Monday, May 6, 2013

SPRING HAIL STORM IN FRANKLIN COUNTY TN.
While you probably had a cloudy, sometimes rainy weekend... some of our neighbors in Tennessee had a bizarre weather day yesterday. In parts of Franklin County... around Decherd and downtown Winchester yesterday, they got several INCHES of HAIL. It covered streets and yards with white... making it look like wintertime! Franklin County is south and east of Davidson. You can see photos.

TENNESSEE HAS ONE OF NATION'S MOST DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOODS
A recent study ranked the most dangerous neighborhoods in America according to how likely you are to be a victim of violent crime. Memphis and Nashville both have neighborhoods in the top 20: Memphis at number 11, and the neighborhood around 8th and Wedgewood, is listed as the 18th most dangerous neighborhood in America. (Detroit has the top three, then Chicago, and Spartanburg, South Carolina at number 5. The neighborhood at the number one spot has citizens becoming a victim there as a one in seven chance.)

HEALTH: UCLA STUDY: GIRLS HAVE HARDER TIME QUITTING METH
Have you noticed, there seem to be more women meth addicts than men? Researchers say women are more susceptible to the drug, and now UCLA scientists say teen girls also, have a tougher time kicking the habit than boys. They dont' know why, but some drugs that work for males, including the antidepressant, BuPROpeeAhn.. don't work well for girls.

IS THAT PERSON ASKING YOU FOR CASH, ACTUALLY ON DRUGS?
This is good information for you to know, and to pass along to those you know, since it's becoming more common to see drug addicts coming up with fake sob-stories to try and scam you out of money for their next drug deal. It includes "Meth Mouth," because meth rots user's teeth and gums, sores on the face because of the itchiness that Meth can cause, they may be scratching, their face may look saggy and prematurely old, and their eyes may look glazed-over. Do NOT give your hard-earned cash to anyone asking for it in a parking lot somewhere, especially if you see these signs.
Instead, tell them to call 211, or offer to call the police if they're claiming they're in a real emergency. 211 is the information number for all the non-profits and places in Middle Tennessee that can help someone who truly needs it. Chances are good that when you give them the number or offer to call police, they'll move away from you, fast.

CALIF MCDONALD'S SHOOTING
In California, six people are recovering, including a grandmother and a six year old child, after they were injured during a shooting at a McDonald's. Now word is that some of them were injured by shattering glass, rather than bullets. There are some reports that the shooting was gang related.

SPRINGS WILDFIRE MAY BE CONTAINED TODAY
It looks like firefighters are getting a handle on the Springs wildfire in California's Ventura County. They say it may be fully contained by the end of the day. It's burned at least 28-thousand acres so far. 

GAS PRICES BACK UP
Gas prices are going back up. We're coming into the summer driving season, and they're up --  though only about a penny -- for the first time in about 8 weeks. 

HEALTH: PARENTS SUCKING PACIFIERS MAY BOOST KIDS' IMMUNITY
You've seen it -- maybe you've done it -- a child drops a pacifier, and with no place to rinse it off, the parent wipes it off, then puts it into her mouth to clean the rest of the germs. Researchers say transferring mouth microbes from parents to infants seems to be boosting kids' immune systems, lowering their risk of asthma and rashes. (The study is published in the online journal "Pediatrics.")

BE A GUARDIAN ANGEL FOR A SOLDIER’S PET
This is "Be Kind to Animals" week, also Pet Week, a perfect time for me to tell you about a new way you can help our local military members. It's called Guardian Angels. Volunteers take care of the service member's pet while he or she is deployed. Soldiers, especially those who are single, often don't have family anywhere near, and end up struggling to either find a temporary home for their pet, or having to give them up. Guardian Angels has about 40 dogs and cats in foster homes here in Tennessee right now, and about ten more that need temporary homes. http://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org

ON YOUR TV TONIGHT
On your TV tonight, the live episodes start on "The Voice" and "Dancing with the Stars" is on. Last night, actress/businesswoman Marilu Henner was fired from "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice."

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HELP STORES PLACE RELEVANT ADS NEAR PRODUCTS YOU BUY
This new eyeball-tracking technology is showing up everywhere... there's a program in the works to track your eye movements at grocery stores... so they can figure out what ADS to put near the products you buy. (It'll also help them refine product placement so you'll spend more. Many stores already put the cheaper brands a little farther out of reach, and the more expensive stuff at eye level.

CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHER SUSPENDED FOR GIVING STUDENT SEXY BOOK
A charter school teacher in Philadelphia is in trouble for buying the controversial book "Fifty Shades of Grey" for his teenaged students to read. He got called on it when a parent saw her 14 year old reading it. The teacher is suspended without pay for a week.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE BULLIED ONLINE  
When your teenaged girl goes online, you need to remember this: Health Day News reports that teen girls are twice as likely to be bullied online than boys, even though boys spend more time online. (Fifty-three percent of boys say they use the web recreationally for three or more hours per day, compared to 27 percents of girls.)

BURNING LIMO
A bride, celebrating with girlfriends, was among five women killed when their limo caught fire on a San Francisco area bridge. Nine female passengers were in the limo, along with a male driver, when the car started burning, somewhere in the back of the car, trapping five of the nine ladies. 

UTAH SOCCER REF DIES AFTER PUNCH FROM TEEN PLAYER
A 46 year-old Utah soccer referee died this weekend after being punched in the head by one of the 17 year-old boys in the game. That 17 year-old, who attacked the ref for calling a foul on him could now face more serious charges.

CINCO DE MEOW AT NASHVILLE HUMANE
It's Cinco de Meow through tomorrow (Tuesday, may 7th) at Nashville Humane Association. You can adopt any cat 5 months or older with no adoption fee! Usually it's about 85 bucks. 
(Nashville Humane also has plenty of kittens right now, and a Kitty Cam where you can see them live from 10 to 5. 

MR. ROGERS' MOVIE
There's a movie in the works about children's TV legend Mr. Rogers. It'll be called "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." So far the plot, and who might play Fred Rogers in the movie, are being kept secret. 

IRON MAN 3 SMASH HIT
"Iron Man 3" is a smash hit. It had the biggest opening weekend for an "Iron Man" movie, so far, and the second-biggest film opening of all time, just behind "The Avengers" a year ago. That one, also, starred Robert Downey Jr.

MARTHA STEWART DATING ONLINE?
When you're one of the most powerful women in the world, you have your own empire of household accessories, TV and radio shows and everybody knows who you are, where do you go to find a mate? 71 year old Martha Stewart says online dating looked like a good option, but then she got about halfway through the signup process and changed her mind.

MAMA JUNE MARRIED
Honey Boo Boo's mom -- Mama June -- is apparently not having love-life problems. She got married to her boyfriend Sugar Bear this weekend in Georgia. The wedding colors were camouflage and orange.