Thursday, November 14, 2013

TRAFFIC DOWNTOWN EXTRA HEAVY TODAY FOR THURS TITAN'S GAME
it'll be slow going in downtown Nashville later today as football fans head to LP Field for the Titans-Colts game, at exactly the same time that commuters try to leave the area to go home. Woodland Street Bridge closes to regular traffic at 4:30, and fans who normally park in state employee lots won't be able to until after 5. Kickoff at 7:30. Temperatures will be in the 40s during the game.

TAKE FOOD DONATION TO GAME FOR 2ND HARVEST
This is also a collection night at the game, so if you're going, they ask you to bring a food donation for 2nd Harvest.

DILLARD'S TOY DRIVE IN COOLSPRINGS TODAY
There's a toy drive today at Dillards...They're asking you to drop off toys for kids of families who'll be spending their Christmas at the Nashville Rescue Mission... Drop off time is 5 to 9 this evening at Dillards in CoolSprings.

JOB FAIR THURSDAY SPRING HILL, 30 EMPLOYERS
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There's a job fair today in Spring Hill. More than 30 employers will be there hiring people for jobs in Williamson, Maury, Davidson and Rutherford Counties.The job fair is 9 to 1 at the Olympus Athletic Club in Spring Hill. As always, we'll post that info on our mix929.com NEWS page.

STEWART COUNTY CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED AFTER INGESTING SEEDS
Here's another chance to talk to your kids about what they're learning at school.
Several students at Stewart County High School in Dover, Tennessee had to be taken to the hospital after eating seeds at the school that caused hallucinations and made their blood pressure spike.  School leaders say the kids ate the seeds of the Hawaiian Baby Woodrose… which is promoted online as -quote- "a natural LSD.." a way to get high. Stewart County High School is in Dover, about 80 miles northwest of Nashville.

KENTUCKY SCHOOL TELLS GIRLS, 'YOU ARE NOT A PRINCESS.'
A Louisville, Kentucky high school is getting some mixed reactions with its new campaign.... that runs contrary to what's being called the "Cinderella Culture." The school's blunt message for young girls: “You’re not a Princess."
Other messages they've added to their billboards, literature and enrollment videos: "Don't wait for a Prince. Be able to rescue Yourself."
School officials say the message empowers young women to move beyond that whole fairy tale idea and, instead, to write their own story in life.

HUSBAND KILLED, WIFE IN CRITICAL CONDITION
Spring Hill police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead and his wife in critical condition. Neighbors called, reporting that a man was stabbing or hurting a woman...cops showed up and found the husband dead, the woman with gunshot wounds. She's in critical condition. Police say it's not clear whether the couple was attacked or it was a domestic violence incident, but they did recover a weapon and are testing it. 

TENN TEACHER, COACH CHARGED WITH VANDALIZING HIS OWN SCHOOL 
When a high school is vandalized before a big game, paint splashed all over in the cross-town rival school’s team colors, you’d suspect the rival team. That’s apparently who Marion County High teacher and assistant football coach Michael Schmitt was hoping would get the blame when his school’s field house was vandalized with paint. Instead, police have arrested Schmitt, and charged the coach with vandalizing his own school, reportedly he was trying to boost his team’s competitive spirit before the big championship game. They lost, Schmitt has been arrested.
 
MARIAH CAREY COMPARES 'IDOL' TO WORKING IN HELL WITH SATAN        
You'd think a gig on one of the most popular shows on TV, for a big fat paycheck, might be a dream job. But Mariah Carey said she hated being a judge on "American Idol," comparing it to, "going to work every day in Hell with Satan."  Mariah then kind of laughed and tried to backtrack, but the words were already out. No word on whether Satan.. I mean, Simon Cowell.. has any comment about
The new season of "Idol" returns in January with Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.  Mariah's new single "The Art Of Letting Go" is out now.

DOCTORS TOLD TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT OBESITY WITH PATIENTS
Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight. The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting our obesity epidemic, and says physicians should be a lot more aggressive about helping patients lose weight. Now that obesity has been classified as a disease, most insurance companies will start paying for counseling and obesity treatments. Your doctor is now supposed to calculate your weight-to-height ratio -or bmi-, come up with a plan for you to lose weight and send you to counseling to help. More than a third of U.S. adults are obese, and whether we want to admit it or not, a majority of our health problems come from us being overweight.

HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE NUMBERS NOT GOOD
The number of people who've enrolled in the new healthcare exchanges is not encouraging.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius [[ suh-BEE-lee-us ]] said around 106-thousand have singed up for the health care so far, and another 975-thousand have applied but haven't chosen their plans, yet.

ALCOHOL SUBSTITUTE PROMISES ALL THE BUZZ, NO HANGOVER
A leading British neuroscientist says he has developed an “alcohol substitute” that mimics alcohol's buzz, but you drink a so-called “antidote” chaser later, that makes you instantly sober, so you can drive. And no hangover. The scientist who came up with it says he's contacted alcohol manufacturers about producing the substitute, but so far no takers. ( He believes alcohol companies will eventually begin producing substitutes, just like cigarette companies did. )

DRACULA STAR GETS ODD CLAUSE IN HIS CONTRACT
Dracula star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a talented actor. But he also has some serious issues with substance abuse. So word is out that NBC wouldn't even okay him for the series unless he had a special clause in his contract: Rhys Meyers only gets daily expenses, until all 10 episodes are recorded and ready to go. Then, he gets the rest of his money, estimated at $100,000 an episode.  The 36 year old Irish actor's struggles with substance abuse hurt his previous series, Showtime's The Tudors, so before NBC would sign off on casting him in Dracula, he had to agree to the special deal of per diem payments only, till the season was in the can.
 
"DUCK DYNASTY" HOLIDAY ALBUM CLIMBING THE CHART   
The "Duck Dynasty" holiday album is defying sales trends.  Billboard.com says while most CDs see a drop in sales following their release week, "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" enjoyed a five-percent increase in its second week in stores, and is climbing the Billboard 200 chart.  The sales boost is also unusual because "Duck The Halls" is a Christmas album, and holiday CDs don't typically see big sales numbers until after Thanksgiving.  But after moving 69-thousand copies in its first week to debut at number four on the Billboard 200, "Duck The Halls" has added another 73-thousand in sales to move up to the number three spot.  The album debuted at number one on the Country Albums chart.

GOOGLE TARGETS LOW-END SMARTPHONE MARKET WITH MOTO G 
Google's struggling Motorola division unveiled an ultra-cheap smartphone Wednesday, the latest attempt by the Internet search giant to get as many people as possible surfing the mobile Web through its Android operating system.
The Moto G costs $179 for the 8-gigagbyte model and $199 for 16-GB in the U.S., without a two-year contract. That compares with more than $500 for Apple's new iPhone 5c without a contract. They'll be available here by January.
 
MARK WAHLBERG BLASTS HOLLYWOOD-MILITARY COMPARISONS AT PREMIERE
Mark Wahlberg is making headlines for a profanity-laced rant at the Tuesday night premiere for his upcoming military drama "Lone Survivor."  The expletive-filled tirade came at the start of a question-and-answer session after the moderator asked Wahlberg about the rigorous training involved for the film.  Wahlberg's response seemed to take aim at recent reports about actor Tom Cruise comparing acting to the rigors of serving in the military in a recent court deposition.  "Entertainment Weekly" says Wahlberg unloaded in a lengthy monologue criticizing the comparison as no comparison, especially for an actor sitting in a makeup chair.
Wahlberg concluded his rant at the AFI Fest apologizing for losing his cool and requesting that no one ask him any more questions for the rest of the night.  "Lone Survivor" is based on real events as detailed in Marcus Luttrell's book "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10."  The movie also stars Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.  It opens in limited release on December 27th before going wide on January 10th.

SURPRISE! CREEPY HOLLYWOOD MAY/DECEMBER ROMANCE DIDN'T LAST
19-year-old Courtney Stodden says she's divorcing her 53-year-old husband because she couldn't neglect her "desires" and wanted to embrace her "independence and freedom." (Those are the names of the Cabana boys at the club: Independence, and Freedom. Sorry. Just kidding about that last part. anna )

MYSPACE PARING DOWN
It used to be so popular, and now, Myspace is making more cuts. They've just let 5% of their workforce go. Myspace is now owned by a Media company and entertainer Justin Timberlake. 

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IS THIS WEEKEND, NOV 15TH THROUGH 17TH
And so you don't end up saying, "I didn't realize it was this weekend! I missed it!" I'm telling ya now, this is Christmas Village Weekend at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. More than 270 vendors will be there. Tickets are available online for ten bucks at www.ChristmasVillage.org (or www.ticketsnashville.com) Tickets may be used for either Friday, Saturday or Sunday; but are only valid for ONE day. Hours are Friday, 9 to 9, Saturday, 09 to 6, and Sunday, Noon to 6. 

WORD THAT MEANS THE SAME IN EVERY LANGUAGE
You ever go someplace where you don't speak the language? A new study finds the one word that's common in 10 major languages, the one word that everyone understands is, "Huh?"

NASHVILLE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PLANS UNVEILED
A pedestrian bridge that will span the railroad tracks between The Gulch and SoBro is getting positive reviews.  Metro Public Works unveiled plans for the 16-million dollar project Wednesday night at the Music City Center.  Construction is expected to begin next June and wrap up in September of 2015. 

MARINES KILLED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT
Four Marines are dead following a training accident at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.  Base officials say the Marines were killed as they were clearing a training area of obstructions on the base, but have declined to go into further details.  An investigation is underway.

STAY OF EXECUTION FOR CHILD RAPIST/MURDERER WHO WANTS TO DONATE ORGANS
Ohio Governor John Kasich is granting a stay of execution to a death row inmate who wants to donate his organs to his ill relatives.  Forty-year old Ronald Phillips was slated to die via lethal injection Thursday for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's three-year old daughter 20 years ago.  Phillips' attorneys wrote in a letter to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on Monday that their client was "making this generous request without any conditions or expectations."

WALMART EMPLOYEES WHO WORK ON TGIVING GET FREE MEAL
Walmart employees who work on Thanksgiving will be fed a traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls and pie, courtesy of the company.
Some 1 million Walmart employees will work the holiday shifts, he said. Walmart will start its Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day this year, two hours earlier than last year.
Most of the 4,000 Walmarts in the U.S. are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week anyway, and have been open on Thanksgiving for years. They just hadn't started their black Friday sales as early as they are this year.

MICHAEL JACKSON'S MOM FILES APPEAL IN DEATH RULING
Michael Jackson's mom is re-entering the ring in her battle against AEG Live.  TMZ.com says Katherine Jackson has filed paperwork to appeal a jury's recent ruling in favor of the concert promoter.  The jury found in its October 3rd decision that AEG Live was not responsible for the singer's death in 2009, concluding that the company was not wrong in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray.