Friday May 31, 2013
MORE BAD WEATHER
At least nine people are recovering from injuries after tornadoes touched down on Thursday. The twisters hit yesterday in northeast Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Another tornado hit the Tulsa, Oklahoma area yesterday evening. Authorities say there are reports of roof damage in the suburbs.
The four-day CMA festival starts next week but streets are already being closed. The east lane of First Avenue from Demonbreun Street to Broadway is already closed, and many more will follow as thousands descend on the city for shows downtown and LP Field.
ARE YOU TIRED, RUN DOWN, LISTLESS?
According to the latest Better Life Index report, the residents of Switzerland are the most satisfied with their lives. The Index looks at 11 aspects of life, including income, education, health, and work-life balance. Canada, Mexico and all the Scandinavian nations made the top 10, and the United States came in 14th, despite the fact that we had the
highest disposable income of any country measured and a high rate of self-reported good health.
100 GALLONS OF BLOOD
South Florida man has reached a rare milestone. He's donated 100 gallons of blood. 84-year-old Harold Mendenhall started giving blood in 1977, and gives platelets every two weeks. He says the donations helped him compe with the loss of his wife and he's kept up the donations ever since.
BABIES ON PAINKILLERS
The number of babies being born addicted to painkillers or other medicines is increasing in Tennessee. Doctors blame the rising numbers on the number of mother's misusing prescription drugs. According to the Department of Health, the problem has increased by nearly 10 fold over the past decade, with East Tennessee being the hardest hit right now.
BREW AT ZOO
Nashville Zoo is holding its second annual "Brew at the Zoo" tonight from 6:30 until 11 p.m. Along with the animals, of course, live music and 100 craft beers from around the country. Tickets are available from the nashville zoo's website, and they have designated driver tickets available at a reduced price.
TAKE YOUR MONEY, PLEASE
The $590 million Powerball jackpot May 18 is still waiting to be claimed. The ticket, bought in the small town of Zephyrhills, Florida has to be claimed withing 60 days or no one gets it. The locals are all gossiping about which one of them might have the ticket but is kquietly getting their business in order. The frontrunner is a grocery clerk who didn't show up for work the day after the drawing.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WOMAN?
A sonar image taken near a small South Pacific island may finally solve the mystery of what ever happened to Amelia Earhart. The non-profit group conducting the investigation believes the newly-analyzed underwater image reveals the remains of the twin-engine Electra the legendary aviator was flying when she vanished in 1937. They're now trying to raise three-million-dollars for a return expedition to the site.
An asteroid 1.7 miles in diamater will fly within 3.6 million miles of Earth late this afternoon, but don't panic--it will miss us. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California says this is one of the big ones, but we should be just fine.
Not all Americans plan to hit the road for a vacation this summer. A third of the respondents in a new Burst Media poll say they intend to take a "staycation" this summer. Finances are a primary reason many "staycationers" plan to remain close to home. Nearly 45-percent admit they won't be taking a trip in an effort to save money.
AND THEY'RE STILL TALKING ABOUT CHARLIE
They're finally run out of ideas at "Two and a Half Men," the show you can't kill. Next season, the 11th, sees the arrival of a new regular--long-dead Charlie Harper's long lost daughter. Yep--long lost. She comes looking for the guy who looked like Charlie Sheen and hangs around, moving in with uncle Alan and Walden.
DOES YOUR CHICKEN SLEEP ON THE BED WITH YOU?
Chicken owners now have a creative way to clean up after their poultry. Julie Baker's website "Pampered Poultry" sells diapers specially designed for chickens. Similar to a harness, the diapers are secured over the back end of the chicken. Baker designed the diapers so that chicken owners could enjoy their birds inside their homes. On her blog, "Farmer Dreamer," Baker writes that she hopes the diapers help people in urban areas get involved with raising chickens.