Thursday, August 8, 2013

TRAFFIC, RAIN AND YOUR RIDE IN
What a morning we've had because of the rain! There were accidents, cars stranded in waist-high water -- mainly in the Madison, Bordeaux and Whites Creek areas. Jerry Barlar with our Weather partner, News2, says there've been water rescues going on all morning, including one with a family and a four-week-old baby. There's a screenshot of the infant on the Mix Facebook page. The little thing was in his carseat and slept through the whole thing.

FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS TILL NOON
The water in many places has receded, but there are still flash flood warnings in effect for Davidson, Sumner and Wilson counties until noon today.

OPRY MILLS SAYS 'WE'RE OKAY'
Some Mix listeners say this has given them flashbacks of the Flood of 2010, and they were wondering about Opry Mills, because of that deep water reported this morning out on Briley in front of Bass Pro Shops. But, we did get a call from someone at Opry Mills who says they're doing fine out there, no flooding at the hotel.

JOB FAIR:  GRAND OLE OPRY, RYMAN HIRING THURSDAY
That's good that they're okay out there, since there's a job fair at the Acuff Theater today, 3 to 7, to fill positions at the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. (Positions include Opry ambassadors, ticketing representatives, venue hosts, tour guides and horticulture techs. http://www.opry.com/jobfair/

WARNING FOR WOMEN AT GAS STATIONS: WATCH OUT FOR 'SLIDERS' ... please tell your friends about this!
There's a new safety warning out for women, for a crime that happens when you're at the gas station, filling up the car. Cops say "sliders" rob you so fast you never even know what happened until it's too late. Here's how it works: you get out to fill up and, as many women do, you leave your purse and phone right there on the seat. A 'slider' pulls up next to your car, crouching down, they slide up, reach into your car and grab your stuff. The crime takes about 19 seconds. Police suggest you lock your doors and close your car windows when you're pumping gas. 

THERE WERE THREE WINNERS FOR POWERBALL
Powerball officials say there were three winners from last night's drawing, but no big winners here in Tennessee. The big jackpot was 448 million dollars. You can see the winning numbers at tnlottery.com  (The jackpot is back back down to 40 million for Saturday night's drawing.)

COCOA LINKED TO BETTER THINKING FOR ELDERLY
I think you'll find this prescription delicious! A new study found older people with restricted blood flow to their brains improved their thinking skills by drinking cocoa. Doctors prescribed two cups of cocoa every day for a month. The subjects were able to think faster and more clearly.  (It's in the Journal Neurology)

TODAY IS ADMIT YOU'RE HAPPY DAY
http://www.sohp.com
And we really need a little shift in focus this morning after the weather headaches many of us have had. The group The Secret Society of Happy People says today is "Admit You're Happy Day." They're encouragin you to more about what’s RIGHT in your life today. Some people even challenge themselves to stop complaining for a whole 24 hours. No griping. It's harder than you think.

THE STRANGEST THING! MYSTERY OF THE BABOONS!                                            Zoologists are baffled by the strange behavior of a troop of baboons at a Dutch zoo. The 112 African monkeys suddenly panicked at the end of the day, a week ago last Monday, becoming hysterically upset. Then, for a week, they sat huddled in groups holding each other, not grooming, not eating, barely moving, as if they'd been traumatized.
There's no clue what caused the behavior, though wild theories popped up: that they could sense an earthquake, rough weather, even ghosts or U.F.O.s that no one else could see. Those theories are far-fetched, but since nothing else could be found, somebody tossed 'em out there.
The baboons DID all face the same direction at times, but nothing was found that explained it. Then, after more than a week, they started eating and acting normal again. Such behavior has not been seen ANYWHERE else, either in baboons in captivity or in the wild. These monkeys were all born in captivity and live on an island in the zoo. You can SEE HERE some of the bizarre photos of the animals all huddled together, backs to the zoo visitors. 

LOCAL MOM DOES DIFFICULT THING, TURNS IN HER DAUGHER FOR A CRIME
A 16-year-old shoplifting suspect who used a stun device to escape from two Rivergate Target store employees July 28th is now in juvenile detention after her mother made the decision no parent wants to have to make, and called police on her kid. The teenager is now waiting for a hearing on whether she can be tried in adult court for aggravated assault and theft. Not just for the assault on the Target workers, but for allegedly trying to run over police as they arrested her. The pink stun gun was found, still in her car.