DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS THERE’VE BEEN THREE KID FLU DEATHS
The flu is coming on strong, and the Tennessee Department of Health says it’s already killed three children… two here in Middle Tennessee, one in the eastern part of the state. It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine, if you haven’t yet. Officials say this could be a more severe flu season than we’ve had for some time..(For a list of places to get a vaccine, click here.)
TEENS FIGHTING AT OPRY MILLS
Metro police were called to Opry Malls Saturday night after several altercations that started in the mall’s food court. It apparently started between three teenagers and then spread. Two teens were taken into custody for unrelated outstanding warrants.
WRONG WAY DRIVER WANTED ON 12 WARRANTS
It’s hard for many of us to imagine someone having 12 warrants out for their arrest, at the young age of 19. But police say they arrested 19 year old Jamison Emler, for driving the wrong way on Old Hickory Blvd, in the Willoughby Station neighborhood, and found the dozen warrants out for him. He was caught because he allegedly nearly hit a police officer. His warrants were in Sumner County, related to burglary and theft.
POLICE: MAN WAS LOCKING, NOT STEALING FROM CARS
And this is kind of unusual: somebody called police on a guy in Connecticut because they saw him going around from car to car at an Auto Body shop. He was apparently LOCKING unlocked cars. Surveillance video shows him doing it. He was taken in anyway for trespassing.
SONY PLAYSTATION HACK MAY INCLUDE AMAZON/WALMART. WHAT TO DO
Hackers took down PlayStation and Xbox networks on Christmas Day, and released 13-thousand passwords and credit card details. And here’s where you may be affected, they also posted information they said came from Amazon and Wal-mart customers’ accounts. The Hackers also put up a copy of Sony’s movie “The Interview” so it could be downloaded illegally. The group is said to be affiliated with the hacking group Anonymous.
There are two take-aways from this.
1) If you use any of the above online businesses, watch for unusual activity, although all may be well, if this is just a prank. You can also just change your password now.
And 2) this is another warning that the bad guys are plentiful in cyberspace. So change passwords frequently. And, next, don’t use the same password on all your accounts. If hackers DO get through to your amazon account, make sure they can’t use that password to get into your bank account and credit cards.
STREET CLOSINGS/EVENTS TONIGHT
Back home in Nashville, there’ll be a lot of street closings downtown the next few days. Tonight, there’ll be thousands of people at 2nd and Broadway for the free MusicFest Outdoor Party and Battle of the Bands.
Tomorrow night is the Music City Bowl…. At LP Field, and then the Nashville Bash on Broadway on New Year's Eve. (Our celebration will be one of the biggest in the Nation, and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" will go live to Nashville two times during its production. The free concert features Lady Antebellum and Gavin DeGraw, and, of course, our famous "Music Note Drop.")
BUBBLY LOVERS BEWARE
If you’re having champagne for New Year’s Eve…. Be careful, it can hit you harder than you think. The carbonation speeds digestion, forcing more alcohol into your bloodstream. That means two glasses of champagne can affect you like three glasses of wine.
TITANS FALL TO COLTS, GET 2ND OVERALL DRAFT PICK
The season of pain is over for Titans fans. The Titans lost their final game of the season yesterday 27-to-10 against the Indianapolis Colts, and finished with a 2-and-14 record. Tampa Bay finished with the same record but officials used some tiebreaking formula and say Tampa Bay will get the number-one draft pick for next year, Titans get 2nd choice.
LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS CRITICAL AT NASH HOSPITAL
Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens is in critical condition in a Nashville hospital. No word on exactly what the problem is. His family is asking for prayers. He turned 94 this month.
GOODWILL BUSIEST WEEK
This is a busy week for Goodwill! They say if you’re taking in bags of donations, trying to get that last minute tax deduction, be patient. Drop off centers say this is their busiest week of the year. Take clothes off hangers, and be ready with an itemized list if you want an accurate tax receipt.
COLD TEMPS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE
The Triple A’s Tow to Go is also right in the middle of its busiest week. They’re expecting the most calls all year from people who party, then need a ride home. Whether you’re a Triple A member or not, they’ll take you home, within a ten mile radius, and tow your car behind. We’ve got that info on our mix news page, so you can enter it in your phone in case you or someone you know, needs it.
NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION/WEATHER
And make sure you get that number in there in time for our Nashville New Year's Eve celebration. This year’s BASH ON BROADWAY IS supposed to be bigger than ever. . It'll be hosted by Charles Esten from ABC's "Nashville" and Lady Antebellum will headline the free concert. You'll want to bundle up. The National Weather Service says the high on Wednesday will be in the mid-30s and overnight it will drop down into the lower 20s.
MISSING AIRASIA JET LIKELY AT BOTTOM OF SEA
Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency chief says a missing AirAsia plane is probably at the bottom of the sea. The Airbus jetliner went missing early Sunday with 162 people on board.
MOVIES THIS WEEKEND
Most watched movies this weekend… were , in the number 1 spot:
"The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies" - $41.4 million
next most popular, "Unbroken" – and then "Into the Woods" in third place.
VOTERS PICK TWERKING AS MOST OVERRATED THING OF 2014
As we look back at the old year, some memories are great, others, we can’t get past fast enough. An E online poll asked readers to pick the most overrated thing of 2014, they overwhelmingly chose, Twerking. Next, selfies.
TONIGHT’S TV: And on your TV, we move on from the Christmas specials to the New Year specials. On ABC tonight, it’s "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" and "Rudolph's Shiny New Year."