POWERBALL JACKPOT HITS RECORD
Don't forget to buy a lottery ticket on your way home if you want to try for the Poweball Lottery. It's up to 550 million dollars, so far, for tomorrow night's (Saturday's) drawing.
MUSIC CITY CENTER FINALLY OPENS... WITH BIG PARTIES
The much-awaited Music City Center will celebrate its grand opening this Sunday and Monday
(May 19 & 20th). You're invited to a free open house featuring live local music on both days. Phil Vassar performs on the east plaza on Sunday, Sheryl Crow headlines the free street party and concert on Monday, May 20. The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Fisk Jubilee Singers, and Mikky Ekko will also perform, and it'll end with a big fireworks show.
Justin Timberlake is coming to Bridgestone Arena Nov. 15th. Tickets go on sale this morning. www.ticketmaster.com
The Franklin Rodeo runs through tomorrow (May 18th), at the Williamson Ag Expo Center. www.franklinrodeo.com
The Tennessee Renaissaance Festival is every Saturday and Sunday this month, as well as Memorial Day (May 27th), off Highway 96 between Franklin and Murfreesboro. Free admission for kids 5 and under, and free parking. www.tnrenfest.com
The Franklin Farmers Market Strawberry Festival is tomorrow (Sat.), 8 to 1, at Franklin Road and Liberty Pike, behind The Factory in Franklin. www.Franklinfarmersmarket.com
At the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, a couple of their big exhibitions are closing this weekend, including "Rembrandt and The Dutch Golden Age." You should see it now, or it'll be gone. www.fristcenter.org (919 Broadway, Nashville)
There's an Urban Gardening Festival tomorrow (Sat.), 9 to 2, at Ellington Agricultural Center (5201 Marchant Drive, Nashville). Includes a demonstration garden, lectures, booths, plant societies and plant sales, vendors, food trucks and more. www.dcmg.org
It's the weekend, and there's rain in the forecast again. If storms this afternoon get severe, remember that Mix 92.9 is ready to go live with the news 2 weather center.
GRANBURY, TEXAS SEARCHES FOR SEVEN MISSING AFTER TORNADOES
Officials in north Texas are desperately searching for seven people still missing after at least 13 tornadoes swept through the area on Wednesday.
SALVATION ARMY HELPING FAMILIES IN TEXAS AFTER TORNADOES. HELPING NASHVILLE EVERY DAY
This is Salvation Army week... and the non-profit is celebrating, like it does every year, by getting out and helping people. They have teams in north Texas helping the tornado victims. They also have local canteens and an 'under the bridge' mission every friday night in Nashville. They're always looking for volunteers, and they say they won't turn down your money, either if you'd like to help. Get more info at www.salarmy-nashville.com
AMERICAN: FLIERS WHO CARRY ON LESS CAN BOARD EARLIER
If you can get by without having to put something in the overhead on your next flight.. American Airlines will let you board earlier. They'll stick you in between groups one and 2 in the boarding queue.
HILLSBORO VILLAGE ADDING RETAIL
Now that the old buildings have been knocked down at Hillsboro Village, the new construction starts. In the places where Zeitgeist Gallery, Peabody Shoe Repair and Cotton Music Center used to be, you'll see the new Acklen Complex going up: 13-thousand-square-feet of retail space, apartments and parking garage space underneath. The whole thing should be finished in 2015.
WHAT'S IN THAT SWIMMING POOL?
With swimming pools around Middle Tennessee opening up soon, you need to know this. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows more than half of public swimming pools are contaminated by human feces. E-coli was found in nearly 60-percent of samples taken from public pool filters. Not surprisingly, mostly pools where a lot of children swim. Health officials say that should remind you to either make the kids shower before swimming, or at least make everybody shower-off after swimming, which a lot of people don't.
RESEARCHERS HAVE COME UP WITH A PRINTABLE SOLAR PANEL
Researchers in Australia have come up with a way to PRINT OUT solar panels... about the size of an 11 by 16 sheet of paper. The panels could be embedded on laptops, used to laminate skyscraper windows, or built into rooftops. And PRINTING them means they could eventually be accessible to everyone.
PAT ROBERTSON UNDER FIRE
Televangelist Pat Robertson is under fire once again after telling the wife of a cheating husband to get over the infidelity and provide a better home so he doesn't "wander."
OFFICER IN CHARGE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION HAS BEEN FIRED
An Army officer in charge of the sexual assault prevention office at a Kentucky military base has been relieved of duty for violating an order of protection filed by his ex-wife. This is at least the third incident in just a couple of weeks where officials meant to protect women from sexual abuse, have been accused of being the problems. Just last week, an Air Force officer who headed a sexual assault prevention office was arrested for attacking and groping a woman in a parking lot.
PARKS DEPARTMENT WORKING ON CENTENNIAL PARK ALGAE
Metro Nashville Parks says it's working on a plan to clean up all that algae on the pond at Centennial Park, including adding fountains to boost oxygen levels, and possibly dredging the lake. It gets so thick the ducks won't swim there, and it causes an odor that you can smell if you're walking anywhere nearby.
GAY SCOUT PROTEST RALLIES
There are dozens of groups around the country who say they'll protest today against letting gay boys join the Boy Scouts of America. The National Scouts Organization will vote next Thursday about it.
CLEVELAND WOMEN FUND
So far there's nearly 500-thousand dollars in the fund for the three Ohio women held hostage for a decade.
BILL GATES IS WORLD'S RICHEST, AFTER 6 YEARS AS RUNNER-UP
The world's richest man is Microsoft's Bill Gates, worth an estimated 73-billion dollars.
TREKKIE DATING SITES
If people roll their eyes when you mention the new Star Trek movie, you just haven't found the right tribe, yet. In fact, in honor of the new movie, someone's posted a list of Star Trek-related dating sites. There's www.Trekkie Dating.com that says it's light years ahead of others, and www.StarTrekDating.com, that tells its users to, "set phasers to stunning."
BING TRANSLATOR ADDS KLINGON
And Bing search engine has added the Klingon language to its translator, so you can court the one you love in the warrior language.
This is NATIONAL POLICE WEEK!
WHO'S THE NEW AMERICAN IDOL?
Candice Glover is the new American Idol.. Kree Harrison is the runner-up.