Thursday, November 1, 2012
NASHVILLE HOSTS CMA AWARDS. STREET CLOSINGS BECAUSE OF IT
There'll be great star-watching tonight in downtown Nashville, with a lot of country and pop stars, and many in from Hollywood, for the CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena.
There'll also be street closings downtown that'll have you driving in circles if you're not prepared for them. Demonbreun is closed from 4th to 8th, 7th Avenue is closed from Demonbreun to Broadway, and the right lane of 4th Avenue South will close will close between the Downtown Hilton and the Korean Veterans' Boulevard. You can get all that info HERE.
Find parking places downtown: www.parkitdowntown.com. Most of the roads closed will be back open by tomorrow morning.
FAKE PHOTOS OF HURRICANE SANDY EFFECTS
Before you fall for those fake Hurricane Sandy photos showing sharks swimming in New Jersey or the Statue of Liberty surrounded by a giant, swirling cloud, check www.snopes.com to see if it's real or photoshopped. Here's the page that addresses, specifically, Storm Sandy photos. http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/sandy.asp
SANDY AFTERMATH: NYC MARATHON STILL ON
There are prayers going up all around the world for victims of Hurricane Sandy....as they spend another day trying to dry out, get warm, and make it through another day. There are now 72 deaths being blamed on the storm. Meanwhile, some schools and mass transit systems are reopening, and the New York city marathon will be on this weekend. One of the runners said, "To us the marathon really epitomizes the spirit of New York City, the vitality, the tenacity, the determination of New Yorkers."
And ironically, one of the things Hurricane Sandy forced to close down... was the filming of a new Russell Crowe movie called, "Noah."
NEW YORK CITY LOSING MONEY DURING SANDY RECOVERY
New York City is losing up to 200-million dollars each day as it recovers from Superstorm Sandy. The city comptroller says the losses range from massive corporate deals that are not taking place, to sales of pizza slices.
NY-BASED CANCER AND HEART RESEARCH COULD BE LOST
And with all the research centers in New York, scientists say if they don't get power back soon, years of research into cancer, heart disease and other illnesses could be lost.
TODAY (THURS) IS DOLLAR DAY AT THE FRIST.
And today is Dollar Day -- one dollar admission -- today, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. You can also get $5.00 off your membership fees if you buy today.
HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY-BACK TODAY
There's a Halloween candy buy back again this year. Nashville Smile Team dentists will pay children a dollar per pound of candy today (Nov 1st), 2:30 till 5:30, at their office on Trousdale Drive. They'll add in some toothbrushes and toothpaste and give it to Operation Gratitude, which sends the candy to our troops overseas. You may want to check with your local dentist to see if he or she is doing something similar.
SURVEY: BIGGEST STRESS FOR MANY WORKERS IS JUST SHOWING UP
A new survey finds that as employers keep waiting to see what the economy is going to do before they hire new workers, the rest of them are showing the symptoms of prolonged stress from picking up the extra work. It's causing people to call in sick, and be less productive while they are at work. Many say the biggest stressor, is just showing up, then the stress from their constantly growing workload, and next, problems with coworkers. (Other studies have shown that stress can make you fat, (http://www.livescience.com/2220-stress-deadly.html) it can hurt your brain function, give you heart disease and make you lose sleep.
TODAY IS LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY
Today is the final day for early voting in Tennessee. Polls will be open 8 to 4:30, and you can vote at ANY of 12 Davidson county location. If you wait till election day, you have to vote at your specific designated polling location.
GEORGE JONES BEING TREATED FOR VIRUS
George Jones is being treated by doctors for a virus. The illness led the 81-year-old to cancel a concert scheduled for Friday at a Minnesota casino. Jones has been battling upper respiratory problems all year.
METRO LOOKING FOR TWO SUSPECTS IN TRIPLE MURDER
Metro Police are looking for two men who may be connected to last month's triple murder in West Nashville. Investigators say a white man and a black man were seen separately at the house on Maxon Avenue the morning of October 22nd, the same day the bodies were found. Patrick Sullivan, his wife Deborah and their daughter Wendy were all stabbed to death.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS THIS WEEKEND
Daylight Saving time ends this weekend. That means you'll set your clocks back an hour before bed Saturday night.
HICKORY HOLLOW MALL CHANGES
A local investor has spent a million dollars to buy part of the property at Hickory Hollow mall. NOT the spaces where the big anchor stores were... but the rest of the mall. They say the plan is to reinvigorate Hickory Hollow with shopping, dining and entertainment.
STUDY: FACEBOOK, EMAIL MORE IRRESISTIBLE THAN SEX
A new study found Facebook, checking email, and surfing the web are more irresistible than sex. Researchers explained, "The sex drive is much stronger but it's also much more situational...meaning it's just easier to check Facebook. The survey was done via smartphone, of mostly college-aged respondents. ( I also see it happen (including myself) at traffic lights. The light turns red, and everyone looks down at their phones. )
THURSDAY IS 'NO DRIVING WITH CELLPHONES' DAY
Don't forget, today is "No Driving with Cellphones" day. Yeah, good luck with that!
SONGWRITER BILL DEES DIES
Singer and songwriter Bill Dees has died at age 73. Dees is best known for co-writing Roy Orbison's 1964 hit "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Orbison. Dees died last week in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He's credited with writing numerous songs, some recorded by performers such as Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Loretta Lynn. "Oh, Pretty Woman" was featured in the soundtrack of the movie "Pretty Woman" which starred Julia Roberts.