Thursday, September 19, 2013

WINNING LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN SOUTH CAROLINA
There IS a Powerball winner today! Somebody in South Carolina won the 400 million dollar powerball jackpot. You can see the winning numbers at tnlottery.com, and find out if you won a smaller prize. And just what do you DO if you win? Lottery officials say, "sign the back of the ticket, put it in a safe place, get financial or legal adcice from a trusted source, and THEN come forward to claim the money. "  Oh, byhe way, the jackpot for Saturday night's Powerball drawing is back down to a measley 40 million.

THURSDAY IS "NIGHT FOR KIDS" AT GREAT CLIPS... FREE HAIRCUTS, ASKING FOR VANDY DONATIONS
Tonight is free haircut night at Great Clips. All 52 locations here in Middle Tennessee will cut your hair for free, but they're hoping you'll donate the amount you would have paid anyway to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Last year they raised something like 36 thousand bucks.

MAYOR'S NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE UNDERWAY
Mayor Karl Dean is challenging neighborhoods to help improve the city.  The contest pits communities against each other in a friendly competition based on three categories: green, healthy and involved.  You can register at www.mayorsneighborhoodchallenge.com.

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT KIDNAPPING
The story about that Spring Hill boy who ran away this week... who we first feared had been kidnapped.... has had parents figuring out what to tell kids if they're approached by someone. How do you talk to them about difficult subjects, like kidnapping, without scaring them to death? Experts say skip the scary details, and focus on what to DO. Parents should tell kids its okay to be rude if a stranger approaches, and make a PLAN that includes safe places to go if they get lost... like a STORE or business... where there are a lot of people. We've got the story on the mix facebook page... and the mix929.com news page. 
 
SYRIAN PRESIDENT SAYS HE'LL FOLLOW THROUGH IN DESTROYING CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his government will follow through on an agreement to destroy its chemical weapons supply. He admits the government has a stockpile of chemical weapons...  but says he will comply with the deal brokered by Washington and Moscow.

EVACUATION UNDERWAY NEAR CHEMICAL PLANT FIRE IN OKLAHOMA
People in an Oklahoma town are being evacuated.... after a fire and multiple explosions at a chemical plant in Thomas, Oklahoma. No injuries have been reported, though the flames can reportedly be seen from miles away. 

EXERCISE MAY HELP YOUR HEARING
Exercise may help protect your hearing. Researchers say fit women are 6 percent more likely to keep their good hearing than women who are out of shape. To make sure your iPod doesn't counteract the benefit though, experts say you should keep the volume at 60 percent or less, and remove your earbuds after an hour. (Women's Health)

TENNESSEE JUDGE RULES PARENTS CAN NAME THEIR KIDS "MESSIAH"
A Tennessee baby will be able to keep his given name of "Messiah."  During a child support hearing last month, the baby's mother was ordered by a judge to change his name to "Martin."  The judge said the name "Messiah" should be reserved for Jesus Christ. Another judge reversed the ruling yesterday, saying what the mom names her child is protected by the Constitution.

BLOOD TEST DETERMINES WHAT CAUSES ILLNESS
Right now, when you go to the doctor with a respiratory problem, they can do a test, but it takes days... so in the meantime, they often start treating you with antibiotics. what's happening from that, is we're developing antiobiotic resistant strains of illnesses that ALREADY kills close to 30 thousand people a year. Now, Researchers at Duke University say they have come up with a new, faster way to determine whether a respiratory illness is a bacterial infection or a virus. It's a blood test, it's 90-percent accurate, and takes only 12 hours to get results. (The study is published in "Science Translational Medicine.")

CITY COUNCIL WANTS MNPS AUDIT
The City Council is asking for a performance audit of Metro Nashville Public Schools, to make sure they're using tax dollars efficiently. The last school audit was in 2001.

SCHOOL HIRES SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORS
School officials at California's Glendale Unified School District are standing by their decision to hire a company that monitors social websites that their students use. They say watching the kids' social habits online can help them catch and stop cyberbullying, possibly suicides, drug use and other problems the students are dealing with.

HOMELESS MAN REWARDED FOR HONESTY
That homeless man in Boston who found a backpack with 42 thousand dollars in it, and turned it in is being amply rewarded for his honesty. Donations have been pouring in, and so far Glen James has more than 92 thousand dollars to hopefully get on his feet and off the streets. 

BRAIN EATING AMOEBA MAY BE LINKED TO KATRINA
A brain-eating amoeba that killed a four year old boy in Louisiana...  may be linked to Hurricane Katrina.. and the stagnant water that pooled there afterward.

'GRAND THEFT AUTO V' EARNS $800 MILLION IN A DAY
If you weren't sure that Grand Theft Auto is super hot isten to this! The latest version just came out, and generated $800 million dollars in sales in 24 hours.

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
Today is "Talk Like a Pirate Day"... so have fun driving everybody crazy with that.
FALL STARTS THIS WEEKEND!
And Sunday is the first day of Autumn.

GOOD GRIEF!
DUMBBELLS SHAPED LIKE WOMEN'S BREASTS
And have you heard about the company that's finally come up with some kettlebell sets that your man will be RUSHING to pick up every day! They're hand weights, shaped like women's breasts... and they'll be in some sporting goods stores in time for Christmas. At least you know they won't gather dust!

NASHVILLE PARKS COULD BE SPONSORED
What do you think about a sponsor for Nashville's parks? One Metro City council member says it wouldn't mean signs or billboards at city parks, but instead, things like sponsors helping to cover costs for things like animal waste bags.

BEER AND POT COMMERCIALS DURING SUPERBOWL? 
On Wednesday, software provider Intuit kicks off a contest that will award one small business with a 30-second Super Bowl XLVIII commercial. The third-quarter ad will likely be seen by more than 100 million viewers.  The contest was called Small Business Big Game.   Now enter the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws which submitted an entry last week and announced this week that it is now in first place in the voting.   But the fight has just begun. Future rounds of the contest include Intuit employees voting for the four finalists in late October, and then the world voting on the winner.

CHER BACKTRACKS ON MILEY CYRUS SLAM
Cher is backtracking on her critical comments about Miley Cyrus.  After slamming the 20-year-old's Video Music Awards performance in an interview with "USA Today," Cher took to Twitter to say that she is "a little ashamed" for the words she used.  Cher had said that she wasn't "old-fashioned," but that Miley's body "looked like hell," and that she "can't dance." 

ZACH EFRON SECRET REHAB
Zach Efron reportedly went into rehab five months ago, to quit drinking, although Internet rumors claim it was because of a cocaine habit. He's clean now.

FOR A CHANGE: BEST-DRESSED WOMAN, INSTEAD OF UNDRESSED WOMAN
"Scandal" star Kerry Washington is the world's best-dressed woman, according to People magazine.

BRITNEY BITS
Britney Spears confirms it -- Justin Timberlake was her first kiss. This just after her new album was announced…and she apparently threw up during the chopper ride to the desert location where thousands of fans waited with cards to hold up to create a giant picture of her.

BIG BROTHER FINALE
The 15th season of CBS's "Big Brother" has come to an end.  On Wednesday's season finale, Andy Herren was the competition's last man standing.  The 26-year-old professor from Aurora, Illinois picked up the grand prize of 500-thousand dollars. 

GOOGLE CREATES COMPANY TO ADDRESS AGING AND ILLNESS
Google is creating a new company aimed at tackling aging and illness.  It's called Calico.  Google CEO Larry Page says the company's goal will be to improve millions of lives with what he called "some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology."  Arthur Levinson will be Calico's CEO.  He's also a Chairman of Apple and Genentech [[ jen-NEN-tek ]]. 

FEDERAL RESERVE KEEPS STIMULUS PROGRAM GOING
The Federal Reserve is not yet winding down its stimulus program.  In a news briefing on Wednesday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank will continue buying up 85-billion-dollars worth of securities every month to stimulate the sluggish economic recovery.  He noted that the recovery continues at a moderate pace but noted unemployment is still too high.