Friday, November 22, 2013

JUSTIN BRUCE WINTER WEATHER OUTLOOK
What's the winter going to look like? Our News 2 Meteorologist Justin Bruce has just announced the winter weather outlook, and says you can expect a prolonged cold December ... with temperatures slightly colder than average.
Speaking of colder, we have some INTENSE cold that'll start today. After temperatures drop into the 40s through the day, they'll top out there tomorrow, and on SUNDAY, whatever outdoor plans you're making, remember that we're expecting HIGHS in the 30s, lows in the 20s.

WHAT'S THAT ILLNESS SWEEPING THROUGH HOMES AND OFFICES? 
Wash, wash, wash those hands, please! And make sure you stock up on hand sanitizer! Winter illnesses are already SWEEPING in, and taking out entire offices for days at a time.
We've asked Dr William Schaffner, professor and chair of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University school of medicine, "WHAT IS GOING ON?"
Dr. Schaffner says he suspects it's the Norovirus, sometimes called the Cruise Ship Virus.
See the SYMPTOMS HERE.
You might also check out our Shots Etcetera cold and flu guide at www.mix929.com

GEORGE JONES TRIBUTE CONCERT TONIGHT
Downtown Nashville will be CRAZY busy tonight, detours and road closings and lots of traffic. Tonight's that big memorial concert at Bridgestone Arena  for George Jones.  Tonight's show was originally scheduled as Jones' final stop on his farewell tour, but he passed away in April.  The show is sold out, but screens will be placed outside of the arena if you wanna see it live. 

HEAR THE MOMENT IN BOSTON THIS AUDIENCE FOUND OUT THE PRESIDENT HAD BEEN SHOT
You'll be hearing everywhere today that it's the 50th anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. For those of us who don't remember it, it's hard to imagine. But one crowd was being recorded as they got the news. The people who were seated, ready to watch the Boston Symphony Orchestra's regular Friday afternoon show. They learned, from the conductor, that their young president had been killed.  The Boston Symphony orchestra then went on to play the beautiful song, as many in the audience wept. January 22nd, 1963.

JFK ANNIVERSARY EVENTS IN DALLAS
There are special events planned today in Dallas, where it happened, including including ringing church bells and holding a service and a moment of silence at 12:30 Central time.

WEST TENN. WOMAN GIVEN 6 MONTHS TO LIVE WINS LOTTERY
A west Tennessee woman has won 5 million dollars with a scratch off lottery card. The cloud in that sky is that winner Belinda Garner was told 5 months ago that she had six months to live. She says the prize money is still an answer to her prayers. She'll leave it to her brother who has cancer, and pay off her son's home. 

PEOPLE CAMPING OUT NOW FOR BLACK FRIDAY
There are stores around the country where people are actually camping out NOW for the Black Friday sales coming up a week from tomorrow.

MAN ARRESTED, HIGH, PRETENDING TO BE A CHICKEN
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Here's why you don't do those stupid bath salts. That's the name for a drug that's getting more popular, but makes people hallucinate. A guy in Tennessee just got arrested for doing bath salts, then walking around in someone's yard, pretending he was a chicken.  He was taken to the hospital and then to jail. 

HEALTH: ROBOTS MIGHT MAKE BETTER TEACHERS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
What a great discovery for families with kids who have autism! Scientists right here at our very own Vanderbilt University - have discovered that kids with autism may learn more easily from ROBOTS... because many of them have a hard time with social interactions. The humanoid robot can help engage them, and help them learn, without overwhelming them.

XBOX 360 WENT ON SALE OVERNIGHT
Gamers who stood in lines at midnight got their payoff.  They now own the brand new Xbox Ones.  Microsoft's newest game console went on sale last night.  The 500-dollar unit has graphics that are a leap beyond what the Xbox 360 offered.

THREE LOCAL BAND STUDENTS CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL MARCHING BAND IN MACY'S PARADE
Three band students from a Murfreesboro high school were selected to perform in this year's Macy's Great American Marching Band in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Only eight students from across the state were chosen, three of which go to Siegel High School.
Macy's Great American Marching Band honors great high school musicians across the country from all 50 states.  The band, comprised of 185 musicians and accompanied by 40 flags and dancers, is led by Auburn University's Dr. Richard Good and Assistant Director Barry Houser from the University of Illinois.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air November 28 at 8 a.m. local time on NBC.

NASHVILLE AUTHOR JOHN EGERTON DIES
A well-known Nashville author and historian is dead.  John Egerton passed away on Thursday at the age of 78.  He is best known for his book "Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South." It won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

PHONE ON THE PLANE
FINALLY! We may get to use cellphones on planes without fear that we're gonna make it fall from the sky! The FCC is studying the possibility of equipping airliners with special antennas that would let passengers to call, text and use other mobile services when flying at about ten-thousand feet.  

PUBLIC INPUT WANTED FOR PROPOSED BALLPARK 
If you want to give your input on the proposed new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds, the meeting is Monday. Mayor Karl Dean wants the state to transfer 13 acres of land to the city so it can build a new ballpark at the historic Sulphur Dell site. 

MESSY DESK CAN BE GOOD, DEPENDING ON WHAT YOUR JOB IS
Here's your reason to stop beating yourself up about having a messy desk. A new study finds people with untidy workspaces tend to think outside the box, and tend to be the more creative type. Scientists discovered, however, that people with messy desks are less likely to donate to charity, and more likely to choose candy than an apple for a snack. That outside the box thinking apparently reaches into the rest of your life.  

MCRIB NOT GOING FOR NATIONWIDE ROLLOUT
I'm so sorry to be the one who has to break this news to you, but the McHome Office has made its call, and says the McRib will not be available at every McDonald's. It'll be up to each individual restaurant owner whether to add it as a permanent item to the menu. 

U2'S FIRST RELEASE SINCE 2009
U2 has released its first new song since 2009 on Facebook of all places.

CAROL BURNETTE SPECIAL AIRS SUNDAY ON PBS
Comedy heavyweights dropped into the nation's capital on Sunday, gathering to honor Carol Burnett as the recipient of this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  According to "USA Today," the 80-year-old accepted the award at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, joking that "this was a long time coming."   The tribute is set to air in full on PBS on November 24th.