Monday, December 30, 2013

EXPLOSION IN RUSSIA
Less than seven weeks before Russia hosts the Winter Olympics, there's been another deadly explosion there. A blast tore through a trolleybus in the southern city of Volgograd early this morning, killing at least 14 people. On Sunday there was a suicide bombing at a crowded railroad station that killed at least 17 people. Investigators think the two attacks in Russia are linked.

POLICE FIND 13 MOLOTOV COCKTAILS IN HENDERSONVILLE MAN’S HOME
A Hendersonville man is in jail, after police found homemade bombs in his car and at his home on Saturday. 20 year-old Tanner Buchanan was pulled over for suspected DUI in Hendersonville, police found three of the molotov cocktails, and he said he had more. He did. 13 more at his house. Buchanan was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, and having prohibited weapons, and taken to the Sumner County Jail.

TITANS WIN
The Titans are ending their season on a high note.  They beat the Houston Texans yesterday, 16-to-10, which means they won two in a row for the first time since September.  The Titans ended their season with 7 wins-and-9 losses.

MUSIC CITY BOWL IS MONDAY/NEW YEAR'S EVE TUESDAY/TRAFFIC AFFECTED
Streets are already being closed in downtown Nashville this morning for game-day traffic -- the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl -- this afternoon, 2:15 at LP Field. Event organizers are also getting things ready for tomorrow night's New Year's Eve celebration, the Bash on Broadway. It'll feature a show by Hank Williams Jr., fireworks, and the giant music note drop at midnight. 

NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATIONS
Across the country, towns and cities are making plans for New Year's Eve Celebrations. In North Carolina, one town has its annual possum drop. They lower a live possum in a cage, as spectators count down to midnight. In Mobile, Alabama, spectators will gather to watch a massive MoonPie drop, then they have a Mardi Gras-style parade. 

NASHVILLE SOBER RIDE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE
If you're downtown for all that tomorrow night, the Davidson County Sheriff ’s Office hopes you'll remember they'll have volunteeers out giving free Sober Rides again this year to those who've been drinking, and need a lift home. (Pick up locations are at 2nd and Church, Demonbreun Street near the Roundabout, and Five Points in East Nashville. You can get a free ride home from 10:00 tomorrow night (New Year’s Eve night)  till 2am New Year’s Morning.)

GOODWILL SAYS REMEMBER THEM FOR CHARITABLE DONATION
If you're looking for a last-minute deduction, or you got something that you're just not going to use, Goodwill has asked us to remind you they're open and ready to take donations. They sell the donated items to provide employment and training for people with disabilities who might not otherwise be able to hold a job. You can find the nearest donation center at www.Giveit2goodwill.org.

MORE THAN HALF BINGE-EAT DURING HOLIDAYS
More than half of American adults say they binge eat over the holidays. A new poll (by CNN and ORC International) finds people ages 18 to 34 were most likely to say they binged, but that many justified it by saying, "I'll start eating better in 2014."

KEEPING RESOLUTIONS
More than 40 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions, and only about 8% of those people keep them. Research finds we tend to set unrealistic goals. Instead of saying you're going to work out every day, experts say you should consider starting with a weekly fitness class. Baby steps. And make just ONE goal. If you try too many, you're setting yourself up to fail.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT GOES INTO EFFECT
President Obama's Affordable Care Act takes full effect this week. Starting Wednesday, millions will be covered under the landmark healthcare reform law.  The Obama administration says over one-point-one million people have signed up for coverage since the healthcare.gov website was rolled out on October 1st.  

TOPS AT BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND WRAP UP POSSIBLE BEST YEAR EVER
A lot of families spent part of their holiday weekend watching movies. The most-watched at theaters was "The Hobbit," then the Disney animated movie "Frozen," followed by "Anchorman 2," "American Hustle," and Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Wolf Of Wall Street." In fact, looking back at the numbers, those who keep track of such things say Hollywood may have just had its best year ever at the box office.

PHIL IS BACK ON DUCK DYNASTY
A&E Networks announced Friday that it will resume filming reality series Duck Dynasty with Phil Robertson, who had been suspended from the show because of comments he made in a GQ magazine interview.

TAYLOR SWIFT NAMED TENNESSEAN OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift has been named Tennessean of the year by Nashville's "Tennessean" newspaper. The paper points out how Taylor has supported the community with the recent opening of the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and her donation this month to the Nashville Symphony. In fact, she reportedly spent her Christmas visiting a little girl who has cancer. Taylor is a perfect example of how it  IS possible to transition from teen star to adult celebrity without creating a controversy.

BLACK MONDAY FOR FOOTBALL COACHES
This is the day the National Football League calls Black Monday, when head coaches become former head coaches. Detroit's Jim Schwartz, Washington's Mike Shanahan and Minnesota's Leslie Frazier are all rumored to be at risk of being fired.  The Cleveland Browns fired their head coach after yesterday's regular season finale.