NOVEMBER 8, 2011
First Nationwide Test Of Nation's Emergency Alert System Tomorrow
Wednesday, November 9th, at 1:00 p.m. local time, FEMA, the FCC and NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - will conduct the first EVER Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test. That means at 1 p.m. you'll hear the emergency alert message on ALL TV and radio stations, at the same time. Since it's a real test of the REAL emergency alert, you may not see or hear the 'this is a test' message. Emergency officials want you to be ready for it, and make sure you can hear it. We're also asked to spread the word to family and friends that tomorrow's Emergency Alert System Notification is JUST a test! They ask that you do NOT panic or call 9-1-1. Excessive calls to 9-1-1 will flood the system, and keep people with actual emergencies from getting help.
Traffic Tie-ups In Downtown Nashville Today, Tomorrow For CMA Events
Traffic will be tied up this morning in downtown Nashville, there's a live concert downtown in front of the Bridgestone Arena. The free show this morning is part of the CMA festivities. The Awards are tomorrow night. The CMA Awards will air on Nashville's News 2 on Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. www.CMAWorld.com
Pre-CMA TV Special Tonight: Faith Hill, Sugarland Among Country Stars Featured
Country stars are opening up to ABC in the third annual pre-CMA Awards special "In The Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville." Faith Hill discusses her career, her family, and her relationship with husband Tim McGraw -- including the recently released Barbie and Ken dolls made in their likeness. But when asked about the figurines, Faith refuses to let the Tim doll be seen on camera without his cowboy hat. She also has a particular critique of her own doll. She says she wishes it had a larger chest. Robin also gives fans a look into the lives of country superstars Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban as well as newcomers Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. In addition, Roberts accompanies Sugarland as the duo returns to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush speak publicly for the first time about the August tragedy at the fair, in which seven people were killed when the stage collapsed before their scheduled concert. The hour-long special airs on WKRN, News 2, Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. local time.
Get Your Mammograms At 'Girls' Day Out' At Vandy
More than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year, and approximately 39,000 women will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. The Vanderbilt Breast Center is inviting women to get their mammograms done during a special Girls' Day Out, this Saturday (Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks. The special Girls' Day Out will feature a free brunch, massages, a healthy cooking demonstration, door prizes and free parking. You have to RSVP by Thursday. (615) 936-6979. (Insurance will be billed and co-pays will apply.)
Dickson County: Man Kills Elderly Mother Outside Nursing Home
A man and his elderly mother are dead after a murder-suicide yesterday in Dickson County. Gary Hotvedt was visiting his mother at a Dickson County nursing home when he left a note, shot her, then shot himself. Police say it looks like his mother's declining health was a motive.
La Vergne Police Warn Of Dangerous Halloween Candy
There's been another needle reported in a piece of Halloween candy. The first was in Clarksville, the latest, a sewing needle in a Tootsie Roll in La Vergne. Police say the affected candy may have come from the Lake Forest Subdivision.
Close Encounter With Asteroid Today
The Earth will have a close encounter with an asteroid today. Asteroid YU55 is about the size of an aircraft carrier and will zoom by closer than the moon. It'll come within 210,700 miles of the earth.
Herman Cain Holds News Conference To Deal With Allegations
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says he'll hold a news conference later today to question the motives of a woman, Sharon Bialek, who claims Cain sexually harassed her years ago.
J.R. Martinez Gets Two Perfect Scores On 'Dancing'
With only five contestants remaining on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Army veteran and actor J.R. Martinez is beginning to separate himself from the competition. The soap star earned the season's first perfect scores with his waltz, and then another perfect score with his second dance routine. Someone else goes home during tonight's "Dancing with The Stars" results show. Andrea Bocelli performs.
Oklahoma Hit By Possible Tornadoes
Southwest Oklahoma residents are cleaning up today after at least one tornado hit the state near the Texas state line. There were several other reports of tornados, but the Weather Service will have to confirm them.
Joe Frazier Dies
Boxing legend Smokin' Joe Frazier has died at the age of 67. Frazier lost his battle with liver cancer last night. Frazier was an Olympic gold medal winner in 1964 and Undisputed World Heavyweight boxing champ. His professional career was highlighted in 1971 when he beat Muhammad Ali in a championship match. Ali has released a statement saying he will always remember Frazier with respect and admiration. George Foreman, who defeated Frazier during his career, said on Twitter,"Good night Joe Frazier. I love you dear friend."
$27 Million Improvement Proposal For LP Field Passes 2nd Of 3rd Approval
The Nashville Sports Authority has approved almost $27 million in upgrades for LP Field. Now, the Metro Council has to approve it. Titans officials say the improvements are needed to give fans a quality experience and make sure Nashville is well represented on national television. A $2 tax on tickets would pay for the changes.
GPS Use Under Supreme Court Scrutiny
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the first step toward deciding whether GPS devices constitute an unreasonable search. The question is whether police have to get a search warrant before secretly attaching a GPS device to a suspect's vehicle or monitoring the suspect's movements for an extended period of time.
Nearly A Third Of Howeowners 'Underwater'
More homeowners are stuck with so-called "underwater" mortgages. Third-quarter figures show more than 28-percent of homeowners owe more than their homes are worth. That's up almost two-percentage points.
Vanderbilt Study Dismisses Heart Risks From ADHD Drugs
Vanderbilt researchers are issuing results from the largest study yet on potential risks of drugs treating attention deficit disorder. The study mostly dismisses theories the drugs increase the risk for heart disease.
Judge Blocks Graphic Images On Cigarette Packs
A federal judge is putting a temporary block on requiring tobacco companies to add graphic images of diseased body parts to cigarette packages. The Washington, DC, judge says it's likely the companies will win a lawsuit challenging the labeling requirement. They're arguing the labels violate First Amendment speech rights.
Synthetic Marijuana Could Cause Heart Attacks
Teenagers who smoke synthetic marijuana could be bringing on heart attacks. A new report seems to link three 16-year-olds in Texas who had heart attacks a few days after smoking K2, a popular "fake pot" product. (The report appears in the journal "Pediatrics.")
Autism, Asperger's Diagnosis Difference May Be 2nd Opinion
The difference between an autism diagnosis and an Asperger's diagnosis could be as simple as a second opinion. A new study shows healthcare clinics vary wildly in the way they diagnose autism spectrum disorders. Researchers say the results show confusion on how to draw the line between the different disorders on the spectrum.
Bears Take Eagles In Monday Night Football
Jay Cutler's five-yard touchdown toss to Earl Bennett early in the fourth quarter turned out to be the difference as the Bears edged the Eagles, 30-24, on "Monday Night Football." Cutler finished 18-of-32 for 208 yards with two touchdowns for Chicago, which has won three games in-a-row to up its mark to 5-and-3 on the season. Philadelphia had a two-game winning streak snapped to fall to 3-and-5.
Audit Reveals More Than $40,000 Missing from Johnson County Mayor's Office
An employee in the Johnson County mayor's office misappropriated more than $40,000 worth of solid waste transfer station collection fees, an investigation by the Comptroller's Division of County Audit has revealed. Also, the audit showed that the county's solid waste director, Tim Keene, who's since been fired, allowed his son to remove scrap metal from a solid waste transfer station and sell it for his personal gain. When the county mayor was notified of the cash shortage, he immediately suspended the employee, and reported the cash shortage to the district attorney general. Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. "I would ask that anyone who suspects fraud, waste or abuse of taxpayer dollars in our local governments across Tennessee to contact our fraud hotline at 1-800-232-5454."