Monday, October 7, 2013

JOB FAIR FOR AMAZON'S LEBANON LOCATION (1,000 JOBS)
Let's start with jobs! Amazon.com is adding 8-thousand full-time, seasonal jobs for its fulfillment centers here in Middle Tennessee, and there are several job fairs this week to fill those slots. Today's job fair is at the Goodwill Career Center on South Jefferson in Cookeville, 9 to 1. You can get the info at www.goodwillcareersolutions.org

HELP WANTED: JERKS NEED NOT APPLY!
And if you apply for one of those jobs, make sure you keep your attitude a good one. Many employers these days are looking specifically for NICE people... and they've even started advertising specially for that: One ad said, NO JERKS! Company managers are finding that positive, generous employees seem to do best, while the negative complainers (surprise!) cause more problems.

RECORD RAINFALL CAUSES FLOODING IN KY.
While we got rain, cooler weather this weekend, a freaky, gorgeous red sunset and a double rainbow, our neighbors in Kentucky got FLOODED. After  more than 7 inches of rain in two days, more than 80 people and their pets had to be rescued by boat from flooded homes in Louisville. No injuries were reported.

SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE APPLICATIONS START TODAY
www.salarmy-nashville.com
If you know someone who needs some help this Christmas, make sure you tell them about the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The Salvation Army starts taking applications, starting today, at the Angel Tree Warehouse, 481 Allied Drive, in Nashville. Last year more than 15-thousand families were helped with clothes and toys for children to open on Christmas. BUT, you need to get there as early as you can, to make sure you get into the program. You can get the information at www.salarmy-nashville.com or by calling 242-0411

METEOR SHOWER MONDAY AND TUESDAY
FINALLY! A meteor shower you don't have to stay up all night to see! The Draconid meteor shower should be visible -- if we have clear skies -- early tonight just after sunset. It may be visible tomorrow evening, too, but will probably have fewer meteorites.

TENN. MAYOR ASKS TO REOPEN SMOKY MOUNTAINS
An East Tennessee Mayor is asking the federal government to let him do something unprecedented to get the Great Smoky Mountains National Park back open in spite of the federal shutdown. Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell says his county will pay for the park to be open, so they don't miss out on the tourist dollars that the area usually brings in this time of year. 

GAS PRICES GOING DOWN
Procrastinators, you got a break this time. If you needed to fill up last week, but you've been riding around on fumes and putting off filling up.. you got luck. Gas prices are down. Seven cents a gallon in just the past two weeks.

TENNESSEE ONE OF MOST VIOLENT STATES IN COUNTRY
The latest statistics from the FBI show that Tennessee has one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. Contributing factors include higher poverty rates and poorer graduation rates.

TRIAL STARTS TODAY FOR ALLEGED NAVY VET CHARITY SCAMMER
Trial starts today in Cleveland for a man accused of running a bogus charity for U.S. Navy veterans. Bobby Thompson told people he was raising money for Navy vets and allegedly stole 100-MILLION dollars from people all over the country. 

FORMER BORDEAUX DUMP NOW WILDLIFE HABITAT
The former landfill in Bordeaux is now an official wildlife habitat. Once the 190-acre site in northwest Nashville was infamous for its piles of stinky garbage. Now it's thriving, with at least 35 species of animals and 16 species of native plants, inlcuding prairie coneflowers, wood thrushes, Canada geese and whitetail deer. 

TITANS LOSE/ BUT LOOK GOOD IN PINK
The Tennessee Titans lost to the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, 26 to 17, but, they looked great doing it. Many of the players in Sunday's game wore pink shoes, gloves and towels, to raise awareness about early detection of breast cancer. This is breast cancer awareness month.

SHADES OF GREY STAR INUNDATED WITH UNDIES
Since he was announced as the lead in the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey Movie... actor Charlie Hunnam has been finding something unusual on his doorstep: underwear. Lots of ladies' underwear. His neighbors say they've never seen anything like it!

OREGON BARTENDER GETS 17-THOUSAND DOLLAR TIP
Oregon bartender Aurora Kephart is THRILLED this morning over a tip she just got. One of her regulars gives her tips in the form of unplayed Keno tickets. Aurora says when she checked the numbers and the ticket was a 17 thousand dollar winner, "The look on his face was incredible. I automatically handed it back to him; it was his ticket." But the guy wouldn't take the ticket back and made Kephart sign it so she would be the only one able to collect the prize. Probably so he didn't change his mind and rip it out of her hands! lol. She eventually did talk him into taking some of the 17 grand.

CELEB TIDBITS
HALLE BERRY NEW BABY
Halle Berry has a new baby, a little boy. The baby daddy: a different gorgeous man than her 5 year-old Nahla's father. 

DAVID LETTERMAN EXTENDS CONTRACT
David Letterman has extended his contract with CBS until 2015.

EMINEM'S DAUGHTER HOMECOMING QUEEN
Eminem's 17-year-old daughter Hailie has been named Homecoming Queen at her high school.

DUCK DYNASTY CRUISE SELLS OUT QUICKLY
The cast of "Duck Dynasty" said, "Hey, we're going on a summer cruise next year. Wanna go along? Jack." It sold out INSTANTLY. 

MISS NASHVILLE WINS MISS TENNESSEE PAGEANT
Miss Nashville, Kristy Niedenfuer, is now also Miss Tennessee. She won that title this weekend.

BLACKLIST GETS PICKED UP FOR A SECOND SEASON
James Spader has a little more job security. "The Blacklist" has gotten a second season pickup. 

GRAVITY LEADS BOX OFFICE
And the most watched movie at theaters this weekend: "Gravity" with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
Last weekend's number one, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" is at number two, then "Runner Runner."
 
RACECAR DRIVER FRANCHITI INJURED
Four-time IndyCar Series champ Dario Franchitti fractured his spine in a spectacular crash during the final lap of the Houston Grand Prix that was won by Will Power. The Scotsman's injuries also included a broken right ankle and a concussion. Debris from the crash also flew over the top of the safety fencing, injuring about a dozen spectators. Two fans were transferred to a local hospital, eleven others were treated on site. 

KATY PERRY AT YOUR SCHOOL, FIRST OF FIVE FINALISTS CHOSEN: GIRL WITH DOWNS SYNDROME
Katy Perry has put out a call for High Schools to submit their own videos of her song "Roar." The winning high school gets a visit and live performance from Perry. Well, the first finalist has been announced, and it's gonna be a tough one to beat. It's the Verrado High School cheerleaders of Arizona, featuring 17 year old cheerleader Megan Squire, who has Down Syndrome. You can see it on the mix Facebook page and the link above.

TEN THINGS PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME WANT YOU TO KNOW
October is world Down syndrome awareness month. Why not celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome.
 

BILLIONAIRE'S PHONE CAUSES A STIR
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, whose net worth is estimated at $2.7 billion, was seen on camera talking on an old-school flip phone during Saturday's Notre Dame-Arizona State game at Cowboys Stadium. And the comments about the 70-year-old using the story have been pretty passionate. Many people suggest he use some of his billions to pay someone to teach him to use a smartphone. Others say that's why he's rich: he's not wasteful with his money.

STUDY: WOMEN FEEL UGLIEST MONDAY MORNINGS
A new study reveals that 46% of women feel "most ugly" on Monday mornings, especially between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m.
The number one activity that makes women feel ugly simply waking up, which was chosen by 69% of those surveyed
 
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS NOV 2ND
Daylight Saving time ends in just over a month. Early Sunday morning, November 3rd. 

FURLOUGHED PENTAGON WORKERS BACK TODAY
It's back to work on Monday for hundreds of thousands of furloughed civilian Pentagon employees.  Those employees were sent home last week after Congress failed to reach a spending deal, forcing a partial government shutdown.  Sources inside the Pentagon say Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is allowed to recall the workers without congressional consent under a broad interpretation of the Pay our Military Act.