Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

OBAMA GETS BACK TO WORK TODAY
President Obama's second term is underway and he'll be getting back to business today, but last night was all about the parties. Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson provided the music for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's first dance. The President introduced Mrs. Obama by saying that some might dispute the quality of the President, but no one disputes the quality of the First Lady.  

 

ARCTIC AIR HITS MIDDLE TENNESSEE
That Arctic cold front has hit, and is expected to keep temperatures below freezing for the next day or so.People all over the state are getting ready as much as they can. You'll want to make sure your pets have someplace warm they can get to, and food and water that doesn't freeze. Cold weather's already been a major concern in the local homeless community this year.
The Nashville Rescue Mission had about 500 people keeping warm there overnight, and at least one person has already frozen to death earlier this year.
   If you know someone who needs a warm place to sleep, or needs help keeping the electricity on in this cold weather, please tell them to call 2-1-1. That's the information number for the help that's available in our state. That's 2-1-1.

 

HEALTH: DEMENTIA LINKED TO HEARING LOSS?
It looks like hearing loss may be a sign that memory problems are on the way. A new study of about 2000 people found older adults with mild hearing loss were more likely to suffer early memory and thinking problems than people who hadn't started losing their hearing. (It's estimated that one-third to two-thirds of Americans over 70 have some degree of hearing loss, and about seven-million people in the U.S. have some form of dementia. The study appears in the online journal "JAMA Internal Medicine.")

 

BULLET-PROOF SCHOOL SUPPLIES
A Maryland armor manufacturer is coming out with bulletproof school supplies. The latest is a handheld white board for school classrooms that's capable of stopping a bullet fired at point-blank range. (Hardwire developed the white board in response to the elementary school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.) 

 

TN. RESCUE SQUADS SAVE TWO MEN AFTER BOAT DANGLES OVER DAM
Rescue squads from Warren and White counties and the Tennessee Wildlife  Resources Agency worked together Sunday to save two men whose boat was dangling  over the edge of a dam. Fishermen Greg and Gary Cherry told Nashville's News 2 their boat had motor trouble.  "My brother started it up and put it gear and the motor died and he said, 'We are going over,'" Gary said. Their boat dangled over the dam at Pepper Branch Park in McMinnville for nearly three hours before they were rescued. "It was scary, it really was. We thank God that we are still here." Gary said, adding," We locked our hands together and said we love you." A rope thrown down from a railroad trestle helped keep it from going over the edge. After safely being rescued, the brothers watched their 1979 Bass Tracker boat go over the dam. On Monday morning the Cherry brother pulled their boat, which was still afloat, from the water. Both said they plan to be back on the water fishing next weekend.

 

SENATE EXPECTED TO PASS SANDY BILL
The Senate is expected today to pass a bill sending more than 50-million dollars to Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. That's in addition to almost ten billion dollars passed earlier this month to help with flood claims created by the storm. ( Hurricane Sandy killed more than 100 people in several states and destroyed whole communities along the New York and New Jersey shore.)

ROAD RAGE CASE INVOLVING PREGNANT WOMAN
A Clarksville man and his pregnant wife say they were the victims of a violent case of road rage during the afternoon rush hour yesterday. Jon and Christina Taylor say a man cut them off, they honked and flashed their lights, and he became furious, gesturing at them, throwing trash out the car window, and twice getting out of his vehicle, wanting to fight. Jeremy Twitchell first hung up on investigators who called to ask about the incident, but now he claims the story is made up and he's the victim. The police say if you saw what happened, please call them. 

 

REWARD FOR MISSING BEDFORD COUNTY KIDS INCREASES
Those two Bedford County children who've been missing since a house fire that killed their grandparents in September have still not been found, and the reward for their safe return has been increased to two thousand dollars. If you have information about nine-year-old Chloie Leverette or seven-year-old Gage Daniel you're asked to call 1-800-TBI FIND (1-800-824-3463). The kids' remains weren't found in the fire, so it's thought they may still be alive somewhere.

 

METRO UPGRADES WEBSITE TO MAKE MORE USER-FRIENDLY
The Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County has launched a so-called new and improved, more user-friendly Web site at Nashville.gov. It's supposed to be easier for you to use to report potholes, check road conditions, search for parks around your home, and see what crimes have been reported in your neighborhood. The site was also designed to be more re-furbished site was also designed to be more user-friendly with mobile devices. 

 

PARENTS, KIDS SUPPORT LOCAL INJURED SUMNER COUNTY SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
A local community is rallying around a school psychologist who was injured in a skiing accident in Wyoming. Lindy Settle Cunningham, a psychologist for Sumner County schools, fell while skiing last week and injured her spine. It's not clear whether she'll be able to use her arms or legs again. This weekend, family and friends gathered in Goodlettsville to show their support. They rallied with signs and said prayers, saying that Lindy's number one goal is to be able to hold her young son again.

 

PREDATORS LOSE TO ST. LOUIS
The Nashville Predators lost to the St. Louis Blues Monday night 4-3 at Bridgestone Arena. 

 

NASHVILLE BUILDERS WORK ON SUPERBOWL STAGE
A Nashville man is getting ready to return to his native New Orleans to help set the stage for Super Bowl 47. Jonathan Hammel built the music note and measure bar for this year's New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Nashville, and one of his next creations will be the stage for the Gospel Super Bowl Celebration Friday night before the Super bowl in New Orleans. The 40 by 60 foot structure will cost tens of thousands of dollars to build, and most of the work will be done by Nashville vendors. Hammel hopes to start construction Tuesday night (tonight), and it'll be shipped there next week (Wed).

 

BLOCKBUSTER WILL CLOSE 300 STORES IN COMING WEEKS
Blockbuster will close 300 of its 800 remaining stores in America in the next few weeks.  That means as many as three-thousand employees will lose their jobs.  Most of them were told last week.  Dish Network now owns the video chain.

 

YOUR PET IS COPYING YOU
Your pet is copying you! In a new study (from the University of Messina), it turns out that if your dog or cat lives indoors with you, it will mirror your actions: sleeping at the same time, eating at the same time, and even becoming more or less social depending on your behavior. Pet health experts also say that means if you get up for late night snacks, your dog or cat will too, leading to the very common result that overweight people have overweight pets.

 

SUPERBOWL TICKETS THIS YEAR RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE
 

9 OF 12 TN. ROAD CONSTRUCTION DEATHS LAST YEAR WERE IN CARS
Preliminary figures show 9 of the 12 people killed in highway construction zone accidents last year in Tennessee were motorists. The other three were members of construction crews who were working on roads.

 

NEW DOCUMENTS SHOW SEX COVERUP IN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Newly released documents show leaders of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles actually discussed strategies to conceal sex abuse cases involving children and priests from local law enforcement.  Those strategies included assigning priests to out-of-the-country posts to throw law enforcement off the trail. The investigation continues.

 

POLICE: DRUNK MOM ARRIVES TO PICK UP KIDS AFTER DRUNK BOYFRIEND ARRESTED
A woman ended up in jail Sunday after arriving to help her boyfriend who had been stopped for driving under the  influence. Clarksville police said 28 year old Brian Pieratt Jr. of Cadiz, KY, drove over the median and into oncoming traffic. Cops smelled alcohol in the car, and say he had three small children riding with him, none of them buckled in. Police called the kidsmom, 26 year old Whitney Wilson, to come get the children, but she, too, was slurring her words and unsteady on her feet. Both adults were  arrested for DUI, and the dad faces child abuse charges.

 

ARMY GENERAL FACING COURT-MARTIAL FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
 An Army general faces a court-martial this week on charges of sexual misconduct involving female officers.  Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair stands accused of having inappropriate sexual relationships with female subordinates.  Sinclair is a veteran of five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Among other charges, he's accused of having sex with subordinate females on multiple occasions and forcing at least one woman to perform sex acts on him by threatening to kill the officer.  Sinclair was removed from his command in Afghanistan last May.  His court-martial hearing will begin today at Fort Bragg.