Friday, July 6, 2012
AFTER FIREWORKS, CALLERS FLOOD ANIMAL SHELTERS IN SEARCH OF MISSING PETS
If you know someone who lost a pet in the past few days, Judy Ladebauche, the Metro Animal Control director, says your dog or cat may have run away because of the fireworks. The 5TH of July is one of Animal Control's busiest days for people turning in lost pets. And before you post on Craigslist, remember there are scam artists out there, reading descriptions of dogs, then targeting the owners, asking for gas or reward money up front. Make SURE someone has your pet before you agree to any deal with them.
WARNING: NEW SYMPTOM WITH BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER BITES
This is the time of year people in Tennessee turn up at emergency rooms with brown recluse spider bites. And this year, doctors are seeing more and more patients with systemic reactions, particularly life-threatening bleeding. And they don't know why it's happening. Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine Expert Dr. Donna Seger, says if you or your child gets sick after being bitten by a spider, you should get to the doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms include fever, rash, dark urine and listlessness.
TWO KILLED IN STORMS IN SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
At least two people were killed when a violent thunderstorm hit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last night, on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. A man on a motorcycle was killed, as well as a 41-year-old woman who was hit by a falling tree. Most of the damage was in the popular Cades Cove area. Cleanup continues today.
INTERNET OUTAGE MONDAY?
More than a quarter of a million PC users could find themselves cut off from the Internet on Monday as the FBI takes down a safety net ... that had been protecting them from a specific piece of malicious software. The FBI says to find out whether your Personal Computer is affected, you should go to the FBI-approved website, www.dcwg.org, where you'll find links to run checks on your computer and what to do next. At WORST, you'll have to reinstall a fresh copy of Windows Operating System.
TOW TO GO PROGRAM THROUGH SATURDAY
When you get a second today, please program the Triple-A Free Tow to Go hotline into your phone, so you can share it with friends this weekend who have too much to drink. Triple A will give you a ride home and tow your car behind, for free, and the program runs through Saturday. The number is 1-800-AAA-HELP. That's 1-800-222-4357.
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WORSEN IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
The drought in Middle Tennessee has gotten worse. 65-percent of the state is now considered to be in the "severe" drought classification. That's why we have all the outdoor burn bans and water restrictions in effect. YOU can find out if you're affected... we'll post the links on the mix929.com NEWS page. (Last week, 26-percent of the state was in the "severe" category.)
CLEANUP CREWS LOOKING FOR DEBRIS IN WATERWAY, NEED YOUR HELP
If you live in Davidson county, near a creek, stream or river that has debris that would make it flood if we get heavy rain, you're being asked to report it to the Harpeth River Watershed Association. They're working with Hands On Nashville volunteers and Metro workers, to clean out those trouble spots this summer. There's no charge, but you need to report it by July 16th.You can call the Waterway Flood Damage Hotline: (615) 790-9767 Ext. 223, or report online at www.harpethriver.org, or www.HON.org. You can also upload photos if you have some, so make sure you have those on your computer before you file your report.
FIFTH AVENUE DOWNTOWN TO GET MILLION DOLLAR MAKEOVER
Part of Fifth Avenue in downtown Nashville is getting a makeover. Construction on 5th, between Church and Union Streets, starts Monday and is expected to last about six months. It'll add new sidewalks and landscaping, pedestrian areas, and LED light curtains that will hang across the street.
MEN'S WEARHOUSE HOLDING ANNUAL MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SUIT DRIVE
Here's a great way to clean out the closet without the hassle of a yard sale later. Men's Wearhouse is holding its annual suit drive. They want gently used men's and women's business attire to give to local non-profit groups that help people get back into the job market. Drop off at any Men's Wearhouse. There's one at 3908 Hillsboro Pike, in Green Hills, Nashville, TN 37215. 615) 269-7188
MNPS MONITORS HOT SCHOOL BUSES: METRO SCHOOLS START AUG 1ST
With school starting in just over three weeks -- August 1st -- Metro Schools are getting the buses ready to roll. While most students ride the buses for about 20 to 30 minutes, the drivers are on them for two and a half hours straight each afternoon, and since the buses are not air conditioned, drivers are being told to stock plenty of water, and keep wet cloths ready to put on their necks to cool down. Metro officials say it would cost about 10 million to install air conditioners on the school buses, and it's just not in the budget.
NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN DAY!
And today is National Fried Chicken Day! it's said that fried chicken was brought to the American South by Scottish immigrants ... then African slaves began adding seasonings and spices to the recipe, and it became a nationwide hit.
Want to share?
What's your favorite: floured or battered chicken? What's your secret to great fried chicken?
SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE VOWS NOT TO ALTER IMAGES THANKS TO 14-YEAR-OLD'S PETITION
Seventeen Magazine has made a pledge to its readers, that the models used in the magazine will be real, healthy women, who are not airbrished. The pledge, in the latest edition of the magazine, comes after a 14 year old Maine girl started a petition that got 84 thousand signatures, asking "Seventeen" to stop tweaking pictures and choosing models whose appearance gives teens an unrealistic perspective of beauty.
CHILD PORN FOUND ON CELL PHONE LEFT AT MURFREESBORO FAST FOOD PLACE
A Woodbury man forgot his cellphone when he visited a restaurant in Murfreesboro last Friday. The good samaritan who found it and was looking for information to return it... found child porn on it. 23 year old Casey Basham has been arrested, and police say if your child had contact with him, to call them. (Department at 615-849-2670.)