Thursday, January 2, 2014

WEATHER A BIG FACTOR THIS NEXT FEW DAYS: SNOW, SINGLE DIGITS
Okay, today's the day you need to really pay attention to what the weather will be later this afternoon, so you can dress accordingly before you go out.
Rain is already turning to snow showers in some parts of the state, with accumulation already in Clarksville. Temperatures will be dropping to the teens by overnight, and here's the part that'll get you: North winds 15 to 30 miles an hour. So it'll feel even colder as that front hits. Hopefully that wind will at least dry up the rain, so we don't wake up to icy spots on the road in the morning.

WINTER STORM HITS NORTHEAST AS WELL AS HERE
The first winter storm of the new year is HERE. It's bringing us the chance of snow showers and temperatures down into the teens and single digits in the next few days. In the northeast, it's expected to affect as many as 70-million people. There are already flights affected leaving Nashville airport. New York City is under a winter storm warning with up to ten inches of snow possible over the next couple of days.

RECORD CROWD FOR BASH ON BROADWAY
I'll bet you had a kazillion people ask you this question, "So, got big plans for New Year's Eve?"
I was feeling kind of bad about saying, "No, just gonna stay in and cut the cat's toenails..." until I read, just this weekend, that more than half of people say they will NOT go out on New Year's Eve.
Apparently everybody who did, was in downtown Nashville. They had a record turnout, 85 thousand bodies, at the New Year's Eve "Bash on Broadway."

AMAZON.COM STARTS COLLECTING SALES TAX
New Year, new things go into effect. Including a new cost when you shop www.amazon.com. Next time you buy from the online retailer, you'll have to pay Tennessee's 9% sales tax, just like you do at other stores in the state. (Tennessee and Amazon agreed to make the change when the company decided to build multiple distribution centers across the state.) It could mean an extra 7 million a year for local governments. 

MUNCHAK STILL WAITING TO FIND OUT IF HE’S FIRED
When the football season ends, coaches of losing teams often get fired. They call the Monday after the last game, "Black Monday." So far at least five have been let go, including the head coaches for the Redskins, Browns, Bucs, Vikings and Lions. Our Titans head coach, Mike Munchak, is expecting to find out today or tomorrow whether he gets to finish out the last year of his contract. The Titans finished with 7 wins and 9 losses.

"FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR" STAR JAMES AVERY DIES
James Avery, best known for playing Will Smith's "Uncle Phil" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, passed away Tuesday night. He was 65.

SLEEPING-IN RAISES YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Hopefully, you got rested-up a little over the past couple of weeks. Researchers say if you're headed to work today, rested, for a change, you're going to be more able to fight off colds and flu from those co-workers who come in sick. 
 And remember, before you start anything else to lose weight this year, getting more sleep is one of the most important things you can do to help that happen. Not only does it create chemical changes in your body, but more sleep helps your resolve and judgement when you're making diet and exercise choices.

HEALTH; NOT TOO LATE TO GET FLU SHOTS
If you haven't gotten your flu shot, have you missed the deadline? NO WAY! Flu season usually peaks in January or February. There are already people with H1N1 in the hospital from it. A Mix 92.9 listener whose husband is in the hospital reports the doctor told her he's not seen this many people in the hospital from the flu, and on breathing machines, in the 20 years he's been a lung specialist.

NEW LAWS INCLUDE ONE ABOUT CONCUSSIONS IN SPORTS
Lots of new laws went into effect January first, including one that'll, hopefully, better protect the health of our kids. It's a law that deals with concussions in sports. Years ago, we didn't know that repeated concussions could cause traumatic brain injuries... now, the new law requires coaches, parents and athletes to read about it and sign a form proving they have, and if an athlete is removed for a possible concussion, someone has to fill out a concussion checklist.... before the kid can be put back into the game. Tennessee becomes the 44th state to pass a law to reduce concussions in youth sports.

WOMAN KILLED IN ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASH IN LEBANON 
Here's why we make such a big deal about not drinking and driving. Some family just lost a loved one because of it. Police say 48-year-old Melissa Dickens was driving too fast, not wearing her seatbelt, and that alcohol was involved, when she swerved off of Franklin Road in Lebanon just before midnight New Year's Eve, and was killed.

TEENAGER ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR ATTACKING FATHER OVER CELLPHONE
An 18 year-old Nashville woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting her parents over a cellphone. Police say Savanna Price demanded her father hand over his cell phone because she lost hers, and then attacked him when he refused. She reportedly punched him in the head, bit her mother, then fought with police when they showed up. The teenager is charged with domestic assault, assaulting an officer, and resisting arrest.

RESCUE UNDERWAY FOR STRANDED SHIP PASSENGERS
Rescue is underway for more than 50 passengers from a Russian ship trapped in ice off Antarctica.  The first 12 rescued passengers have been taken by helicopter from the Russian ship to an Australian vessel.  The Russian ship has been stuck in thick ice for more than a week, some 15-hundred nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia.

RECREATIONAL POT NOW LEGAL IN COLORADO
There were long lines in Colorado this weekend, not for after-Christmas sales, but because it became legal yesterday for people in Colorado to buy marijuana for recrational use. Officials say that doesn't mean it's legal to have it everywhere, like at the airport. If you're caught with pot at the Denver airport, you could be fined 999 dollars. 

TEMPS RISING BY 2100
Scientists expect temperatures around the world to rise at least seven degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100.  In a new study published in the journal "Nature," researchers at the University of New South Wales say the jump will occur if carbon dioxide emissions are not scaled back. 

NEW FASHIONS
Before you take those gift cards and go shopping, let me warn you about what you may be seeing a lot of, and you possibly should steer clear of. Several fashion websites say one of the hot trends this year - started last year, but is getting bigger - is those shirts and dresses with sheer insets, so you can see one's underwear, or at least legs through it. Other hot new trends include leggings with horizontal stripes. Unless you're really small, you might want to skip that one; and more of those shirts with the longer sides that kind of look like batwings. Still hot.

SNAPCHATG USERS' INFORMATION POSTED ONLINE
Thanks to some anonymous hackers, the phone numbers and usernames of more than four-point-six million Snapchat users have been posted online.  An unofficial website called SnapchatDB uploaded the list with phone numbers partially censored, but they said the uncensored database could be released under certain circumstances.  That website, however, was no longer up and running as of late last night.

MINNEAPOLIS APARTMENT FIRE
Several residents of a Minneapolis apartment building are still unaccounted for and feared dead this morning after an explosion and fire early on New Year's Day.  Fourteen people were hurt, with six critically wounded, after the fire ripped through a grocery store on the ground floor and the upstairs apartments.
 
PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS MORE LIKELY TO BE SUBSTANCE ABUSERS
Researchers say the rate of substance abuse is higher among psychiatric patients than in the general population.  The study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Southern California was published yesterday in "JAMA Psychiatry."