Tuesday, Oct 9, 2013

DEMOCRATS EXPECTED TO PASS BILL RAISING NATION'S DEBT LIMIT
Democrats in the Senate are expected to pass a bill raising the nation's debt limit this week. That doesn't mean it'll get any farther than that. President Obama has asked lawmakers to keep the bill free of other policy amendments and to put off the next debt ceiling debate until after midterm elections next year. 

SOCIAL SECURITY SAYS CAN'T GUARANTEE FULL BENEFIT PAYMENTS
Meanwhile, the Social Security Administration is warning recipients it can't guarantee full payments if the debt ceiling isn't raised.

OBAMA URGES CLEAN FUNDING EXTENSION
President Obama is again urging Congress to come up with a "clean" funding extension to end the partial government shutdown now in its second week.  Obama also is calling on Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling and avoid a default. 

AMBER ALERT WEBSITE SHUTS DOWN, GOES BACK UP
Okay, just so you know, the Amber Alert system is NOT shut down. What DID happen was the Amber Alert website was taken offline, because there was no one left working to maintain it. But, after the public saw it down and went NUTS about it, someone in the Justice Department, which runs the site, was taken off of furlough to run the Amber Alert site. The program, itself, has been running all along.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY JOB FAIR
There's a job fair in Rutherford County today, with more than 29 local businesses on site, and taking applications. Potential employers include Lowe's Bridgestone, Bojangle's Calsonic Kansei (that's the parts supplier for NIssan), and more. The job fair is 10 to 2 at Blackman High School.

NASHVILLE'S 2ND HARVEST FOOD BANK NEEDS BABY FORMULA
Second Harvest Food Bank of Nashville has asked us to ask you for donations of baby formula. The agency, which provides emergency food to local families, says its shelves have been emptied by people worried about the effect the government shutdown might have on assistance programs like WIC.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH; DONATE YOUR OLD CELLPHONES TO HELP
If you have an old cellphone or two, or three, that you're not using, there are some people trying to get out of really bad situations who could really use them. The YWCA says if you'll donate your old cell phone to them, they can sell it, and use the money to fund their programs to help Domestic violence victims. The Tennessee Department of Correction just donated nearly 4,000 cellphones to the program, that they'd confiscated from state prisoners. 615-269-9922. You can just drop off the phone, at the Y, 1608 Woodmont Blvd, during office hours, Monday through Friday.

GREEN HILLS' TALLEST BUILDING IN THE PLANNING STAGE
The land deal is done for what's planned to be the tallest building in Green Hills. The project, on 2-and-a-half acres at Hillsboro and Richard Jones, would include a 22-story residential tower, a restaurant, retail and office space. Construction starts next year and the build should be finished by 2016.
 
THAT CRASH MONDAY MORNING WILLIAMSON COUNTY; WILL LEAD TO DUI AND RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGES FOR 18 YEAR OLD
Harrison Enkema, that 18-year-old Franklin man whose car went airborne in Williamson County and ended up trapped in a tree, overhanging the Harpeth River will face charges of DUI and reckless driving. Enkema is in the hospital right now.

RON BURGUNDY’S BACK, IN CAR COMMERCIALS THAT ARE GOING VIRAL
And Will Ferrell has brought back his Ron Burgundy movie character for car commercials that are becoming viral hits. Here's the one with the phrase you're going to think of the next time you're filling up the car.

MILEY SAYS WHAT EVERY TEENAGER THINKS ABOUT 'OLD' PEOPLE.
Remember when you were a kid and you thought people who were in their late 20s or 30s were old people?  Well, Miley Cyrus just basically said that, on national TV, in an interview with Matt Lauer. Matt asked her whether all the sexual performances are just a phase. Will she hit an age where she doesn't dress and dance like that? You should have seen his jaw drop when she answered, saying she'll calm down probably around 40 since she's heard that's when people stop having sex.

HARRY CONNICK, JR. AND LETTERMAN WORK ON COMEDY SHOW
Not sure if Handsome Harry will star in it, but Harry Connick, Jr is working with David Letterman on a concept for a new comedy.

THIS IS DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH
TEN THINGS PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME WISH YOU KNEW
October is world Down syndrome awareness month. Why not celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome?
Comments below the video include this one, "This video made me cry. I wish that everyone could see just how beautiful and special people with DS are. The other day a guy at McDonald's was calling a 12 year old boy with DS a retarded monkey. Let's just say I gave him a piece of my mind. The employees threw him out of the restaurant and another man told him that if he ever said anything like that again, by the time he got through with him, he'd be the one looking like a retarded monkey. I'm glad attitudes in society are changing."

KATY PERRY AT YOUR SCHOOL, FIRST OF FIVE FINALISTS CHOSEN: GIRL WITH DOWNS SYNDROME
October is world Down syndrome awareness month... which makes this next story just PERFECT! Katy Perry has put out a call for High Schools to submit their own videos of her song "Roar." The winning high school gets a visit and live performance from Perry. Well, the first finalist has been announced, and it's gonna be a tough one to beat. It's the Verrado High School cheerleaders of Arizona, featuring 17 year old cheerleader Megan Squire, who has Down Syndrome. You can see it on the mix Facebook page.

SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE APPLICATIONS UNDERWAY 
If you know someone who needs some help this Christmas, make sure you tell them about the Salvation Army Angel Tree. They're taking applications now, at the Angel Tree Warehouse, 481 Allied Drive, in Nashville. Last year more than 15-thousand families were helped with clothes and toys for children to open on Christmas. You can get the information at www.salarmy-nashville.com or by calling 242-0411

OKLAHOMA WILDLIFE PARK EMPLOYEE ATTACKED BY TIGER SAYS IT WAS HER FAULT
An Oklahoma wildlife park employee who was attacked by a tiger over the weekend says the incident was her fault. Kelli Saffery says she broke protocol Saturday by sticking her hand into the tiger's cage. He bit her hand and pulled, causing a severe arm injury.

HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL OUT TODAY
The new hundred dollar bill comes out today. It has a lot of features to make it harder to counterfeit...including a holographic bell on the inkwell. Many of us will never see one of the new Benjamins, though. 2/3rds of the hundreds in circulation are outside the country... AND many of us have gone to using debit cards rather than cash. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BRUNO MARS!
Happy birthday to Bruno Mars! The sexy singer is 28 today.

ROBIN THICKE'S BLURRED LINES SETS A PERSONAL BEST FOR HIM
Just how hot is Robin Thicke's song Blurred Lines? It's sold more and has been SEEN more than all of Robin Thicke's previous 100 releases, combined.

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN OFFICE EVACUATED
The office of Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Clarksville had to be evacuated yesterday after a suspicious-looking envelope was discovered. A HAZMAT team was called in to remove it. No word yet on what was in it, and no injuries.

ON YOUR TV: FRONTLINE AIRS FOOTBALL COVER UP SHOW TONIGHT
A much-anticipated "Frontline" report on accusations the National Football League has deliberately denied the risk of concussions airs tonight on PBS.  The program argues, through interviews with former players, doctors, and players' families, that the NFL has schemed for 20 years to play down any link between football and long-term brain injuries. 

CELEB TIDBITS
ESQUIRE'S SEXIEST WOMAN ALIVE REPEATS
Seven years after being named Esquire's sexiest woman alive, Scarlett Johansson has earned the title for a second time. Johansson, who also won in 2006, is the first woman to get the honor twice. Last year's winner was Mila Kunis.

CELEB BIRTHDAYS
Sigourney Weaver, actress (64)
Chevy Chase, comedian/actor (70)
Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader (72)
Paul Hogan, Crocodile Dundee actor (74)

FOURTH BIKER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH SUV DRIVER ATTACK
Another biker is under arrest in connection with the attack on the driver of an SUV in New York City last week.  Craig Wright of Brooklyn faces gang assault, assault and unlawful imprisonment charges.  Wright is the fourth biker to be charged in the incident.   

SPOILER ALERT! WHO WENT HOME ON "DWTS"?
Valerie Harper is the latest celebrity to be eliminated on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."  But the actress, who's participation in the reality show represented her recent triumph over cancer, said she's thrilled to have had the experience. 
Corbin Bleu and his partner were GREAT, and judges gave them a score of 27 out of 30.

ER ACTRESS JOINS JAMES SPADER SERIES
James Spader is getting more company on NBC’s promising thriller The Blacklist.
Parminder Kaur Nagra is joining the show as a series regular, playing FBI agent Margot Malik. The ER, Bend It Like Beckham and Alcatraz actress will play an experienced agent who mentors rookie Liz (Megan Boone) The show, by the way, is one of the first new series this fall to get picked up for a second season.