Monday, September 17, 2012
FLASH FLOOD WATCH
Please be careful on the road today. You know what the Tennessee Highway Patrol told me about traffic accidents? That the MAIN cause of crashes is people leaving too late, and being in a hurry. Think about it: if you're not rushed, you're not going to SPEED on a wet, rainy road like we have today. Hydroplaning ... where you lose traction on the wet road.... means you're just going too fast for road conditions. There IS a flash flood watch for most of Middle Tennessee today.... so you may be cruising along at the speed limit, or above, and hit a pocket of water.
CAREER FAIR ROBERTSON COUNTY TODAY AND TOMORROW
There's a Fall Career Fair today and tomorrow at the Tennessee Career Center in Springfield. It's 10 to 2 each day. You can speak to a career coach, and get help with your resume and job search. You can get more information on our Mix929.com NEWS page. (For more information contact Dan Dorris or Susan Holt at 615.384.1097, or Dana Davis at 615.433.7031.)
OVERHEARD: "JUST 7 MORE PAYDAYS TILL CHRISTMAS"
Someone pointed out that, if you're paid every two weeks, as many people are, you have just 7 more paydays till Christmas! It's time to figure out what you need, and how much to put away each check. Wal-Mart and Kmart are also promotoing layaway already.
NHL LOCKOUT HURTS NASHVILLE PREDATORS, LOCAL BUSINESSES
We've already lost one hockey season because of an NHL lockout. Now THIS season may not happen. The players and the league couldn't come to an agreement this weekend over budgets, so the Predators are locked out of their practice facility. They're on their own to get ready for whatever part of the season may happen.
That lockout could also have a massive impact on Nashville businesses. Restaurant owners say not only do they serve local Predators fans, but also fans from the visiting teams, and if we don't get the situation solved, they're going to lose big. The Predators first home game of the season is supposed to be October 13th.
ENDANGERED SPECIES CAUSES DELAY IN METRO SIDEWALK PROJECT
The city says its sidewalk project from Nolensville Pike to I-24 -- along Harding Place -- could be started and finished within about a year. They hit a snag when they found out endangered Nashville Crayfish live in the creek along the route, but they're back on track with new plans.
ILLINOIS TEENAGER ACCUSED OF PLOTTING A TERROR ATTACK IN COURT TODAY
An Illinois teenager accused of plotting a terror attack on his fellow Americans goes to court today. Eighteen-year-old Adel Daoud was arrested Friday night when he tried to detonate what undercover agents told him was a car bomb in front of a bar in downtown Chicago. ( Daoud sought guidance from a pair of undercover agents about carrying out a terror attack in hopes of killing Americans.)
WOMEN HIDE PELVIC FLOOR ISSUES FROM DOCTORS, THOUGH THERE ARE TREATMENTS
One in three women will have some sort of pelvic floor problem as she ages. BUT, they don't mention it to their doctors because they're embarassed to talk about issues such as incontinence or pain. But the Pelvic Floor Alliance wants you to know there are new ways to treat it, including strengthening exercises, physical therapy, diet changes, medications and sometimes surgery.
SOMETHING FUN FOR THE FAMILY TODAY: WWII-Era SHIP DOCKS IN NASHVILLE TODAY
Here's something to take the kids to after school. They'll see a part of America's history, in a cool way. A WWII-era ship used in Normandy D-Day operations will drop anchor at Riverfront Park in Nashville this afternoon around 3:30, and the welcoming ceremony will include cannons, music and a P-52 WWII plane flying overhead. You can actually take a tour of the ship through next Monday.
TITAN S LOSE TO CHARGERS
The Tenneessee Titans are now 0-and-2 for the season. They lost to the San Diego Chargers last night 30-to-10. They'll play aain Sunday (against the Detroit Lions) at LP Field on September 23rd.
WOMAN RAPED INSIDE DICKSON STORE
Police say a woman with cerebral palsy was rape inside a Dickson Wal-Mart store, and her child was with her at the time. Police say it happened in broad daylight while she was shopping... but couldn't run due to her condition. Police posted surveillance photos on Facebook, and someone recognized Justin Chandler. He's been indicted by a Dickson County grand jury... but he's out on bail now, and doesn't go to court until November.
PENTAGON DEALING WITH SUICIDE EVERY DAY AMONG MILITARY
The Pentagon has a huge problem on its hands with members of the U.S. military committing suicide at what may be a record rate this year. The average is 33 suicides every month. The highest numbers are in the Army. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it's partly because we've been at war for nearly eleven years in Afghanistan. And military members also have issues the rest of us do, like financial problems, substance abuse, and relationships. (September is national suicide prevention month.)
TV RERUNS MAY REPLENISH TIRED MINDS
If you've already seen a show on TV, why do you watch it again? Experts say it's relaxing. You don't have to work hard. You don't have to pay attention. It's like slipping on a pair of sweatpants -- for your brain. And it helps you rebuild your mental energy, so you can face the difficult tasks that take self-control and willpower.
("People have a limited pool of these valuable mental resources," Jaye Derrick, a scientist at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions, said in a statement. "When they use them on a task, they use up some of this limited resource. Therefore, they have less willpower and self-control for the next task." Derrick explained that these mental resources do return over time, but some activities - like watching a rerun - can speed up their restoration. )
WOMAN RECEIVES UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE IN COUSIN'S GOLD STASH
A California woman recently got a surprise inheritance after officials in Carson City, Nevada discovered what her cousin had been hiding in his house at the time of his death. According to the "Las Vegas Sun," Walter Samasko Jr. died back in May, but since he was a bit of a recluse, his body wasn't found until June. And when officials recently started cleaning his house for sale, they discovered that he had been keeping seven-million-dollars' worth of gold bars and coins in boxes in his garage. Samasko didn't leave a will and had no apparent close relatives, so Carson City Clerk Alan Glover had to get creative in his search for a new home for the gold. Using a list of the people who attended Samasko's mother's funeral back in 1992, he tracked down Arlene Magdanz, Samasko's first cousin living in San Rafael, California. A lawyer who talked to Magdanz says her first reaction to the inheritance was, quote, "Oh, my God. Oh, my God."
KEITH URBAN CONFIRMED AS 'AMERICAN IDOL' JUDGE
Keith Urban is officially the newest member of "American Idol." He joins Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj at the judges table when the show returns for its 12th season in January 2013.