Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DISASTER HELP

Parts of Middle Tennessee have been declared a disaster by the government after the flash flooding earlier this month. This means that many with damages are eligible for low-interest federal loans to make repairs. You have through October to apply for assistance for physical damage and until next May to apply for assistance for economic injuries. This declaration covers Nashville, plus parts of Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties. For info on assistance:

www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans

SYRIA HEAT

Tougher talk against the Assad regime in Syria yesterday as Secretary of State John Kerry said there was "undeniable" evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of citizens. Officials say President Obama has not decided how to respond to the use of deadly gases, but the U.S. and allies appear to be laying the groundwork for the most aggressive response.

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/kerry-chemical-weapons-syria_n_3818125.html

WEST NILE

Three more mosquitoes invected with the West Nile virus have been found in. One came from East Nashville near Granada Avenue, Inglewood near McGavock Pike, and one in Bordeaux. This brings this summer's total to 26 testing positive around town. Thankfully, no reports of anyone being infected. The Metro Health Department says to limit your time outside at dusk and nighttime, and use mosquito repellents approved by the CDC.

www.wsmv.com/story/23258881/west-nile-found-in-3-more-batches-of-nashville-mosquitoes

VANDY SEASON OPENER

To the surprise of many, tickets are still available for Vanderbilt football's season opener Thursday night against Ole Miss. The team is coming off of a 9-4 record last season, its best since 1915 . Coach James Franklin is pushing hard for a sellout for the game, asking fans to dress in black for the national TV audience. It will be carried by ESPN.

www.wtvf.com/story/23259671/tickets-still-available-for-vandys-season-opener

BABY TALK

A study from Finland says that babies can recall songs or passages of speech they've heard while in the womb. The researchers tested the memory of Finnish fetuses by blasting the bellies of expectant women with the word "tatata" hundreds of times. After birth, they used scans to test the activity in the brains of the babies when they heard the word and found the kids "showed an enhanced reaction to this specific word." Pregnant women expecting boys plan for the future by yelling "clean up your room!" to their stomachs.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/08/26/babies-may-remember-words-heard-before-birth

JUST A COZY LITTLE SHACK

If you're looking for nice little house in Brentwood, Supermodel Niki Taylor's is up for sale. She says her family has outgrown the 4,700 square-foot home sitting on six acres. It features a master suite wing on the first floor, a gourmet kitchen, among other custom features. Taylor's asking price: just under $1.5 million.

www.wkrn.com/story/23259682/supermodel-niki-taylor-puts-williamson-county-home-on-market

REPLACED ON THURSDAY

Former Titan Keith Bulluck is being replaced as a commentator on Thursday's televised football game following his arrest outside a Nashville bar Saturday night. Cab driver Habib Hashi claimed Bulluck snatched $100 out of his hand and ripped his shirt when told the cab was already taken. But questions about Habib have been raised. The Davidson Country Sheriff's department says it can't find Hashi to serve five civil warrants and his apartment door is covered with eviction notices. Habib was involved in a similar incident with a state senator back in 2007. www.wtvf.com/story/23260599/new-details-in-robbery-case-involving-former-titan

PAUL, ARE YOU AWAKE?

David Letterman's CBS "Late Show" is celebrating 20 years this week. To mark the milestone, the late night host is inviting back his very first "Late Show" guest - Bill Murray. Murray was also Letterman's very first guest on his old NBC "Late Night" show when it started in 1982 on NBC. He will be on this Thursday - one night before the 20th anniversary of the "Late Show's" actual premiere date on August 30th, 1993. At the time of its airing Thursday, "Late Show" will have broadcast three-thousand-897 episodes over its 20 years on air.

LEAVE MY CAT FOOD ALONE!

81-year-old James Pace was upset about the thieving raccoon that came up on his porch to munch on cat food. Overreacting, the Connecticut man grabbed his a .22 caliber rifle and waited for the shady character to return to the scene of his crime. The old man's vigil took an unexpected turn when he sneezed, accident fired off the gun and shooting himself in the shin, which knocked him out of the chair. He was treated at the hospital for non-threatening injuries. meanwhile, the rascally Meow Mix-muncher remains at large.

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/james-pace-sneeze-gun-raccoon_n_3817588.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news

NESSIE... OR JUST SOME STUPID WAVE

Amateur photographer David Elder thinks he's captured new photos and footage of the fabled loch Ness Monster. The newly released evidence was taken earlier this month at the Scottish lake. Elder says he noticed a black area of water about 15 feet long turn ito a wave. "I'm convinced this was caused by a solid black object under the water." You can decided what to make of the weird wave. You make the call:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb8YM5PXL5Q