Friday, September 13, 2013

NEW JERSEY SHORE FIRE DESTROYS 50 BUSINESSES
Nearly 50 businesses along New Jersey's Seaside Park boardwalk are reduced to ashes after a massive fire on Thursday.  About 400 firefighters were brought in from all over the state as the wind swept the blaze over a four-block area.  The fire hit an area that is still recovering from last year's Hurricane Sandy. 

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN COLORADO
President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Colorado... after two days of heavy rain, and more on the way, that's caused severe flooding, flash floods and landslides... that have destroyed roads and bridges from Denver to Colorado Springs.  At least three people have been killed and another is still missing.
Floodwaters washing down Colorado's Front Range have isolated at least three towns.  There's flash flooding from Boulder, south to Colorado Springs.  With more heavy rain in the forecast for today, the record flooding is only expected to get worse. 

LOCAL: TORNADO SIREN TEST TOMORROW (SATURDAY)
There's supposed to be a test of our Davidson County tornado sirens tomorrow (Saturday). The sirens malfunctioned last week during a regular monthly test, so they were supposed to be re-tested yesterday. That was cancelled, however, because of weather conditions. Officials didn't want to freak people out, and make them think there was a tornado in all yesterday's storms.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS TILL FOUR TODAY AT 100 OAKS
Free mammograms to support and promote women's health will be given at the Walmart at 100 Oaks on Friday.  The event is being sponsored by a joint partnership between Power of the Pink, Walmart and Komen Great Nashville.  Saint Thomas Health is providing their "Our Mission in Motion" mobile mammography center to test women for breast cancer for free.   Most doctors feel that early detection for breast cancer saves thousands of lives each year.   Mammograms are available on a first come, first serve basis and last around 15 minutes each. 
Insurance can be filed for each participant with coverage, and those who are uninsured or need financial assistance can receive help thanks to a grant from Komen Greater Health.
Women who receive a mammography will also get a $5 Walmart gift card and a pink light bulb in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The event is being held at 2421 Powell Avenue in the 100 Oaks area of Nashville from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
A kick-off program will be held at 10:30 a.m. with speakers from each of the organizations involved.

POWERBALL JACKPOT GOES TO $317 MILLION FOR SATURDAY NIGHT
And if you wanna try for the Powerball Jackpot, don't forget the jackpot is up to more than 300 million dollars for tomorrow night's drawing. 

FLUSHABLE WIPES CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH SEPTIC TANKS
This is an icky problem. As flushable bathroom wipes become more popular, so do the problems they cause with septic systems. They’re thicker, so they don’t dissolve, and the alcohol in them kills the bacteria needed to break down the solids in the septic tanks. Experts say if you use a septic tank, you should throw the wipes away instead of flushing them, unless you’re ready to have to empty out that tank in about half the time you normally would. Two years, instead of every 5 or so..

VOYAGER 1 LEAVES SOLAR SYSTEM
NASA scientists have confirmed that the Voyager 1 space probe has become the first human-made object to leave the solar system and head into interstellar space.  Experts think the spacecraft actually hit that mark August 25th of LAST year (2012). Voyager 1 left on its 12 billion mile space trip back in 1977, so keep in mind that means it had the best technology NASA could come up with -- in the 70s. Now, we get to find out whether space is different beyond the sun's 'bubble.'.
If Voyager does encounter alien life it's equipped with a gold-plated record that has images from Earth and greetings in 55 languages. 

UNITED AIRLINES GLITCH SELLS TICKETS FOR 5 DOLLARS, ROUND TRIP
And we have some Americans who are about to take some trips soon, for a really good price. United Airlines had a glitch in the booking system on Wednesday, and instead of being charged the regular ticket price, buyers were charged the 9-11 security fee of about 5 dollars, round-trip. United says it's figuring out what to do about the goofups. 

TDOT SAYS CHARLOTTE AVENUE BRIDGE SAFE
After hearing that chunks of concrete have fallen from the bridge over Charlotte Avenue three times now.... many are wondering whether it's safe! Road officials say, Yes. Assistant Chief Engineer David Layhew says the strength comes from the steel inside the concrete.. and now they've built a wood barrier underneath the bridge to keep more chunks of concrete from falling to the road, or onto cars, below. TDOT hopes this fix will hold until the big bridge overhaul starts in 2015.

MAN SUSPECTED OF MULTIPLE MARYLAND FARMS THEFTS ARRESTED
People who work at Maryland Farms in Brentwood showed what teamwork can do... and helped police catch a guy who had allegedly been stealing wallets and cellphones from businesses there. They started passing around the surveillance camera photos of the suspect... and called police when 29 year old Shaun Brooks was seen wandering around in another building, possibly ready to steal again.

BEDBUGS IN MURFREESBORO SCHOOL
Bedbugs are becoming a problem EVERYWHERE! Now they're finding them at schools! Parents of kids at Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School in Murfreesboro got a letter this week alerting them that bedbugs had been found in a student's belongings. The school was fumigated and no other bugs were found... but the warning went out just in case. Fortunately bed bugs aren't thought to carry diseases... they just leave itchy red spots behind, where they've bitten.

SCOOTER SQUAD HITS NASHVILLE STREETS
There's a new saferide service that may help a little to keep drunk or 'buzzed' drivers off the road. It's called Scooter Squad. You call them, they send someone to you, on a foldable SCOOTER. They pop the scooter in your trunk, drive you home in your car, then take their scooter and ride away. It costs $12 for a pick up, plus $3 a mile. It's certainly cheaper than a DUI.

MISSOURI MCDONALD'S WORKER WEARS HER UNIFORM TO STEAL FROM ANOTHER STORE
A Missouri woman has been arrested after using her McDonald's uniform in the commission of a crime. She put on her uniform, slipped into a McDonald's in a different city... worked the register for a few minutes... cleaned out the cash drawer, and slipped away when the manager questioned her story that she'd been transferred there.  She got away with close to 400 dollars, but her getaway driver got caught, and gave her up to police.

HARSH OBIT: NOT THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED
Gawker spotted the obituary for Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick in the Reno Gazette-Journal, and though the paper removed it, Gawker has the full text. Whoever wrote it says of Johnson-Reddick: Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit." Her survivors "celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children," it continues, before ending with an exhortation to fight child abuse. The Gazette-Journal's publisher tells Gawker the obituary was a paid placement, but the death date listed was inaccurate and the listing was removed for review.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES GUARANTEE
After having so much trouble with cruises, including the generator failure that left passengers stranded and toilets overflowing... Carnival cruise lines is hoping to ease customers' fears with a Great Vacation Guarantee... 

YOM KIPPUR STARTS TONIGHT
The Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur starts at sundown tonight and ends at sunset tomorrow. This holiday ends the ten-day period of introspection among followers of Judaism which began with the two-day Rosh Hashanah celebration of the Jewish New Year. 

BELCOURT THEATER THIS WEEKEND
Groucho and his Bros are back! It's a Marx Brothers' Double-Feature this Sat night at the Belcourt Theater, and it's outside. Bring your blankets, chairs, viaducts, and Mrs. Teasdale's money.