Thursday, July 3, 2014

FOURTH OF JULY TRAFFIC BUSIER THAN EVER
AAA predicts the upcoming Fourth of July weekend will be busier than normal on the roadways. The agency's forecast calls for the highest number of cars on the road since 2007. AAA estimates more than 34-million people will drive at least 50 miles or more next weekend.  
 

METRO ACTION COMMISSION NEEDS AIR CONDITIONERS  
The Metro Action Commission needs help supplying air conditioners to those in need.  Officials say they had 24 units on hand, but all were spoken for as of Wednesday.  If you would like to donate an air conditioner or money to buy one, call 615-862-8860.

BOATERS URGED TO WEAR LIFE JACKETS Boaters enjoying the holiday weekend up and down the Cumberland River are being asked to wear life jackets.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says kids 12 and under are required to have one on.  Adults aren't, but a spokesman says a life jacket can't work if you aren't wearing it.  Eleven people have drowned on a Corps lake so far this season. 

TOW TO GO PHONE NUMBERS: PUT 'EM IN YOUR PHONE
If you have a July 4th party to go to, remember to set a designated driver. Someone who drinks NO alcohol. Metro Police and Tennessee highway patrol will both be out looking to get impaired, speeding and aggressive drivers OFF the road this weekend. And the Triple A says if you need a last option: don't forget the Tow to Go program... where a volunteer will come tow your car home, and give you a ride... it's good for distances up to ten miles, and it's free. You can find it at mix929.com keyword TOW (Tow to Go runs the 4th through the 6th. The number is (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.) 

 HOT CHICKEN FESTIVAL
If you haven't made plans for this weekend, yet, the Music City Hot Chicken Festival is Friday... 11 to 3....in East Nashville... (free hot chicken samples for the first 500 people who show up. 700 Woodland Street.) www.Hotchickenfestival.com

ARTHUR IS NOW A HURRICANE, HEADED FOR NORTH CAROLINA
For the July 4th weekend, some people off the Atlantic coast are getting a hurricane. Hurricane Arthur is headed toward the North Carolina shore. The governor has reportedly told people there to be safe, and, 'Don't put your stupid hat on.'

NASHVILLE FIREWORKS INFO, OR SEE THEM ONLINE
http://www.visitmusiccity.com/july4th

There are already street closings starting in downtown Nashville, as we get ready for the Nashville July 4th Celebration downtown... Let Freedom Sing... It starts at noon tomorrow with a Family Fun Zone, the live music starts at 630.. it's all free.... and then the fireworks tomorrow night after dark. Mix 929 will be playing special patriotic music while the fireworks go off, so make sure you have us on.
If you can't get downtown, www.VisitMusicCity.com is streaming the event ...

NASHVILLE SHORES FIREWORKS
There'll be fireworks at Nashville Shores. www.nashvilleshores.com

MIX 929 JOINS MT. JULIET FIREWORKS SHOW AND CELEBRATION
www.mix929.com
And there'll be a big Fireworks Show in Mt. Juliet, tomorrow night at Providence Marketplace.  Mix will be at that one, with a kids Zone and live music.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS SKIP DESSERT THIS WEEKEND
Food plays a big role in most of our fourth of July celebrations, so of course food safety should be top of mind.
But the Obama administration is reminding us to keep HEALTH at the top-of-mind as well, and remember to put out some healthy options at the big meal, including salads.
And consider skipping the desserts, unless it's things like berries and watermelon.

FOURTH OF JULY TV MARATHONS
Okay, I'm gonna help you right now. You are going to love me for this. When you're at your get-together this weekend, and the talk turns to politics or something else that makes you wanna get away, remember that there are 4th of July Marathons all over TV this weekend. The Marathons range from The Walking Dead, Masters of Sex, Twilight Zone, all the Transformers movies, Southpark and Futurama, and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, to The Dugger Family, Food Paradise, and the original Batman TV series. 

FOOD SMALLER PORTIONS IS MORE ENJOYABLE
Just in time for your July 4th weekend and all the grilling and cooking and eating that comes with it, a new study has come out that shows people who eat smaller portion sizes of food enjoy their meals more than people who eat a LOT of the same food.

TRAVEL, GAS PRICES, CREDIT CARD USE FOR JULY 4TH TRAVEL, ALL UP 
What is wrong with this picture? The Triple A says more people are traveling this fourth of July holiday than in the past 7 years, and that gas prices will be higher this weekend than in the past 6 years. The result, more Americans than ever before are using CREDIT cards instead of cash or debit to pay for their road trips.

USDA OFFERS SUMMER FOOD SAFETY TIPS
If you're cooking out this weekend, food safety experts say remember the two hour rule. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, and after two hours, put it away, reheat it or chill it again. And instead of eating little hard chunks of coal ... to make sure your burgers are safe, make sure you pick up a meat thermometer as you do your shopping. You can find the safe temps for burgers, chicken and other foods, at www.FoodSafety.gov

TREATING 4TH OF JULY BURNS
And with July 4th, comes the chance of getting burned, from fireworks, from the grill or the sun. Be safe, buy sunscreen and keep a closer eye on the kids. If you get a serious burn, cool the area with a wet towel and go to the hospital. 

POWERBALL UP TO 101-MILLION
The Powerball jackpot is back up over a million. No one matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball lottery drawing, moving Saturday night's jackpot to an estimated 101-million dollars. 

TOM BERGERON HOSTS "A CAPITOL FOURTH" ON PBS
Sara Evans will be a part of this year's "A Capitol Fourth" concert along with Michael McDonald, Patti LaBelle, Phillip Phillips, and others.  "Dancing With The Stars'" Tom Bergeron will host the show, which will air on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

DENVER WOMAN CHARGED WITH SUPPORTING TERRORISTS
A woman in Denver has been charged with supporting the terrorist group ISIS. Investigators say Shannon Conley conspired to commit an offense against the United States.  

CHRYSLER UNDER FIRE FOR FUEL TANK DEATHS
The government is demanding answers about an ongoing vehicle risk from Chrysler. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called on the company yesterday to explain why there's been such a delay in fixing more than a million Jeep sport-utility vehicles that have been linked to dozens of deadly fuel tank fires.

VIBRATING CHAIR MAY HELP SOLVE MEMORY PROBLEMS 
I think you're going to like this. You need to jog your memory? JIGGLE your BODY! New studies say two minutes in a vibrating chair improved young adults' attention to detail.  The researchers also said whole-body vibration might be a way for physically-limited people to get some benefits of exercise.

VA RECORDS SYSTEM GETTING UPGRADE
After being under fire for concealing long wait times and falsifying records the VA says it's going to upgrade its electronic-records system, to keep better records on patient care from the time they come into the system.

CHEEKWOOD AND OTHER OUTDOOR EVENTS
July 11: Cheekwood’s Annotations author series welcomes Robert Brandt with his book,"Natural Nashville: A Guide to the Greenways and Nature Parks,"6:30 p.m. in Cheekwood’s Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden. The summer-long series of author events is in partnership with Parnassus Books. Details: www.cheekwood.org 
 
July 15: Perennial Plant Society meets at Cheekwood in Botanic Hall. Speaker is Nancy Murphy of the Bell Garden at Bellevue Middle School. The topic is soil structure and fertility. Refreshments and plant swap are at 6:30 p.m.; the meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Details: www.ppsmt.org <http://www.ppsmt.org/>.

July 24: What’s that butterfly that visits your garden? Warner Park Nature Center presents "Butterflies of Tennessee" with author Rita Venable, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 615-352-6299 to register for this adults-only class.

July 26: Mid-State Iris Club’s annual iris rhizome sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until sold out) at Martin’s Home & Garden, 1020 N.W. Broad St. in Murfreesboro. All rhizomes will be marked with variety name, color and price, and prices range from $5-$15.

July 30: Harvest the organic garden at Warner Park and create a tasty treat with naturalist Melissa Donahue and Nature Center staff, 10 a.m.-noon. Registration for this ages 6-12 activity opens July 15. Call 615-352-6299.

Every Thursday is "Family Night Out" in July at the gardens at Cheekwood. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner, and enjoy magic shows, puppet shows, live music and more, beginning at 6:30 p.m. July 3, Magic of America Magic Show; July 10, Dennis Scott: Kids Show; July 17, Nashville Puppet Truck presents "The Frog Prince"; July 24, Nashville Ballet, "Degas and the Little Dancer"; July 31, Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness. Details: www.cheekwood.org.

Big Bugs are back: Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art is hosting "David Rogers’ Big Bugs," an outdoor art exhibition featuring 10 enormous insect sculptures created from fallen or found wood, cut saplings, twigs, raw branches, bark and other natural materials throughout the gardens. Bug "safari" tours start at 11 a.m. every Saturday through August.