Thurs, March 8, 2012
SOLAR STORM MAY AFFECT GPS
Your GPS may be slow, or may not work today because we're getting hit today with energy from a couple of massive sun flares. They may also make the Northern Lights visible further south than normal, and should be strongest near the north and south poles, so planes may be told to avoid those areas.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS SUNDAY
Daylight Saving Time starts THIS SUNDAY, 2am, so you'll need to set your clocks FORWARD ONE HOUR before bed Saturday night. If you forget which way to turn them, just remember the saying, "Spring forward, fall back," or look at your cellphone. Most of them update automatically.
REDBOX FREE MOVIE RENTAL DAY TODAY (THURSDAY)
Today you can get a free one-night DVD rental from Redbox. Use the promo code Thanks2U. Read more about the free rental on the Redbox Facebook page. They're celebrating their two-billionth movie or game rental.
BILLIONAIRE LIST INCLUDES SPANX MAKER
Forbes magazine has released its 25th annual billionaires list, and the richest is still a Mexican telecom owner. There are more familiar names like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, but there's also a newcomer: American Sara Blakely. She's the 41-year-old founder of Spanx, the body-shaping undergarment company, and she's the youngest self-made woman to join the billionare's list.
EDDIE GEORGE IN VEHICLE DRIVEN BY DRUNK 21 YEAR OLD WOMAN
What is going on with former Titans' player Eddie George? He was the PASSENGER in a car that was pulled over in Sarasota, Florida yesterday, 2 in the morning, and the driver, a drunk 21 year old female pro golfer Rachel Connor. She was arrested. Eddie is not charged with anything. (On Monday night, before her arrest, Connor tweeted a picture of herself with George.)
PROPOSAL ALLOWS TN BUS DRIVERS TO USE "REASONABLE" FORCE
Lawmakers are looking at giving Tennessee school bus drivers a way to keep kids under control, with bills that would let them use 'reasonable force' to keep the peace. Right now they have to stop, call police, and just wait while the kids hurt each other. The proposal will be on the Education Committee's agenda next week.
MURFREESBORO ENFORCING NOISE ORDINANCE
Murfreesboro police are cracking down on drivers playing their music too loudly. If your music can be heard in the car next to you, you're breaking the law and there are cops in marked and unmarked vehicles listening for it. The fine is 130 dollars.
STUDENTS EVACUATED AT LIPSCOMB
Classes are cancelled at David Lipscomb University today, after a dorm flooded overnight, and about 600 students had to spend the night in Allen Arena. An 8-inch pipe burst around 2 in the morning, flooding the basement and utility room with 10 feet of water. Lipscomb students may get back into their dorms tonight if everything's repaired and cleaned up.
MOM WHO RETURNED ADOPTED SON LIABLE FOR CHILD SUPPORT
A judge in Tennessee has ruled that the former Shelbyville mother who sent her adopted son back to Russia has to pay child support, even though Torry Hansen claims she can't even make it to court because she's too broke to come to Tennessee from her home in California. The amount will be set next month. ( Adoption officials are looking at ways to make sure a similar incident doesn't happen again. )
MUCH OF NORTH AMERICA SKIPPED WINTER
I guess you've noticed, we're about to move into spring and we haven't really had much of a winter. Weather experts say January was the fourth-warmest on record since 1895, and December was warmer than usual, but not by as much as January was.
ZONING MOVES ANTIOCH PLANT FORWARD
Metro Council approved a zoning change this week that'll let developers build an asphalt plant in Antioch. The project will get an environmental impact study first, then the council will review it before they make a final vote.
"EXTREME MAKEOVER'S" POWELL ANSWERING MAN'S CRY FOR HELP
Have you seen that video of the 700 pound guy who says he wants help to lose weight? Well "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" star Chris Powell says he'll help. He's started by having Robert Gibbs stop drinking soda.
DAVIDSON COUNTY FORGETS TO COLLECT BAR TAX
Some local bar owners apparently thought they were getting a break from the taxman, and didn't get liquor license tax bills for several years. Now, the Davidson County Clerk's office has caught the error, and is sending out bills to get the several hundred-thousand dollars it's owed.
FAMILY-ORIENTED BONNAROO ALTERNATIVE PLANNED
A Mormon group says it's planning an alternative, drug and alcohol-free version of Bonnaroo. They're calling it "Liahonaroo," (LEE uh HAHN uh roo) after Liahona, an item from the book of Mormon. They hope people from all religions will attend, and have set it for April 20th and 21st at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.
TONIGHT'S TV: WILL MURFREESBORO MAN CONTINUE ON 'IDOL'?
Fox's "American Idol" will be parting ways with one finalist tonight. The show will also include performances from Mary J. Blige and Lauren Alaina. Last night, Murfreesboro, Tennessee's Colton Dixon wowed the judges. The 20-year-old sang his version of ‘Lately’ on the American Idol Top 13 live performances. Here’s what the judges have to say about Colton’s performance. Randy Jackson: It wasn’t picture perfect, it was a little shaky, but when you hit the last 8 bars, it’s flawless! Jennifer Lopez: You’re probably one of the talents tonight, it was great! Steven Tyler: That was outstanding, that was great, and that was beautiful, well done!
A new episode of "The Finder" follows "American Idol", with Walter helping Isabel find a missing high school girl.
Get caught up on a night of encore episodes on ABC this evening, with contestants facing the Penguin Party on "Wipeout." Up next is "Grey's Anatomy," as Meredith tries to choose a specialty. Stay tuned for a "Private Practice" that has Cooper disregarding the law as he tries to help a young, sick patient. In late night, a repeat "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will have Joan Rivers, Maria Menounos, and Mat Kearney.
A new "The Big Bang Theory" is on CBS tonight, as Sheldon plans a video game marathon with the guys. An encore "The Big Bang Theory" follows, with Howard struggling with Bernadette's aversion to children. A six-month-old baby is named the latest person of interest on a new "Person of Interest," while on a new "The Mentalist," a woman is killed after meeting someone in a chat room. Late night fans can catch Howard Stern and The Airborne Toxic Event on an encore "Late Show with David Letterman." A new "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" will welcome Raquel Welch and Carl Edwards.
NBC's Thursday night comedy lineup is all-new, as Jenna comes up with a plan to get publicity on "30 Rock." "Parks and Recreation" follows, as April and Ron help prepare Andy for his final exam. Andy discovers Erin isn't returning to Scranton on "The Office," while on "Up All Night," Ava's feud with Luke gets extremely personal. Stay tuned for a new "Awake," as Michael tries to reconnect with his son. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is a repeat this evening, with Jay being joined by Jennifer Aniston, Adam Levine and Chiddy Bang. An encore "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" has Maya Rudolph, Dylan Ratigan and Young Jeezy and Ne-Yo.