Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DEATH FROM STORMS OVERNIGHT
The cleanup and recovery is underway after that HUGE storm system blew through Tennessee and several other states overnight, with high winds, gusting rain and some possible tornadoes. Thousands are still without electricity, hundreds of homes and businesses have been damaged (some worse than others), and a 47-year-old Bordeaux man was killed this morning. He was taking shelter in a shed and a tree fell on it.

MIX 92-9 LISTENERS COMMENT ON THE STORM
Judging from the Facebook posts of our Mix 92.9 listeners, a lot of us will be tired today after being awakened at 3am with the alerts going off on the phone, the sound of the storm, or the tornado sirens blasting. Mix 92.9 listener comments included those from Tammy West Edwards, who says she has uprooted trees in her driveway that missed hitting her house, gutters and shutters are blown off. Kathy lost power in Newsom Station, someone reported a railroad crossing gate snapped in two on Mt Juliet Rd., Kingston Springs and Cheatham county has roofs missing, trees on and in houses and cars, Gallatin has a lot of damage, and someone posted that Gallatin Marina didn't fare well either. Mix listener Danny Eng says, "If mother nature is going to show her wrath, must she do so on a weekday at 3am knowing we have to work the next day!?" Danny, we're with ya!

EARLY LUNCH HELPS WEIGHT LOSS, STUDY SAYS
And since you were probably up earlier because of the storm, why don't you go ahead and have lunch earlier?
 A new study finds while you focus on what you eat, you should also focus on when you eat. Moving lunch up to mid or late morning rather than later in the day is an almost a surefire way to drop some pounds. The study is in the "International Journal of Obesity."

TOYOTA RECALL UNDERWAY
A massive recall is underway by Toyota.  The automaker is recalling more than 750-thousand Corolla sedans and Matrix crossovers due to a problem with the airbag control module.... and there's another recall involving 270-thousand Lexus  sedans. You should be contacted by your dealer if your vehicle is involved.

TAX FILING SEASON OPENS TODAY
The 2013 federal income tax filing season officially opens today. If you have your paperwork together, the IRS says, "Ready, set, FILE!" And if you want your refund faster.. (and who doesn't... lol) file online and use direct-deposit. 

MORE CASES OF FUNGAL MENINGITIS REPORTED IN TENNESSEE
More illnesses have been reported in Tennessee stemming from those fungus-tainted steroid shots. Two more cases have been reported since last week-- bringing the total number of cases of fungal meningitis and other complications in the state to 147.  14 people have died in Tennessee. Nationwide, 693 people have been sickened, and 45 have died.
Meanwhile, did you hear the latest about the New England Compounding Center -- the facility blamed for producing the tainted medication? The owners of the company are accused of looting millions of dollars from the company late last year, paying out millions of dollars to family members, to get the cash out of the company before they filed for bankruptcy. 

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CENTENNIAL PARK ATTACK ON BOY 
A  man set to go on trial this week for attacking a boy inside a public restroom at Centennial Park has pleaded guilty.    Scobey Sowell pled guilty Friday to the aggravated sexual battery of a then-11-year old boy in May of 2008.   Sowell was inside the restroom when the boy entered, and he asked the victim for money before assaulting him.    Sowell left the area on a bike.   The victim told a guardian immediately after the attack and was able to point out Sowell as he left.  Sowell was later apprehended and arrested.   The case was continued for some time while Sowell underwent mental evaluation. His trial was set to begin Monday.  As part of Sowell's guilty plea, he will serve a sentence of 15 years at 100%.