Monday, December 9, 2013

DICKSON COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSED
There are some people in Dickson County who are still without power after the ice storm hit them pretty hard this weekend, and got so heavy on trees and limbs that they pulled down power lines.  Dickson County schools are closed today as well.

MORE WINTRY PRECIP ON THE WAY FOR NASHVILLE TONIGHT
Nashville gets another round of precip, however, possibly some freezing rain, some snow and temperatures in the 20s, tonight. So the ride in tomorrow morning could be a slow one. 

NOVEMBER WEATHER COLDEST IN 16 YEARS
Not sure what this says about how the rest of December is going to shake out, but Nashville's average temperature in November was the coldest on record since 1997, about 3-and-a-half degrees below normal for the month.

HAY DAY HELPS DOGS IN THE COLD IN DAVIDSON COUNTY
Please remember to make a way for your animals to keep warm. As hard as it is to believe... there are people who keep dogs on a chain or tether, outside in this cold weather. So this weekend, volunteers from the Middle Tennessee Pet Resource Center (MTPRC) were out trying to make things better for them. They held Hay Day where volunteers deliver and spread hay in outdoor pets' sleeping areas or dog houses. They took care of more than seventy  dogs in Nashville. For more info about the Middle Tennessee Pet Resource Center: www.mtprc.org

SPEED, ICY ROADS FACTORS IN DEADLY ACCIDENT THIS WEEKEND
One person died over the weekend in a car crash, and icy roads seem to have been a factor. Police say Kevin Scott was speeding and was not wearing his seatbelt when he lost control and slammed into a utility pole early Sunday morning. He died at the scene. 

SALVATION ARMY STILL NEEDS HELP WITH FORGOTTEN ANGELS
And the Salvation Army says this round of bad weather really hurt their angel adoption. They had THOUSANDS who still needed to be adopted on Friday, and many people stayed in all weekend, instead of getting out and adopting angels. If you can still help, there are FORGOTTEN ANGEL trees at Daily's and Twice Daily convenience stores... and you can drop off the angel toys and clothing there, as well.

MORE WHALES STRANDED IN FLORIDA
More whales are dying in south Florida.  Eleven more pilot whales have been found dead in the lower Florida Keys, apparently part of a pod of 51 which got stranded there last week. 

HOT CHOCOLATE TO WARD OFF ALZHEIMERS
You're going to love this: another new study finds chocolate is good for you for yet another reason. Research found two cups of hot chocolate a day may help elderly adults who are experiencing impaired blood flow to have healthier brains and improved thinking skills. Two cups of hot chocolate a day.

NASHVILLE BAR OWNER FACES MURDER CHARGES
Nashville bar owner Chris Ferrell, who fatally shot a musician in his downtown bar, Pit and Barrel, last month, has been arrested on charges of second-degree murder. Ferrell says he shot 44-year-old Wayne Mills in self-defense during an argument over smoking in the bar. Ferrell faced charges of violence in the past. This summer, court records say, he was charged with domestic assault, interfering with an emergency call and vandalism stemming from an alleged fight with a former girlfriend.

FLIGHTS CANCELLED, CHECK AHEAD AT NASHVILLE AIRPORT
And if you're flying out for vacation, make sure you check your flight before you head to the airport. There are still some cancellations and delays because of icy weather in several other states.

REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM HEALTH NOT GOOD
Those closest to the Reverend Billy Graham are keeping a close eye on his health these days.  A spokesman for the evangelist says he's been much weaker since turning 95 last month. 

SOUND OF MUSIC WAS A HIT FOR NBC
"The Sound of Music" was a hit for NBC. Nielsen says nearly 18.5 million viewers tuned to Thursday night's live, 3-hour telecast of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. That was the network's largest non-football Thursday night ratings since the 2004 "Frasier" finale, and gave NBC its biggest Thursday night audience in the 18-34 demographic since the finale of "E.R." in 2009.

JINGLE BELL RUN FOLLOW UP
Even though yesterday's Jingle Bell Run in Franklin was cold, 27 degrees at racetime, there was a pretty big crowd there, who raised more than $68,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. The goal of the Arthritis Foundation is also better edcuation: they want you to know that one in five adults will get arthritis, and hundreds of thousands of children do. It's the leading cause of disability in America. 

90-YEAR-OLD PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR BOOTED FROM UNITED FLIGHT
And United Airlines is doing damage control today after bumping a 90-year-old World War II Veteran from a flight to Hawaii where he was headed for a Pearl Harbor memorial service.  The airline blamed bad weather. But when other fliers heard about the little old guy wandering around the airport, not knowing where to go for the eight hours he was laid over, they were outraged, and said United should be ashamed of treating a war hero that way. 

MAN SURVIVES 60 HOURS SUBMERGED IN SHIPWRECK
Speaking of heroes, there's a rescue that's gone viral, that is fascinating to see! A rescue diver, going down to a submerged tugboat three days after it sank, to recover bodies, suddenly saw a hand. It startles him, but he thinks, "Okay, it's another body." Then, you can hear the fear in his voice as the hand grabs him! It was the tugboat cook, who survived for nearly 3 days in an air pocket. The rescued guy says he prayed the whole time, and completely believes his rescue was a miracle from God. You can see it HERE

NELSON MANDELA MEMORIAL TOMORROW
Every living American president except one will attend tomorrow's memorial for former South African President Nelson Mandela.  President Obama is due to leave the White House later on this morning.  He'll be joined by former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, along with dozens of other heads of state at the service in Johannesburg.  The only U.S. president not going is 89-year-old George H.W. Bush.

TEEN DIES ONBOARD DELTA FLIGHT
A Delta Airlines flight headed from Seattle to Atlanta made an emergency landing at Spokane International Airport yesterday... after a 16 year old boy had a medical emergency and died onboard. 

WORLD'S LARGEST AIR CARRIER FORMS TODAY
American Airlines and US Airways officially merge today to become the world's largest airline.. .and they'll have a new name: American Airlines Group Inc. or the new American. The merger will translate into more destinations, an upgraded frequent flier program and newer, fuel-efficient aircraft. 

ONLINE TECH COMPANIES FORM ANTI-SNOOPING GROUP
Some of the world's biggest high-tech companies are banding together to form an anti-snooping group.  Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, LinkedIn and AOL announced the Reform Government Surveillance coalition late Sunday.  The group wants to limit the federal government's authority to collect user information. 

JURY SELECTION TODAY FOR MONTANA WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HUSBAND
Jury selection begins today in the murder trial of a Montana woman accused of pushing her newlywed husband off a cliff.  Jordan Graham is charged with killing Cody Johnson after just eight days of marriage. 

SUSAN BOYLE REVEALS SHE HAS ASPERGER'S SYNDROME
Scottish Singer Susan Boyle, who shot to worldwide fame in 2009 when she sang I Dreamed a Dream on Britain's Got Talent, says she was relieved to learn she has Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Boyle says she was told, as a child, that she had "brain damage," but feels better about herself to know her IQ is normal.
Boyle has become one of the bestselling British female artists, and Fox Searchlight is reportedly interested in doing a movie about her life, but her stardom has been accompanied by "reports of volatile behavior and emotional outbursts." Now we find it may have been symptoms of her autism all along.

GAY WAITTRESS FIRED AFTER HER STORY OF RACIAL SLUR INVESTIGATED
A 22-year-old New Jersey waitress and former Marine who alleged she was denied a tip because her customers didn't approve of her lifestyle has been let go from the restaurant where she worked.
Morales initially claimed that a family of four refused to leave a tip on a $93.55 bill, and that they wrote a hateful note on the receipt, which she posted online. She got an outpouring of sympathy and donations, which she said she was sending to Wounded Warriors. They can't confirm getting anything from her. And now the family's come forward with their copy of the receipt and a credit card statement to back up their claims that they left an $18 tip and did not write a hateful note.