Friday, March 7, 2014

ZACHARY ADAMS' VIOLENT PAST
Now that there's been an arrest in the disappearance of 20 year old Holly Bobo, we're hearing more about the suspect's violent past. Police reports show that 29-year-old Zachary Adams shot his mother in the knee in 2004, and she and his stepdad had an order of protection against him. In 2005, he reportedly threatened to kill his grandparents, and he was arrested last month for meth charges.

SCHOOLS GETTING BACK TO NORMAL
Most schools in the Mix listening area are back on track, and kids are back in class, with a couple of exceptions: Clarksville, Montgomery County Schools are closed today, and Dickson County schools are opening two hours late. You can check School Closings under the News tab at www.mix929.com

NASHVILLE SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE MAKEUP DAY
Metro Nashville kids were out Monday through Wednesday because of snow and ice. So now Metro's added a makeup day on Monday, March 17, which had been a teacher training day. 

PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES START TODAY IN SOCHI
The Paralympic Winter Games start today in Sochi, but although 80 American athletes will be there, the U.S. will not send a Presidential delegation ecause of Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

OBAMA WANTS PUTIN TO ACCEPT DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION TO UKRAINE SITUATION
President Obama is asking the Russian President to accept a potential diplomatic solution on the crisis in Ukraine.... and says one possible solution would include the return of Russian troops to bases and direct talks with Ukraine.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN SURPRISE PARTY IS TODAY
Remember the Michigan mom whose 10-year-old son, Colin, said he didn't want a birthday party because he didn't have any friends to invite? Well Colin's 11th birthday is Sunday, but they're surprising him today (Friday) live, on Good Morning America.
The Facebook page that his mom, Jennifer, created, and simply asked people to send him birthday wishes so he'll know he's loved, has 2.1 million likes, and hundreds of thousands of messages. Check out Colin's Page at the link above.

RESEARCHERS SAY WORKERS HAPPIEST DURING BUSYWORK
And if you're unhappy at work, get busy! A new study finds employee's moods improve when they do busywork ... including things like deleting old email or surfing the web looking for something work-related. It's apparently because the busy work gives you a feeling of accomplishment without frustration or stress. SOME workers say they prefer challenging tasks, but overall we're less happy dealing with work that feels difficult.
 
BILL DEALING WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT IN MILITARY BLOCKED
A bill aimed at curbing sexual assault in the military is being blocked in the Senate.  The legislation would have removed the military chain of command from prosecutorial decisions ... meaning if there were an allegation, the commanding officer wouldn't get to make the call on whether to prosecute, or to just dismiss it, as female victims say is happening.

SMALL, COMMERCIAL DRONES LEGAL
So far, businesses that tried to use small, unmanned drones for business, were being shut down by the Federal Aviation Administration. But a federal judge says there's no law to back up the ban, so now companies can move ahead with their plans to deliver beer, film sporting events and spray crops with drones, as long as they stay under four-hundred feet. 

CAFFEINE DEPENDENCE TIED TO PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS
We know that it's possible to become addicted to caffeine. If you can drink it, and go straight to sleep, or if you feel lousy in the morning without it, doctors say that's your withdrawal symptoms kicking in. But physicians also say they're seeing, more often these days, people so addicted that it causes dysfunction in their lives. An example they gave was a woman who ruined her family's tropical vacation, because she spent much of the time looking for her next fix of caffeine. They call it caffeine disorder.

APP LETS BACON LOVERS WAKE TO THEIR FAVORITE SMELL
Maybe THIS would be a better way to wake up: there's a new iPhone app that will make sizzling sounds and release the smell of bacon when your alarm goes off in the morning.

HOUSEHOLDS RECOVERING, FINANCIALLY
This seems to be a good sign: families are getting caught back up ... from the past few lean years. Recovering home values and a skyrocketing stock market are reportedly pushing household wealth back to where it was before the recession.  

STATE SENATOR IN COURT FOR HIT AND RUN
Republican State Senator James Summerville was excused from the legislature yesterday... to go to court for a ticket he got last month... for leaving the scene of an accident. He apparently backed into a parked car at a gas station near Montgomery Bell State Park in February. Summerville says he didn't know he eve hit anyone... that's why he just drove away. He goes to court in over it in May.

MASS LAWMAKERS CHANGE LAW
This was the most INSANE thing ever! To find out that it was LEGAL to take a photo up a girl or woman's skirt. After a judge ruled in Massachusetts that a man could not be prosecuted for doing it, because the law is that you can't take photos of people who are nude or partially dressed, lawmakers got on it FAST, and passed a measure banning any secret picture of women or children's "sexual or intimate parts."

OBAMA'S BUDGET CALLS FOR MORE SPACE MONEY
The Obama administration is trying to send more people to space.  His new budget plan includes a few billion for NASA to build a rocket and crew capsule that could eventually take humans as far as Mars. 

MORE BOSSES SAY MARCH MADNESS BETTING IS FINE
All that March Madness stuff that some of your coworkers can't stop talking about this time of year... is apparently okay with a lot of bosses. About a third of the senior managers in an OfficeTeam poll said workplace activities relating to the men's college championship series provides a morale boost, and for some people, it INCREASES productivity! Not sure how that works, but that's what they say.

"THE VOICE" WINNER VISITS ANTIOCH HIGH
Antioch High School Students got a visit from Danielle Bradbery, winner of season four of NBC's "The Voice" yesterday.  Now a country music star, the 17-year-old has been touring and performing with Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes.  Bradbery brought Antioch a one thousand dollar check from Disney and the National Association for Music Education, which also awarded four other schools across the country that have strong music programs.

AMERICAN IDOL
Gallatin man Ben Briley has made it to the next round of American Idol. Next Wednesday the top 11 remaining finalists will sing songs from movies, and the show will be back down to a half-hour.