Thursday, June 5, 2014

SEVERE STORMS OVERNIGHT
We had some severe storms overnight in some parts of Middle Tennessee. That means that today, all that rain continues to flow back into the streams and creeks, and we have several counties under a flash flood warning until 9, including Dickson, Hickman, Maury and Williamson County. That's a flash flood WARNING for those counties, till nine this morning.

LIGHTNING STRIKE BURNS CHURCH NEAR AIRPORT
It looks like a lightning strike is responsible for a fire that burned Trinity Church of the Nazarene on Vultee Boulevard near the Nashville airport .. this morning around 2:30.
The entire roof was completely destroyed, and there's a lot of damage. This is the same church that was struck by lightning and caught fire in 2012. The damage then was not as bad.

CMA MUSIC FEST CLOSURES AND PARKING
Welcome to Nashville, if you're visiting for the CMA Music Festival this weekend! We're happy to have you here, and appreciate you spending your hard-earned money with us. Keep in mind that all the street closures and detours are not the NORM here in Nashville.. that's just for the special events, downtown. You can get info about events going on at www.cmaworld.com and information about where to park at www.parkitdowntown.com
 
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL OFFICIALLY BEGINS
The CMA Music Festival officially begins today. An estimated 80-thousand music fans have been streaming in the past few days and are expected to stay all weekend, for the free shows, artist signings and celebrity sightings.

ARMY SGT LATEST
Some Senators, both Democratic and Republican, are speaking out about the prisoner swap that traded a U.S. Army Sergeant for Taliban prisoners from  Guantanamo Bay. Among the concerns are that President Obama violated the law by failing to tell Congress about it ahead of time... and the fact that the Army Sergeant may have been a deserter.

LAST NAVAJO CODE TALKER DIES
The last living Navajo Code Talker from World War Two has passed away. Chester Nez was 93, and had been living in New Mexico. He was one of 29 Navajo soldiers who developed a code derived from their native language, that the Japanese could never break.

AND FOR SHOPPERS:  400-MILE YARD SALE STARTS TODAY
The 400 mile yard sale kicks off today along U.S. 68, east to west across Kentucky and down into our state, to Paris, Tennessee.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LUKE BRYAN AMONG CMT MUSIC AWARD WINNERS
The CMT Awards were last night, and Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line were among the big winners.

ONE MORE VOTE FOR SAME-SEX EMPLOYEE BENEFITS FOR METRO WORKERS 
Nashville is one vote away from offering health insurance and other benefits to same-sex partners of Metro workers.  Late Tuesday, the Metro Council voted 25-to-6 in favor of the proposal.  It was the second of three required votes. 

PLEA  AGREEMENT DEADLINE SET FOR HOLLY BOBO MURDER DEFENDANTS
The suspects in the disappearance of Holly Bobo have only until December 17th to accept plea agreements.  A Decatur County judge set that deadline yesterday for Zachary Adams and Jason Autry... who are both charged with first-degree murder.

HEALTH: SCREENINGS PREVENT 550,000 COLON CANCER CASES
This is impressive! Yale Researchers say screenings for colon cancer have PREVENTED more than half a million cases of the disease since we've made them a regular part of health care, over the past thirty years. (The study was published Wednesday in the journal "Cancer.")

HEALTH: NOROVIRUS MORE COMMON IN RESTAURANTS THAN CRUISE SHIPS
Oh, NO! I ALMOST wish I hadn't seen this! A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you're much more likely to get NOROVIRUS in a RESTAURANT, than on a cruise ship. From an employee with unwashed hands. (The CDC says one in five restaurant employees come in with norovirus symptoms.... )

PERSONAL ROBOTS GO ON SALE NEXT YEAR
YES! FINALLY! Personal robots are supposed to go on sale early next year in Japan, and hopefully won't be far behind here in the U.S. Human-like robot helpers to be used by older people who can't get around well, and in cases where there's a shortage of workers for simple jobs. 

"THE FAULT IN OUR STARS" SETS ADVANCE TICKET SALES RECORD
And Movie ticket sales are huge for this weekend's opening of "The Fault In Our Stars." The Shailene Woodley drama has sold the most advance tickets of any romantic drama in Fandango's 14-year history. "The Fault In Our Stars" is based on John Green's 2012 bestselling Young Adult novel. 

HEALTH PREMIUMS UP BEFORE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Speaking of helath insurance: Health insurance premiums went up ten-percent a year, on average, in the three years before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study.  The author of the report, out today, says researchers found that premiums went up a lot for some people and fell for others during the three years before the law known as Obamacare was passed in 2010.  

NBA FINALS START TONIGHT
The NBA Finals tip off tonight.  The San Antonio Spurs host the defending champion Miami Heat in Game One of the best-of-seven series.  It's a rematch of last year's Finals, won by the Heat in seven games.