Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK JR DAY
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed the third Monday of January each year. Federal offices, post offices and banks are closed, to honor the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to have freedom, equality, and dignity for all people of all races. We have an annual Freedom March here in Nashville to commemorate the day. It starts this morning at 10, at Jefferson and 28th.

DANNY GLOVER PART OF NASHVILLE'S MLK DAY CELEBRATION
Actor Danny Glover is in town today headlining the Martin Luther King day celebration at Vanderbilt. The free event is officially sold out but those without a ticket may line up in the “no ticket” line at Langford Auditorium prior to the event. Late seating may be available, but admission to Langford Auditorium is not guaranteed.  
    Overflow audience can watch live video of Glover’s talk in Light Hall, Room 208. No ticket is required for the overflow room. There are also other events planned through the day. See them at the link above.

FLU EPIDEMIC SPREADS AS ONE IN FIVE PARENTS DON'T GIVE TO KIDS BECAUSE OF FLU MYTH
The flu is now widespread in at least 40 states, including Tennessee. It's now an epidemic, and some hospitals are starting to tell visitors not to enter the building if they have flu-like symptoms, including cough and fever, so they don't spread it to people with compromised immune systems.
          In the past week alone, ten children have died. Here in Middle Tennessee 11-year-old Savannah Hyden's family is begging others to get their kids vaccinated after Hyden didn't, and died from H1N1. In Texas, 13-year-old Lizzie Kahzeer didn't get a flu shot, and she also just passed away from complications from the flu.
    One in five parents say they don't give their children the flu vaccine for fear they will get the flu from it, which is NOT TRUE. You can not get the flu from the shot.
    Health officials say it takes two weeks to get full protection from the shot, but your immunity starts to kick in almost immediately… and the flu season lasts till April, so it's still not too late to get a flu vaccine.
     But, you'll need to go to your doctor, pharmacy or walk-in clinic, since the Metro Health Department says it's out of the flu vaccine after giving 10,000 doses in the past couple of weeks.
 
DID RUSSIAN TEENAGER WRITE MALWARE THAT RESULTED IN TARGET BREACH
The Internet security blogger who broke the story of Target's holiday security breach is disputing a report that the malware used in the cyber attack was written by a Russian teenager. The possible identity of the malware author went online over the weekend...  and just made people MORE angry, thinking it was some kid who scammed everybody.

WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS DIRECTOR UNDER FIRE FOR DRIVING CAR AFTER HAVING DRINK 
The Director of Schools in Wilson County has been facing some tough questions, about why he was seen drinking, then driving his county-issued car. Dr. Tim Setterlund was also asked why he took his county decal off the car, and he reportedly said because it wasn't pretty. School board officials say they'll  meet with an attorney to decide whether any action needs to be taken against Setterlund.

CALIFORNIA DOCTOR SUED FOR LEAVING DURING SURGERY TO ATTEND LUNCHEON
A California cardiac surgeon and his hospital are being sued after the doctor allegedly left a man in the middle of open-heart surgery so that he could go attend a luncheon.  The family of the man who's been in a vegetative state for the past two years becuase of it, just found OUT what really happened, through an anonymous phone call.

SUPERBOWL MATCHUP SET
Two teams from the West will be playing in this year's Super Bowl.  The February 2nd matchup will feature the Denver Broncos against Seattle at MetLife Stadium. 

RICHARD SHERMAN'S WILD RANT
And so you'll know what your co-workers are talking about when they mention Richard Sherman's 'wild rant,' you can see the clip and see what the fuss is all about.

VANDERBILT HIRES NEW FOOTBALL COACH
Vanderbilt University has hired a new head football coach -- Derek Mason.  He'll fill the position left empty by James Franklin, who left for Penn State.  Mason spent the past four seasons at Stanford, but says Vanderbilt is where he plans on spending the rest of his career.

NASHVILLE SINGER SHOT IN BACK OF HEAD
The autopsy is in for that Nashville-based singer-songwriter who was killed by a bar owner recently... and it shows Wayne Mills was shot in the back of the head. Police say that doesn't fit with the story of the bar owner, Chris Ferrell, who told police he shot Mills in self-defense Nov 23rd. (According to Mill's bio at his memorial service, Blake Shelton and Taylor Hicks opened for Mills' band when they were getting started in their own careers.)

METRO VOTES ON EARLIER BEER SALES ON SUNDAY
For those of you who just hate waiting till noon on Sunday to get your drink on: if Metro Council votes, "Yes," tomorrow night on the third and final reading of an amendment, grocery stores and markets will be able to start selling beer starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. It's supposed to put stores on a more level playing field with restaurants and sporting venues that sell beer at those times.
If it's passed, it'll go into effect immediately.

MORE THAN 40 RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATING IN NASHVILLE RESTAURANT WEEK
This is Nashville Restaurant Week, created by a group of more than 40 locally owned restaurants in middle Tennessee, who are encouraging you to spend your money on locally-owned businesses by offering special meals at preset prices, through Sunday. Get the info, participating restaurants and prices, at www.nashvilleoriginals.com.

NASHVILLE MAN SCAMMED VIA ONLINE DATING SITE
And this story goes to show men need to be careful with online dating, too!
Metro police arrested a woman Saturday night for allegedly robbing on a man on their first date.
The victim says he met 20-year-old Roxanne Stewart on the free dating Web site PlentyOfFish.com, and that when he picked her up for their date, she had him take her to an apartment where two other guys were waiting with a handgun. They robbed the victim of his cash, jewelry and cellphone. Police say when they caught the woman she admitted she'd set the man up to be robbed. She already had an extensive criminal history and just recently got out of jail for another robbery.  

26.4.26 FOUNDER ACCUSED OF STEALING MONEY MEANT FOR SANDY HOOK VICTIMS
The Nashville man accused of stealing money meant for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre says he's cooperating with investigators.  Robbie Bruce is accused of misappropriating 70-thousand-dollars raised for the 26.4.26 Foundation he created for the Newtown, Connecticut families.  A former board member filed a complaint with the Tennessee attorney general's office in June after she found questionable purchases made by Bruce.

NOW THAT'S SERVICE! HOME DEPOT WORKER CATCHES INFANT
A quick reacting Home Depot worker caught a baby girl as she fell out of a shopping cart, and it was caught on surveillance video. As the infant began to tip out of the child seat and fall towards the ground, Christopher Strickland rushed over and caught the baby in mid-air, and handed the child back to dad, who'd been distracted at the cash register. The video was posted online by the baby's Uncle.

GEORGIA FUGITIVE CAUGHT AT OPRY MILLS
A fugitive from Georgia has been caught in Nashville. Police say Brandon Brown was arrested outside Dave and Busters for refusing to pay his 17 dollar tab, then trying to run from police. As they booked him, they found he's also wanted in Georgia, though they didn't say why. He's got four new charges now.