Monday, November 18, 2013
STORMS, TORNADOES, DEATHS
We had sunshine today that was so bright some people were having a hard time seeing, as they drove in. But in the midwest, some are waking up to find entire city blocks gone. Homes destroyed or damaged, no electricity to start the cleanup or even have a warm breakfast. At least 80 tornadoes hit across the midwest, at least six people are dead, dozens more are injured. The damage stretches across Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, and that same weather system is expected to hit the Northeast today, possibly stirring up more severe storms.
One of the deaths was in Washington, Illinois, when a tornado destroyed much of their town, yesterday. The mayor is asking for prayer. The photos of the aftermath are just heartbreaking.
LOCAL SEVERE WEATHER ALERT OVER AFTER BUSY WEEKEND
We had our own severe weather yesterday and last night. Most of the state was under a tornado watch until about midnight overnight, though no reports of any actually hitting.
PORTLAND FIRE HALL DAMAGED
In Portland, Tennessee, crews are working to clean-up debris after the roof of a Sumner County fire hall was ripped off by strong storms last night.
NEW CRAFT HEADED FOR MARS
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is ready to lift off for the Red Planet. The robotic explorer blasts off this afternoon to orbit mars and study the atmosphere to try and understand how the planet morphed from warm and wet to cold and dry.
SCAM: DO NOT ACCEPT FRIEND REQUEST FROM DUPLICATE FACEBOOK PAGES
Here's a heads-up about a scam that's been hitting Facebook a lot lately: duplicate accounts. Someone steals your friend's Facebook photos, creates a fake account and sends out friend requests. Don't fall for it. Double check, on the OLD account, if you get an invitation to friend someone you're already friends with. Thieves try to get into your personal information that way. Just report it to Facebook and tell your friend about it.
BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
If you're going to get out and shop on Black Friday, there are things you can do to make it more productive, and more comfortable. They include things like, 'take a chair and a buddy if you're going to wait in line for something,' then you guys can sit comfortably till about 30 minutes before the doors open, stash your chair and heater in the car and start shopping. Or, to ask for price matching. Instead of going from store to store, many of them will match other stores' sale prices, if you ask.
POLICE LINK 3 MEN TO RECENT NASHVILLE ROBBERIES, RAPE
Police have three men off the streets who they think are responsible for robberies, violent attacks and one rape in the past few months, and what may surprise some people, is the three men are all 19 years old. Ivy Dobson, Dequan Bertrand and Brian Felix, are all in jail, and are being investigated for other crimes as well.
METRO POLICE REMIND DRIVERS TO PARK SMART. HALF OF THEFTS INVOLVE KEYS
Metro police say this time of year when you're putting presents into the car, thieves are ready to take them out. This weekend, detectives went through shopping center parking lots handing out Park Smart fliers reminding drivers to put their items out of sight in the trunk, and that half of all car thefts are done using keys, which someone leaves in or near the car.
HOW ARE THE BEARDS COMING ALONG FOR MOVEMBER?
It's a growing trend for guys to grow mustaches and beards in November to raise awareness of men's cancers, like women wear pink, they wear facial hair. It's called Movember - for "mustaches in November." Since it's past the midway point of Movember. ... probably some bery scraggly-looking guys walking around right now.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST THIS WEEKEND
Two people have been arrested this weekend for human trafficking after a teenage mother called a hotline for help. The 19 year old said she came to Nashville with her two-year-old son in October for a homecoming game at TSU. She was approached by Antoine Williams, who allegedly enticed her with nice things and travel if she'd join him. Instead, he set her up as a prostitute and transported her to meet customers. Cops this weekend arrested Williams and his so-called fiancee'.
XBOX ONE GOES ON SALE THIS WEEK
Sony's Playstation 4 went on sale last week, this week it's the Xbox One.
ANGELS ON THE AIR, ONLINE
The Angel trees are at the mall, and Angels on the air has started today, here at Mix 92.9. You can call 737-0929 and adopt an Angel on The Air, we'll send you the angel information, including sizes and their needs, and you just take that list, and drop off your unwrapped gifts at a mall angel tree. OR, you can now adopt an Angel Online at www.mix929.com
BELMONT SHOCKS No. 12 NORTH CAROLINA ON ROAD
It wasn't the national championship, but the Belmont basketball team is pretty happy this morning. Belmont upset Number 12 North Carolina last night in the Hall of Fame game in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Belmont won 83-to-80
HEARING FOR BOY FOUND HANDCUFFED TO PORCH
A court hearing is set for today in the case of an 11-year-old North Carolina boy found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck. His foster parents, a social services worker and a hospital nurse, were taken to jail. The child and four adopted children in the home, are in protective custody. The Union County Sheriff's Office says it looks like this wasn't the first time the child had been put in chains.
MENINGITIS VACCINE OR NOT?
Princeton University officials are expected to decide today whether to offer students a meningitis vaccine that hasn't been approved in the United States. The vaccine has been approved in Europe and Australia. There have been seven confirmed cases of meningitis at the university since March.