Monday, November 19, 2012
TENNESSEE FIRES FOOTBALL COACH DEREK DOOLEY
44 year-old Derek Dooley is out at Tennessee. The university announced the firing Sunday after Dooley posted the team's longest run of consecutive losing seasons in more than a century. Dooley had four years left on his contract, which includes a $5 million buyout. Jim Chaney, the Vol's offensive coordinator, will coach the team's last game of the season this Saturday against Kentucky.
FIRE OFFICIALS URGE EXTRA CAUTION THIS THANKSGIVING
As you get ready to cook your Thanksgiving meal, local firefighters are reminding you to take EXTRA care. They're extremely BUSY on Thanksgiving weekends... since cooking fires are three times more likely to happen on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Firefighters say if you're cooking on the stove, and you have to leave the stove.... take the spoon or spatula with you so you don't forget you're cooking.. or, better yet, turn off the heat for a minute.. And if you're frying a bird this Thanksgiving, NEVER use a fryer on a wooden deck, and keep it away from the house. Deep fryer fires cause an average of five deaths, 60 injuries, and more than $15 million in property damage each year.
Remember to really focus and drive defensively this week, and tell your teenagers about it, too. This is one of the busiest weeks of the year for travel; especially on Thanksgiving day. People will be driving to and from friends and family's houses, and back and forth to the store for things they forgot, they'll be headed to the movies, and this year they'll be traveling to department stores for early so-called Black Friday sales that start as early as 6 Thursday night.
BUTTERBALL GOES ONLINE: 1-800-butterball
Since 1981 Butterball has hosted a Turkey Talk line for people to get answers about thawing, cooking and storing turkey. Now, with more people going online to get answers, Butterball has added an online option, apps for Apple devices, and a twitter page. They still have experts manning the hotline, at 1-800-butterball, but they’ve also added a blog that has recipes like broccoli casserole with turkey bacon and mashed potatoes with chives and cheese. ... and they say their most common question is about thawing, rather than cooking the bird.
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
Some of music's biggest stars were in Los Angeles last night for the 40th annual American Music Awards. Justin Bieber won the Favorite Male Artist award and took his mom onstage with him as he accepted for Atrist of the Year. Taylor Swift won Favorite Female Artist - Country, for the FIFTH year in a row! Nicki Minaj also won, so did LukeBryan, Carly Rae Jepsen, and David Guetta. And one of the highlights of the night was Psy, who ended the night with his SMASH hit, "Gangnam Style" and brought out surprise guest MC Hammer, who created a dance craze of his own years ago, with the Hammer Dance.
FEMA ASSISTANCE FOR NEW YORK
FEMA has approved 208-million dollars in assistance for Long Island, New York residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. About 26-thousand households in Nassau County and more than five-thousand homes in Suffolk have been approved for federal assistance.
91 FIREARMS COLLECTED IN GIFT CARDS FOR GUNS
Nearly 100 guns are of the streets... after a successful Gift Cards for Guns event this weekend. Someone even turned in a sawed-off shotgun for a 25 dollar Gift Card to Dollar General. Police will now run the guns through the system to see if they were used in any crimes.
METH LAB NUMBERS REMAIN MOSTLY UNCHANGED
New laws and a new tracking system for pseudoephedrine don't seem to be slowing down Tennessee's meth problem.. More than two-thousand meth labs were busted nearly two-years ago, and police are on track for almost as many by the end of this year. Under Tennessee law, consumers are not allowed to buy more than nine-grams of pseudoephedrine in a 30-day period... but somehow the junkies are getting around that.
STUDY CONCLUDES IMMIGRANTS' EXPOSURE TO U.S. INCREASES OBESITY RISK
Know what makes you fat? America. lol. A new study says the longer immigrants from Mexico stay in the U.S., the more likely they are to be dangerously overweight. One theory centers on what's called the food environment.
EATING IN FRONT OF THE TV MAKES YOU EAT MORE LATER
Know what else makes you fat? Eating in front of the TV. It's not the act, itself... it's that you apparently SPACE OUT how much you're eating, and later on... you feel like you haven't had anything, and eat again.
MITT ROMNEY SEEN AT TWILIGHT SCREENING
and guess who was seen at the screening of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2'' outside San Diego Sunday?
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife.
METRO SCHOOLS LOOKING FOR NEW BREAD VENDOR
Metro Nashville Public Schools are scrambling to find another bread vendor for the 55-thousand meals they serve each day, now that Hostess Brands says it's out of business.