Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WATER OKAY IN WEST VIRGINIA
The water emergency is over, for now, in West Virginia. The chemical leak that contaminated the water supply for 26 thousand people in nine counties, has washed on down-river.

FREE FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE IN METRO
As people in Middle Tennessee continue to go to the hospital for the flu, and at least 12 have died from it so far, Metro Health Department workers say they've seen more people coming in for shots. You can get a flu vaccine for free. They're available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the East Health Center, the Lentz Health Center and Woodbine Health Center.

WHO IS THIS WHISENHUNT GUY THE TITANS HIRED?
In case you haven't heard, the Tennessee Titans have hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach. He replaces Mike Munchak, who was with the team for three seasons, but had only a 22-26 record. Whisenhunt actually started his coaching career here in Nashville. He was a tight ends and special teams coach at Vanderbilt from 95 to 97...
 
MORE YOUNG PEOPLE NEEDED TO ENROLL IN HEALTH CARE
A higher number of young people need to enroll in federal health exchanges.  Numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services show about 24 percent of those who have enrolled in health plans under the Affordable Care Act are in the 18-to-34 age range.  Experts think about 40 percent of all Obamacare enrollees need to be in that demographic to make the program work financially.

VA PATIENTS MOVED BECAUSE OF 'ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN'
Clost to a hundred military veterans at Nashville's VA Hospital are asking for answers, after they were told they had to leave a hotel near the hospital because of 'environmental concerns'... but weren't told what the concerns were. Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs say they're investigating. 

TN. POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION
The Pleasant View Police Chief...  Michael Douglas... was arrested in Springfield, Tennessee over the weekend, and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He's on administrative leave, for now.

MAN CAUGHT AT NASHVILLE AIRPORT WITH 153-THOUSAND DOLLARS
You ever wonder what's in those bags people carry at the airport? Nashville police say they just caught one guy with 153 THOUSAND dollars in cash, all wrapped up in neat little bundles. He was arrested for money-laundering. (That's where crooks take drug money and get it back into the system, without putting it into a bank where it can be tracked. He was headed to California to buy gold.)

RETIRED TAMPA POLICE CAPTAIN IN COURT TODAY FOR THEATER KILLING
Curtis Reeves, the 71 year old retired Tampa police captain accused of killing a man in a movie theater because the guy texted during the previews, goes to court today. Investigators say Curtis Reeves argued with, then shot Chad and Nicole Oulson... because Chad was texting his daughter before the movie.  Nicole was hit in the hand she put in front of her husband when she saw the handgun, Chad was hit in the body, and died.

SOUTHWEST PILOTS SUSPENDED FOR LANDING AT WRONG AIRPORT
The pilots who landed a Southwest jet at the wrong Missouri airport Sunday night have been grounded. No flying while the feds investigate how and why that goof happened. 

POT-HEADS KEEP STEALING COLORADO MILE MARKER, SO OFFICIALS CHANGE NAME
Pot heads in Colorado kept stealing mile marker 420... apparently 420 is code among marijuana users as the universal time for an afternoon pot break. So instead of having to repeatedly REPLACE the expensive sign, Colorado Transportation officials finally gave up. They've changed the SIGN along I-70 from mile marker 420, to "MILE 419.99." They already had to do that in another place in Colorado. Cameron Pass, Colorado has a "MILE 68.5" sign because people kept stealing the "MILE 69" sign. 

NO WEATHER CHANNEL ON DIRECTV
And no Weather Channel for you! A contract dispute has bounced the Weather Channel OFF the DirecTV lineup. DirecTV, the nation's biggest satellite TV distributor, says, instead, they'll offer Weather Nation.

WHITE POWDER DISCOVERED AT N.E.S
Hazardous Materials crews were called out to Nashville Electric Service on Church Street yesterday morning after someone discovered some sort of suspicious-looking white powder. The hazmat team checked it out, and determined there was no danger. Now, they're just trying to figure out where it came from... and why.

ELECTRIC BILL COULD BE SKY-HIGH
By the way, if you haven't gotten your electric bill yet, you may want to be seated when you open it or click on it. Many people have had the heat running almost constantly for the past three weeks because of this cold snap, and bills are sky-HIGH.

ANOTHER AMP MEETING TONIGHT
There are more public meetings being held this week about the proposed AMP project... a rapid transit bus system that would run about seven-miles and  connect Five Points to Broadway to West End, and extend to the Saint Thomas area in West Nashville. There's another meeting tonight if you wanna go... (it'll be at 5:00 at the Nashville Downtown Partnership.)

STRESSED? TOUCH A PLANT
When you're stressed, and feel that blood pressure rising, research from Japan shows you could try something that sounds COMPLETELY weird, but might work: touch a houseplant. They say your body is wired to constantly assess whether your surroundings are pleasant and calming or unpleasant and stressful. Nature calms you. So, if you can't get outside and take a walk, they say look at, and touch, a green plant for a couple of minutes if you can.

MEDICAL ETHICISTS BLAST FACILITY THAT TOOK BRAIN-DEAD GIRL. AND THE FAMILY'S CASH
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-jahi-mcmath-ventilator-20140113,0,3203320.story#axzz2qJiIUTxg
Medical ethicists are criticizing the facility that agreed to keep the body of 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator after transferring her from an Oakland hospital, saying it's only giving the family false hope that somehow the girl might recover, but is damaging the family, emotionally and financially.
Medical experts are also critical of the attorney  who helped the family get a court order to move the dead girl's body.  Jahi died after having cardiac arrest and brain hemorrhaging during surgery to have her tonsils out on December 9th.    Experts say even with the ventilator, the body has started decomposing and it's just a matter of time, now. 

GOVERNOR CHRISTIE GIVES STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS AMID SECOND SCANDAL
Governor Chris Christie will stand before New Jersey lawmakers to deliver his State of the State address today. A poll finds more than half the people in his state think he's been lying about the bridge scandal. And now, there's a federal investigation underway into whether he misused Hurricane Sandy relief money.