Thursday, January 9, 2013

SCHOOL CLOSINGS
Whites Creek High School is closed today because of a lack of heat in the building. Students are expected to return to class on Friday. All other Metro schools are open. And one more county is open but has a condition: in Wilson County the routes are open to bus drivers' discretion... so if you're on an icy road, you may have to take your own kids to school.

10 DEAD IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE FROM FLU
This is so sad. We've had our first death of a child from the flu, here in Middle Tennessee. So far ten people have died from flu in our area this year. The sad part is that most of those could have been prevented, since we have a very effective flu vaccine this year. Dr. William Schaffner an infectious disease expert monitoring the flu at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, says the H1N1 strain has hit healthy children and young adults especially hard and many have ended up in ICU.He also says it is not too late to get a vaccine. Everyone 6 months or older is advised to get one.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE LIST OF NEEDS
We told you yesterday that the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville would be needing help because some of their water lines burst, and flooded more than half the rooms there. The house is a place for families to stay while their sick children get treatment at local hospitals.
Now the Ronald McDonald House has put out a list of the things they need to help them get back on track and get those 17 rooms of water-damaged things replaced.

60 PERCENT OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS NEARLY ILLITERATE
And this is interesting to hear: a new CNN investigation reveals that 60% of NCAA basketball and football student-athletes read at only between a 4th and 8th grade level.

TWO GEESE RESCUED AT CENTENNIAL PARK
There was a pretty heartwarming event at Centennial Park yesterday. Two geese were STUCK to a frozen pond at Centennial Park, and after word got out, via social networks, a group of people gathered to try and help, and then to watch as an employee from Metro Parks and Recreation used a kayak to get close to the birds then broke up the ice with a mallet and rescued them. The geese have been taken to Walden's Puddle to recover.

TOP-RANKED DIETS OF 2014
Before you choose which diet to start this yearul this year, make sure you get one that really works! U.S. News had a panel of health experts choose this year's top diets. They based them on being relatively easy to follow, being nutritious, safe and effective, and for working against diabetes and heart disease.
The health experts say the top diet is the DASH diet, then the TLC diet, and in third place, a tie, for the Mayo clinic diet and the Mediterranean diet. You can see where the report ranked other diets like weight watchers, jenny craig, the biggest loser diet and slim fast.

THIS IS COOL. BUSINESS OFFERS MEDS AND SUPPLIES DELIVERIES TO ELDERLY DURING BITTER COLD WEATHER
A pizza shop in Pennsylvania has come up with a way to help their neighbors. They've been using the pizza delivery cars to deliver prescription meds and supplies to ill and elderly people, so they don't have to get out, or do without, in the extreme cold.

ALERT TARGET EMPLOYEE SAVES KIDNAPPED KID
This next story reminded me that we ALL should be looking out for each other. Sometimes we get so focused on what we're doing, or on our mobile devices, that we don't really 'see' the people around us. But a 22- year-old Target employee, Roxanna Ramirez, noticed a male shopper acting strangely. She thought it was so odd, that she followed him outside and got his car tag number. Later, she hears an AMBER ALERT about a little girl who'd been kidnapped, and the description of the man and the car, matched the one she had just jotted down earlier that day. She called police, gave them the license plate number, and cops caught the guy and rescued the little girl he had just kidnapped! Roxanna, THANK YOU!

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE
The people choose: Sandra Bullock, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Iron Man 3" as some of their favorites. At last night's annual "People's Choice Awards," "Glee" star Chris Colfer won for Favorite Comedic TV Actor, and Ellen DeGeneres got her record-breaking 14th People's Choice Award.
 
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS FASHIONS

 

NEW JERSEY GOV EXPECTED TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to do some splainin' today about allegations that he tried to mess up traffic, by requesting lane shutdowns at George Washington Bridge as a political payback against Fort Lee's Mayor.

And Dennis Rodman is doing some explaining, too. He made a rambling, weird speech that implied a U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea deserved it... now, Rodman says he was under a lot of stress and had been drinking, and has apoligized.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS READ LOWER THAN 8TH GRADE LEVEL
And this is interesting to hear: though maybe not really surprising: a new CNN investigation finds that 60% of NCAA basketball and football student-athletes read at only between a 4th and 8th grade level.

ON YOUR TV
This is the time of year the new winter series start, and  those that were on hiatus come back.

TWO NEW MINISERIES START THIS WEEK
TRUE DETECTIVE, STARTS SUNDAY ON HBO
Each season tells a different, self-contained story, followed the next year by a new tale with new characters and sometimes new actors. 
This first season of True Detective is an eight-hour murder mystery starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, neither of whom is expected to return next season. Catch them while you can, because this first salvo of True Detective is riveting.

AND SPOILS OF BABYLON STARTS THURSDAY NIGHT, 9 CENTRAL
The Spoils Of Babylon isn't must-see - but it's fun. It's a production from Will Ferrell's Funny Or Die outlet. Spoils pretends to be a lost 'period miniseries' and stars Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins, Jessica Alba and Haley Joel Osment. It's acted, staged, written and directed like an intentionally bad Ed Wood movie.

NEXT WEEK: Blacklist is back, Nashville is back - Kelly Clarkson guest-stars on that- and we may find out who died!

AMERICAN IDOL NEXT WEDNESDAY
Next Wednesday the new season of American Idol starts, with Harry Connick Jr, Keith Urban and J-Lo as judges.

NEW SHOW "INTELLIGENCE" HAS RECORD DEBUTCBS' new drama "Intelligence" got off a solid start on Tuesday, debuting to 16.7 million viewers airing out of NCIS. The 16.7 million were the most of any new series premiere this season.
 

KILLER WOMEN, NOT SO MUCH
ABC's premiere of drama "Killer Women" debuted to a weak audience, even less than "Lucky 7."