Tues, February 14, 2012
SECOND HARVEST FOOD TRUCK TUESDAY: SPREADING THE LOVE
Today is Food Truck Tuesday at 2nd Harvest. They're hoping you'll come by and have lunch at one of three Food trucks: The Grilled Cheesery, The Love Shack, or Riffs. 10 percent of your lunch money goes right back to 2nd Harvest. Plus, you can go inside 2nd Harvest, where it's warm, and eat your lunch. You can also take a tour if you'd like. Heidi Tieslau with 2nd Harvest says they're also hoping you'll bring a jar of peanut butter to donate for their food boxes for the needy.
Mix 929 will be there today from 11 to 1, at 331 Great Circle Road.
NASHVILLE ZOO TO HOLD JOB FAIR AGAIN TODAY
And there are a couple of job fairs this week, one at the Nashville Zoo today and tomorrow to fill summer job positions, and a job fair at Opry Mills tomorrow to fill positions at the stores that'll all have their official grand openings March 29th.
OPRY MILLS TO HOST JOB FAIR TUESDAY
Opry Mills Mall is scheduled to host a job fair to fill hundreds of new retail, restaurant and management positions that will soon be available. The job fair is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Regal Cinemas Court at the mall. Participating retailers of the upcoming job fair event include Aquarium Restaurant, Carter's, Coach Factory Store, Rainforest Café and Steve Madden among others. Attendees are encouraged to bring an updated resume and dress professionally. The mall is scheduled to reopen next month after it was destroyed by the historic May flood of 2010.
For more information on Opry Mills, visit their Web site. http://www.simon.com/mall/oprymills/default.aspx
ARRIOLA ASKED TO RETURN WEDDING FEES
Metro Council member Charlie Tygard is asking Davidson County Clerk John Arriola to pay back the fees he collected from performing weddings while on the job. Arriola claims the 40-dollars he made per appointment marrying couples in his office were tips. Tygard says Arriola should contact the couples and tell them that, and let them choose whether to tip him rather than leaving them thinking it was a required fee. He says if Arriola doesn't, he'll bring it to Council as a resolution. Arriola supplemented his income more than 119 thousand dollars in five years with those 'tips'.
WHITNEY HOUSTON'S BODY BACK HOME
Whitney Houston's body is back in her home state of New Jersey. Days after being discovered dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room, the body of the 48-year old singing sensation was flown back to the Garden State last night. A memorial service is planned for later this week at the Prudential Center in Newark. Actor/producer Tyler Perry paid for her body to be flown home on his private jet. We caught up with former American Idol contestant Melinda Doolittle, who spoke about Whitney's influence on her career.
TONY BENNETT'S CONTROVERSIAL DRUG REMARKS AFTER WHITNEY'S DEATH www.foxnews.com
Tony Bennett is causing a stir with his comments following Whitney Houston's death. FoxNews.com says that at a pre-Grammy party Saturday evening, just hours after Whitney had died, he called upon those at the event to "commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs" so people would "have to get it from a doctor, not just some gangsters that just sell it under the table." Bennett said he felt such legislation could have prevented Whitney's death as well as the deaths of Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson. Bennett's critics say the singer's remarks were both inappropriate and misleading, since illegal drugs weren't a factor in Jackson or Winehouse's death and the cause of Houston's death hasn't been determined yet. But others are supporting Bennett, and say Tony is simply trying to shed light on the subject while the media is listening. Bennett has had his own battles with addiction. Substance abuse had also been an issue in Houston, Jackson, and Winehouse's lives.
LENO BANDLEADER RECALLS HELPING WHITNEY LAND A RECORD DEAL
The death of Whitney Houston is personal to Jay Leno's bandleader. On NBC's "The Tonight Show" Wednesday night, Rickey Minor shared how he helped Houston launch her career. He explained that he was tapped to put together a band for Whitney when she was trying to land her first record deal, and at the time nobody was interested in her.
Minor remained working with Houston, serving as her musical director for several years. He added that Whitney was truly a rare talent. Rickey said that when Whitney sang it "went straight to your heart," and vocally she could "tell the story like no other."
TENNESSEE PRIMARY EARLY VOTING STARTS TOMORROW
Early voting for the March 6th primary starts tomorrow, and analysts say the Volunteer state will play a big role in the delegate-sweeping on Super Tuesday. ... since we represent a wide swatch of different kinds of Republican primary voters. They say it could be the day a candidate emerges from the neck-and-neck race.
PROPOSED HELMET LAW ALLOWS GOING WITHOUT
There's a proposed change to Tennessee's helmet law that's already causing big debates. The House Transportation General Subcommittee will hear a bill that lets people 21 or older DECIDE whether they want to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. AAA Middle Tennessee is against it. Motorcyclists are the main supporters saying its the rider's right to choose. A similar bill was proposed before but fell short of votes.
SAKS OPENING LA VERGNE DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Saks is opening a distribution center in La Vergne... in the former Borders distribution center. Hiring for the facility should start in April.
HEALTH: POLLUTION INCREASES STROKE RISK AND MEMORY LOSS
Living in a crowded city or near a busy highway where the air quality is poor might lead to a higher chance of stroke or memory loss, according to two U.S. studies. That increased risk was greatest within 12 to 14 hours of pollution exposure, and was linked to nitrogen dioxide, a traffic-related pollutant. Researchers say blood vessels dilate and constrict in response to the outside environment in an attempt to keep blood pressure constant. But air pollution might affect the body's ability to regulate blood pressure, which in turn could trigger a stroke in people who are already at risk. That same effect could explain why, over a longer period of time, being exposed to air pollution might be associated with declining thinking and memory skills.
GRAMMY AWARDS PULL BIGGEST RATINGS FOR CBS SINCE 1984
The 54th annual Grammy Awards pulled in big numbers for CBS, garnering the highest ratings for the show since 1984, the network said Monday. The broadcast delivered 39 million viewers, according to Nielsen. It was the second largest Grammy audience in history.
WHITE HOUSE BUDGET HEARINGS TODAY
White House officials will gather on Capitol Hill this morning for hearings on President Obama's 2013 budget blueprint. Obama formally submitted the three-point-eight trillion dollar plan to Congress yesterday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner [[ GYTE-nur ]] will testify in separate hearings today.
HEALTH: PUBLIC SMOKING BANS ALSO CURB AT-HOME SMOKING
You remember how some smokers were up in arms when bans on smoking in public places went into effect? Well apparently it's not only keeping the air cleaner for non-smokers, but a new study finds a significant number of smokers create smoke-free rules in their homes after public smoking bans take effect in their area. And, it makes it more socially acceptable for people to make their homes non-smoking even if they have friends who smoke.
SMARTPHONE APP GIVES CPR INSTRUCTIONS
Need to perform CPR? There's an app for that. The 2 dollar app lets you pull it up, put down the phone and it'll prompt you about what to do next. with both audible and visual prompts.
MCDONALD'S CHANGING REQUIREMENTS FOR PORK SUPPLIERS
McDonald's suppliers are being required to change how they treat pigs destined to be slaughtered for the restaurant. The chain is requiring the suppliers to quit using small pens called gestation cages. The pens have been criticized by animal rights groups as being cruel to the pigs. A senior executive at McDonald's says there are better and more humane alternatives to the enclosures. The pens are too small for a full-grown pig to turn around. A spokesman for the Washington-based Humane Society says the small pens make it more likely that the pigs will develop disease and illnesses.
KENNY ROGERS SUES CAPITOL RECORDS FOR ONLINE ROYALTIES
Kenny Rogers is suing his former label, Capitol Records, for breach of contract. The singer says he hasn't been getting properly compensated for digital song royalties going back more than 30 years.
COSMO'S CHEAP DATE STRATEGIES
Need something unique and under $25 for an evening with someone special.
Pool or Billiards: One hour at the table and two beers = $8.50
Drinks at a museum: Free admission plus two glasses of wine = $8.00
Coffee in a bookstore: Two orders of coffee and dessert = $9.00 Rollerblading: Two two-hour rentals plus bottled water = $23.00
Darts in a cozy bar: Two orders of beer, burger and fries = $18.00
WAFFLE HOUSE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Waffle houses in Georgia are offering Valentine's Day dinner specials that come complete with alcohol free champagne. Would someone take their date to a waffle joint for Valentine's Day dinner?
DIERKS BENTLEY REFLECTS ON VALENTINE'S DAY AS MARRIED VS SINGLE
Dierks Bentley says Valentine's Day took on a new meaning for him once he found a bride. He explains that having a permanent relationship puts a different spin on the romantic holiday.
Bentley recalls that when he was single Valentine's Day had certain pitfalls, because it was the time he and his girlfriend would assess the status of their relationship. He says that if he didn't "give the right present" or "say the right things" he'd "be in the doghouse," but if he overstated his feelings he risked pushing the relationship along too quickly. However, it's been a while since Dierks has been single. He and his wife Cassidy celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in December.
VALENTINE'S DAY ENFORCES UNREAL EXPECTATIONS
Hoping for a knight in shining armor, when you are really living with The Cable Guy? No flowers? No candy? No candle lit dinner? Not even a card? Valentine's day is the number one time of the year people question their relationship. Is he really right for me? Should I keep trying to make it work? Dr. Winfried Sedhoff. MD, says many of us create FANTASY relationships, and our brains trick us into trying to live out these false realities in our lives.