Friday, July 26, 2013

SECTION OF I-440E STILL CLOSED ON WEEKEND
(started jun 28th.. should go through first weekend of sept)
Don't forget about that road construction on I-440 East this weekend. We still have more than a month of it. Every weekend from Friday nigh till Monday morning, 440 East between I-24 and I-65 will be closed for road work. 

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND:
 Here's another list of a few things I know are happening. Saturday is ICE DAY at the Nashville Zoo, win tickets just after 10 today on Mix 92.9. At Adventure Science Center, Saturday, there's CHOMP, special fun for kids; Belcourt Theater has Midnight Movies tonight and tomorrow night; the FLEA MARKET is this weekend, and Yelp has put together a great Nashville Farmer's Market List. You can google it, and several of them include live entertainment. There's also the Bruce Munroe Light exhibit at Cheekwood, Art Deco cars at the Frist and a big band dance Sat night at Centennial Park. Have fun!

NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION ISSUES EMERGENCY PLEA FOR MENS’ CLOTHING
Especially larger sizes. They need t-shirts, shorts, jeans, socks and tennis shoes, and they're asking you to drop off the stuff at their Donation Center on 7th Avenue.
 
FULL MOON CAN MESS UP YOUR SLEEP

Are you tired this morning? Isn't everybody!? A new study finds full moons can mess up your sleep! A researcher says he's found that during full moons, like we've had this week, it takes longer to fall asleep, and we wake up earlier. It apparently drops our melatonin levels.... so we don't rest well and walk around the next day like zombies.

STRESS CAN ALSO CAUSE SLEEPLESSNESS. WHY COUNTING WORKS.
There's something to that old 'counting sheep' method to get to sleep. AND... now we know why: scientists say the area of the brain that stresses, is more active at night, and counting focuses you on something non-emotional. Plus, if you make it harder, by counting backwards by threes, for example, it's also hard and boring, which will put you right out.
Another tip: focus on your breathing. Breathe in, breathe out, focus on that breath. Before you know it, you'll be waking up the next morning.

OBAMA SAYS JOB GROWTH HIGHEST IN DECADE
President Obama says the nation is seeing the strongest job growth in over a decade. He's been speaking at locations across the country, and comes to Tennessee next week.

CALIF SQUIRREL TESTS POSITIVE FOR THE PLAGUE
If you're planning on a California trip for your vacation, watch out! Campgrounds in southern California are shut down because a squirrel there has tested positive for the plague!Health officials are trying to head it off, since it's contagious to humans, through fleas from rodents such as squirrels. 

DRIVER OF DERAILED TRAIN BEING INVESTIGATED
The driver of the train that derailed in Spain, killing 80 people, is under investigation. Security camera footage of the crash show the train was going too fast as it hit the turn.  The driver has been known for having a taste for fast driving and had bragged on his Facebook page about breaking speed records.

PRISON POPULATION DROPPING
Not sure what's causing it, but the U.S. prison population is dropping. The Justice Department says nine states recorded a decrease of more than a thousand prisoners last year. Fewer prisoners means hundreds of thousands fewer dollars taxpayers have to spend.

BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS MAY REDUCE ALZHEIMER'S SYMPTOMS
There's hope for a new tool to fight Alzheimer's. A recent study finds certain types of blood pressure medication called an ACE inhibitor, could slow memory loss and loss of thinking ability by as much as 30%. Researchers are following up on it, to see if that should become a standard of care.
 
CDC TRYING TO IDENTIFY STOMACH BUG
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to identify what's causing a stomach bug that's made 275 people sick in 14 states, including Georgia. So far they haven't found a common factor, but say previous outbreaks have been tied to improperly washed produce. 

TRAGIC END FOR RESCUED HIKERS
There was a sad end for a pair of rescued hikers. Right after the two women had been rescued from getting lost in the fog at a state park in Maine, a game warden dropped them off at their car, and left. They started driving, and in the fog, drove right off a boat ramp into the water, and drowned. 

TALLER WOMEN HIGHER CANCER RISK
There's yet another study that finds a link between cancer risk and height. Researchers say the taller a woman is the more likely she'll get cancer late in life.

YOU WANT A JOB? DON'T USE THESE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF
Here are some words to delete from your resume': good communication skills, people person, or "track record." EVERYBODY uses those words, and they don't really mean anything. Job hiring experts say it's better to use a specific example of what you've done, that shows you have those skills... (so you'll stand out from the rest of blah blah blah... "effective"... job hunters.)

CHICKEN FOOT FOUND IN CHICKEN BREAST PACKAGE
Safeway Grocery store management says it's not a big deal that a chicken FOOT ended up in a package of Chicken Breasts in Arizona. They say it doesn't pose any health risk, it's just ooky if you're not expecting it... but they checking to see how it got there. 

HENRY WINKLER JOINS PARKS AND REC
Henry Winkler is joining the cast of "Parks and Rec." this fall. He'll play the father of one of the main characters. 

FRODO BANNED IN NEW ZEALAND, WHERE LORD OF THE RINGS WAS FILMED
The last thing New Zealanders knew of Elijah Wood... he was there filming the Lord of the Rings movies, starring as peace-loving Hobbit Frodo. Now, Wood's new movie "Maniac" , in which he stars as a serial killer who scalps his victims, is so disturbing and graphic, New Zealand has banned the movie from theaters, and even DVD release, calling it "injurious to the public good."

TAYLOR SWIFT BIG TIPPER
You always hear about it when celebrities act badly, so let me brag on one who very consistently does really, really good things. It's our own Taylor Swift.  After a show in Pennsylvania, she and her crew stopped in for some Italian Food. While at the restaurant, she gave a pair of concert tickets to the chef for his son who has autism, then, on the 800 dollar tab (there were a lot of people eating), she tipped 500 dollars! That's more than a 60% tip. Way to go, Tay Tay!