Thursday, March 21, 2013

MIX 92-9 SINGING STAR WINNER ANNOUNCED
Tomorrow (Friday) morning just after 6:40, make sure you're listening to Mix 92.9 or listening on line at www.mix929.com to hear the winner of the Mix 92.9 Singing Star Competition. The local student who wins will get $1,000 and that student's school will also receive $1,000. Will it be Abbie Garret or Collin Peterson?

NO POWERBALL WINNER
Just so you'll know (let’s get this out of the way), there were some million-dollar winners, but no big Powerball winner last night. That means for Saturday's drawing, the jackpot will be at least 320 million dollars.

CONSUMER FRAUD ALERT:
There's a new scam going around that you need to tell your friends and family about. The crooks call you and offer a so-called "Free" medical alert system. The systems are not free and they're not endorsed by the Heart Association or Diabetes Association as the scammers tell you they are. The American Heart Association has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, and urges consumers who receive these calls to file a complaint with the FTC by calling: 877 FTC-HELP.

PUT YOUR PHONES ON THE DO NOT CALL LIST
NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
ADD YOUR NUMBER TO THE TENNESSEE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
 

ZIP CODE WARNING
And privacy experts are warning you not to give your zip code to retailers. You'll usually be asked for it at checkout. They can use your zip to send you spam mail.

Note from Anna Marie:
This part is just my personal experience with an information-gathering tactic that makes me furious the way it’s often handled! If you’re asked for your phone number at the checkout, it’s for the store’s use in tracking and advertising to you, and you do not have to give it. I have found, however, at a popular bath and candle place, at a local home improvement-type store, and at a popular electronics store, just to name a few, that the clerks have come up with creative, often dishonest, ways to get your phone number.
One lady actually LIED to me yesterday at the checkout and said, “I need your phone number, so I can print you a receipt.”  I said, “No thanks.” And she printed my receipt as she would have been able to all along. They’ve also used the, “And your phone number in case you have to return something,” as if the receipt wouldn’t work for that purpose.
    Business owners, please stop letting your employees lie to your customers to get information. I may not say anything at the time, but once I know a store condones a policy of lying to me, they go lower on my choice—my many choices—of places to shop.  

SHOULD ELDERLY PEOPLE HAVE TO RETEST FOR DRIVER LICENSES?
State Sen. Joey Hensley of -Hohenwald, Tennessee is a physician who’s had to interact with families about aging parents and their driving. So now, he's introduced a bill that would let a doctor and a family member notify the Transportation Department that there's an issue with an older person’s driving, and that person could be required to retest to keep their license. So far the measure is just in committee, so it’s a long way from becoming law.

METRO SCHOOLS INTERCESSION
While most Metro school kids are out of school, about 12 thousand students are still showing up for class each day this week for Metro School's new "intercession" program. It's designed to give kids some enrichment activities, and let them do work that focuses on their specific needs. Some third-graders, for example, are having fun making and playing their own musical instruments, but they're also learning about math and angles as they do the projects. Intercession is this week, Metro Nashville Public Schools' official spring break is next week. (March 25 to 29.)

MOST AMERICANS APPROVE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
A new poll indicates most Americans believe illegal immigrants should be allowed a way to become citizens. (The Public Religion Research Institute poll finds ) 63 percent of Americans say they support a path to citizenship if undocumented immigrants meet certain requirements.

PENTAGON READY TO SWITCH PHONE SERVICES
The Pentagon is making plans to switch from their BlackBerry devices to Apple's iOS phones and tablets. After they get their  sequestered money back, the Pentagon says it'll order more than 650-thousand iPhones and iPads. 

NASHVILLE GIRL ON “IDOL” AS SOMEONE ELSE LEAVES TONIGHT
Nashville girl Kree Harrison is doing well on American Idol! Last night the judges all loved her performance. Tonight, another Idol contestant goes home, cutting the competition down to the final eight.

APOLLO ENGINES PULLED FROM THE SEA
Two giant rocket engines that helped boost Apollo astronauts like Neil Armstrong to the moon he 60s and 70s have been pulled up from almost 3 miles deep in the ocean near Cape Canaveral in Florida. (The sunken engines were part of the mighty Saturn V rocket that took astronauts such as Neil Armstrong to the moon. The expedition was led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who wants to help reassemble the engines for display to honor Apollo workers. Bezos' space company, Blue Origins, has a NASA contract to develop a private space taxi to the International Space Station.)

ADULT KIDS STILL ON CELLPHONE BILLS AND ITUNES ACCOUNT
And I saw some numbers this week that surprised me: maybe they will you. That two in five parents of 18- to 35-year-olds still pay the kids' cell phone bill. 18 to 35 year olds. Do you? And why?

HEY, MOM, WHAT'S THAT NETFLIX PASSWORD, AGAIN?
In a related story, many adult children are still on parents’ Netflix, iTunes and other accounts.

WILLIAMSON HEALTHIEST COUNTY IN TENNESSEE
We generally don't do too well when it comes to health rankings here in Tennessee. But among the counties in our state, Williamson County has been ranked the healthiest. Rutherford and Sumner County are number two and three. The ratings are based on factors including birth and death rate, obesity, physical fitness, crime rates, fatal car crashes, and harmful habits such as smoking. 

GOODWILL ASKS YOU TO REMEMBER THEM AS YOU DO YOUR SPRING CLEANING
www.giveit2goodwill.org

Goodwill has asked us to remind you to think, "Giveit2Goodwill, giveit2goodwill, giveit2goodwill,” as you do your spring cleaning. 98% of Goodwill's income is from selling donated items. They then use that money to put developmentally challenged people to work. Your donations are tax deductible, and you can drop off household items, toys, furniture and gently-used clothing at your nearest Goodwill Express drop off location. Find the one nearest you at www.Giveit2goodwill.org

CELEBRITY NEWS:
Rod Stewart fans should be happy: the “Do You Think I'm Sexy” singer has a new album coming out May 7th, his first album of new material in 20 years.
And Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in a movie version of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

DENNY'S WEDDING CHAPEL
Las Vegas is famous for its quickie weddings. So popular, in fact, that even the local Denny's restaurant has gotten in on the wedding craze. At the Denny's in downtown Las Vegas, you can now get married in the Denny's wedding chapel. (And then have a  Grand Slam breakfast at the reception.)

BANKS CLOSED IN CYPRUS AS FINANCIAL MELTDOWN NEARS
Banks are closed until at least Tuesday on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus while the nation considers options to avoid a total financial meltdown.  European Union nations had offered a bailout for the country on condition it would tax all deposits in Cypriot banks.  The proposal caused a run on auto-tellers as citizens withdrew everything they had in savings, and forced all the banks to close.

JEFF FOXWORTHY’S ‘AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE’ 2ND SEASON STARTS
"Redneck" comedian Jeff Foxworthy is once again putting the faithful's biblical knowledge to the test.  The second season of "The American Bible Challenge" debuts tonight on the Game Show Network. The tournament-style show features teams of contestants answering questions about people, stories, and events in the Bible in an effort to raise money for charity.  The inaugural winner earned a total of 140-thousand-dollars.  "The American Bible Challenge" launched on GSN on August 23rd, 2012 with a total of two-point-three-million people tuning in, which was the largest audience ever for a Game Show Network show.