Thursday, August 14, 2014

FUEL SPILL FROM TANKER ACCIDENT CONTAINED
All day, yesterday, there was a horrible smell of fuel, along I-40 in West Nashville... after a driver flipped his tanker truck on its side, and the vehicle dumped thousands of gallons of fuel into a storm sewer and Richland Creek. Metro Water Services says the fuel spill is contained and the fuel did not get into our water supply.

UT RESEARCHERS CREATE MOLECULT THAT DESTROYS CANCER CELLS
Researchers at the University of Texas say they've come up with a new molecule that blows up cancer cells. Makes 'em self-destruct. And... the scientists think the drugs also have the potential to help people with cystic fibrosis.

EXPERTS SAY INTERNET MAY RUN OUT OF SPACE
eBay crashed this week. Apparently it's back up, but it's causing concerns that the internet may be running out of space. Some experts say parts of the web are basically out of date and already at full capacity. A big part of the problem comes from all the data we're uploading from our Smartphones and tablets, and all that extra traffic that's clogging up routers.

WALMART SAYS IT WON'T FILE CHARGES
Walmart is not expected to file charges against a Texas teenager found living inside one of their stores.  The 14-year-old boy had apparently camped inside the store for at least four days, living on stolen food and sleeping in an area hollowed out behind two merchandise displays.  His family apparently believed he was staying with relatives. And a side note, I spoke with teen advocates recently for our public affairs show, Focus, and they said when kids run away, instead of looking at the kid as a bad kid, they now know to look at what hte kid was running away from. That's probably why the store is not going to worry about pressing charges.

HUNDERDS OF DEAD FISH FOUND IN LAKE SEVIER 
There's a big fish kill at Lake Sevier: hundreds of dead fish are being fished out of the east Tennessee lake, and the TWRA says it's probably because there's too little oxygen in the water. TWRA officials say if a pond doesn't have a water source to create oxygen, it can deplete instantly on a hot, cloudy day. 

NEW RULES MAY AFFECT PTSD DIAGNOSIS
This somehow feels a little wrong. Now that we're having a record number of soldiers coming back with injuries, trauma, and post traumatic stress disorder, there are new guidelines to assess PTSD, that'll eliminate about a third of those who would have gotten the diagnosis, and the support they would have gotten for it, afterwards.

HEART-DISEASE DEATHS LINKED TO SALTY D
You know what's killing more people, by far, than any war? Salt. About a million and a half people a YEAR die from eating too much salt, and giving themselves heart disease from it.

MORE AMERICANS SHOPPING AT THRIFT STORES
If you're thrifty, you're in good company. A new survey found nearly 80% of us look for good value for our money, above all else, when we're shopping. More than 45-percent us say we do shop at thrift stores, and over a third are visiting resale shops more frequently than they did three years ago. 

CELEBRITY STUFF
Production is underway again for Star Wars: Episode 7, now that 71 year old Harrison Ford's broken leg is healed. He broke it on set. The  movie comes out December of NEXT year.

SAM SMITH NOT INVOLVED IN JAMES BOND MOVIE
British Singer Sam Smith says, no, he is NOT involved in the upcoming James Bond movie.There'd been rumors that he was singing the theme song. Sam says, no.

EMMYS SAY THEY'LL HONOR ROBIN WILLIAMS
The Emmy Awards are coming up Monday night, August 25th, and emmy organizers are promising a "proper and meaningful remembrance" for Robin Williams during the show.

CELING DION PUTTING CAREER ON HOLD
Celine Dion is putting her career on hold for health issues. She's cancelled her Vegas shows and says she needs to recover from throat issues and, more importantly, be with her husband Rene Angelil who is fighting cancer.

KENNY ROGERS EXHIBIT OPENS AT NASHVILLE HALL OF FAME
The Kenny Rogers exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens on Friday.

MICHAEL JACKSON NEW VIDEO OUT
And there's a new video out, from the late Michael Jackson's album, "Xscape." 

METRO FREE LUNCHES
Metro School kids are starting their second week back at school ... and school officials say this could be a better year, in a LOT of ways. First, becasue Metro now offers free breakfast and lunch, for EVERY Metro student. Joe Bass with Metro Schools says we know that kids who eat breakfast and lunch do better with grades and behavior, and with EVERY child getting the food, there's no tipoff to the kids to divide them ... into poor and not poor. Everybody just gets the food.

MISSOURI INVESTIGATION, VIOLENCE CONTINUES
In Ferguson, Missouri, school was supposed to start back today, but it's been put off, because of protests and violence Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the investigation continues into what caused a Ferguson teenager to be shot and killed by a police officer last weekend.  Protests of the shooting continued for a fourth night in Ferguson, with police firing tear gas into a crowd of around 100 demonstrators.
School there was supposed to start today, but it's been delayed,

REPORT CALLS FOR PLAN TO CURB KIDS' SPORTS INJURIES 
A new report says people who run sports programs for kids and teens are not acting on what they know about sports safety.  The group Safe Kids Worldwide says parents and coaches have got to be better advocates for the teenagers, because of seventh- through tenth-grade athletes, nearly half have hidden or downplayed injuries so they can stay in the game. 

SURVEY: WE CHECK FACEBOOK PAGE BEFORE DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL COMPANY
If you have a small business, you also wanna get a Facebook page. I know. Some people are like, "I don't do Facebook. I don't like that newfangled internet, blah blah blah" lol.
Well, you really should do it if you want to be competitive.
 62 percent of Millennials say they go look for a small or local business on Facebook, before they decide to spend their money with them.   

ALL THE STARS LISTED IN MADONNA'S VOGUE ARE DEAD
Did you get the tweet about Madonna and her song Vogue? xoJane's Marci Ribon pointed out that with Lauren Bacall's death, all the 16 celebrities name-checked in the song, are dead.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES STARTS TODAY
Baseball's youth take center stage today in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with the start of the Little League World Series.  Eight teams from around he world are competing in the International bracket.  The U.S teams are from Illinois, Washington, Nevada, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Rhode Island.  The championship game is on Sunday, August 24th. 

HUGGING IT OUT?
No one is saying if President Obama and Hillary Clinton hugged at a party Wednesday evening on Martha's Vineyard.  It was the first meeting between Obama and his former Secretary of State since Clinton blasted the President's foreign policy in an interview with "The Atlantic" this week. 

TWO TN. STATE AGENCIES MOVIE TO USB TOWER
More than 400 employees from two state agencies are expected to relocate to the UBS Tower.  According to "The Tennessean," leases are being finalized with the state attorney general's office and the Department of Children's Services.  The 29-story tower reportedly beat out Bank of America Plaza for the award.