Wednesday, October 9, 2013

JOHN MCCAIN SAYS TIME TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES AND GET MILITARY DEATH BENEFITS BACK
Here's where the partial government shutdown gets many people's blood boiling: now we're hearing that compensation payments for close to four million  disabled veterans won't go out next month if the shutdown lasts, and we're already seeing death benefits for soldiers suspended because of the shutdown.
          The nation's Veterans Affairs Secretary also says the shutdown is hurting their efforts to reduce the backlog of disability claims. 

PRESIDENT'S SHUTDOWN SPEECH
President Obama is accusing House Republicans of holding the country hostage as the government shutdown drags on. In a White House news conference yesterday, the President said he is willing to negotiate with House Republicans but not until they agree to end the shutdown and raise the federal debt ceiling.  Obama said, "We can't make extortion routine as part of our democracy."

DOCTORS BACK ON PAYROLL AT CDC
The CDC has a full staff again. They had only one person monitoring foodborne illnesses, nationwide, but after a salmonella scare with some possibly tainted chicken on the west coast, the staff was called back in.

DEATH BENEFITS FOR FALLEN SOLDIERS ON HOLD
Death benefits for American soldiers, however, are still on hold until the partial shutdown of the federal government is resolved. Family members usually get their death benefit payments within days, so they can afford to go meet the bodies when they're brought back to the U.S.

FRANKLIN DRIVER CITED IN ROAD RAGE CASE
If I told you a driver was ticketed this week for road rage, what mental PICTURE do you have of that person? If you said a young adult male, you're right. Statistically, young men are most likely to road rage, with more than HALF of them saying they feel road rage EVERY DAY and men more likely than women to ACT on it by doing something aggressive or hostile. Monday night near Franklin, police pulled over 23 year old Clint Baker for driving 80 miles an hour, in a 40 mile an hour zone, and whipping in and out of lanes, he admitted he, and his brother who was his passenger, were doing it because they were angry at someone, and road raging.  Baker said the weapon other drivers reported seeing may have been his cellphone.

GET FREE SMOKE DETECTOR IF YOU LIVE IN DAVIDSON COUNTY
As the temperatures outside have gotten colder, we've already started seeing heater-related house fires. Two home fires so far this week. Sometimes thermostats kick heaters on when the temperature drops, and over the summer someone's put something up against it, and it catches fire. Or, there's no working smoke detector. One local man this week was just plain lucky he woke up when the fire made his arm hot, because he didn’t have a working smoke detector. If you live in Davidson county and need one, you can get one free, while supplies last. You can get a free smoke detector for your family if you live in Davidson County. Just stop by the Nashville Fire Department headquarters at 63 Hermitage Ave. during business hours. For more information, call 615-862-5282.

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL HAS CANCER CLUSTER
School officials in Malibu, Calif., are moving some classes after complaints that several teachers' recent cancer diagnoses and other health problems may have been brought on by toxins on campus. Parents are upset that they didn't even hear about the cancer cluster until local media did a story about it.   

FIREBALL OVER OKLAHOMA
A fireball lit up the night sky over far northwestern Oklahoma when a pipeline exploded late last night near the town of Rosston... near the Oklahoma, Kansas border. People reported seeing flames as far as 50 miles away.  

STARBUCKS GIVING AWAY PAY IT FORWARD COFFEE
When you stop in for your Starbucks this week, they're doing a pay-it-forward through Friday. They'll give you a free tall, plain coffee if YOU will buy one for someone else.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
This is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It's a quick minute to remember people in our community who are dealing with some very tough situations, and see if there's something we can do to help. The YWCA says there's one thing: you can donate your old cell phones, they'll sell them and use the money to fund their programs to help Domestic violence victims. 615-269-9922. You can just drop off the phone, at the Y, 1608 Woodmont Blvd, office hours, Monday through Friday.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS NOV 2ND
Just so you'll know, Daylight Saving time ends in just about three weeks. Early Sunday morning, November 3rd. 

WOMAN SHARES HER HOME WITH 50 SKUNKS 
And STOP ME before I go this far with my critter-loving ways! A 55-year-old Ohio woman has turned her home into a 'skunk rescue' for FIFTY of the little animals. They have the run of the house, some even sleep in bed with her. She says they're not stinky, skunks are "wonderful, beautiful animals," and she's dedicated to taking care of them, including waking up at 430 each morning to feed them. And you know why, don't you?  Because you do NOT want a bunch of hungry, angry skunks running around your house! 

AUDIT OF METRO SCHOOL MOVING FORWARD
We have a decision: Metro Nashville Public Schools WILL be audited.  Last night the Metro Audit committee voted to start the process.
The last time was in 2001... and we implemented most of the recommendations that came out of it.

BASEBALL COACH AT VOL STATE ARRESTED FOR BIGAMY
The head baseball coach at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin has been arrested for bigamy. 37-year-old Mike Crossland had a wife in Sumner County when he married his new wife in Lincoln County. (Bigamy is a misdemeanor. No word on whether the charges will affect his job as coach at volstate.)

CELEB TIDBITS
Jim and Michelle Duggar, the stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting say they're trying for baby number 20.

LADY GAGA SUES CLOTHING DESIGNER OVER 'GAGAJEANS'
Lady Gaga is suing a clothing designer over his line of so-called "Gagajeans"pants with an extra zipper placed horizontally, across the crotch. Gaga says he'd better cease and desist or she'll sue his pants off!

DIET COMPANIES BATTLING FOR REBEL WILSON SPONSORSHIP
Plus-sized actress/comedian Rebel Wilson is the hot new "it" girl  for diet companies, who are fighting over which one gets to sign her to promote their products to slim down.

82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN TRIES POP ROCKS FOR FIRST TIME
When's the last time you tried something NEW? One of the latest fun videos going around proves you're NEVER too old to try something different. It's someone's 82-year-old grandmother, trying POP ROCKS candy for the first time in her life. Her laugh and the shocked look on her face is PRICELESS!

APPLE'S NEW IPADS ANNOUNCED OCT 22ND
Early adopters, Save UP! It looks like Apple's new iPad Mini and Tablet will be unveiled October 22nd. 

UCDD AGENCY HEAD IN COOKEVILLE INDICTED FOR STEALING THOUSANDS, HOME FOR HERSELF
The former head of the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) in Cookeville, Tennessee, has been indicted for theft, forgery, conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering charges. UCDD is an agency that's supposed to create jobs and help poor people. Instead, director Wendy Askins allegedly helped herself to more than 300-thousand dollars of agency/taxpayer money, and turned a house that was supposed to be a facility for needy old folks, into a ritzy home for herself. ( Askins is due back in court to answer the state charges on Nov. 12. )

TAYLOR SWIFT GETS ANOTHER AWARD
Taylor Swift has just won another award! She'll get the songwriter/artist award this weekend at this weekend's Nashville Songwriters Association International Ceremony. She's now won that award more than any other artist.
This is a good weekend for that, since the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens Saturday. It's the result of a $4 million donation Swift pledged in 2012 - the largest single donation made by an artist in the museum's 46-year history. 

89 YEAR-OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING
An 89-year-old Indiana man has entered a guilty plea to charges of transporting more than 200 pounds of cocaine in his pickup. The World War II vet says it was a bad choice, but he needed the money. Prosecutors say they'll give him a break, and recommend only a 5 year sentence because of his age and war service.

TOM HANKS HAS DIABETES
Tom Hanks has developed type 2 diabetes. He admitted it to David Letterman on "The Late Show," saying he had been battling high blood sugar since he was 36 years old.

CONNECTICUT MAN ARRESTED WITH BOMB MAKING MATERIALS
No word on what he planned to do with it, but authorities say they found a large amount of ammonium nitrate and other chemicals used for making bombs ... in the home of a 69 year old Connecticut man.

NEW PROGRAM LETS INTERPRETERS TELECOMMUTE TO TN. COURTROOMS
Finally, our courts are catching up to our teenagers' capabilities. In Sumner county they've started using a skype-type program to let INTERPRETERS telecommute, so they can go ahead and book the cases where the defendants dont' speak English, and clear the backlog. The program could go statewide next year. 

WHO'S DECORATING FOR HALLOWEEN, ALREADY?
Saw a neighbor has a giant, inflatable black cat in the yard, and already has out the fake spiderwebs, bats and pumpkins, and has lit all the trees in orange "halloween lights."
If you decorate for Halloween, do you go all-out, like some people do at Christmas? Or do you limit yourself to some pumpkins and mums?  Send Photos and your story if you want, to annamarie@mix929.com

WOMEN VS MEN ON VIDEO GAMES
Know who's the fastest-growing group of online video game players? Women. They're playing Candy Crush, Farmville and Words with Friends more than ever before. And a recent study found that when women play, they're happiest playing WITH someone else. Men, however, tend to prefer gaming alone in their man-cave, their special room or their parents' basement.