Monday, June 30, 2014

SAVE MUSIC ROW RALLY THIS MORNING
A Brentwood developer says he will not tear down Nashville's RCA Studio A, and will either try to incorporate it into his development plans, or will pass on the deal and let someone else buy it. That means the building has been saved for now. There's still a rally set for this morning at 9 in front of the building, led by musician Ben Folds, to get people on board with saving the rest of the historic Music Row area. You can get the info on the Facebook Page "Save RCA Studio A" or #SaveMusicRow

JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION
Today's the last day of June, and just days away from our Music City July 4th Celebration in downtown Nashville. It's called "Let Freedom Sing" and includes a live concert by the Nashville Symphony- and other artists, and then the big fireworks display. And events run starting at about noon, with a Family Fun Zone. If you're off work Friday, you may want to head down early.

28-YEAR-OLD MAN DROWNS IN PERCY PRIEST LAKE
There was another drowning this weekend on Percy Priest Lake. A 28-year-old man who was not a strong swimmer, but who handed his flotation device TO someone as he climbed up the boat ladder and fell into the water. He was not wearing a life vest, and went under.

UNITED AIRLINES EMERGENCY LANDING
This had to be weird! A United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing in Kansas last night after the emergency slide somehow inflated inside the plane. Nobody was hurt. 

GENESIS DIAMONDS ACCUSES RIVAL OF DEFAMATION
It's the battle of the Jewelers, in a court near you. Genesis Diamonds is suing rival Village Jewelers for defamation, saying Village Jewelers employees falsely accuse Genesis Diamonds of selling diamonds with misleading quality certifications. Village Jewelers denies it. Both sides are expected to argue the matter today in court.

WORLD CUP SOCCER BACK TOMORROW (Tuesday)
The U.S. team plays again tomorrow in World Cup Soccer. We play tomorrow afternoon, which is good, because some fans have been getting a little depressed without the games to cheer for.

WORLD CUP SICKNESS
We're not as bad as in some countries, however. In China there's a special clinic set up to treat people who have what they're calling World Cup Fever or Wold Cup Syndrome.
It's a combination of listlessness, tiredness and insomnia brought on by the highs and lows of the games, and the odd times the games are on. It's worse there because of the time differnce between China and Brazil. 

SUPREME COURT TO ISSUE DECISION ON CONTRACEPTION MANDATE
The Supreme Court hands down its decision today in the Hobby Lobby contraception case... It's whether private companies can object to covering birth control in employee health plans because of owners' religious beliefs.  

DESIGNING WOMEN STAR MESHACH TAYLOR DIES  AT 67
Former "Designing Women" star Meshach Taylor has passed away in Los Angeles... he was 67. 

KATY PERRY VISITS DOLLYWOOD BEFORE HER SHOW IN NASHVILLE
And Katy Perry was in Nashville this weekend... for a show at Bridgestone.... but before she did the gig, she had some fun. She took the entire tour crew on a trip to Dollywood.

FACEBOOK MAY HAVE ALTERED YOUR NEWS FEED AS AN 'EXPERIMENT'
A new report says Facebook may be screwing with you as a science experiment! They altered the News Feeds of 700-thousand people to show them either more positive or more negative posts to see how the user reacted. The report was published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."  And before you get upset about Facebook manipulating the posts you see, keep in mind that's part of the Facebook Terms of Use that everyone agrees to when they join.

VANDERBILT LIFEFLIGHT CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF SERVICE
You may not have realized it but Vanderbilt LifeFlight the helicopter service that lifts people from accidents and choppers them straight to the hospital, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. They started with one helicopter, and now have five staffed chopper bases, a plane and four ground ambulances.  Lifeflight launched on July 5th, 1984, with one helicopter. (Now there are five staffed helicopter bases in Middle Tennessee, an airplane and four ground ambulances.)

TOURISTS GET STUCK IN SKYTOWER AT SEAWORLD
Some people went on an especially scary ride at Seaworld yesterday. Dozens of people got stuck in the Skytower ride: three hours, 320-feet up in the air. Nobody was hurt, but two people were treated for anxiety.

HEALTH: COMPUTER EYE PROBLEM
If you're online a lot, as many people are, looking at Computers, smart phones and tablets, make sure you take a break every 20 minutes and rest your eyes. Look into the distance, stare into space, or focus on something at least 20 feet away. If you don't ... you could end up with dry, itchy, red eyes. There's even a new name for the problem: Computer Eye Syndrome.

"TRANSFORMERS" HAS BIGGEST OPENING OF 2014
"Transformers" was huge at the theaters this weekend. "Transformers: Age of Extinction," earned 100-million dollars, which gives it the biggest film opening weekend of the year. "22 Jump Street" was number two, but way down there at only 15-million dollars in tickets.

PETER CAPALDI GETS FIRST FULL "DOCTOR WHO" EPISODE ON AUGUST 23RD
The Geeks are geekin' over the new Doctor! "Doctor Who" starts back on Saturday, August 23rd, with the latest incarnation of the doctor, Peter Capaldi. It'll be on BBC America. Watch parties are being planned as we speak.

HERE'S A GUY YOU WANT TO WATCH YOUR HOUSE
And this guy has to be the best friend ever! Last January, a Marine Sgt. being shipped off to Japan for his final tour before retirement, asked his friend to watch the house. Instead, he and his wife came home to find the friend had raised 70 thousand dollars, and used it to completely renovate the soldier's  home. The friend said military members who give their lives to their country should be able to retire to a nice home, and started a non-profit to help make that happen.