FREE TEEN DRIVING SAFETY AWARENESS
If you have a teenager about to start driving soon, or already driving, this could help you sleep better at night. The Metro Police Department is offering a free Teenage Driver Awareness Class on Feb 14th. It's for people between 14 and 18, at the South Precinct, on Harding Place. You'll need to sign up in advance, since there's limited space. If you want to see if there are any spots left, here's the info. (Erika.firstname.lastname@example.org. She'll need your teen's name, date of birth, home address, school they attend, parents phone number and email address.)
ARIZONA WOMAN MAY HAVE EXPOSED 195 KIDS TO MEASLES
An Arizona woman diagnosed with measles this week may have exposed almost 200 children to the disease. She went to a Phoenix Children's hospital urgent care center, where they diagnosed her with measles, so the kids may have been exposed. Officials say she's been linked to a family whose cases trace back to a Disneyland visit in California.
RAPE TRIAL JURY FOREMAN CONFIDENT IN CONVICTION DECISION
The foreman of the jury in the Vanderbilt rape trial says he is 100-percent confident in the decision they made to convict. Todd Easter says ultimately it was the iPhone video of the sexual assault that made up their minds. Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey will be sentenced in March. ( Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were convicted Tuesday of raping an unconscious woman in a dorm room in June 2013.)
JOBS: MORE METRO CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED
Metro schools desperately need crossing guards. They're hired through the Metro Police department, and there are about 40 crossing guard spots that are open, and need someone who wants to help keep those kids safe. It's a part time job, but here's where some people get bumped out... you have to be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED and no criminal history.
TAYLOR SWIFT TRADEMARKS PHRASES FROM ALBUM
And this is SMART! Taylor Swift is trademarking phrases from her new album "1989."
She now owns the rights to phrases like, "Party Like it's 1989," "Nice To Meet You, Where You Been," and, "This sick beat."
FIVE PRIORITY SCHOOLS IN NASHVILLE GETTING NEW PRINCIPALS
When Nashville schools are poor performers, we have a program to identify them, and make changes to help those so-called priority schools do better. The latest changes have been announced, and it'll mean new principals for five of Nashville's 12 priority schools: Inglewood and Napier Elementary schools, and Joelton, Madison and Neely's Bend Middle schools.
REPORT BLAMES WALMART FOR AMERICAN OBESITY
You know what's making us fat? WalMart. Well, not exactly Walmart. National Bureau of Economic Research researchers found higher rates of obesity in areas dense with supercenters. The report notes that big-box retailers and WalMart in particular have made junk food increasingly cheap, plentiful and readily available. Their research indicates that the proliferation of WalMart supercenters explains a rise in obesity in the US. A co-author of the study said, "We buy in bulk. We tend to have more food around. It takes more and more discipline and self-control to not let that influence your weight."
METRO POLICE ARREST WOMAN DRIVING WRONG WAY ON I-65
Metro Nashville police stopped a potential tragedy, when they caught a woman driving the wrong way on I-65 overnight. She apparently got on I-65 at Trinity Lane shortly after Midnight, and was caught on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard, by a police officer driving the right direction. She's been charged with DUI.
HOW SCHEDULES MAKE US HEALTHIER
If you're watching the big game this weekend, try to get some extra sleep, ahead of time. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic say that one day of overindulging on our favorite fatty foods and drink, and the extra prep time to get ready for the event, can leave your immune system down... and leave you more vulnerable to all that winter illnes that's going around. So you may wanna do your own PERSONAL superbowl training...with more sleep, more water, and for your superbowl training.
SUPERBOWL BIG MONEY FOR BETTING AND AD SALES
I'll bet you that the betting has started at your office, with 'the unofficial' football pools and the prop bets. But that's chump change compared to what's going on around the world. BILLIONS are being bet on Sunday's game. More than 115 million in Las Vegas, alone. More than 300 different prop bets.
Advertisers are dropping the big dime, too, spending more than 350-million dollars to get those ads in front of 170 million people in 180 countries.
WOMAN TRIES TO KILL COCKROACH, BLOWS UP TOILET
Talk about overkill. No. Really. A woman trying to kill a cockroach, blew up her toilet, instead.
She smashed the roach with her shoe, wrapped it in toilet paper, set it on fire, and threw it into the commode... FORGETTING that she had just cleaned the commode, with a flammable cleaner. Whole thing went off like a bomb. She's okay. No word on whether the bug just crawled out , laughing...
Celebrity confession time: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has confessed to the BBC that he would cheat again in the Tour de France if the practice were still widespread.
Bruce Jenner is reportedly ready to discuss his "wish to transition from male to female." Us Weekly claims the Olympic champion and reality TV star has already "taped a major sitdown interview" to talk about it. (Tension over the issue reportedly led to his divorce from wife, Kris. )
MARIAH CAREY'S EX-NANNY SUING THE SINGER
Mariah Carey is being sued by her former live-in nanny... who claims she was on call 24/7, never paid overtime, and eventually fired because she showed too much affection for the kids. She says the $7,200 a month - was just not worth it.
OPRAH'S BIRTHDAY TODAY
If today's your birthday, you share it with a pretty famous lady. Oprah Winfrey is 61.
CALIF. WATER COMPANY TELLS NEIGHBORHOOD BLACK TAP WATER IS SAFE
Families in a Southern California neighborhood say their water is black and stinky. And even weirder, the water company says, "Go ahead, drink it, it's safe." Golden State Water Company also says it's an isolated situation, they claim the water is clear now, but they're investigating, so it doesn't happen again.
And somebody did the math, and claims that Apple has been earning so much money, they'd have enough cash to give every person in the United States $556 dollars. If they wanted to.