Wednesday, June 12, 2013

STORMS EXPECTED TO HIT MILLIONS
People in a large part of the country may have a really rough day today.
A gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms could affect one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rumbles from Iowa to Maryland packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds.
Meteorologist are warning that the continuous line of storms may even spawn an unusual weather event called a derecho (duh-RAY'-choh), which is a massive storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles. Wednesday's storms are also likely to generate tornadoes and cause power outages that will be followed by oppressive heat, said Bill Bunting, operations chief at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.
The risk of severe weather in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, is roughly 45 times higher than on a normal June day, Bunting said. Detroit, Baltimore, Washington, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Louisville, Ky., have a risk level 15 times more than normal. All told, the area the weather service considers to be under heightened risk of dangerous weather includes 64 million people in 10 states.

HANDS-FREE DOESN'T MEAN SAFE
You may have to say bye bye to Siri, at least while you're driving. A new study finds just using hands-free technology does not make you a safe driver. It's the MENTAL distraction that's dangerous. If you're using talk to text, using your bluetooth to talk, or getting driving directions -- even hands-free-- you still have a slower reaction time and are more likely to wreck. In fact, Maryland is about to join Washington, D.C. in making it illegal to use a hands-free device while you're driving. 

JOB FAIR IN MURFREESBORO TODAY
There's a job fair today at the Career Center on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro. They're hiring for production jobs at Johnson Controls. (615-898-8081 ext. 131.)
KEEP THIS LINK HANDY to keep up with job fairs all the time.

COACH INC. SUES SMYRNA MERLE NORMAN FOR SELLING COUNTERFEITS
Luxury goods maker Coach Incorporated has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Merle Norman Day Spa and Boutique in Smyrna, accusing them of selling counterfeit Coach bags. You can usually tell you're buying a counterfeit by the price. The fake Coach bags at the Smyrna spa were selling for 65 dollars, instead of the nearly 300 the real ones would cost. A Coach agent claims to have found 15 to 20 fake bags at the business, and Coach is suing for 2 million dollars per copyright infringement.

ACLU LAWSUIT OVER SPYING PROGRAM
The fallout continues over the National Security Agency's phone spying program.  The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government for violating Constitutional free speech and privacy rights.

WILDFIRES IN COLORADO
Wildfires have driven thousands of people from their homes across Colorado. One of those blazes, the Black Forest Fire, broke out yesterday and has so far destroyed at least 40 homes in El Paso County, and scorched about eight-thousand acres.  

MURFREESBORO MOM AND CHILD BITTEN BY NEIGHBOR'S DOG
A Murfreesboro mom and her 18 month-old son are recovering after being attacked by a neighbor's dog this weekend. The mother says she was walking on the sidewalk along her street when one of her neighbor's two pit bull mix dogs bit her toddler on the hand and bit her on the leg. They're minor injuries and they'll recover, but police say the woman who owned the dogs has been talked to before about the animals running loose, and she got a citation this time. She claims they got out of a kennel and has apologized.

CHILD PADDLED SO SEVERELY AT TN. SCHOOL HE WAS TAKEN TO E.R.
A fifth-grader from Henry County was spanked so hard at school that he had to be taken to an emergency room. The little boy's mother gave her permission for her son to be paddled at school for not finishing school work.. but says they went too far in causing bruises, welts and bleeding. The school, Harrellson elementary in Puryear, says it investigated but found no wrongdoing, so now the Department of Children's Services is involved.

NEW ICE CREAM FLAVOR COMING OUT: "GRAHAM OLE OPRY"
There's a new ice cream flavor coming out soon: "Graham Ole Opry" ice cream. It's a tribute to the Opry's Goo Goo Cluster candy, and is graham cracker flavor ice cream, with peanuts, caramel swirls and chocolate covered graham cracker chunks. The 22 year old recent college grad who created the flavor says it took lots and lots of taste-testing to get it right. (Graham Ole Opry won top prize at this weekend's Miss Martha's Ice Cream Crankin' fundraiser... so Purity will start producing the flavor soon. )

ILLEGAL TO LEAVE CHILD UNDER 7 UNATTENDED IN CAR, ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS IN HOT WEATHER
Last year more than 30 kids died in hot cars. 5 of those here in Tennessee.
Local law enforcement wants us to remind you that it's not only dangerous to leave a child unattended in a vehicle in hot weather, it's illegal to leave a kid younger than 7 unattended, unless there's someone 13 or older watching them.
Cops say many parents do it, leaving one or more young kids in the car, to go pick up another, or to run into the store for a minute, but it's against the law if they're under seven, and it's punishable by a 200 dollar fine for a first offense.

PETS IN HOT CARS
This is also an especially dangerous time of year for pets. Hopefully you'll never leave them unattended in a car, but pet care experts say most people don't realize that it's way too hot for dogs, especially large ones, to walk or run in the heat of the day.

THE VOICE
The Voice is down to the finals. Michelle from Team Usher and two acts from Blake Shelton's team -- the Swon Brothers and Danielle Bradbery -- will compete next Monday. And in the season finale on Tuesday, Cher is set to sing live, reportedly her first live TV performance in more than ten years. 

"DON'T COME TO NASHVILLE!" COMMENTS MAKE STORY FUNNIER
There's a new article out that lists people from Hollywood and other places who've moved to Nashville, and the story is pretty cool. But the comments below it are where it gets crazy hilarious! People are leaving messages about how redneck and horrible Nashville is, basically to scare others away from moving here. Comments include: "I was attacked by group of gun-toting hillbillies in overalls, and I had to go to the hospital...they have only one, mind you..."
Someone else wrote, "The city is in shambles. The food is awful. It is a cesspool of hayseed rubes... Do not come here." Another comment claims that all the places in the TV show "Nashville" are made up, and that the,"Bluebird Cafe is really an old Exxon station... don't come here."
You can see the story and the silly comments HERE.

CHANGES IN MILITARY'S HANDLING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
A U.S. Senate panel says there'll be changes in how the military handles sexual assault cases. Prosecutors, rather than military commanders, will get to decide whether a case should go to trial. (The measure will now be included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.)

STANLEY CUP FINALS START TONIGHT
The Stanley Cup Finals start tonight. The Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Game One of the best-of-seven series.

BOY SCOUTS VOTE EXPECTED TODAY
Southern Baptists are expected to vote today on a resolution that may cut their ties with the Boy Scouts, now that the Scouts have voted to allow openly gay kids to join. 

CLEVELAND KIDNAPPER GOES TO COURT TODAY
The man accused of kidnapping three Cleveland women and holding them hostage for a decade goes to court today. Ariel Castro faces 329 counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.

LAWSUIT OVER SPYING PROGRAM
The fallout continues over the National Security Agency's phone spying program.  The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the federal government for violating Constitutional free speech and privacy rights. President Obama says the feds were only targeting non-citizens and were not listening to phone calls.

DAVIDSON JUDGE ORDERS REPAYMENT OF DOUBLE-BILLED FEE
A Davidson County judge has reduced the fee a former public guardian charged a client who was double-billed for a shopping trip. Marlene Spalding will still pay nearly 1500 dollars for Jeanan Stuart to take her on a shopping trip to Dillard's and Walgreens, but at least she won't have to pay twice.
Probate Court Judge Randy Kennedy, who had recommended Stuart for the job, and approved all her fees, says he's now waiting for a task force report on what the role of a public guardian should be and what the appropriate fees for non-legal services should be before he comes up with another suggestion.

FREE FISHING WEEK FOR KIDS
When the kids say those LOVELY, magical words this week, 'I'm bored,' pull out the fishing pole and tell them to, 'Get out!' 
This is free fishing week for kids up to 15. Anybody older than that will have to buy a fishing license. Get info at www.Tnwildlife.org

POWER RESTORED IN DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE, BELLE MEADE
Power is back on for thousands in downtown Nashville, and in the Belle Meade area. Yesterdays outage downtown was apparently because wires overheated at a transformer, no word on what shorted out Belle Meade.