Tues, January 24, 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE NASHVILLE CHINESE ORGANIZATION?
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WHAT'S YOUR CHINESE ASTROLOGY SIGN?
What does it say about your personality?
OBAMA STATE OF UNION TONIGHT
President Obama will focus on economic fairness in his State of the Union address tonight. He's expected to make a number of proposals to help the struggling middle class. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will deliver the formal Republican response.
ALABAMA TORNADO FOLLOW-UP
Damage assessment and clean up are still underway in Alabama where at least two people were killed by tornadoes on Sunday, scores of other people were injured and up to 300 homes were damaged or destroyed. The Alabama Governor has declared a state of emergency for the entire state.
BBB LIST OF LOCAL BUSINESSES RATED 'F'
Every few months, the local Better Business Bureau puts out a list of companies that'll take your money and run. This time, among those who will mislead, do shoddy work, ignore your complaints, or take your money and never contact you again: Big Ron's Auto Repair on Hillhurst, Angel's Bridal and Photography in Carthage, Tri Star Waste Systems in Nashville, In-Ear Systems of Mt. Juliet, Maglife magazine sales, Richard's Paving of Madison, and Bridals and Formals by RJ on Nolensville road. All get F grades from the Better Business Burea. For information about scams and bad businesses, go to www.Nashville.bbb.org
ANTIOCH RESIDENTS OPPOSE ASPHALT PLANT
Residents of an Antioch neighborhood are fighting a proposed asphalt plant. They worry the 40-acre site in the vicinity of Franklin Limestone Road off Antioch Pike would expose residents to toxic fumes and foul odors. They're meeting tonight to discuss the issue. ( News Channel Five reports residents plan to meet on the issue tonight at seven at the Faith Methodist Church on Ezell Pike.)
TAMIFLU MED NOT SO EFFECTIVE
Tamiflu may not be as effective as health officials had hoped. Turns out the flu medication does reduce the length of a typical flu attack by one day, but it does not stop the number of hospitalizations for flu or stop the illness from spreading.
TRACY MORGAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER COLLAPSING AT SUNDANCE
Tracy Morgan was rushed to hospital in Park City, Utah, on Sunday after collapsing at the Sundance Film Festival. The 30 rock actor had just accepted an award when he passed out. The 43 year-old Tweeted on Monday that the high altitude got to him.... and said he'd be back at work this week. His representative said he had not been drinking, in spite of reports that Morgan had seemed out of control at the dinner before the awards... yelling and falling down.
RON PAUL SON TRIGGERS ALARM AT NASHVILLE AIRPORT
Rand Paul, a U.S. Senator, set off the screening alarm at Nashville International Airport yesterday....then refused a pat down, and missed his flight. His father, presidential candidate Ron Paul then issued a statement on his website saying the Transportation Safety Administration gropes and grabs people while doing nothing to keep us safe, and said that's why if he's elected he'll eliminate the TSA.
HEALTH: STEM CELL RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH
Scientists are reporting a breakthrough in embryonic stem cell research after using the cells to restore sight to the partially blind. Scientists injected embryonic stem cells into the eyes of two women suffering from a slowly progressing form of blindness. They found the treatment made measurable improvement in the womens' vision.
Kia is recalling almost 150-thousand vehicles because there could be problems with airbags. The company says the recalls in the U.S. involve Optimas built from 2006-2008 and Rondos made in 2007-2008. Kia will send out recall letters to owners of the cars involved.
COOLSPRINGS GETS APPLE STORE
http://www.coolsprings.com/news/brooks-brothers-closing-to-accommodate-new-apple-store/ CoolSprings.com is reporting that Brooks Brothers and the Abercrombie and Fitch lower level at CoolSprings Galleria are closing, to make room for a new 13,000 square foot Apple Store.... Brooks Brothers' last day is reportedly this Friday.
BILL PHASES OUT TN. ESTATE TAX
So you work hard all your life, you get something in savings, leave it to your kids adn the government takes much of it. Governor Bill Haslam and Republican legislators are supporting a bill to eliminate the estate tax for one in four families currently facing it. Haslam says its the first step for phasing out the tax for all but the wealthiest families.
VA DISCOVERS MORE MISPLACED HEADSTONES
The Department of Veterans Affairs has discovered dozens of misplaced headstones and numerous cases of people buried in the wrong places at military cemeteries across the country. The review follows the revelation of rampant burial problems at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington, DC.
NEW AIRLINE RULES TO PROTECT CUSTOMERS
How many times have you tried to buy airline tickets: you choose the cheapest ones, then by the time you're checking out, the taxes and fees have added fifty to a hundred dollars more? The government says that's deceptive, so new rules governing airline fees will go into effect Thursday, that'll make airlines include all mandatory taxes and fees in their published airfare prices.
ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED ONLINE
The Academy of Country Music is holding its first-ever ONLINE press conference this Thursday morning to announce nominees for its awards show. The nominations will be announced on the ACM's Facebook Page and on its Twitter account, and at acmcountry.com.
MOUNT JULIET MAYOR WANTS GIANT CROSS IN CITY
Mount Juliet's Mayor wants a giant cross to welcome drivers into the city. Ed Haggerty says he's not going to use taxpayer money for a structure that would go next to a giant American Flag off I-40, but he says he would like the city to project an image of God and country. (The Mayor revealed his wish during an address last week to the Mount Juliet West Wilson Chamber of Commerce. He says he plans to recruit a mega-church to attract Sunday afternoon businesses.)
TRIAL BEGINS OVER JIM REEVES' ROYALTIES
The trial is underway over how to divide the royalties by late country songwriter "Gentleman" Jim Reeves. "The Tennessean" reports Terry Davis, who married Reeve's widow, wants a larger chunk of his wife's estate than the 100-thousand lump sum she left for him in her will. Her other beneficiaries are arguing against his request. The outcome could determine who owns the rights to his music or result in their sale.
HEALTH: TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES IN CHILDREN HAVE LONG TERM EFFECTS
Traumatic brain injuries in young children can result in significant slowdowns in kids' intellectual development. Two new studies show kids who suffer severe brain injuries often experience a lag in intellectual growth that can persist for years. The studies appear in the journal "Pediatrics."
'ANONYMOUS' DENIES IT'S PLANNING ATTACK
The hacker group "Anonymous" denies reports that it's planning a massive cyber attack against Facebook. The group posted a message on Twitter saying it would not attack Facebook. It further states, quote, "Again the mass media lie." The tweet comes amid speculation over a YouTube video claiming the group plans to target the social networking website around midnight Saturday.
TEN COMMANDMENTS BILL PROPOSED IN TN
Ten Commandments monuments could be on display in government buildings if a Tennessee lawmaker gets support on a new bill. Republican Representative Mathew Hill says city and county governments should have the right to display historic documents as well as religious monuments. He introduced a similar bill in 2006, which didn't pass.