Friday, February 21, 2014

WEATHER FOLO
Be careful on your ride in today. There may be debris in the road, in your driveway, in your yard. People across Middle Tennessee will be dealing with damage from last night's storms that swept through the area, dumping an inch of rain or more in some places.           
     We had winds gusting to nearly 90 miles an hour and some funnel clouds reported, though so far the weather service hasn't confirmed that any of the funnel clouds touched down, so no tornadoes.
         There are downed trees and power lines in Williamson and Robertson counties, walls fell at the Lowe's Garden Center in Cool Springs, and Jackson County Schools are closed today, after storms damaged the high school in Gainesboro, blowing off the gym roof, water got into hallways and classrooms, and aparently the school's heating unit blew away.  The good news through all this: no injuries have been reported

That line of storms is now headed to the Eastern Seaboard today.

SINKHOLE REPAIR ON HICKS ROAD TO LAST WEEKS
That Sinkhole on Hicks Road in Bellevue is going to take awhile to fix. Road crews say it'll take at least two to three weeks to fill and repair the 15-foot wide crater that opened up this week between Highway 70 South and Sawyer Brown Road. 

11-YEAR-OLD FALLS OUT OF TREE HOUSE, DIES
An eleven-year-old Smyrna boy who died after falling out of a tree house earlier this week, will be buried on Sunday. Hayden Alexander was playing in his backyard on Tuesday when he fell. 

AVERAGE OBESE WOMAN GETS AN HOUR OF EXERCISE A YEAR
Is this you? Spending your day moving from chair to chair? A new study suggests that obese women get just one hour of vigorous exercise per year! Obese men don't do much better. They get fewer than four hours per year. We're just killing ourselves.

SITTING LEADS TO DISABILITY
That explains why we see so many people on disability. Another new study found someone who spends 9 hours sitting each day, raises their chance of developing a disability by 50%.

MICHELLE OBAMA TALKS ABOUT HER JUST MOVE CAMPAIGN
Michelle Obama is taking her campaign to get Americans exercising to late night TV.  The First Lady stopped by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night.  She talked about the four year anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign, and encouraged everyone to use social media to show her how they like to move.  

DALAI LAMA MEETING WITH PRESIDENT
China wants President Obama to cancel his meeting with the Dalai Lama today.  The White House announced the President will meet with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader at a time when the U.S. is raising concerns about the human rights situation in China.  

FLORIDA TEACHER IN TROUBLE FOR FORCING KID TO UNCLOG TOILET 
A Florida teacher is facing criminal charges for allegedly forcing a ten-year-old student to unclog a jammed urinal.  Jennifer Sorshey of Broward Community Charter School allegedly ordered the boy to put his hands in the urinal to remove paper towels and other items that were thrown inside.  The 58-year-old is charged with battery on a child.

APP PROMISES DRAMATICALLY BETTER VISION
Now, I haven't tried this out, yet, but there's a new app that claims it'll dramatically improve your eyesight. It's called UltimEYES, and the developers CLAIM you can use it for 25 minutes, four times a week, and it'll improve your vision. They claim University of California-Riverside baseball players who used it saw their vision improve by more than 30-percent.  The UltimEyes app costs about 7 bucks, and works on a Mac, PC, or iPad.

TRAUMA PATIENTS MAY GET BETTER CARE WITHOUT INSURANCE
THIS is eye-opening: a new study finds trauma patients without insurance could be getting better care than those with. Patients with severe injuries who do not have coverage are more likely to be transfered out of the regular hospital to trauma centers. But, that's a good thing, because that's been found to cut death rates by about 25%. 

NEW JERSEY WRESTLERS OUT OF A TOURNAMENT FOR OFFENSIVE PHOTO
Eight New Jersey high school wrestlers are out of a tournament that starts today because of an offensive photo.  The teenagers say they never meant to upset anyone. The seven wrestlers HUNG a black wrestling dummy, dressed in a rival school's shirt.

WIKIBEAR TOY OUT IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
You know how people have come to rely on SIRI, the iPhone interface? Well there's now a new siri-type invention in town, and it's ADORABLE! It's a Teddy Bear called WikiBear. And, like Siri, it has its own personality and talks back to you! 
Developers say they're tweaking the voice to make it less robotic-sounding. The bear syncs to your mobile device via Bluetooth and a WikiBear app, it'll cost about 60 bucks and it'll be out later this year!