Friday, June 28, 2013

WEEKEND TRAFFIC ADVISORY: SECTION OF I-440 TO CLOSE FOR 10 WEEKENDS
Don't forget this story! If you do, you may be in for a hassle instead of a smooth trip this weekend. TDOT is closing down a one-mile stretch of I-440 EAST, between I-24 and I-65, to do repair work on the road. It'll be closed Friday night to Monday morning for the next TEN weeks! That means you'll need to find a different route, starting tonight at 9, till Monday morning.

DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE HITS DESERT SOUTHWEST 
Our friends and family in the desert Southwest are facing a dangerous heat wave today. Temperatures this weekend could hit 120 in southeast California and southern Arizona, and Pheonix could hit 118. 

IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL PASSES SENATE
The immigration reform bill has passed in the Senate, and goes to the House today. The bipartisan measure provides a pathway to citizenship for more than eleven-million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., and pumps millions of dollars into stronger security measures on the U.S.-Mexican border.

FIREWORKS BAN LIFTED IN LEBANON
Lebanon, Tennessee has lifted it's nearly decade-old ban on fireworks, so people there can legally buy and shoot off fireworks inside the city limits this year. There are already more than a dozen fireworks stands open on the main roads leading into downtown, and sellers expect the buying rush to start this weekend.

NISSAN HIRING 900 PEOPLE IN SMYRNA
Nissan is hiring for its Smyrna plant! You can get the info and apply online at www.nissan.jobs

MILLIONS GO UNCLAIMED IN TN POWERBALL LOTTERY
Are YOU the silly, silly person who's won MILLIONS in the Powerball, but ASSUMED you didn't win, and didn't check your numbers against the website? Well, get to the internet and check, please! www.tnlottery.com.  Someone has a winning powerball ticket worth 2 million dollars that was sold earlier this month, and has gone unclaimed for nearly 3 weeks. You have only 180 days to claim lottery prizes, and last year so many people missed the deadline that 13 million-dollars went unclaimed.

AARON HERNANDEZ MAY HAVE KILLED OTHERS
Oh my goodness! This just keeps getting weirder!
Aaron Hernandez is now being investigated for possible connections with two OTHER murders, in addition to the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was found dead last week. Investigators are looking at the former New England Patriots star as a possible suspect in a 2012 double murder in Boston

TICK BITE CAUSES DEADLY ALLERGIC REACTION TO MEAT
If Lyme disease isn't reason enough to make sure you avoid ticks, this may do it: some bites are now triggering a potentially deadly MEAT allergy in people. It's called the alpha-gal allergy, and makes you allergic to any kind of mammal meat. And it can kick in MONTHS after you've been bitten.

HOW TO PREVENT TICK BITES
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should use repellents, check for ticks as soon as you come indoors, and shower or bathe immediately, and you may get them washed off  before they have a chance to dig in.

QVC 'TAKES A BREAK' FROM PAULA DEEN
QVC is the latest sponsor to drop Paula Deen. Now that makes Home Depot, Target, Walmart, the Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Caesars Entertainment, and QVC, all distancing themselves.

DEEN COOKBOOK SURGES TO TOP OF LIST
Meanwhile, Deen's "New Testament Cookbook" has surged to the top of the amazon.com book list, and its not even out until October. Another Deen book, "Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible," was at No. 13. Several other Deen books have sold so much they're out of stock.

LOCKDOWN AT NASHVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL
A man accused of causing a lockdown at Nashville General Hospital is facing charges.  Police say he claimed to have anthrax and threw a white powdery substance on the floor inside the emergency room.  The area was locked down for about an hour before Hazmat crews determined the substance wasn't a danger to anyone.

80 PARKS TO EXPLORE THIS SUMMER, INCLUDING 3 DOG PARKS
When you're looking for something to do this weekend, don't forget Nashville has more than 80 public parks, including three with dog parks (Centennial Park, Shelby Park and Warner Park). That's more than 9,000 acres to explore!
Check out where the parks are, as well as guidelines, rules, and local dog laws, HERE.

AMP RAPID TRANSIT PLAN MAY IGNORE POOR NEIGHBORHOODS
State Representative Brenda Gilmore says she is worried that the city's new bus rapid transit plan -- called AMP -- is ignoring poor neighborhoods. Gilmore, along with a number of other groups, met with MTA officials on Thursday to discuss their concerns.  "AMP" isn't a done deal, yet.  Nashville has to beat out other cities for federal funding.

CASTING CALL FOR HITLER AND CHURCHILL LOOKALIKES
The History Channel is doing a casting call on Craigslist for someone who looks like Winston Churchill or Adolf Hitler! It's a series they're doing about the lives of the historical figures. They say if you can speak like that character, that's a plus, but not necessary. They're paying all transportation, accomodation and food, and 350 bucks a day. (Perhaps you can use some of that money to NOT LOOK LIKE HITLER! )