Thursday, June 13, 2013

MAJOR CRASH ON I-24 OVERNIGHT
The road to Bonnaroo is back open, after a deadly crash on I-24 in Rutherford County. The crash was reported just after 12 a.m., Midnight along I-24 east at mile marker 81, near the exit for South Church Street. Preliminary reports indicate that traffic congestion from an earlier late-night wreck caused traffic to come to a stop. A tractor trailer was unable to stop in time and struck multiple vehicles. Two tractor-trailers and 8 other vehicles were involved in the wreck. Two of those vehicles were fully engulfed in flames. A Sheriff's officer and THP Officer were credited for putting one of the fires out with extinguishers and saved the victims inside. The two other victim's in the other car were unable to escape in time and were killed. Officials told Nashville's News 2 at least five people were transported to the hospital for injuries. Three of the injured were taken via LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the two others were taken to Vanderbilt by ambulance.
Eight others were also injured but were not transported.
There was no immediate word on the conditions of any of the people transported.
Officials told Nashville's News 2 some of those involved were traveling to the Bonnaroo Music Festival.  No identities or ages of those involved were immediately released. 
The roadway was closed for several hours, but two lanes of traffic have since reopened. The remaining lanes aren't expected to reopen until 11 a.m.

BONNAROO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL STARTS TODAY
The Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival gets underway today on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.  Rolling Stone called it on of “50 moments that changed rock & roll.” 

THERE’S A BONNAROO FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE
There is a Bonnaroo Survival Guide. It’s got great tips, including what to bring to the festival, information about ATMs and water. Make sure anyone you know who’s going reads it, first.
It could mean the difference between a rough weekend or a fun, safe event.

MAJOR STORMS HEADED TO EAST COAST TODAY
People in other parts of the country are getting as ready as they can for storms. Devastating winds, hail and even tornadoes are forecast for the East Coast today. This is the same massive storm that hit the Midwest yesterday. Roughly 62 million Americans are in the path of severe weather.

WILDFIRES IN COLORADO AND ELSEWHERE  
Sheriff's officials released a preliminary list Wednesday showing the Black Forest Fire northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 92 homes and damaged five more. The fire was among several that surged rapidly Tuesday along Colorado's Front Range. 
Fueled by hot temperatures, changing gusts, and thick, bone-dry forests, the Black Forest Fire has prompted evacuation orders and pre-evacuation notices to between 9,000 and 9,500 people and to about 3,500 homes and businesses, sheriff's officials said.  
Part of neighboring Elbert County, including two camps with a total of about 1,250 children and adults, also was evacuated. 
A separate Colorado wildfire to the south has destroyed 20 structures, including some in Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, and prompted evacuations of about 250 residents and nearly 1,000 medium-security prison inmates who were taken to other facilities. To the north, another fire burned in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Wildfires also were burning in New Mexico, Oregon and California, where a smokejumper was killed fighting one of dozens of lightning-sparked fires.

YAHOO FREEING UP OLD ACCOUNTS
If you have an old yahoo account you haven't used lately, it's time to 'use it or lose it.'   Yahoo says it's closing down accounts that haven't been used in at least 12 months and issuing them to other users.

METRO SCHOOLS MAY DROP INTERCESSIONS
The Metro Nashville school system may drop intercessions - the spring and fall breaks designed to give struggling students extra academic time - and instead just dd extra school days for everyone. Intercessions were more expensive than officials had planned, and fewer kids showed than the 20 thousand they'd hoped for. Turns out the kids who are bused to school during the school year often couldn't find transportation during intercession.

BOY FIRST DIAGNOSED AS SEVERELY DISABLED IS GENIUS
A now-teenaged boy who was diagnosed with autism, and whose parents were told he'd probably never be able to read or speak, has become a phenomenon. Jacob Barnett's mother says she went with her instincts and took him out of the special ed school system, and he started doing spectacular things. Jacob entered college at 11, he's now 14, has an IQ of 170, higher than that of Einstein, and is history's youngest astrophysics researcher. Jacob has even given his own Ted Talk.
You can see Jacob's interview from "60 Minutes."  

JACOB BARNETT'S TED TALK

NICE FAMILY OUTING TONIGHT: FREE MOVIE IN THE PARK
If you're looking for something fun, and free, to do with the family tonight, how about "Movies in the Park?" It's at Elmington Park, off West End at Bowling, every Thursday this month.
Tonight's movie is 'Madagascar 3.' The fun starts at 4 p.m. with food trucks and  vendors, games and giveaways, and the movie starts at dusk. 

NSA CHIEF QUESTIONED
NSA chief Keith Alexander will field more questions today over his agency's data mining.  Alexander is scheduled to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee.

TRENT FRANKS' REMARKS ABOUT RAPE PREGNANCIES
Representative Trent Franks is in hot water for a controversial remark he made about rape.  The Arizona Republican said yesterday that the number of pregnancies from rape are, quote, "very low."

NEW HOBBIT MOVIE TRAILER
We're 6 months out from the next Hobbit Movie. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," comes out December 13th, so the trailer is out now. First of all, Legolas is back (yay!) and Lee Pace (from "Pushing Daisies") joins the cast as an elf (Yay, again!). And in this movie, we get our first look at Smaug. TRAILER
The movie comes out Dec 13th. In the meantime, hear which movies come out tomorrow, with Clint's Mix Movie Review at 8:12, on the Mix Morning Show.

DOLLAR GENERAL SUED OVER BACKGROUND CHECK POLICY
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Goodletsville-based Dollar General Corporation for race discrimination. The lawsuit claims using criminal background checks to eliminate job candidates is racist because blacks have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites. The EEOC says companies should take into account whether the arrest was for something like illegal dumping or not paying child support or whether it was for a violent crime. Dollar General defends its criminal background checks saying they foster a safe, healthy environment for its workers. 

NASHVILLE TRAFFIC CONGESTION GETTING WORSE
As you head to work, the news about Nashville traffic is not great.... a new national traffic study finds traffic congestion has nearly doubled over the past 30 years, and even with all our planning and traffic calming ideas, it's expected to get worse. Already, nearly half of the miles driven during morning and evening rush hour are considered "clogged miles." That means more wear and tear on your car, and higher costs. It's estimated that traffic congestion in 2011 cost Nashville commuters $801 million dollars in lost time and extra fuel.

BUILDING INSPECTOR OF PHILLY TRAGEDY FOUND DEAD
The guy in charge of inspecting that building that collapsed in Philadelphia last week ... killing six people and injuring more than a dozen others, has been found dead, and police think it's a suicide. 

NASHVILLE GETS ANOTHER SISTER CITY
Nashville has a new sister city. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has taken on Tamworth Australia as a sister city. Why Tamworth? They're called the Country Music Capital of Australia. That makes SEVEN siblings for Nashville. Our other so-called sister cities, with whom we share common goals and hopefully tourism dollars by visiting each other, are in Canada, Northern Ireland, France, Argentina, Germany and China. (They include Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Caen, France; Mendoza, Argentina; Magdeburg, Germany; and Taiyuan, China.)