Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PANCAKE DAY AT IHOP
Here's something to make you feel better after the cold weather and problems it's brought: Today is PANCAKE DAY! You can go to IHOP and get a free short stack of pancakes. They're HOPING you'll go ahead and make a donation, though. All money goes to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and Teen Challenge right here in Nashville.

WEATHER STUFF/SCHOOLS CLOSED
Schools across Tennessee are closed again today, as we thaw out and the ice clears from the roads after yesterday's winter storm. 

NEARLY 300 ACCIDENTS DURING HEIGHT OF THE WINTER STORM
Metro Nasvhille police were overwhelmed, responding to 280 car accidents between midnight and 11 yesterday morning. TDOT says if you're back on the road today, be aware that there are still some icy spots, where the snow melted and re-froze.

ABANDONED CARS BEING TOWED
Tow truck drivers were also super-busy yesterday, with waiting lists of cars that needed to be pulled from ditches, or cleared from the road after a crash during yesterday's winter storm. 

POTHOLES
And there are still some weather-related problems this morning: huge, gaping potholes that have opened up. Be especially careful on I-65 South today near Briley Parkway. There are a couple of lanes closed because of a giant pothole that flattened a few tires before TDOT crews closed the lanes and started patching it. 

WEATHER PHOTOS
Have you seen all the photos that have come out of this last winter storm? Including Salt trucks that had skidded off the road or even overturned. It was TREACHEROUS out there for a few hours yesterday morning.

NASHVILLE LAWMAKERS PROPOSING "TO GO" CUPS FOR DOWNTOWN BARS
State lawmakers are proposing letting downtown Nashville bars sell to-go cups of liquor and beer. That means, potentially, people walking around downtown, carrying their booze, and spilling their booze, and handing it off to minors. The bill was introduced at the request of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, which said the proposal would boost tourism dollars. It's just in the discussion stages, right now, however.

WINE IN TN. GROCERY STORES PASSES
After a 7-year battle, the wine in grocery stores bill has passed and is on its way to the Governor, to be signed into law. The next step is a local vote, which could put wine in grocery stores by 2016. 

FAT TUESDAY IS TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH
Even though a lot of celebrations started early, today is officially Mardi Gras - or Fat Tuesday. It's a day many people 'splurge' before they give up something for the religious observation of Lent. Fat Tuesday is also notorious for people binge drinking and partying, so keep that in mind when you make your plans for tonight.
(Lent is celebrated by Roman Catholics, but the holiday has expanded to become a nondenominational celebration involving drinking, eating, and rowdy fun. Now, at least in the United States, one tradition is for girls to flash their breasts in exchange for beads.)

CHEAPEST TIME  TO BUY AIRLINE TICKETS
As you plan your next vacation, keep this in mind: the latest survey of plane ticket prices shows you'll get your best price 54 days before the flight. You can wait as long as a month before, and still get within about 10 dollars of the best price for that flight.

TEEN SUES PARENTS FOR CASH, COLLEGE TUITION. DOES SHE HAVE A CASE? 
See what you think about this: a New Jersey teenager claims her parents threw her out of their home and cut her off financially, so she's SUING them to FORCE them to pay her living expenses, her private-school fees and future college tuition. The parents say their daughter, Rachel, moved out when they told her, if you live under our roof, you follow our rules. Does she have a case or will it be thrown out? Can an 18 year old child sue mom and dad because they cut her off for not following house rules?

FLORIDA MAN ADMITS HE LIED. BEAR DIDN’T ATTACK HIM. HE FELL, CHASING BEAR.
And do you remember hearing about a Florida man who said a bear attacked him, and he punched it and fought it off? He even posted photos of his injuries. Now, 36 year old Josh Henessy has come clean. He admits his cuts and scratches weren't in self-defense: he got them when he saw a bear, that was not bothering him, and he fell down as he chased the bear. Don't bother trying to talk to him, Hennessy says he's not making any more comments to media.