Monday, February 4, 2013

TORNADO NUMBERS KEEP RISING IN TN.
The tornado numbers just keep rising. The National Weather Service now says we had 14 tornadoes in Tennessee on January 30th, and the number may rise to 18 if more are confirmed like it's thought there will be. The 14 already confirmed tornadoes surpass the previous record of 12 touchdowns on January 24th of 1997

TWITTER HACKED
Twitter says it's been hacked, and more than 250-thousand accounts are affected. You should get an email from Twitter if your password was compromised.

FACEBOOK LAWSUIT EMAILS ARE NOT A SCAM
Meanwhile, you know those posts you see on Facebook that say, 'One of your friends...  likes something,' and you can tell it's an ad? Well now Facebook is getting hit with a 20 million dollar class-action lawsuit for using people's likenesses to post those likes without their permission. It has to do with the fact that they're making money from the ads, and using your name and face to endorse the spot. Facebook was established 9 years ago, today.

POLICE INVESTIGATE CHURCH PARKING LOT BREAK-INS                                                              Metro Police are issuing a warning to you, about thieves that are breaking into cars in Nashville-area church parking lots. There's been a string of break-ins over the past few weeks, in Green Hills, Belle Meade and West Nashville. Metro Police Cmdr. Marlene Pardue says, "Loose change, $1 or $2. They will break a car window for a couple dollars."

ALABAMA HOSTAGE SITUATION ENTERS 7TH DAY 
The Alabama hostage situation has been going on for a week, now. The suspect, 65 year-old Vietnam Veteran Jimmy Lee Dykes shot a school bus driver to death and took a 5-year-old boy hostage... holding him in an 8 by 6-foot underground bunker. Authorities, however, say Dykes seems to be making the little boy "as comfortable as possible," giving him the Cheez-Its and a red Hot Wheels car that he asked for.

LOCAL 3 YEAR OLD INJURED IN CAR CRASH DIES
I'm so sad to have to report this, but that three year-old girl who was hurt in a car crash last Monday night in Robertson county has passed away. Little Wyncie Bouge died Saturday night at Children's hospital at Vanderbilt. Wyncie's mother, Megan, and two-week-old brother Emmett were injured in the crash but are expected to survive. Wyncie's grandmother (Janice Carlton) was killed in the crash, as was 27 year-old Mandricus Darden of Springfield, the driver who crossed over four lanes of traffic and hit, head on, the car with the women and children in it.

TYSON EXPANDING IN GOODLETSVILLE, MEANS MORE JOBS
Hey, there are more jobs coming to our area! Tyson says it's expanding its meat-processing plant in Goodlettsville, and will need to hire up to 100 more people. That plant produces cuts of beef and pork for grocery stores.

DEPRESSION LEADS TO SMOKING AND DRINKING AMONG POOR                         
You ever wonder why poor people smoke and binge drink more? Could be they're not getting proper medication. A new study says anxiety and depression lead to smoking and binge drinking among people with low incomes.

SUPERBOWL WINNER                                                    
The Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl champs after beating the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 last night in New Orleans. 

SUPERBOWL SPOT WINNERS
USA TODAY runs a poll after every Super Bowl, asking its readers which commercial they liked the most. Their winner was the Anheuser Busch Clydesdale commercial, about the bond between a trainer and the horse he raised. Mix 92-9 listeners chose the Ram, "God Made a Farmer" spot voiced by late, great radio announcer Paul Harvey, as their favorite.                   The Clydesdale spot came in second in that poll. See the Clydesdale ad, and how to submit your name for the foal in the commercial.

PSY-STYLE COMMERCIAL
And although Psy had said he wouldn't be singing "Gangnam Style" any longer, he was featured one more time in a pistachio commercial. I BELIEVE the lyrics actually said, “crack your nuts now..”   You can see them all, with the link underneath the morning show photo... at www.mix929.com

NFL INVESTIGATING POWER OUTAGE
The NFL is now investigating after a power failure during Super Bowl 47 early in the game's second half.  With 13:22 remaining in the third quarter, more than half the lights inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome cut out.  That led to a nearly 35-minute delay before power was fully restored.  San Francisco gained momentum from the unexpected break, but the Ravens held off the 49ers for a 34-31 win.

FUNNY FB POSTS ABOUT THE LIGHTS GOING OUT AT THE SUPERBOWL
Thom Zelenka: Somewhere in NOLA is a guy they call "Sparky" who is taking the blame for the lights going out. Somewhere else in the stadium is a guy who is saying, "I found a little metal box on the ground I could plug my cell phone into...then all the lights went out...weird, huh?"
Ken Henley  posted, “Oh.. here’s the problem…” and added a picture of someone plugging a cord into a wall outlet.
And from Marty: "Isn't it awesome how fast they can get the lights back on in the Superdome when rich people are trapped inside?"

JENNIFER HUDSON TOPS POLL OF BEST PERFORMANCES
One of the highlights from last night's big game came before Kickoff... when the Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus from Newtown Connecticut sang "America The Beautiful" with Jennifer Hudson.

Those are the kids who lost classmates in a mass shooting recently. At least one poll found that to be the favorite performance of the night. Beyonce's halftime show came in a distant second.

"TWO BROKE GIRLS" TRENDING
Speaking of Beyonce: someone posted on FB last night, "'Two Broke Girls'" is trending on Twitter. Good to see someone is talking about the other two members of Destiny's Child."  (Ziiiing!)

OPRAH TEAMS WITH JEEP FOR PATRIOTIC MESSAGE
http://www.youtube.com/jeep?sid=1037056&KWNM=jeep&KWID=3778788109&channel=paidsearch&spid=SB_2013
Oprah Winfrey voiced the commercial for Jeep, promoting Operation Safe Return. Jeep works through USOs to provide transportation, military discounts on jeeps, veteran hiring events, homecoming celebrations and support.  The Jeep® brand has created the S.A.F.E. Return Fund from the sale of every 2013 Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited and Patriot Freedom Edition vehicle. This $250 per vehicle will be donated to the USO to help support the platform to aid our nation’s heroes as they come home.

TN. SECRETARY OF STATE WARNS OF BUSINESS SCAM
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/20759681/secretary-of-state-warns-of-business-scamThe
And the Tennessee secretary of state's office is warning businesses about letters asking for money to file their annual reports.  The notices are from an entity called Corporate Records Service and started hitting mailboxes last week. It's a scam.

WE GET AN EARLY SPRING!
And Groundhog Day was this weekend, and according to legend... groundhog Punxatawney Phil says we're due for an early spring.

DAY OF COURAGE
Today has been declared a National Day of Courage in honor of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. (Today would have been her 100th birthday.)  Parks gained national prominence when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus in 1955.

MAN SAYS, " I DIDN'T STEAL YOUR HIDDEN CAMERAS," AS HE'S CAUGHT ON-CAMERA, HOLDING ONE
The man caught on camera scoping out jewelry and carrying a stolen hidden camera said he is not a jewelry thief and did not take the Channel 4 I-Team's hidden cameras.
   After three different women came to the Channel 4 I-Team with similar stories of how they noticed their jewelry missing after IGB Residential Cleaning Services cleaned their homes, we set up hidden cameras in an apartment and then hired IGB to clean it.
   We also hid costume jewelry in drawers, boxes and in a closet, to see if anyone from the cleaning crew would inspect the jewelry. The other victims said none of their costume jewelry was taken, only the valuable items.
   On Dec. 14, the owner of the company, Zach Jones, and his wife, Ithaca Black-Jones, showed up to clean the apartment.
 When we returned to pay them, but they were gone, as were three of our hidden cameras.
One of the cameras that wasn't stolen showed Zach Jones searching for and examining our hidden jewelry. He even went into the closet to open and inspect a bag of jewelry.
Jones also said he didn't take our cameras, despite the video of him holding one of our missing cameras and scoping out the jewelry.
"That's what our cameras show, is you going through drawers, closets, looking at jewelry. You want to explain why you were doing that?" Finley asked.
"Any cleaning company, you are supposed to wipe down everything," Jones replied.
 "You're not wiping down these surfaces, sir. You're looking at this jewelry," Finley pointed out.
 "I don't steal," Jones said.
 But Jones is a convicted thief.