Thursday, February 20, 2014

SINKHOLE SHUTS DOWN ROAD IN BELLEVUE
As recovery and repair work gets started at the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, part of Hicks Road in Bellevue has been shut down because -- guess what opened up-- a sinkhole. Yes, another one. This one is in the 400 block of Hicks Road between Highway 70 South and Sawyer Brown Road. The hole is HUGE, it's about the size of a car, and takes up an entire lane of traffic. Crews have been working on it since yesterday, and say it'll take 2 to 3 weeks to get the road repaired and back to normal.

STRONG WINDS, POSSIBLE TORNADOES TODAY IN NASHVILLE AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE
The story that could really make or break your day, is the damaging winds you need to get as ready for as you can. We're under a wind advisory through tonight, which means sustained winds over 25 miles an hour, and gusts up to 45 miles an hour. First, we get some nice warm weather, into the 70s, then the cold system hits, and temperatures fall down into the 30s, along with the chance of damaging straight line winds, severe thunderstorms and maybe even tornadoes. Forecasters say the worst of us will probably hit us here in the Nashville area after dark. 
THIS is how serious this weather may get tonight: Bob Mueller at our news partner NEWS2 tweeted last night; "This not good news @JimCantore looking forward to being LIVE with the National Weather Service in Nashville Thursday, for day of severe weather." 

SHOE BOMB WARNING
Homeland Security officials are warning airlines about a possible shoe-bomb threat. They've told airlines to pay special attention to flights coming inTO the states from overseas, but say there's no specific threat to any airline or country. 

UNIV OF MARYLAND HACKED
There's been another major hacking incident. The University of Maryland says the school's database has been breached, exposing records containing personal information on more than 300-thousand students, faculty and staff... including Social Security numbers and dates of birth. 

BONNAROO LINEUP ANNOUNCED. ELTON JOHN HEADLINES
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The lineup has been announced for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival. Headliners include Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon, at bonnaroo.com. You can see the whole lineup while you're there.

MNPS BUDGET SHORTFALL LESS THAN EXPECTED
Metro Nashville Public Schools is facing a budget shortfall next year, but it's eight-million-dollars less than expected.  Officials announced Wednesday they overestimated charter school enrollment by 875 students, reducing the gap to 15-million-dollars.  Nearly 59-hundred children will attend charters for the 2014-2015 school year.

GOOGLE FIBER LOOKING AT NASHVILLE
An Internet connection that is 100-times faster than traditional broadband service could be coming to Nashville.  Google announced on Wednesday Nashville is one of nine cities being looked at for an expansion of its Google Fiber network.  The company is expected to announce what cities are chosen by the end of the year. 

FLOOR COLLAPSES AT MISSISSIPPI CHURCH
35 young people are recovering from injuries after a floor collapsed at a Mississippi church last night. More than 70 kids were gathered for a worship service, when the floor fell through. 

NEW ANTI-SNORE PILLOW
Got a snorer in the house? Well there's a new pillow, called a nudging pillow, that might help. It’s fitted with a microphone, which picks up the vibrations of snoring. That triggers the pillow to inflate and increases the pillow’s depth by three inches. Just enough to make a sleeper move and maybe stop snoring. You can get it at Hammacher Schlemmer for $150 bucks.

WINNING POWERBALL TICKET SOLD IN CALIFORNIA
Did you buy a Powerball lottery ticket? Well, you might as well check it, because you may have won a smaller prize. But 0the big one, the 425 million dollar jackpot, has been won. Someone in  Santa Clara County, California.  The cash value is just over 238-million.  

GEORGIA APPROVES CONFEDERATE FLAG CAR TAGS
The state of Georgia is stirring plenty of anger with the release of a new specialty license tag featuring the Confederate battle flag.  The "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" notes that many African-Americans are deeply offended, with a spokesman for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference saying, quote "this is reprehensible." 

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN WILL REQUESTS HIS SON BE EXPOSED TO NYC CULTURE
Philip Seymour Hoffman's last wish for his son is that he be raised in New York.  The contents of Hoffman's will, unveiled Wednesday, show the Oscar winner insisted that longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell raise their son Cooper in "Chicago, Illinois or San Francisco, California," if not New York.  Hoffman stated that he wants his son to be exposed to the "culture, art and architecture that such cities offer." 

UTAH MOM BUYS ALL OF STORE'S INDECENT SHIRTS
A mother upset about "indecent" T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one. Judy Cox and her 18-year-old son were shopping when she saw the shirts in the window of a PacSun store. The shirts featured pictures of scantily dressed models in provocative poses. She asked a store manager to take them down, but when she was told the shirts couldn't be removed unless corporate approved it, Cox went ahead and bought all 19 of the shirts on display. She says she'll return them toward the end of the store's 2 month return period.

NY TEACHERS INVESTIGATED AFTER HEROIN FOUND IN SCHOOL BATHROOM
At least 6 teachers are being investigated in New York after heroin was found in a faculty bathroom.  Officials in Fallsburg say the drugs were discovered late last year and then again last week in a faculty bathroom at  Benjamin Coser Elementary School.  Parents are concerned with the word circulating that somebody could be shooting up on campus during the school day.  A needle was also discovered and all teachers who used the bathroom agreed to give urine samples but then backed out after talking to their union.