Friday, June 20, 2014

TWO LANES OF SOUTHBOUND I-65 CLOSED THIS WEEKEND
There's road closure stuff going on this weekend that you'll want to know about if you're going to be north of town. I-65 south will be shut down to one lane in the Rivergate area, so crews can do bridge repair work at Mansker Creek, East Cedar Street, Long Hollow Pike and Rivergate Parkway. The closures start tonight at 8 and end Monday morning before drive time.

TWO CHARGED FOLLOWING DEADLY MOTORCYCLE CRASH
Please, make a mental note to LOOK TWICE for motorcycles. There are more of them on the road this time of year, and there's just been another death. A tree service truck turned in front of a motorcycle on Highway 70 near Old Hickory Blvd, and the biker, William Schmidt, was killed. The truck driver didn't even have a license.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ON IRAQ
President Obama says the U.S. is ready to take "targeted and precise military action" in Iraq, if necessary. What that means, he says, is that the U.S. is ready to send up to 300 special forces military advisers to Iraq to help curb a militant insurgency. The President still insists that American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq.   

STUDY: HALF OF COLLEGE GRADS RELY ON FAMILY FOR MONEY
Hows that degree working out?  A study found half of graduates are relying on their parents or others for at least some of their livelihood, or even for a place to live. HALF of them. 

CONFERENCE OF MAYORS THIS WEEKEND
The Conference of Mayors is this weekend. More than 1300 mayors from cities and towns across America, are meeting in Dallas, today. I would be SO curious to see what businesses get a boost from a thousand Mayors in town.

LIFETIME MOVIE TO DISH THE DIRT ON THE 'SAVED BY THE BELL' CAST
Lifetime has greenlit an unauthorized "Saved By the Bell" Movie that's supposed to tell the cast's so-called "Scandalous Behind-the-Scenes Story." It's loosely based on Dustin Diamond's tell-all book. He played Screech on the series, and says everyone in the cast (except him) was sleeping together and most were doing drugs.

CEMETERY AT MURFREESBORO MOSQUE APPROVED
A lawsuit to stop a cemetery from being built at the Murfreesboro mosque is being dismissed.  A judge threw out the case yesterday after soil tests proved the burial ground will not have a negative impact on the local environment. 

SCOTTY MCCREERY ORDERED TO PAY FORMER MANAGER
Former "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery has been court-ordered to give his former manager 239-thousand dollars in back pay. Scotty said he was actually pleased with the verdict. McCreery says he'd always intended to pay his former manager his percentage, and was happy that the amount was less than the half a million dollars Todd Cassetty originally asked for. 

HARRISON FORD'S STAR WARS INJURY WORSE THAN THOUGHT
It turns out that Harrison Ford broke his leg, and not his ankle, on the set of "Star Wars Episode VII." He messed it up pretty badly, and had to have surgery to repair the damage.

ACRONYMS, EMOTICONS IN TEXTS AMONG TOP DATING TURN-OFFS
If you're trying to make a good impression on a potential love interest... don't use too many text abbreviations. "LOLs," "JKs" and "OMGs" are considered poor etiquette, and make you seem like you're needy and trying too hard. Other text habits that can get you dumped by a potential date, include texting after 11pm, sarcasm in texts, and resending a text if someone hasn't replied. You ARE, however, supposed to text back within two hours, and both guys and girls seem to love it when their potential partner or even just a friend, sends a text goodnight. 

FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK SATURDAY
While you're out this weekend, at the kids' games, checking out yard sales, working in the yard, you may want to carve out a little time to take your car and the child safety seat in it, by the Franklin Fire department # 4 for a quick, FREE, safety check Saturday morning. They're there from 9 to 11. ( 3 in FOUR child safety seats are still installed incorrectly, so they want to make sure yours is done right. (They'll do it again next Saturday, June 28 at Franklin Fire Station 2, 907 Murfreesboro Rd., also from 9 -11 a.m.)

VELVEETA RECALL
Okay, here's the deal: when you hear about that Velveeta recall. It's not here. And, it's Velveeta that was shipped to Walmart stores. So if you have it, and especially if you bought your Velveeta other than at a Walmart, yours should be good till you need it for your next grilled cheese. Apparently there wasn't enough sorbic acid to preserve it, so some batches can spoil faster than usual. (Kraft Foods Group Inc. says the cheese was sent to three Walmart distribution centers and could have been shipped to as many as 12 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.)

TOILET SEAT LINERS DON'T REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Oh NO! Those toilet liners in public restrooms do NOT keep you from catching something. Our Mix friend, infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, says you shouldn't worry though. Dr Bill says "toilet seats are not a vehicle for the transmission of any infectious agents -- you won't catch anything, anyway." Schaffner says basically, those liners exist is because we just think toilet seats are icky and we feel better covering 'em with that paper.

CIA MAKES BIN LADEN DOLLS
Of all the covert operations the CIA does, I'll bet you didn't see this one coming: The Washington Post reports that the CIA produced and distributed Osama bin Laden action figures. Little bin Ladens with paint on the face that PEELED away, to reveal a scary, red demon-face. They were given to kids in Pakistan to scare them away from al-Qaeda.

GERRY GOFFIN
Songwriter Gerry Goffin has passed away. You may not know his name, but you'll know his songs, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," "Up on the Roof," "One Fine Day," "The Loco-Motion," "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," "Saving All My Love for You" and dozens and dozens more. Gerry Goffin was was 75

WORLD CUP
The U.S. is without one of its key players for Sunday's World Cup game against Portugal. Sunday at 4, local time.

COMMODORES NEED ONE WIN TO GO TO CWS CHAMPIONSHIP
In all the World Cup excitement, don't forget our local teams in other sports that are playing their hearts out!
The Vandy Commodores are trying to win the national Championship in the College World Series. They take on Texas today and could play again tomorrow.
(If the Commodores lose, they will play again Saturday for a berth in the finals.  )

HOW TO REMEMBER SOMEONE'S NAME
We've all done it, we've seen someone that we've met before, but we can't remember their name. Experts say here's how to boost your memory for names. 1) Repeat. When you first meet someone, immediately say their name out loud. "Nice to meet you, Paul."
2. Reinforce. Form a connection between the name and the person, such as "tall Paul." or Rhyme the name.  But, do not say your rhyme out loud. Especially if the person's name is Venus. (just kidding)

FLORIDA JUDGE TOSSING OUT PART OF ZIMMERMAN LAWSUIT
A Florida judge is tossing out part of George Zimmerman's lawsuit against NBC.  The former neighborhood watch volunteer is suing the network for libel for the way it edited a 9-1-1 call that he made on the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. 

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ALLOWED TO PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
The Presbyterian Church is now allowing its ministers to perform same-sex marriages.  The church's General Assembly voted on Thursday to approve the change.  It also approved a change in the church's constitution, defining marriage as between "two people, traditionally a man and a woman." 

HARLEY DAVIDSON DEBUTS ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE
It doesn't sound like a Harley, but Harley-Davidson is set to launch an electric motorcycle next week for testing.  The prototype bike will top out at 92 miles an hour for testing, and company officials suggest charging the batteries after no more than 53 miles.