load up on water, to keep your body flushed out and hydrated.

FRANKLIN MILITARY RETIREE WHO ORGANIZED HONOR FLIGHTS NAMED HOMETOWN HERO
And with all this yucky weather stuff to deal with, I want to take a minute to tell you about this LOVELY man: Retired Army Col. Paul Fleenor of Franklin, who led the drive to bring the World War II Honor Flight program to Middle Tennessee. It takes World War II Vets, who are often mostly forgotten about on a day trip to Washington D.C. -- each one has a chaperone -- and they get to see the Memorials set up for them, but which many would never, EVER get to see, otherwise. It's an emotional, wonderful day for them. Colonel Fleener, who spent more than 40 years in uniform, himself, worked day and night for months to make the local honor flights happen, and he's now been recognized with the Darrell Waltrip Hometown Hero award. His 500 cash prize will be given to the Fisher House, a home-away-from-home for families of vets at local VA Hospitals. Colonel Fleenor, we salute you and we THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, which didn't stop when you took off that uniform.
(Nominate your hero: www.darrellwaltrip.com)