Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BIG WEATHER CHANGE
As you step outside today... make sure you're ready for a DRASTIC weather change. It'll be much colder when you leave work than it is now. More polar air is sweeping through. We have a  WIND advisory- for North winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour. That's enough to blow your car into another lane while you're driving! We're expecting snow flurries, and after temperatures drop this afternoon, down to about 14 overnight, we may not get above freezing again, until late SATURDAY morning!

UTILITY BILL HELP
If you're struggling with super-high electric and water bills, already, from using the heater a lot and running the water non-stop during our last cold snap, utility officials say talk to them, and in many cases, you can work out a payment plan. There are also groups that can help you with bills, and you can see what's available by calling 2-1-1. That's the information number for all the help that's available here in Tennessee.

LOCAL FAMILY LOSES FATHER TO FLU, URGES OTHERS TO GET VACCINATED 
This is just so heartbreaking: family members across the country are wracked with grief and guilt, because they skipped the flu shots and someone is sick or dying from it. A Greenbrier father, Patrick Sass, is being taken off life support today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after getting sick on Christmas with H1N1. His son said, "Going to Walgreens to get a simple flu shot could have saved his life." Sass was a sign installer. In fact he was part of the crew that used a helicopter to put the sign on the Pinnacle building, downtown. As of yesterday (Monday), 466 people had been hospitalized and 16 people have died from the flu,  just here in Middle Tennessee.

GOVERNOR'S NEW FIGHT AGAINST METH
Governor Bill Haslam wants to make some changes in laws affecting the sale of pseudoephedrine... the key ingredient in many cold meds, and a necessary ingredient in methamphetamine. We have such a meth problem in Tennessee with meth users and the crime and expense they create...and lives it ruins, that Haslam is proposing making laws about buying pseudoephedrine even more strict.  Right now you can buy about nine boxes a month. You just have to sign for it and show id at the pharmacy.

TERRORIST THREAT AT OLYMPIC GAMES: URGENT SEARCH FOR POSSIBLE SUICIDE BOMBER IN SOCHI
Police in Sochi have launched an urgent search for a possible female suicide bomber who may have already made it past the ring of security set up for the Olympic Games. The suspected terrorist is believed to be the widow of an Islamic extremist killed by Russian officials last year.... and she may be affiliated with a terrorist group that's already threatened attacks on next month's Games.
          40,000 Russian security officials have been sent to Sochi ... and the United States has plans in place for RESCUES ... with two warships and several aircraft stationed near there in case they're needed.

METRO SCHOOLS TO BE AUDITED
We want the best for Metro schoolkids, so we want to make sure the money school officials spend, is used effectively. Metro Council says with that in mind, they're finalizing plans to spend 560-thousand-dollars for an in-depth audit of Metro Schools' budget. The last audit was in 2001, when 205 of the 230 recommendations that came from it were put into action.

NEW CANCER TREATMENT BEING USED IN TENNESSEE
We're making more progress in the fight against cancer. Three prostate cancer patients are among the first to receive proton therapy in the entire state.   Knoxville-based Provision Center for Proton Therapy treated the patients this week.  Proton therapy uses a single beam of high-energy protons to treat various forms of cancer, such as prostate, pediatric, brain, lung and breast cancers.  Unlike conventional radiation therapy, medical experts say proton beams can be fine-tuned to deliver maximum energy within the controlled range of the cancerous tumor.  Our Center here in Tennessee is one of only 14 in the nation.  Joe Hamby of Knoxville was one of the prostate cancer patients treated this week. He says he's thankful there's a center in Tennessee because the nearest one is about 500 miles away.

PLAYER RICHARD SHERMAN APOLOGIZES FOR POST-GAME RANT
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is changing his tone, issuing an apology instead of a rant.  Sherman says he's sorry for slamming San Francisco 49ers' receiver Michael Crabtree after Sunday's win in the NFC Championship.  He sent a text to ESPN's Ed Werder on Monday saying it wasn't his intent to take away from the fantastic game his teammates played by attacking an individual.

JELLY BELLY MAKES BEER-FLAVOR JELLY BEAN
Hmmm. This makes me wonder who they're targeting with this: candy maker Jelly Belly says it's come up with a beer-flavored jelly bean. 

SPANX CAUSING DAMAGE?
Next time you're getting ready for a big night out... imagine not having those spanx to squeeze everything into submission!
Some doctors say women are hurting themselves, causing things like acid reflux and pinched nerves, from wearing spanx that are too tight, for too long.
Doctors say the key is to wear the right size and don't wear them every day.

MANCHESTER, TN. MAN ARRESTED FOR 17TH TIME DRIVING ON REVOKED LICENSE
A Manchester man has been arrested for his seventeenth time for driving on a revoked license. 39 year old Shawn Lewis was caught when he crashed into a truck in a parking lot at 2:15 in the morning Saturday.

TODAY IS NATIONAL HUG DAY
And I know this is kind of iffy, this time of year, but today is officially 'National Hug Day.' With the colds and flu going around, you may wanna take a raincheck on that one... and hand out hug i.o.us till about spring!

GET A HANKY! TEEN GETS SURPRISE OF A LIFETIME AT BASKETBALL GAME
Last week, 13-year-old Derrick Jenkins saw his mother, who had been serving in Kuwait, for the first time in eight months.
The surprise reunion came while he was playing in a middle school basketball game at his school in San Antonio. Coaches called a technical foul to put Jenkins at the throw line, then snuck his mother, Lt. Col. Cotina Jenkins-Sellers, onto the court behind him. As Jenkins missed a free throw, he heard his mother's voice behind him saying, "Aw, that's alright Derrick." 
His reaction at the sound of her voice will bring tears to your eyes.
 

HANDGUNS IN HOMES LEAD TO MORE GUN OWNER DEATHS?
A new study suggests people who have guns in their homes are twice as likely to be killed and three times more likely to kill themselves.  Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that men and women with access to guns were equally likely to commit suicide, but women were three times more likely than men to be shot to death by someone else. 

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SWORN IN TODAY
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is preparing to be sworn in for a second term later today.  Christie's inauguration come after weeks of political fallout from the George Washington Bridge scandal, and charges by the mayor of Hoboken that Christie's administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds.  And as if that hasn't been enough, nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is out with claims that Christie tried to intimidate him and keep him from entering politics in the Garden State.

THIEF STEALS CELLPHONE, THEN GIVES IT BACK
In New York City, 25-year-old Kevin Cook told police that he had been mugged in Central Park. The thief grabbed his cellphone, and started to run away. Instead, the thief stopped, took a look at the cellphone, a FLIP PHONE, cursed, and asked, "What the (expletive) is this?" The crook then threw the cellphone back to Kevin and ran off. Kevin said for some reason he felt the need to defend his cellphone honor and yelled back that it was a "new style" flip phone.

KELLY CLARKSON EXPECTING A GIRL
Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is expecting a daughter.  On Monday, she Tweeted, "We just found out we're having a girl officially! I knew it! Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting!"  Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock married in October and announced they were having a baby a few weeks later.

SETH MYERS' LAST SNL FEB 1ST
Seth Myers' last regular appearance on "Saturday Night Live" will be February 1.

NEW STAR WARS SCRIPT FINISHED..
J.J. Abrams says the script for the next "Star Wars" movie is done.
 
BILL MURRAY SAYS HE MADE 'GARFIELD' MOVIE BY MISTAKE
Bill Murray said in an interview on Reddit that he signed on for the "Garfield" animated movie by mistake.  That's a pretty big oops. 
Murray said he mistook the director, Joel Cohen, for being one of the acclaimed Coen brothers.  He is not.    "I wasn't thinking clearly, but it was spelled Cohen, not Coen. I love the Coen brothers' movies.
I think that Joel Coen is a wonderful comedic mind," Murray wrote. "So I didn't really bother to finish the script, I thought, "He's great, I'll do it."   Murray has still not worked with the Coen brothers.