Friday, December 7, 2012
CHRISTMAS PARADE CLOSING DOWNTOWN STREETS
The Nashville Christmas Parade is tonight, with street closures starting at 4 downtown. The tree lighting is at 630, the parade starts at 7, and this year's Grand Marshal, is the Goodletsville All Stars Little league.
TRAVEL ALERT: DONELSON PIKE CLOSURES ON DEC 8TH
And tomorrow is the annual Donelson Hermitage Christmas Parade, and they're going down Donelson Pike this time, so they're closing Donelson Pike North of Elm Hill Pike from 1:45 p.m. until 3:30 or so.
Donelson Pike will remain open south of Elm Hill Pike. ( Route maps and more details)
TENNESSEE MAY HIRE BUTCH JONES FROM CINCINNATTI
It's being reported that Tennessee has hired Butch Jones to be the next head coach for the Vols. There's a press conference this afteroon.
LOCAL WRESTLING MATCH PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
And remember that story we shared with you about Jared Stevens and Justin Kievit? Jared has Ceprebral Palsy, but wanted to see what it felt like to actually wrestle, instead of just sitting on the sidelines in his wheelchair. Justin was his opponent, and he helped Jared win. Well, the Harlem Globetrotters think the whole thing is pretty cool, so they're giving both boys the Globetrotters’ Junior Phenom Award for demonstrating good sportsmanship and being positive role models. The kids get certificates and free tickets to the Globetrotters' game here in Nashville in January.
AND THIS SOUNDS LIKE SO MUCH FUN! SING ALONG MESSIAH EVENT SUNDAY
I can not let this day go by without reminding you about this fun event that just started last year. It's Trevecca University's Sing along Messiah! You get to sing along with the school's choral groups, even if you're usually just a shower singer.
You should check out their video here. It'll give you a laugh for the day!
Trevecca's Sing along Messiah concert is FREE, but you need a ticket so they don't overbook. It's Sunday, 5pm, at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. (782-4040 or www.tpac.org )
Japan has been hit by a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake. A small tsunami then reportedly hit a city on the country's northeast coast, injuring five people.
SALVATION ARMY ANGEL GIFTS DUE, UNWRAPPED, AT MALL ANGEL TREES ON SUNDAY
We're winding down the Angel Tree program. The unwrapped gifts have to be turned in at the Angel Trees at the malls by Sunday.
STUFF THE TRUCK FOR ANGELS ON SATURDAY
The Salvation Army is asking you to stop by one of four Nashville WalMarts tomorrow for "Stuff the Truck Day" for Salvation Army angels. Starting at 9 tomorrow morning you can drop off toys, coats and other new items for Angels on the Salvation Army's Angel tree. There'll be a 'wish list' there if you need some help with ideas. This is your chance to help, even if you were unable to afford to adopt an angel. You can still donate SOMETHING. The Walmarts taking donations are at 5824 Nolensville Pike, 204 Anderson Pike, 7044 Charlotte Pike, and 3600 Mallory Lane. We'll have the locations on our Mix Facebook page, and at mix929.com
15% OF HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE ON TOILET
A new survey shows that 15% of all holiday shopping is done on the toilet. Someone said, "I just wonder how they carry that thing through the mall with them..."
NASHVILLE REPORTER SHOT
A Nashville television reporter was shot , as she took money out of an ATM about midnight last night. Fox 17 reporter Erika Lathon says she was at the ATM at 17th Avenue North and church street when a man approached her, asked for money, which she gave to him, but he shot her in the arm anyway, and ran. She was able to driver herself to baptist hospital a few blocks away and was treated and released.
T-MOBILE TO GET APPLE DEVICES SOON, IPHONE LIKELY
If you're on T-Mobile, you may have the option of an iPhone soon. T-Mobile just reached a new deal with Apple. The three other larger carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel, as well as some other smaller carriers, already sell the iPhone.
On your TV: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is showing the best of its Christmas episodes tonight.
BEST BUY SHOWS HOLIDAY SPIRIT
And how's this for showing holiday spirit? A woman ordered an iPad from Best Buy. They messed up and sent FIVE! She was really tempted to keep the extra iPads, but did the right thing and called the company. Best Buy, though, instead of having her send them back, thanked Alexa her for her honesty and told her to keep the extra four ipads and just give them to someone who needs one. (The Consumerist)
BIKE SHARING PROGRAM LAUNCHING DOWNTOWN
Mayor Karl Dean is launching a new bike-share program downtown. The Nashville B-Cycle program offers 190 bikes at 20 automated kiosks within a three-mile radius of downtown. ( According to "The Tennessean," customers can purchase annual memberships, as well as 30-day, seven-day, and daily passes.)
MEDICAL EMERGENCY BLAMED FOR NASHVILLE CAR, SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT
Metro police say the man that rear-ended a school bus north of Nashville on Thursday had some sort of medical emergency. He crashed into the back of the bus at the intersection of Dickerson Road and Briley Parkway. There were students onboard, but no one was hurt.
ROGER EBERT OK AFTER FRACTURING HIP
Roger Ebert has been hospitalized with a hip fracture, but the famed Chicago movie critic's wife says he's doing OK and joked on Twitter that the fracture was caused by "tricky disco dance moves."
His wife, Chaz Ebert, said on Thursday that her husband was doing much better and "doctors are making assessments" about when he could leave the hospital, reports the AP.
She took to Twitter to spread the word that her Pulitzer Prize-winning husband was doing well and "asking for computer, will probably tweet." Roger Ebert, who loves to tweet and does so often, last posted Tuesday afternoon.
Ebert, 70, has had health problems over the past several years, including a battle with cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands that caused him to lose his ability to speak and eat .
FORMERLY HOMELESS VETERAN PAYS IT FORWARD
A disabled veteran who was homeless only a year ago but finally started to get benefits, decided to pay it forward. He went down to the electric utility's office (in Stockbridge Georgia) and hearing someone talk about being unable to pay, he paid their bill, and about 15-20 other people's electric bills as well. $1,500 worth. When the man heard that one woman's power was cut off, he paid her entire bill to get the lights turned back on, and gave her more cash to feed her children. Clerks at the utility office were in tears.