Tuesday, January 7, 2013

WINTER STORM/ SCHOOL CLOSINGS
That winter storm is still growing... and at this point has 3 in 5 Americans dealing with some of the coldest temperatures in years. For some, it's the coldest they've ever felt in their LIVES. All the county school systems here in the Mix listening area are closed today.

SOME WARMING SHELTERS ACCEPTING PETS WITH COLD OWNERS
I know it's hard to even imagine this, but what would you do if you were homeless, and had a pet, but the SHELTER that offered you a warm place that might save your life, couldn't accomodate pets. What are you gonna do? Leave your precious dog on the street in this cold? Turn him in to be killed?
That's what's keeping some of Nashville's homeless people from going into shelters in this DEADLY dangerous cold weather.
     The Salvation Army's Disaster Team has reported on Facebook that there are a couple of places that can handle pets, as well, including the Open Table shelters. You can get shelter information at 615-800-0195.
And the shelters are not just for homeless people. There are folks whose electricity has gone out, who may also need them. If you need a ride to the shelter, call 615-255-2475. When all else fails, call Metro and they can assist: 615-862-8600.

VOLUNTEERS GIVE RIDES TO WARMING SHELTERS
Every time we have some bad weather here in Tennessee where our neighbors are hurting or in danger, we hear later on about those who stepped up to help. It's already happening. On the coldest day we've had in years, some people have been or still are, without electricity! But there are warming shelters open to anyone who needs them: an elderly friend or neighbor, or someone with small kids. Salvation Army volunteers are even offering rides to the shelter. We've got the phone numbers for you on our mix facebook page. You can also just call the metro police department's non-emergency number; 862-8600.

THE FREEZE IS NATIONWIDE!
We're not the only ones getting freezing temperatures. 90% of the United States is at below freezing temperatures, and the average temperature in the country right now is 13.8 degrees.

STATE OF EMERGENCY
Several states, including Tennessee, are under states of emergency because of the deadly dangerous cold. That lays the groundwork for a possible request for federal aid if it's needed. 

MORE NOROVIRUS GOING AROUND! EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO WASH HANDS RIGHT NOW!
Remember all those times you've heard about washing your hands to stay healthy? Well now: today, this week, and even next week, will be the time to write yourself some post-it notes and put them all around you to remind yourself: "Wash Your Hands!" and, "Don't Touch Your Face!"  
        It's not just the flu that's hitting hard right now. Doctors say there's more norovirus going around. The so-called 'stomach bug' that lasts a few days but can make you feel sickly for weeks, and is highly contagious. And, even when you feel better, you may still be contagious! READ MORE.

CHIEF OF FEDERAL RESERVE IS FEMALE
For the first time in its 100-year history, the Federal Reserve has a woman Chairperson. 67 year-old Janet Yellen will head the nation's central bank.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
The Geeks are geekin' and the nerds are herding, to show and check out the new gadgets that are working their way into your world. Hot gadgets at the International Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas include wearable tech, flexible phones and curved TV screens are among the hot gadgets on display at the event, as well as health gear like headbands, socks and bras that analyze brain waves, heart rates and sweat levels.

DOWNTON ABBEY MADE HISTORY
The season premiere of "Downton Abbey" this weekend set a record. It was the highest-rated drama debut in PBS history, with 10.2 million viewers.

REPORT: HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF USED GUN AS LASER POINTER
And the New York State Homeland Security Chief is admitting he goofed. He forgot his laser pointer at a presentation he was giving to some officials from Sweden, and for some reason thought it would be a good idea to pull out his handgun and use the laser sight on the gun to highlight his presentation. Reportedly had some Swedish officials pretty freaked out. 

SNL HIRES FIRST BLACK FEMALE CAST MEMBER IN 5 YEARS
Comedian Sasheer Zamata is the newest comedy performer to join the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" as a featured player. Zamata, who graduated from the University of Virginia just three years ago, will make her debut on the Jan. 18 show, and is the first black female 'Saturday Night Live' cast member in five years ...  since Maya Rudolph left.

VOTE TO EXTEND LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENTS POSTPONED
The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote today on extending longterm unemployment benefits. They were supposed to, yesterday, but some Senators couldn't get in because of the weather. 

MAN GETS STUCK IN WASHING MACHINE
Ooops. Talk about a prank gone wrong! So, this guy wants to pull a joke on his roommate, so he climbs into the washing machine, to jump out and scare his buddy. Instead, he gets stuck. Cops say it took about 20 minutes and a lot of olive oil to grease him up and get him out of there. He had no serious injuries.

FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMP
Top-ranked Florida State is the college football champion. They beat second-ranked Auburn 34 to 31.  

MORE THAN ONE IN THREE WOMEN WHO ARE ONLINE, ARE ALSO ON PINTEREST
Just how popular is Pinterest? More than one in three U.S. women who are online, are also on Pinterest. Men, not so much. It's mostly a girl-thing. (About 8% of men.)

STUDY: ONLINE DATING TIP! USE INDOOR, FULL-BODY PHOTO TO GET 200% MORE ONLINE ATTENTION
Oh, and while you're online, if your goal this year is to get into a relationship, then it's time to revamp your online profile.
A new survey finds you should have a full-body photo of yourself. Women, for some reason, get the most attention when they use indoor full-body photos, men get more likes with an outdoor shot, but BOTH have 200% more success with the full-body photo in their profile.

MORE TIPS FOR THE PERFECT ONLINE DATING PROFILE

JIMMY FALLON BEST-OF SHOW
In case you missed it, Jimmy Fallon's Primetime "Best-Of" Show aired Sunday night, and it was HILARIOUS!
Here's a link to see it on HULU

STILL NEED TO GET RID OF CHRISTMAS TREE?
www.hillwoodband.com
The Hillwood High School Band is doing its annual Christmas tree pick-up service. It's free, but they're HOPING you'll make a ten-dollar donation to the band. You must contact them ahead of time, though, and make an appointment to have your formerly-live tree picked up this Saturday.