Thursday, June 12, 2014
BONNAROO KICKS OFF TONIGHT
The Bonnaroonies are here, and more are on the way. The gates opened last night in Manchester for the 13th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The first shows are tonight, and headliners include Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie and Kanye West. They're expecting 80 thousand people to attend. Law enforcement officials say they're ready to keep everybody in line, and healthcare officicials are ready to take care of any attendees who need help.
TENN. HEALTH OFFICIALS FIND POSSIBLE NEW MOSQUITO-BORNE VIRUS
Oh, GREAT! Just what we needed: another mosquito-borne virus here in Tennessee. State health officials say we may have our first case of mosquito-carried chikungunya virus, which seems to have come back from people who visited the Carribbean. It's not fatal, but it is painful. Symptoms including a high fever, nausea and possibly severe joint pain. The species of mosquitoes that carry the disease are abundant in Tennessee.
TENNESSEE WINNER IN POWERBALL JACKPOT
Woo hoo! There's a Tennessee winner from last night's Powerball Lottery drawing for 259 million dollars! But, before you get your hopes up, the ticket was sold in Knoxville. The cash payout for that one would be more than 150-million-dollars.
WALMART JOB FAIR TODAY (THURSDAY)
If you can't win the lottery, you could just get a job. Walmart is hiring more than 100 people to work at the store in Antioch and the location at 100 Oaks Mall. They're holding a job fair from 9 to noon today at the Goodwill Career Center on Berry Road.
THE SUTLER TO REOPEN IN MELROSE THEATER
Usually, when a longtime landmark gets shut down, it's gone for good. But a developer says he's bringing back the Sutler - a legendary Nashville music venue. It'll be reopened in the former Melrose Theater.
FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT METRO SCHOOLS NEXT YEAR
Metro Nashville Public Schools will begin serving free lunches to all students this upcoming school year. About 75% of kids in Metro were already getting free or reduced price meals, but now, they all get it. It's a federally funded program... it's experimental.. so it may not last forever.. but they're trying to help kids who need the food get it, without their parents having to go through the hoops of all the paperwork, and so they don't have the stigma of being one of the 'poor kids.'
NAVY'S BLUE ANGELS TO FLY OVER DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE TODAY
Here's a reason to get out of your cube farm, go outside and look up, today! The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will fly over downtown Nashville today, between 945 and 10 this morning.
(The Finance Department published a document in 2012 showing that the Navy budgeted 39 million-dollars that year for the team to travel around the country, putting on 69 shows that year.)
The Blue Angels are scheduled to appear at the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna over the weekend.
WORLD CUP STARTS TODAY
And others you know, will be completely useless. because they will be focused on World Cup soccer, which starts today.
GAS STATION CRASH AND RESCUE
Or, they may be watching one of a couple of viral videos going around today. One is pretty amazing: it's an older driver who was havving a medical issue and SLAMMED into a gas pump in New York... as an off duty state police investigator pumped gas on the other side of the pump. The whole thing burst into flames, as the officer ran BACK to the crashed car and dragged the driver out and rescued him.
THE ALL BY MYSELF GUY
Have you seen the All By Myself guy? He was stuck at the airport overnight, hours to kill before his flight, and decided to shoot a video and lipsynch to Celine Dion, singing All By Myself. It's hilarious, and creative, and ... when Celine heard about it, invited the guy to come see one of her shows in Vegas. We've got that video on our mix facebook page.
YOUR DNA AFFECTS YOUR KINDNESS
I'll bet you know someone who is nice ALL the time. They go out of their way to do good things. Maybe that's you. Now researchers say there are two GENES that seem to be LINKED to our ability and tendency to perform random acts of kindness. If you have the so-called nice genes, they help you overcome feelings of the world being threatening and help other people in spite of those fears.
STARBUCKS TO ADD WIRELESS CHARGING STATIONS: POWERMATS
A popular coffee chain is making it even more convenient to get away from the house, and the kids and the noise, and come get online, and stay online and buy more stuff, at Starbucks. The company is adding wireless charging stations- powermats- at stores starting later this year. They'll start on the west coast.
TRACY MORGAN LATEST
Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan is still in critical but stable condition at the hospital.
The truck driver charged with causing the crash that killed one person, has pleaded not guilty The FX network says that Tracy Morgan's new comedy series will be waiting for him when he gets out of the hospital.
By the way, some drama at the hospital, where Tracy Morgan's fiancee' turned his mom away from visiting him.
TOMORROW IS FRIDAY THE 13TH AND A FULL MOON
We've got another Friday the 13th coming up tomorrow. And, a full moon. What could possibly go wrong? lol.
FATHER'S DAY IS SUNDAY
And don't forget, this Sunday is Father's day.
VIRAL VIDEO: TOUR GUIDE FEEDING GATORS
It's happened before: someone posts a video online and as it goes viral, it also gets them into trouble. A tour guide in south Louisiana had a riveting little routine he'd use as he took tourists through the swamps. He would jump into the water full of alligators and feed them chickens, and even let one take a marshmallow from his mouth. Tourists would gasp and cheer. Well, one of the tourists videoed the stunt, and it went viral. Then, Wildlife officials saw it. They say even if it's not ILLEGAL to feed the gators that way, it's just not very smart and they're encouraging him to come up with a different act for his customers.
A tribute to South Dakota's Mount Rushmore is taking center stage today to celebrate National Jerky Day. A giant replica of the national monument made from beef jerky is going up in New York City. It's called "Meat Rushmore" will feature close to 16-hundred pounds of the meat.
MAROON FIVE'S ADAM LEVINE APOLOGIZING TO EXES BEFORE HIS WEDDING THIS SUMMER
Adam Levine wants to go into his marriage with a clean slate. As he preps for his July wedding to model 25 year old Behati Prinsloo, the Maroon 5 frontman, 35, is reaching out to some of his ex-girlfriends to make amends.
"He apologized for how he treated them," Including doing things like breaking up badly with one of his girlfriends. He broke up by ignoring her calls and then breaking the news of his and Prinsloo's engagement via text message. He and his Victoria's Secret Angel model are planning a summer wedding this summer in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, then another ceremony at her home in South Africa.
An insider says that Jennifer Aniston has been seeing an anxiety coach, to prepare being around Brad and Angelina at the upcoming George Clooney wedding.
SHAILENE WOODLEY DOUBTED HERSELF AFTER BEING CUT FROM SPIDERMAN 2
There is no doubt that 2014 has been the year of Shailene Woodley… and it's only June.
The Oscar-nominated actress has starred in two of the year's most highly anticipated films, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, so it's hard to imagine that number was originally supposed to be three.
Woodley, 22, shot scenes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) future love interest, Mary Jane Watson, but was eventually cut out of the movie.
In the July issue of Vanity Fair, the actress opens up about her initial reaction to hearing the news.
"For a few hours it was literally like, 'Oh, my God, was I awful? Why did they cut me? What are people going to think?'" Woodley reveals. "I woke up the next morning and I was like, 'Okay, it makes total sense.' I'm a pretty spiritual person, so I can just sit back and trust that everything happens for a reason, even if my ego doesn't like it."
Director Marc Webb told the Los Angeles Times in May that leaving out Woodley was one of the toughest decisions he had to make.
"Shailene is a brilliant actress, and she did a great couple days of work," he explained. "But it was very difficult to introduce someone as a competing love interest when so much is on the table with Peter and Gwen."
Webb elaborated that they couldn't have anticipated that at the script stage. "It was something we only discovered when we were shooting and then in the edit room," he said, noting that it was "hard, very hard."
Woodley is the frontrunner to take on the role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but nothing formal has been announced.