Tuesday, November 19, 2013

MIDWEST TORNADOES
Climatologists are still trying to determine how many tornadoes actually touched down Sunday in the Midwest.  At least 81 were sighted or reported during the onslaught, which killed eight people and injured hundreds more.  Two of the tornadoes that touched down in Illinois were rated EF-4, with winds that reached at least 166 miles-an-hour.

TWO TORNADOES CONFIRMED IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
The National Weather Service is confirming two tornadoes did hit Sumner County Sunday. An EF-1, which means winds up to 90 miles an hour, in Orlinda, and an EF-0, with winds up to 85 miles an hour, in Portland. Homes and cars were damaged, trees uprooted. 

BRIDGESTONE SUES IBM
Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas is suing tech giant IBM for more than 600 million dollars, over a new companywide computer system - provided by IBM -- that allegedly failed on startup and "threw [Bridgestone's] entire business operation into chaos. Bridgestone says it lost millions, and is still losing, because of it.

GEORGE JONES MEMORIAL UNVEILED TO START WEEK OF TRIBUTES
Nearly seven months after his death, friends and family of legendary singer George Jones gathered at Woodlawn Cemetery for the unveiling of a monument at Jones' graveside. The event kicked off what they're calling "George Jones Week" that'll include street parties Thursday and Friday in downtown Nashville, and the more than 120-artist mega-concert at Bridgestone on Friday. It's called "Playin' 'Possum! The Final NO SHOW" It was supposed to be Jones' final concert but became a tribuet after he died in April at age 81.

BRITTANY MURPHY MAY HAVE BEEN POISONED
New findings in the 2009 death of Brittany Murphy suggest the actress may have been poisoned. The findings are from a new toxicology report ordered by the family of the "Clueless" actress.  The Los Angeles Coroner initially ruled Murphy's death to be the result of pneumonia and anemia.

NEW PERSONAL SAFETY APP LETS SMARTPHONE USERS TELL FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHEN THEY'RE IN DANGER
There's a new personal safety app that lets smartphone users send out red alerts to up to 30 contacts if the user feels at risk. The app uses GPS to pinpoint the person who's feeling threatened and pops up messages to his or her contacts who are nearest to them. It's called PanicMe.

POLICE STANDOFF IN SMYRNA OVERNIGHT
A man who police thought was barricaded inside a Smyrna home for hours on Monday night had already gone as cops waited outside. There was reportedly an argument between Gary Moncier and family members about 8 last night at their Almaville Road home, Moncier was armed and the gun discharged during the altercation, but no one was hit. Once his family members got out of the house, cops thought he was still there, but finally went inside after a few hours to find he'd gone. He was caught early this morning.

OBAMA ADMIN WARNED ABOUT PROBLEMS
A top consulting firm says it warned the Obama administration of problems with the Healthcare.gov website back in April.  McKinsey & Company reportedly warned that inadequate IT testing would make it hard to fix problems once the website was launched.

ZIMMERMAN IN COURT TODAY TO ASK FOR BAIL
George Zimmerman will ask a Florida judge for bail this afternoon, for charges of aggravated assault.  The former neighborhood watchman who was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin surrendered to deputies who forced their way inside his girlfriend's home on Monday.  She says Zimmerman became outraged and pointed a shotgun at her when she asked him to leave.  

ILLEGAL TO START YOUR CAR AND LEAVE IT TO WARM IT UP
And the next cold morning you're thinking of starting your car to let it warm up while you go back inside, remember it's illegal in the state of Tennessee to leave a running car unattended. Violating the law will not cost you any points on your license, but is punishable by a fine of about 70 bucks. And, if your car is stolen, YOU are responsible for the damage caused with it. 

WATER FOUNTAINS BEING INSTALLED
One of our next big projects in Metro will be water fountains for parks, greenways and Metro buildings around the city. They'll also be there for water bottle filling stations, and drinking station for pets. Fountains have already been put in at Public Square Park, Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Center, and Shelby Park baseball fields.

SMOKY MTNS NATIONAL PARK OFFICIALS RESPOND TO PUBLIC OUTCRY OVER ELK EUTHANASIA
Remember that video of the elk playfully head-butting a photographer? That elk was euthanized after that, and people have been outraged! So Great Smoky Mountains Park officials have released a response. They say the elk had lost its fear of humans, because people had been feeding it. He was getting more aggressive, and kept coming back to populated areas every time they tried to relocate him. Park officials say if visitors want to protect elk and other animals in the smokey mountains national park they should stop feeding them and let them be wild animals instead of a photo op.

LADY GAGA 'SNL' SHOW DRAWS SHOW'S HIGHEST RATINGS THIS SEASON
Lady Gaga was on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Ratings for the show were the highest all year.

STOLEN WALLET RETURNED SIX YEARS LATER
A German man was stunned recently to get his wallet back that had been stolen six years ago. The thief apparently had a case of guilt, and replaced the 500 dollars in cash that the wallet had when he stole it, and he mailed it back to the guy... 

RESIDENTS HELP SAVE BURGLAR INJURED IN BREAK-IN (WOULD YOU?)
Would you help a guy who hurt himself breaking into your home? Some guy in Utah did. Pablo Solorio says he woke up to the sound of breaking glass and a man walking through his house, holding his arm and screaming for help. The intruder claims he had jumped in through the window to escape people who were chasing him. He was not able to explain why he had the family's video game console in his hands. The 20-year-old was hospitalized, and will be charged when he's well enough.

OXFORD DICTIONARY WORD OF THE YEAR
'Twerk' and 'binge-watch' were in the running, but 'selfie' is Oxford Dictionaries' choice for Word of the Year.  If you don't know by now, a 'selfie' is when you flip your smartphone or camera around and take a photo of yourself. 

PRINCETON OFFICIALS OFFERING UNAPPROVED VACCINE
Princeton University officials are offering a meningitis vaccine to students that has not been approved in the United States.  The move comes in the wake of a meningitis outbreak at the school with seven confirmed cases.  Federal health officials signed off on the vaccine, even though it's only been approved in Europe and Australia.  Shots will be offered early next month.

SMARTEST COLLEGE IN AMERICA IS
Forget about MIT or Princeton or Harvard.  The smartest college in America is St. Louis's Washington University.  Researchers at Luminosity tested 70-thousand college students in memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention, and problem solving.

TORONTO MAYOR STRIPPED OF HIS POWERS
It's getting ugly in Toronto with Mayor Rob Ford being stripped of most of his powers by the city council.  During Monday's meeting, the embattled mayor stalked around the room, shouted at hecklers and nearly knocked down a female city councilor.  Ford has resisted calls to resign after admitting to smoking crack cocaine, buying illegal drugs and driving after drinking alcohol.

FORMER FUGEE OUT OF JAIL
Lauryn Hill is heading to New York for her first performances since being released from prison last month.  According to Hill's website, the former Fugee will take the stage at New York's Bowery Ballroom on November 27th for back-to-back "Homecoming" shows.  The first concert is set to begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a show at 10:30 p.m.  Lauryn Hill was recently released from federal prison after serving three months for tax evasion.  .