Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

GMA HOSTS EPIC 'LET IT GO' SING-ALONG ON BROADWAY
 

WEATHER
It's not JUST us, getting this icy blast of cold air. Arctic weather is hitting the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. today, giving them temperatures as low as 30 degrees below average. Here, locally, we may not even get above freezing today, with overnight lows in the teens the next couple of nights. 

UPDATE ON TWO YEAR OLD EJECTED IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY
Here's an update on that two-year-old Shelbyville boy who was ejected from a car, during a crash Monday night near the Christiana Middle School in Rutherford County. The child is reportedly in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the THP is saying he WAS in a car seat and he was fastened in, but the seatbelt was somehow severed in the crash, and he flew out. The little boy's father, Josh Carney,  and the driver of the truck that rear-ended them, were both treated and released.

FOODS YOU EAT THAT CAUSE DEMENTIA
As we realize more how what we EAT can create or prevent illnesses, researchers say they've found compounds that suppress an ANTI-aging enzyme, and SPEED UP the development of dementia, and they've found them in these foods: bacon and eggs, grilled and fried meats, in cheese, white bread, cakes, biscuits and pastries. That's very nearly the whole diet here in the south. Recommendations to eat better include poached eggs instead of fried, and brown rice instead of white.
(Findings in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," and at the link, above.)

HARDING PLACE SIDEWALK EXPANSION PROJECT STARTING THIS WEEK
Heads up about construction on Harding Place... starting this week. They're working on a new sidewalk expansion project that'll put sidewalks, curbs and gutters along Harding Place by 2017. The first stage, between Timberhill and Danby drives, will be finished by this Fall.  

PREDS GAME ANNOUNCER HAS HEART ATTACK, SPREADS THE WORD ABOUT NON-CLASSIC SYMPTOMS
If you've been to a Preds game, you may recognize this voice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6uJcD9Nl7o
That's Pete Webber, longtime play-by-play announcer for the NHL's Nashville Predators. He says while the team was on Olympic break, he was recovering from a heart attack, and he's now spreading the word about the non-classic symptoms he had, including just feeling exhausted, feeling cold and clammy, tingling along his jawline, and nausea. FORTUNATELY, he was with Predators staff when it happened, and they got him aspirin and to the hospital. Webber had three stents put in, and is expected to make a full recovery.

OBAMA WARNS AFGHAN THERE'LL BE NO U.S. TROOP PRESENCE IF NO AGREEMENT SIGNED
President Obama is warning Afghan President Hamid Karzai that if he doesn't sign a negotiated security agreement, there will be no U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after this year. The U.S. had been planning to keep some troops in Afghanistan to advise Afghan security forces on training, security and counterterrorism operations. 

BRENTWOOD BUSINESSES CAUGHT SELLING BEER TO MINORS
Three Brentwood restaurants busted selling alcohol to minors are banned from selling beer for a week.  The suspension affects Chili's Grill and Bar on Creekside Crossing, Cozymel's on Westgate Circle and Judge Bean's BBQ on Church Street.  Beginning April 1st, the restaurants must post a sign on their doors stating they can't sell beer because they were cited for underage sales.

CAPITAL ONE TELLS CUSTOMERS IT WILL NOT VISIT THEM, PERSONALLY.
Capital One is reassuring its customers that company representatives will NOT be coming to customer's houses.They've done it with a post when you log in to your capital one credit card account that says, in part, "You may have heard there is language in our customer agreements stating we could potentially make “personal visits” to our customers. As much as we would like to get to know each of our customers better, we don’t visit our customers at their homes or workplaces to discuss their credit card debt—ever. We never will and apologize if we ever made you think we might. We are reviewing our customer agreements to ensure we use language that more clearly represents our intentions. We can do better."
 
DARKNESS HELPS DECISION-MAKING
If you need to make a tough decision, do it in the dark. Scientists claim that bright light heightens emotions... both positive and negative, so if you need to be more objective, turn of the lights to do your thinking. (from  Univ of Toronto Scarborough)

MURFREESBORO ROAD AND BELL ROAD WATER PIPE
www.wkrn.com
We've got more water pipe problems this morning that are affecting traffic. A pipe is broken on Murfreesboro Pike near Rural Hill road. Crews are on the scene, working to repair the broken pipe. The problem started from a leaking pipe, but then crews accidentally hit another, unmarked pipe, and that's the one that's being worked on, now.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY BREACH
Another day, another security breach. This time at Indiana University, where names, addresses and Social Security numbers of about 146-thousand students were accessible online for nearly a year.

NASHVILLE WOMAN BLAMES NES FOR DEATHS OF HER DOGS
A Nashville woman blames the deaths of her two dogs, on Nashville Electric Service crews, who she says left her gate unlocked after cutting down a tree on her property. Cynthia Buckman says she let her dogs out the next morning, and they got out of the yard: their bodies were found on train tracks, later. She says that means the workers left her gate unlocked, and she's speaking o ut so it doesn't happen to anyone else.

LOCAL CELEBS IN THE NEWS
Daughter Of Hank Sr. Arrested For Drunk Driving
There are a couple of local celebrities in the news this morning. The daughter of Hank Williams Sr. -- Jett Williams-- has been arrested for DUI in Lebanon. She said she'd had two beers.

Loretta Lynn Has Minor Burns Following Fire
And legendary singer Loretta Lynn is recovering from minors burns caused by a candle that caught a chair on fire at her home. She burned her fingers as she used a pillow to beat out the fire. 

SCIENTISTS CONFIRM THE EARTH IS - GIVE OR TAKE A FEW MILLIONS - 4.4 BILLION YEARS OLD
 

ONLY 22 DAYS TILL SPRING! NASHVILLE LAWN AND GARDEN SHOW STARTS THURSDAY
www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com
It's a 4-day annual event at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, with a focus on plants, flowers, attracting birds and bees, gardening and landscaping. This year, since so many people take photos of their gardens, there's even a special workshop on iPhone-ography, using your  phone and apps for nature photography you can post or tweet.  LOVE IT!

BEARD TRANSPLANTS
It's shear madness! Brooklyn's hipster beard craze has grown so popular that men in New York are rushing to doctors for "facial hair transplants" - surgery that helps make beards look thicker and less patchy, sources said.  Stubble-challenged guys are forking over up to $8,500 for the beard-boosting procedure, which has spiked in popularity in recent months. 

BITCOIN SITE DISAPPEARS! WHAT HAPPENED, AND WHAT IS BITCOIN?