Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TORNADOES KILL TWO IN NEBRASKA
There were tornadoes yesterday in Nebraska that killed two people and injured at least two dozen others. Cleanup and recovery starts today.

MORE ANIMALS AT OLD HICKORY LAKE IN MT. JULIET FOUND DEAD, SENT FOR TESTING
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is trying to figure out what's killing animals on Old Hickory Lake in Mt. Juliet. At least 20 ducks have died just since Sunday, as well as a raccoon and a woodpecker, and it looks like it's something localized in that area. The animals are being sent off for testing.

NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION NEEDS BOTTLED WATER
www.nashvillerescuemission.org
Next time you go shopping, the Nashville Rescue Mission is hoping you'll pick up some extra bottled water to donate. They have a patrol that drives around town, handing out cold water to people who are homeless. The Nashville Rescue Mission says sometimes it's that first connection with someone living on the streets, that leads to them coming in and getting help. (Donations can be dropped of at the mission's donation center on Seventh Avenue South from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.)

CHARITABLE GIVING IS GOING BACK UP
New numbers show more of us are finding time and money to give these days. Charitable giving by Americans is finally recovering from the recession, with donations especially generous lately to arts, education, and groups focused on health. 

SEMI DRIVER ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER TRUCK FLIPS IN BORDEAUX
A semi truck overturned overnight... on Briley Parkway and slid down a ravine in the Bordeaux area... and the driver, was arrested for driving under the influence.

HOW TO REMEMBER THINGS? CLENCH YOUR FISTS
I haven't tried this but researchers from Montclair State University in New Jersey say if you want to remember something, clench your right fist as you try to commit it to memory and clench your left fist as you try to recall it.

AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL HEADED TO IRAQ
More than 250 U.S. military personnel are headed to Iraq.  President Obama informed Congress the troops will be supporting U.S. personnel at the embassy in Baghdad.  The administration's also said to be considering drone strikes as militant insurgents continue to take over key cities.

LARGE SPOOLS OF CABLE FALL FROM TRUCK ON I-24
I did NOT need to see this story! Lol. You know how when you're driving near those trucks carrying poles, or bars, or anything that might roll and fall on you… you KNOW it crosses your mind that they might fall. Well, it happened. I24 east at I40 was closed for two hours yesterday… starting around 1230, when a truck carrying large spools of cable lost its load. Nobody was hurt, and there was no damage to the bridge there.

SUPER BANANAS TO BE TRIED OUT
Bananas. The nearly perfect food. They come in their own wrappers and they're full of good things for you. But, scientists have found a way to add even more vitamins and beta carotene, and human testing of the so-called Super Banana starts this year, to see if those added vitamins result in better health. If so, it could keep starving kids in other countries - who are going blind because they're not getting the nutrients they need in their normal diet. The bananas have so much beta carotene that it turns orange. The study is being backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

POT BREATHALYZER DEVELOPED BY RETIRED CANADIAN COP
Now that pot is being legalized in cities across the country, how do cops catch people driving impaired? It took a retired Canadian cop to come up with the solution. A POT breathalyzer. It's going through field testing and a patent is pending.

DWTS DANCER HURT IN CRASH
DWTS fans are a little concerned. Dancer Mark Ballas was in a car accident on Monday afternoon ... and TMZ reports Ballas was taken to the hospital with back pain.

WOMAN WHO HOARDED DIES WHEN FLOOR COLLAPSES
Neighbors of a Connecticut woman who was killed when her first floor collapsed on her... under the weight of all the stuff she had hoarded.... say they're still stunned that her situation was that bad, and they didn't know about it. The 66 year old woman's body was found this weekend, and police photos of the junk, piled to the ceiling.. have gone online. Nashville organizing expert, Susan Gardner, holds seminars to help people who are hoarding or those who live with hoarders.. and she says one reason it's so hard for some people to let go is their imagination. For example, to you, it's an old plastic bag. One use. You're not gonna use it for that. For a hoarder, that bag has SO many potential uses, they can't even SORT it to store it, much less throw it away.
We've got information about living with a hoarder or getting help if you're headed that way... .. on our mix 929.com NEWS page. 
 
PEOPLE WHO USE THE WORD "LIKE" A LOT MAY BE MORE CONSCIENTIOUS
You notice how some people use the word, "like" a lot? Well a new study gives a different spin on that practice. Researchers say people who use the word 'like' often MAY just be more conscientious: thinking a second before they just say what comes to mind.

BASEBALLER TONY GWYNN PASSES AWAY
Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres's beloved player and coach, died Monday after a battle with cancer he attributed to chewing tobacco. He was 54.

GAME OF THRONES LARGEST EVER AUDIENCE
"Game of Thrones" wrapped its most-watched season to date on Sunday, drawing 7.1 million viewers for its fourth-season finale, up 32% from last season's closer.

U.S. BEATS GHANA IN WORLD CUP
Everybody's talking about the United States beating Ghana in the World Cup... and that's great... USA! USA!
( We won 2 to 1. Belgium vs Algeria will be the one people are watching at lunchtime today.)

VANDY COMMODORES WIN
But, we have our own local heroes! The Vanderbilt Commodores beat UC Irvine last night in the College World Series. The Dores are now 2-0, and play again on Friday afternoon against Texas.

NASHVILLE NUMBER TWO IN NATION FOR FLIP PHONES
Little know fact: Plano, Texas, is number one in the nation for smart-phone ownership. Plano is an iPhone's throw from Telecom Corridor, a swath of the Dallas metro area that is home to Samsung Mobile and AT&T.
"This increases the chance that even people outside the industries in these communities will become adopters," says Janet Johnson, Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor for emerging media at the University of Texas. "They are always looking for the next new gadget. Men's Health magazine list the top 10 cities for Smartphone-talkers, and for Flip-phone users. Providence, RI topped that list. Nashville, Tennessee was number two for the flip-phoners.