Thursday, February 6, 2013
NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST TODAY
President Obama will speak at this morning's 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. The breakfast, hosted by Congress, includes invitees from over 100 countries, and is a forum for political, social and business leaders to assemble and build relationships.
GREAT AMERICAN SHAKEOUT IS TODAY
If Tennessee were to be hit with an earthquake, it could be the largest natural disaster in our history, causing massive flooding and billions in damage. That's why emergency officials have an annual Great American Shakeout. Today's the one for the Central United States. You're encouraged to take part in an Earthquake drill at 10:15 local time. That means look around you, see where you would go in the case of an earthquake, and whether you'd be ready to, "drop, cover and hold on!" Millions of people in nine states are taking part. READ MORE
HUGE STORM HITS NORTHEAST
Weather forecasters are using words like "historic" and "legendary" to describe a storm system bearing down on the Northeast United States. There's a blizzard watch across New England as the storm hits tonight and tomorrow and could dump up to two feet of snow... and bring winds up to 50 miles an hour.
POSTAL SERVICE SAYS IT WILL STOP SATURDAY MAIL DELIVERY
The U.S. Postal Service made the announcement we expected: it's dropping first-class mail deliveries on Saturdays, starting in August.
REWARD OFFERED IN NASHVILLE GUN FOR SALE MURDER
Last September, a Bellevue man trying to sell some weapons through Craigslist, instead was shot to death by the potential buyers, in the parking lot of the Nashville West Shopping Center. Now, the man's wife, Lauren, has added 5-thousand dollars more to the reward fund. If you have information that helps police arrest and convict the men who allegedly murdered Joshua McLean, you're now eligible for 6 thousand dollars. Josh had only been married to his wife, Lauren, for three months when he was killed. The 30-year-old outdoorsman and animal lover was a gun collector, but said he was willing to give up his guns for a family. He'd planned to sell some, keep just his favorites, and lock up the rest.
NASA HOLDS TELECONFERENCE TO DISCUSS ASTEROID
NASA is holding a teleconference today to discuss an asteroid that'll pass very near the Earth on February 15th. The asteroid is about 150 feet in diameter, which is roughly half the size of a football field. It's expected to come within 17-thousand miles of the Earth which, in space terms, is a near-miss. (NASA will be addressing the close encounter at 2 p.m., Eastern time, today.)
METRO COUNCILMAN WANTS CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN DAVIDSON SCHOOLS
A Metro Councilman (Scott Davis) is proposing that we make it a requirement for all Nashville schools have carbon monoxide detectors. Last month, more than 40 students at Drexel Academy were made sick by the toxic gas, when a heating unit broke and released the colorless, odorless gas into the school. It can be fatal. Davis and officials from the Nashville Fire Department want to see the detectors in all schools.
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE MOST ROMANTIC?
Knoxville, Tennessee has been named the most romantic city in America by Amazon.com. The list is based on sales of romance novels, romantic comedy movies and romantic music in the area. Alexandria, Virginia is next, then Miami, Orlando and Cincinnati, Ohio. Keep in mind the list is not based on whether they actually follow through with some of those romantic actions, however.
MAYOR DEAN CUT FROM "NASHVILLE"
Mayor Karl Dean has learned the hard way how tough TV can be. He took time out of his busy schedule to film a scene for the TV series, "Nashville." But we've been told it got cut, and you won't see our superstar Mayor in next Wednesday night's show.
DOLLAR GENERAL EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR SPANKING CUSTOMER'S KID
In Wrightsville, Georgia, A Dollar General employee has been arrested for grabbing a customer's child and spanking him. Emilia Bell says the parents of an 8 year-old boy were just letting the kid run around wreaking havoc in the store, and after Emilia asked him to stop, several times, he threw a cookie at her. She says she just, "lost it," grabbed the kid and started spanking. She's been fired and Dollar General has apologized.
SOUTH SIDE OF BRIDGESTONE TO BE UPGRADED
The south side of Bridgestone Arena is getting an exterior upgrade. The seven-million dollar renovation includes new retail and restaurants, and a second stadium entrance. (The money will come from a 110-million dollar capital plan that the Metro Council approved on Tuesday.)
WINNING POWERBALL TICKET SOLD IN VIRGINIA
Someone in Virginia bought the winning Powerball ticket this week. They'll claim more than 217-million dollars. This is the first time since the day after Christmas that someone's matched all six numbers and won the grand prize.
GM RELEASES FIRST DIESEL-POWERED CAR SINCE 86
General Motors believes Americans are viewing diesel power in a more positive light. Today, at the Chicago Auto Show, GM will unveil its first diesel-powered car for the U.S. since 1986. It's the diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze compact. The car is expected to get 42 miles a gallon on the highway.
BUBBLE WRAP SAVES MAN'S LIFE
A Boston construction worker was on the job and fell 30 feet.... to the ground below... he's okay.. because he landed on a pile of discarded bubble wrap!
He has some shoulder and back injuries, but is going to be okay. (Huffington Post)
FLU SEASON CAUSING WEDDING POSTPONEMENTS (ISN'T THIS A BIG TIME FOR WEDDINGS?)
The New York Times is reporting that the busy flu season is causing wedding postponements, after some people with the flu went through with the weddings, and spread it to all the guests.
HONEY BOO BOO MOM LOSES 100 POUNDS
"Honey Boo Boo" star Mama June tells TMZ she's dropped more than 100 pounds in the past 2 years -- and claims she did it all without dieting or a gym. The TLC reality superstar says she weighed in at 365 lbs when she first starting taping the show back in January 2011, but has since slimmed all the way down to 263. So what's her secret? June says it's her active production schedule for the show... because she sure hasn't cut back on the 'sketti, Ramen noodles and cheese puffs. She says, "They have me running around and going different places ... I guess it's paying off." (TMZ)
BUD ANNOUNCES NAME OF CLYDESDALE FOAL
Budweiser has announced the choice in its "Name the Clydesdale" promotion. They're naming it Hope.