NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend, Good Time To Do Home Safety Checks
When do we change our clocks? Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March. Time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m. this Sunday (the first Sunday of November). Twice a year, when Daylight Saving Time begins or ends, make it a habit to not only change your clocks, but do a few other semi-annual tasks that will improve safety in your home including checking and replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Replace any smoke alarms older than ten years. Replace any CO alarms older than five years.
Nissan To Hire Hundreds At Smyrna Plant
Nissan is holding a job fair today to fill hundreds of positions at its Smyrna plant. Over a thousand positions will be available when the Rutherford County plant starts making the Nissan Leaf next year. The fair is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 2) at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.
Montgomery County Mom Says Needle Found In Candy
Remember when hospitals used to screen candy for foreign objects? Then we found out most of the scare was just urban legend, spread from one incident years ago. But now, a Montgomery County mom claims she found a needle in a Halloween candy bar wrapper at her house. It was an open wrapper the dogs had gotten into, but she claims the needle couldn't have come from her home. She says she and her daughter got the candy in the Woodlawn community in Clarksville.
Johnny Depp Moving To Nashville?
Rumors are beginning to swirl that Johnny Depp may be looking to buy a home in Nashville very soon. The Kentucky native currently owns a home in France, one in Los Angeles and his own private island in the Caribbean. Depp was seen recently having dinner at Sambuca in the Gulch in Nashville with Lenny Kravitz.
Powerball Up To $245 Million
There's still time to buy tickets before tonight's big Powerball drawing. The jackpot is an impressive $245 million.
First Tennessee, Bank Of America Drop Debit Card Fee Plans
Add Bank of America and First Tennessee Bank to the list of those that've backed down on charging customers for using debit cards. Regions, SunTrust, Wells Fargo & Co. and JP Morgan Chase all say they'll drop the fees. For many consumers it was just a slap in the face to add the fee on top of all the other fees and charges banks impose.
More Stores Opening At Midnight Black Friday
More and more retailers have decided to open their doors earlier the day after Thanksgiving for shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday sales. For the first time ever, Target and Macy's will join stores such as Kohl's, in opening their doors at midnight Thanksgiving.
Titans Collect Food For Second Harvest Sunday
If you're going to the Titans game this weekend, make sure you take some non-perishable food for the Titans' annual food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. The Titans play the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend at 3:05, at LP Field. You can see the game on CBS.
Red Wine To Lose Weight
Hey, how's this for a weight loss routine: Every day, drink some red wine. Or at least get some of the ingredient in wine that's becoming famous for its health properties. Researchers in the Netherlands say they've found that ingredient in red wine that's supposed to be good for your heart, may also help you lose weight. Scientists say in their study they found daily ingestion of the compound resveratrol provided the same benefits as a restricted-calorie diet and could help lower blood pressure -- without apparent side effects. More studies on red wine are planned.
Justin Bieber Sued For Paternity
Justin Bieber's attorneys are denying allegations that the 17-year-old got a 20-year-old woman pregnant backstage at one of his concerts in Los Angeles. Mariah Yeater, 20, filed court papers on October 31 stating that Bieber is the father of her three-month-old child. Yeater could also be opening herself up to a potential statutory-rape probe, however, as Bieber would have been 16 when the alleged incident occurred. California’s age of consent is 18.
"Dancing With The Stars" Loses Its Funnyman
The "Dancing with the Stars" competition is down to the top five after last night's results show. David Arquette went home. Arquette said his ultimate goal wasn't necessarily to win, but to get to know more about himself, face his fears, entertain America and learn how to dance.
What's It Really Like To Be Old? Strap On This Suit To Find Out
As the majority of the American population nears retirement age, researchers have come up with a suit that demonstrates how it feels to be old. The suit restricts your movement, comes with goggles that blur your vision, and shoes that make you unsteady on your feet. Companies are already renting the so-called AGNES suit to help them improve their products, make labels easy to read, stores easy to get through, and build cars older people can drive more safely.
Some In Northeast Still Without Power
People in areas of the Northeast United States are still struggling after last weekend's massive snow storm. Connecticut has the most people still without electricity and in the cold, but the power company says the more than 573,000 customers should have lights back on by Sunday.
Metro Commission To Add More Sidewalk, Bike Paths
Metro is ready to add more sidewalks and bicycle paths in five of the busiest areas of town. A new traffic/pedestrian study said the top five areas that need bike paths are Nolensville Pike, Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon Pike, Gallatin Pike and Franklin Road. The funding comes from a federal grant. Metro Action Commission will announce next month which roads get the bike paths.
Representative Curry Todd Turns Down Plea Offer
State Representative Curry Todd has turned down a plea deal offered to him to settle drunk driving and gun charges against him. Instead, he'll go to court January 10th. Todd is the Republican legislator who sponsored a bill allowing gun permit holders to have guns in bars. He failed a roadside sobriety test and was carrying a loaded handgun when police pulled him over two weeks ago.
Conrad Murray Trial
The jury in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray in Los Angeles could begin deliberations tomorrow or Friday. They'll have to decide whether Murray is responsible for the death of pop star Michael Jackson. He was Jackson's personal physician when he died in 2009. The defense and prosecution are scheduled to give closing arguments tomorrow.
It's American Diabetes Month
This is American Diabetes Month. The American Diabetes Association says we'd better start educating ourselves about the facts: including that we often get diabetes because we're fat, and don't exercise, and that it leads to leg amputations and blindness. The Association forecasts that one out of every three adults in the U.S. will develop diabetes by the year 2050.
Conjoined Twins Separated In CA
Conjoined twin girls have been successfully separated in California. Two-year-olds Angelica and Angelina had been joined at the chest and abdomen before the surgery at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Georgia Men In Court For Terrorism
Four Georgia men accused of planning to buy explosives and cook up a deadly biological toxin have a federal court date today. Prosecutors say the men were part of a domestic terror group planning to use deadly ricin to attack private citizens and U.S. government officials.
Public School Teachers' Pay Not So Bad
A new survey claims public school teachers receive handsome compensation packages. The American Enterprise Institute says teachers make more than 50 percent above fair market levels compared to similarly-skilled employees in the private sector. They took into account factors such as generous pension programs and retiree health benefits.
Alabama Car Dealer Awarded Money For Slander
A car dealer in Alabama has won a lawsuit against a competitor who called his dealership Taliban Toyota. Eastern Shore Toyota owner Shawn Esfahani was born in Iran, so his competitor, Bobby Tyler in Florida, started telling customers Esfahani was an islamist militant, and calling the place "Taliban Toyota". It DID hurt sales, and a jury ruled Bob Tyler should pay $7.5 million damages to Esfahani.