Monday, March 18, 2013

RAPIDLY CHANGING WEATHER THIS AFTERNOON
After a morning of tornado watches, severe thunderstorm watches, blinding rain, hail and winds up to 60 miles an hour, we may see a similar afternoon. We'll keep you updated on the latest weather conditions at Mix 92.9, online at www.mix929.com (just click 'Listen Live'), and if the weather becomes severe as it did this morning, we'll go live to News2's Weather Center, for up-to-the-minute coverage.

STATE OF EMERGENCY, MASSIVE FIRE, IN PIGEON FORGE
Tennessee authorities declared a state of emergency and sent in the National Guard on Monday in an effort to control a fast-moving wildfire near the resort town of Pigeon Forge. The fire started about 5 p.m. Sunday and quickly spread, charring more than 30 cabins and turning propane tanks into shrapnel. About 20 fire departments have been fighting the fire, authorities said. "Propane tanks have been exploding," Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson said Sunday. "It's been real dangerous." Now at 230 acres, the blaze started as a house fire, according to Watson. Pigeon Forge, in eastern Tennessee is best known for singer Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, though the park, a few miles away, has reportedly not been affected by the blaze.

CRUISE SHIP BILL OF RIGHTS POSSIBLE
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for an international cruise passenger bill of rights. He says recent horror stories on passengers stranded on cruise ships show passengers need to be protected, and in most cases refunded their hard-earned vacation money.

TEXTS AND TWEETS SENT BY OHIO TEENS HELPED CONVICT THEM OF RAPING UNCONSCIOUS GIRL
Two Ohio high school football players were found guilty yesterday of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party last summer while she was so drunk she was unconscious, and unable to move or speak. Prosecutors say the convicted teens provided much of the evidence, texting, chatting, even shooting a video of one of them assaulting her, though they claimed it wasn't rape, since she wasn't fighting.
 
DUMP TRUCK DRIVER KILLED IN ROCK QUARRY
In Rutherford County, a man was killed Saturday morning, when he drove his dump truck over a 60-foot embankment into a rock quarry. Investigators are still trying to figure out why. 52 year old John Boyd was killed.

BELMONT, MTSU GOING TO NCAA TOURNAMENT
Two Middle Tennessee schools are heading to the NCAA tournament.  Belmont University is the 11th seed in the West Region and will play Arizona on Thursday in Salt Lake City.  MTSU will play St. Mary's tomorrow night in Dayton and the winner of that game will battle Memphis on Thursday.

LAWMAKERS COULD CHANGE ANIMAL WELFARE WHISTLEBLOWER RULES
California lawmakers are considering a bill that could change how some animal welfare whistleblowers operate.  The San Diego "Union-Tribune" says Assembly Bill 343 would force anyone to disclose animal cruelty at livestock plants and give authorities all their evidence within 48 hours.

TN. STATE HOUSE COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT PET LIABILITY BILL, OR PIT BULL LAW
Depending on the kind of dog you have, you may end up having to buy liability insurance. A state house committee looks at a bill this week that would require you have at least 25-thousand dollars insurance on dogs that are deemed dangerous or vicious. 

CATS HELP YOU HAVE KINDER, GENTLER KIDS
Having cats can help you have kinder, gentler kids. A new study finds that dogs and cats both improve our outlook and our health, but that cats help kids refine their behavior. Rebecca Johnson, director of the Missouri Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction says, “A dog will let you bang it on the head and still love you. Children have to learn to be gentle with cats or the cat will go away."

DAVIDSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S SOBER RIDE KEPT STREETS SAFERS
Some people at your office may be recovering from their excesses last night, since yesterday was St. Patrick's Day. This year the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office offered its Sober Ride Home service for two nights: Saturday and last night. Just Saturday night they gave more than 450 people free rides home, no questions asked. Sunday night looks like it’ll turn out to be more than 200 taken home, instead of driving after drinking.

WHAT DOOMS RELATIONSHIPS?
What's the surefire way to kill your relationship? Not being realistic, going into it. A couples therapist, Dr. John Jacobs, says he's found a pattern in the people he counsels: their expectations of marriage are often so unrealistic that even the strongest of relationships doesn't stand a chance.
In  his book "All You Need Is Love and Other Lies about Marriage," he lists what he calls the lies of marriage. They include thinking that all you need is love and the rest will be easy, or that children solidify a troubled marriage.

GRAMMY-WINNING SINGER COLLAPSES ON STAGE. AGAIN.
Grammy-winning rapper Tone Loc reportedly collapsed on stage late Saturday night during a performance in Iowa. It's not the first time: he collapsed on stage in Florida in 2009 and in Atlanta in 2011. Loc has been in dozens of movies and had huge hits with "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina."

DWTS STARTS TONIGHT
Dancing with the stars starts tonight. It's the 16th season. Celebrities competing include
Andy Dick, Wynonna Judd, the Bachelor Sean Lowe, and Kellie Pickler. (Tonight on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.)

COLUMBIA, TN. WOMAN WINS HGTV DREAM HOUSE SWEEPSTAKES
Congratulations to a Columbia, Tennessee woman, who won the HGTV contest for a new dream home! Carole Simpson's name was randomly selected out of more than 77-million entries, to win the house just south of Charleston, South Carolina.

KNIGHT GRAVE FOUND?
A medieval headstone and a skeleton have been found underneath a parking lot in Scotland. From the markings, researchers believe they may be that of a knight. Just last summer, a skeleton found underneath a lot in England turned out to be King Richard III.

WORLD'S SMALLEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Hope you had a fun St. Patrick's Day weekend. They sure did in Enterprise, Alabama! They had a big ole St Patrick's Day parade there. Well, actually not big. Well, actually not even much of a parade. It was one person.
The world's SMALLEST St. Patrick's Day parade, is one guy, the only person in the town with actual Irish ancestry. He marches up the block and back waving a flag.

WOMAN DRIVES INTO POND IN BELLEVUE
Oops! You have to pay attention! A woman was not injured after driving her car into a pond in Bellevue overnight. Police say she was driving through an apartment complex off Erin Lane around 3:30 this morning (Monday) when she got distracted and drove into the pond. Cops say she had been drinking but they don't think alcohol caused the crash. 

SLEEP QUALITY BETTER WITHOUT CELLPHONE USE BEFORE BED
You want to know why your teenager wants to sleep all day and is tired all the time? Researchers say it takes, on average, about 22 minutes after your last cell phone use, for you to reach deep sleep, and teenagers never stop using them. So, until they're half an hour away from getting good rest.

SMASH MOVING TO SATURDAY NIGHTS
"Smash" is moving to Saturday nights, starting April 6. It's usually a sign the end is near when they move the shows around like that.

CORKER SAYS WE'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING WITH NORTH KOREA
Republican Senator Bob Corker says the U.S. is doing the right things to beef up missile defense on the West Coast.  Corker, of Tennessee, is the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He told "Fox News Sunday" yesterday that he doesn't believe North Korea can hit the U.S. with a missile.