Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DEADLY-COLD WEATHER IS BACK
We're back down into the potentially deadly cold weather again today, with windchill advisories in effect, which means even if you can usually run outside to check the mail without your gloves, or go start the car, you won't want to today, because a few minutes outside can start you on the way to frostbite. We have windchills today as cold as 10-below-zero. Today's also a day nobody gets to laugh at you for having hat hair. lol. 

COLDEST NIGHT OF THE WEEK TONIGHT
TONIGHT is expected to be the coldest overnight of the week: down to around 5 degrees, so be ready to leave that water dripping at least another day if you're trying to keep pipes from freezing.

CHECK FOR WATER LINE BREAKS
It might be a good day to walk around your house, and just LISTEN. Someone said the other day that their PEST control person was walking around, spraying, heard something unusual... and found a burst pipe and a leak, before it caused a lot of damage.

WEATHER CAUSES FLIGHT DELAYS
This cold weather system is also causing a lot of problems for people trying to fly somewhere. Thousands of flights have already been cancelled, to and from areas that have ice and snow, so you'll wanna check online at www.flynashville.com before you head to the airport, if you have a trip scheduled today.

PACK LIKE A BOSS
And before you fly again -whether it's this week, or for your next vacation- you have got to see the genius packing video right there on the front page of www.mix929.com  That person packed enough for about three weeks, in one, small, carry-on bag. 

CHEATHAM SCHOOL CLOSED
Cheatham county schools are closed today. We have windchills as cold as ten-below-zero this morning and some places are reporting snow falling or some sticking on the ground a little.  You can check school closings, anytime, under the NEWS tab at www.mix929.com

AUDIT OF DCS POINTS TO SEVERAL PROBLEMS
The head of the state's Department of Children's Services say they are making improvements in spite of a new report that shows some horrible problems. The 105-page report out yesterday from the Tennessee Comptroller's Office highlighted poorly-handled child abuse investigations, a failure to follow the law in reporting child deaths, a failure to perform background checks on some foster parents and a failure to adequately supervise some juveniles on probation.  DCS Commissioner Jim Henry says the agency has made tremendous strides since he took office in February.

USING HOT WATER TO WASH YOUR HANDS IS "NEEDLESS AND WASTEFUL"
You wanna wash your hands a lot to stay healthy, but researchers at Tennessee's Vanderbilt University say using hot water to wash your hands is not necessary, and it's wasteful. It uses more energy to heat the water, and it doesn't get rid of any more germs than just washing your hands well with soap and water for 20 seconds.
It IS true that hot water can kill bacteria, but if you get it hot enough to kill bacteria on your hands, you'll scald your skin.   

WHY YOU'LL NEVER, EVER WANT TO PUT LEMON IN YOUR WATER AGAIN
A lot of people like lemon slices in their water. But you may wanna rethink that. The lemon or lime you put in your water, iced tea, diet soda… may have some pretty gross stuff on it.  In one Journal of Environmental Health study, researchers tested lemons from 21 restaurants and found 70 percent of them had germs that probably came from the restaurant employee or raw meat or poultry contamination, among other sources. The good news: you can  get the lemon on the side, and squeeze some juice into your drink. Your body will fight off most things like that.  Bad news: now you'll think about it every time you use lemon or lime. 

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH TONIGHT
President Obama's State of the Union Address tonight is expected to include an announcement about raising minimum wage for at least one group: people who work for federal contractors. There'll be some special guests at tonight's event. First lady Michelle Obama has invited survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Moore, Oklahoma tornado to sit with her tonight while the President speaks.

MUSIC THERAPY TO TREAT YOUNG CANCER PATIENTS
Music therapy could improve the ability of teen and young adult cancer patients to cope with treatment, according to a new study published in the journal CANCER.  In the music program, young patients write song lyrics and produce their own music videos about their situation. And it helped improve their resilience - which means how well they adjust to the stress of the disease, treatment, and isolation that comes with it.  Plus, the videos that the patients created helped their parents, friends and other family members better understand what the kids were going through.

BIRTHDAYS INCLUDE MODERN FAMILY'S 'ALEX'
If it's your birthday today you were born the same day as actress Ariel Winter, who plays Alex on "Modern Family" can now drive... she turns 16 today.
 
AND "FRODO" IS 33
And, you also share the date with the actor who... no matter how many other roles he has, for the rest of his life... will forever be remembered as:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rr3nH_-j_w
Elijah Wood, Frodo, in the Lord of the Rings movies, turns 33 today.

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SOUNDS BALLPARK
Construction is underway at Sulphur Dell on a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds.  The 80-million-dollar project also includes residential developments and a parking garage.. and the new ballpark is expected to be open for the 2015 season.

AUDITIONS FOR 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' TODAY
America's Got Talent producers are doing auditions today in Nashville. You can audition today, 8 to 6, at Soundcheck Nashville on Cowan street, or, if you have a video ready, you can submit it online. www.AGTauditions.com/submitvideo

DOCTORS REMOVE 'STONE BABY' FROM ELDERLY WOMAN'S STOMACH
Wow! The human body is amazing! A woman went to her doctor in Columbia, recently... complaining about stomach pain. Turns out, she had a STONE baby in there... and it had been there for FORTY years! The baby had been conceived outside the uterus, and the body calcified it, which is a natural process to protect the mother in such a case. It weighed four pounds. The 82 year old woman is doing fine. 

WARNING TO STAY AWAY FROM WINTER OLYMPICS!
New York Congressman Peter King is warning Americans away from the Winter Olympics. The Republican congressman tells ABC's "This Week" that the Sochi games are a "dangerous situation," and criticized the Russians for not working closely enough with the U.S. on the threat.
King -- who chairs a House panel on Counterrorism and Intelligence -- said he can't guarantee the safety of Americans visiting Russia.
 
ROYAL CARIBBEAN ENDING CRUSE AS MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE BECOME ILL
Royal Caribbean says a ten-day cruise is ending two-days early, after more than 600 people came down with a nasty gastrointestinal illness. Medical personnel say the symptoms are consistent with norovirus. The Explorer of the Seas will return to its home port of Cape Liberty, New Jersey on Wednesday.

P-AND-G ROLLING OUT CANDY-FLAVORED TOOTHPASTE FOR GROWNUPS
Procter-and-Gamble is rolling out toothpaste flavors that may remind more people of dessert than the dentist.  The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company's new Crest Be toothpaste line includes mint chocolate, lime spearmint and vanilla mint flavors.  P-and-G executives are hoping to steal some market share from rival Colgate by making brushing teeth fun.