Fri, March 2, 2012
MORE SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE FRIDAY
You may have a rough ride home this afternoon. We have a chance of severe weather through the day, with tornadoes, strong winds and large hail, and the strongest storms are expected to hit the Nashville area between 2 and 7pm today.
SURVEY TEAMS CONFIRM 2 TORNADOES HIT TENNESSEE WED
Weather officials DID confirm that it was tornadoes that hit DeKalb and Cumberland counties Wednesday, causing all that damage and killing three people.
FRANKLIN POLICE WARN OF COOL SPRINGS CAR BURGLARIES
Franklin police are warning you that there are some crooks hitting cars in the Cool Springs area, smashing windows and grabbing what they can, as the car owners dine or shop at local businesses. Some of the items stolen were hidden in the vehicles, but most were left in plain sight and easy for the thieves to take. Police have increased patrol in the cool springs area, but urge you to either leave your valuables at home, take them with you when you get out of the car, or put them in the trunk.
DO NIGHTLIGHTS MAKE YOU FAT?
A study says being exposed to artificial light at night, even when it is dim as that emitted by a computer screen, or a night light, may be making people fat. Ohio State University researchers discovered mice exposed to a nightly glow piled on 50 percent more weight than those who slept in the dark. Mice with night lights ate more than half their daily food intake WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ASLEEP. OSU's Dr. Randy Nelson says the study shows night lights could be, "contributing to the obesity epidemic."
CONTINENTAL BECOMES UNITED AIRLINES THIS WEEKEND
Continental airlines officially becomes United Airlines this weekend so if you have tickets to a Continental Flight you'll have to find the United Airlines ticket counter to check in. The Airline says it'll have extra staff on hand this weekend to help the transition go smoothly. ( www.ual.com or call 800-824-6200 )
HEALTH : STUDY LINKS PEER PRESSURE TO ANEMIA
A new study says anorexia is a socially transmitted disorder. French and British researchers have concluded that the ailment is much more common in countries where women are thinner than the norm. They say peer pressure is one of the most significant factors in development of the disorder. ( The scientists reached their conclusion by analyzing thousands of women. Dr. Joan Costa-Font says governments should act to try to influence the kinds of role models who shape young women. Results of the study are expected to be published later this year in the journal "Economica.")
TEEN CRASHES CAR INTO MADISON CELL PHONE STORE
A 15 year-old driver got the gas and the brake pedals confused yesterday afternoon and smashed into a cellphone store on Gallatin Pike in Madison. No one was hurt, but Ever Mobility Cellular Repairs now has some store repairs to do.
ECONOMIC SIGN: AMERICAN CAR SALES INCREASE
When our economy tanked, so did auto sales. But, in what seems to be a really good sign of recovery, U.S. automakers say they just had the best sales month in four YEARS. More gas-efficient models are selling especially well.
SOMMET GROUP LEADERS CHARGED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT
The former heads of the Sommet Group are in more trouble. The group once had the naming rights to Bridgestone Arena, but now Brian Whitfield, Marsha Whitfield and Sommet co-founder Edwin Todd, are being asked to pay $20 million dollars to those they allegedly cheated. They're charged with money laundering, theft, and conspiracy to defraud their own employees, their clients and the Internal Revenue Service.
CELINE DION CANCELS ALL SHOWS UNTIL JUNE
Celine Dion is having health problems. She's cancelled all her shows until June... at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. She had a virus that led to a weakness in a vocal cord and has to rest her voice for 6 to 8 weeks.
12 SOUTH BUSINESSES FIND NEW LOCATIONS
Three 12th Avenue South businesses displaced by the high-end apartment building construction are said to be settling in or close to confirming new locations. Blackbird Tattoo and Gallery has found a new home at 2506 Franklin Pike, while the Middle Tennessee Roofing Company is moving to 4024 Stewarts Lane. Rumours Wine and Art Bar owners say they are negotiating a lease close their 12 South location.
STUDY: MASKS CREDITED WITH STOPPING SPREAD OF TB
Evidence is in to confirm that face masks help cut the risk of spreading tuberculosis through the air. A new study done in South Africa finds that the danger is cut in half when patients with TB wear the masks all day. It's thought that the disease is spread through droplets that patients cough into the air. The researchers experimented with having the patients wear the masks instead of health care workers near the patients. A British researcher who wasn't part of the South African study says he's pleased to hear about the new study. Dr. Rod Escombe of Imperial College London said, quote, "it was already suggested by guidelines, but we've never had any evidence before."
JUDGE STEPPING DOWN FOR PULLING HANDGUN DURING HEARING
A judge in Georgia is off the bench after pulling out a handgun during a hearing. Judge David Barrett allegedly took out his handgun, pretended to offer it to a woman and told her she was killing her case so she might as well shoot her lawyer. Because of the backlash.. he resigned this week.
GOLFERS ATTACK TEEN FOR BLOWING AIR HORN
Two elderly golfers were trying to enjoy a nice, quiet game of golf in Florda, when four teenagers sneaked up, and blasted an airhorn as the 71 year-olds went to tee- off. The kids ran, but one of them forgot his jacket, and when he came back for it, the two golfers started hitting him with their ball retriever.. a long metal device. One of the other teens..instead of helping... recorded the whole thing on video. The two golfers are now charged with child abuse.
Is reportedly out of rehab, and on vacation in Sundance, Utah.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHAMBERLAIN'S 100-POINT GAME
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the greatest scoring performance in NBA history. On March 2nd, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record with 100 points as the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks, 169-147, at Hershey Sports Arena. The third-year center also set five other league records that game, including most free throws made. The game was not televised and no video footage of the historic event exists. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has the second-highest single-game point total with 81 against Toronto in 2006.