Wed, June 5, 2013

BBB WARNS OF ANOTHER SCAM
The Better Business bureau is asking us to warn you that scammers have been hitting people who are in financial trouble. The thieves pose as debt collectors and threaten arrest warrants and criminal prosecution if you don't send money.
   The latest local family who fell for it believed the con man who told them their son was about to go to jail for debt, and they sent 800 dollars to the low-life. The BBB says you can't go to jail for non-payment of bills, but it IS illegal for someone to threaten you like that to collect a debt. You can READ MORE ABOUT IT.

JOB FAIR TODAY
There's a big job fair today at the Goodwill Career Center on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro. Four Middle Tennessee companies are hiring for positions in Rutherford, Davidson and Wilson counties, positions vary, and the job fair runs 9 to 1.

CELEBRITIES IN TOWN FOR TONIGHT'S CMT SHOW AND CMA FESTIVAL
This is the week a lot of us get caught up in fussing about extra traffic on the road, people who don't know where they're going, and all the street closings for the CMA Music Festival. But it's also a fun week for star-watching. There are a LOT of celebrities in town this week for the shows, and for the CMT awards tonight.

CMT AWARDS TONIGHT
Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Luke Bryan have the most nominations heading into tonight's CMT Awards show in Nashville. They're up for four awards each at the fan-voted event. Rascall Flatts, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are also up for awards, and Keith Urban, Lady Antebllum and George Strait will be presenters.

CMA KICKOFF PARADE AT 11
There's also a parade today in downtown Nashville. It's the CMA Festival Kickoff parade... starts at 11. You can see the schedule for all the shows, and when and where everything is, at CMAWORLD.com

MORE METRO COMMUNITY POOLS OPEN THIS WEEKEND
This is the time of year many kids have waited for: the Metro Davidson community parks are opening up! Yay, swimming! That includes Kirkpatrick and Watkins Spray Parks, Rose Park, Looby Park, Cleveland and Napier Park pools, all either open or opening this weekend. See the SCHEDULE for hours at the park nearest you.

SESAME STREET URGES KIDS TO GET OUTSIDE
Sesame Street's new goal is to get kids away from the screens and outside to play and explore. They've put together videos to give children ideas for fun things to do once they get outside, including visiting a National park. Sesame Street delivers the message in the kids' language, too: having the puppets do a little hip hop song to kick things off. See the campaign and the video HERE.

OUTDOOR RECESS MAY HELP PROTECT KIDS FROM NEARSIGHTEDNESS
It's good for them to get outdoors. Two new studies have found that being outdoors at recess and increased exposure to sunlight both may cut your child's risk of becoming nearsighted (myopia). (The researchers say that also shows that schools have the power to make a HUGE difference in children's vision health by giving them frequent recess breaks and outdoor activities.

MIX MORNING SHOW'S TAKE BACK THE SUMMER IDEA:
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
We'll be tossing out some ideas through the summer, to get you started on a fun, inexpensive family outing. Our first idea is to take the family to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Tennessee State Tourist Development commissioner, Susan Whitaker, says it's the most visited National Park in the Country. And the most visited area at Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Cade’s Cove.
The cool thing is that you can go to www.tnvacation.com and print out brochures, not just about Tennessee's great trip destinations, but they include information about everything along the route, including where you can get cellphone service, and where the bathrooms are.

CAFFEINE INTOXICATION OFFICIALLY A MENTAL DISORDER
Coffee-drinkers, beware: Your caffeine habit could induce a temporary mental disorder. The new edition of the mental health manual, the DSM-5, lists caffeine intoxication among the many disorders known to psychiatry.
Restlessness, nervousness, excitement, red face, gastrointestinal upset, muscle twitching, rambling speech, sleeplessness, rapid and irregular heartbeat and other symptoms may be familiar to many of us, but they are telltale signs of caffeine intoxication.

CHRYSLER SAYS NO TO JEEP RECALL
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the NHTSA, says Chrysler should recall older Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys because the gas tank, mounted in the rear of the car, can leak and explode in crashes. So far more than 50 people have died. But Chrysler says the Jeeps are safe, and they're choosing not to do the expensive retrofits to the vehicles. That means the NHTSA may take them to court. 

HARPETH HALL SCHOOL SOCCER COACH JAILED FOR RAPE
The Harpeth Hall School soccer coach, George "Rico" Laise, is facing rape charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a now 17-year-old girl that started last year when she was 16.  The 46 year old coach was arrested at Harpeth Hall, where he was taking part in a summer soccer clinic. Sex Crimes detectives think the 46 Laise raped at least one other underaged girl, and are asking anyone else who's been victimized to come talk to them. Laise has been coaching youth soccer and giving private lessons since the late 1990s. (862-7540 if you know someone else he's been involved with. )

MOBILE INTERNET BECOMING MORE POPULAR THAN HOME WIRELESS
Technology is changing so fast that a new report predicts that Americans are more likely to have a mobile Internet device than wired home broadband in four years. The PricewaterhouseCoopers' "Entertainment & Media Outlook 2013-2017" report says this year consumer spending on Internet-connected smartphones, tablets and other devices will surpass home broadband service fees for the first time.

COLD OR ALLERGIES?
Is it a cold or an allergy? Doctors say there are a lot of people trying to tell the difference right now. How to tell? If you have a runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes for more than two weeks, it's probably an allergy. If your symptoms get worse when you go outside and better when you're inside, allergies. And they say that antihistamines will help with allergy symptoms but not so much for colds.

"AMERICAN IDOL" EXECS NIGEL LYTHGOE, KEN WARWICK LEAVING?
The shakeups on "American Idol" could be extending beyond the judges' panel.  An insider is telling TheWrap.com that the show's longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick may be in danger of getting the axe from Fox.  The news follows the exit of longtime judge Randy Jackson as well as season twelve's Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.  Mike Darnell, the network's alternative programming chief, announced his retirement last week as well.  Darnell, who helped launch "Idol" back in 2002 and is a good friend of Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, has yet to be replaced. 
          Both Lythgoe and Warwick were producers when the show launched as well, though Lythgoe left the show for a period between 2008 and 2010.  Fox declined to comment on the report.

ITC SAYS APPLE INFRINGES SAMSUNG PATENT, BANS SOME PRODUCTS
Samsung Electronics has won the latest round of its global international patent battle with Apple. The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Apple infringed Samsung’s patents, which would mean Apple can't sell some of its older model iPhones and iPads unless Apple wins in appeals court ... and the ITC says its ruling is final.... or if the ruling were vetoed by President Obama.