Wednesday, August 7, 2013

RAIN FOR THE TITANS GAME/NEW BAG RULES IN EFFECT THURSDAY
Is this rain ever going to stop? Our yards are already growing mushrooms, and it's hard to let the grass dry out enough to mow it. But, no break just yet. We have rain in the forecast at least through tomorrow night's preseason game with the Titans hosting the Redskins at LP Field. And remember, the new bag rules go into effect this season. You're encouraged not to bring ANY bags into the stadium, but they will allow clear bags, no larger than 12 by 12, or gallon size plastic zip freezer bags.  You can see the new guidelines at www.TitansOnline.com

OFFICIALS HUNTING DANGEROUS PACK OF DOGS IN BORDEAUX
Residents in the Bordeaux area are being warned to look out for a pack of dogs that attacked and nearly killed a small pet donkey on Monday, and could be a threat to people and other pets. Witnesses say the dogs looked well-fed and healthy, which Metro Animal Control says indicates they're family pets that have gotten loose. They're putting out traps, and watching for the dog pack. If you see it, you should call them: 862-79-28

SEARCH FOR CALIF KILLER/KIDNAPPER
There's a massive search, and an Amber alert issued for two children kidnapped and believed to be in extreme danger. Police think the man who took them killed the childrens' mother and another child, then burned down his home with their bodies in it. 40 year old James DiMaggio is thought to be in a Blue Nissan Versa with California tags. You're asked to call police if you see him and the two kids, an 8 year old boy and a 16 year old girl.

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MISSOURI
Tennesseans know what it's like to suffer through severe flooding, so we can empathize. In Missouri, the Governor has declared a state of emergency, Marines have been called in to help, and close to 200 homes are damaged or destroyed because of flooding that's already killed a four year old boy. He was lost when his parents car was swept away by floodwaters. Rescuers are still searching for his mother and possibly others who were in the vehicle. 

WALMART SUSPENDS SALES OF CRAZE AFTER REPORT
Wal-Mart has stopped selling a popular sports dietary supplement on its website and a U.S. senator is demanding tougher regulation after a report that claims Craze, a popular pre-workout powder, may have dangerous ingredients in it... Craze is the latest in a series of products the maker has put on the market, including weight-loss pills made from a highly toxic chemical pesticide banned from human consumption and a designer steroid linked to serious liver damage.

THIRD LARGEST POWERBALL IN HISTORY ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
And the jackpot for the Powerball Lottery is up to at least 425 million dollars... the 3rd largest  jackpot in Powerball history. www.tnlottery.com

DRIVER IN HORRENDOUS TRUCK CRASH IN DALLAS WAS FROM TENNESSEE
You've probably seen the video of a truck plummeting off an overpass near Dallas… crashing and burning on the road below. Police have identified the driver as a Tennessee man: 59-year-old James Long of Clarksville. His son says Long had heart issues and type 2 diabetes, which could have contributed to the crash.

CLEVELAND KIDNAPPING HOUSE
The Cleveland Kidnapping house, the home where Ariel Castro held three women captive for years will be completely demolished and cleared away today.

'EMERGENCY BRIDGE REPAIR' WORK TIES UP TRAFFIC IN NASHVILLE, WILL TIE UP AHEAD
Some people were trapped for hours in a traffic jam yesterday on and below the Charlotte Avenue Bridge. Apparently it started falling apart. Two HUGE chunks of concrete fell out onto the street below... leaving holes in the bridge: one two feet by two feet, the other two feet by four wide. None of the cars below were damaged, and nobody was hurt, but TDOT says the holes are a sign the entire bridge needs to be replaced. It was built in 1959.

FOR FIRST TIME MORE ONLINE VIEWERS THAN TV VIEWERS
Five hours reading the Internet. Four hours watching television. Fourteen minutes with a print magazine. Sound about right? A new study on media trends says that's what the average person's day looks like. We're now spending more time online than watching TV, and for the first time ever, we're getting our online content more on our PHONES than from a desktop or laptop.

TWITTER CAN INCREASE TV RATINGS
Tweeting while watching TV has been shown to increase the ratings of TV shows. Social networking and us chatting about our favorites has impacted TV so much that this fall Nielsen is starting a Twitter TV rating system that measures the social activity of TV audiences.

USHER AND EX FIGHT OVER CUSTODY AFTER SWIMMING POOL ACCIDENT WITH SON
A legal battle is brewing between Usher and his ex-wife.  Tameka Raymond wants custody of their two children after a swimming pool accident landed their son Usher Raymond V in the hospital.  The five-year old reportedly got his arm stuck in a pool drain at the singer's home in Atlanta. 

HIS GPS MADE HIM DO IT, DRIVER TELLS POLICE
Has your GPS ever told you, “As soon as possible, make a u-turn”? Well 29 year old Toby Leonard told Nashville police he missed the Nashville Airport exit, and his GPS told him to make a U-turn, so he did. Illegally. Police say his actions caused a rollover crash that sent another driver to the hospital. Leonard was ticketed.

SECRET CAUSES OF BAD BREATH... THAT YOU CAN FIX!
Are you a chronic mint popper or gum chewer?  Dentist Tom Connelly says there's one thing you should be doing BEFORE you brush our teeth, and your breath wouldn't get sour so fast... he says even if you BRUSH your tongue, you should also SCRAPE it first. He says we should ALL be doing that.. to get rid of gunk that gets stuck in our taste buds. Doctor Tom also says stress causes bad breath: more stress hormones, less saliva, and bacteria thrive. 

MT. JULIET GIRLS' SO-CALLED PRANK LEADS TO CRIMINAL CHARGES
Looks like Mt. Juliet may have its own group of Mean Girls. Homeowner Brian Snyder says he spent so much time and money cleaning up spray painted slurs on his house and drive that he thinks the teens who were targeting his daughter with the nasty names should face felony charges. Instead, police are expected to charge the girls with misdemeanor vandalism.

PA. BABY DIES AFTER SERVING AS PARENTS' BEST MAN
This is so sad... that terminally ill Pennsylvania 2-year-old, whose parents pushed their wedding up by a year to be sure he'd be alive to be part of it, passed away on Monday.. in his mama's arms. Christine Swidorsky posted about it on Facebook, thanking everyone for their prayers and support. We've linked her page on the Mix Facebook page, so you can send her a note if you want.

GIANT, 15-TON FAT BLOB PULLED FROM LONDON SEWER
                                                                                                                              COLORADO MAN WHO SPED THROUGH CROWD IN CALIF STILL BEHIND BARS, PLEADED NOT GUILTY
Nathan Campbell, the Colorado man who allegedly intentionally sped into crowds of people in California, mowing them down with his car, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies. He's still in jail.

GREEN PAINT VANDALISM CLEANUP IN WASHINGTON COSTLY
The last of the green paint splattered at the Washington National Cathedral is gone, but some work remains to be done at the Lincoln Memorial.  The National Park Service says more than 300 hours of work has been done at the Memorial.  Back at the Cathedral, it took about 15-thousand dollars to undo the vandalism at the Bethlehem and Children's chapels.

MONTREAL MAN TO PAY PANHANDLER FOR DISCRIMINATION
A Montreal man is being ordered to pay a panhandler nearly eight-thousand dollars.  According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Quebec's human rights commission determined that a complaint filed by a man against a woman who is down on her luck was discriminatory.  Apparently, the woman suffers from a degenerative bone disease and survives by panhandling outside of a local liquor store.  The unnamed man apparently sent an email to the store manager laying out his problems with her presence.  In the message, the man reportedly proposed to solve Montreal's vagrancy problem by shooting homeless people and sending a bill to their families.  The store owner showed the message to the woman, who brought it to the attention of the province's human rights commission, asking for 20-thousand dollars in compensation.  They eventually determined the man should pay seven-thousand-702-dollars to the woman.  The commission also called the message "highly reprehensible."

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH GOES HOME AFTER HEART SURGERY
Former President George W. Bush is expected to be released from the hospital later today following heart surgery.  Bush had to have a stent put in his heart when doctors discovered a clogged artery during a routine check up.  A spokesperson says Bush is in "high spirits" and is thankful for the work of the medical staff and his well-wishers.

LEA MICHELE RECORDS SONG FOR 'GLEE' CORY MONTEITH TRIBUTE
 Lea Michele is back at work.  According to "People," the "Glee" actress returned to the studio on Monday for the first time since her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith died unexpectedly last month.  She was photographed leaving the studio wearing a necklace with the word "Cory" on it.  Later, Lea tweeted that she "couldn't have picked a more beautiful & perfect song to start the year with."  It is believed that the actress spent the day recording something special to pay tribute to the late Monteith for an episode being planned in his honor.  As previously announced, the proceeds of the music sales for that episode, coming in the fall, will go towards a fund in his name. 

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUING BANK OF AMERICA FOR FRAUD
The Justice Department is suing Bank of America.  The suit filed in North Carolina accuses the bank of mortgage-backed securities fraud.  It involves 850-million-dollars worth of investments.  Attorney General Eric Holder says the suit is part of an ongoing effort to hold accountable those responsible for financial wrongdoing.

OBAMA HOUSING MARKET
President Obama says the housing market is healing, but still more needs to be done to assure success for America's middle class.  Speaking in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, Obama praised the city for leading, quote, "one of the biggest comebacks in the country."  To help build on the progress, Obama wants to phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as part of a national strategy to improve the housing market.

TEXAS COP NOT IN TROUBLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHING GEORGE ZIMMERMAN LICENSE PLATE
The Texas policeman who pulled over George Zimmerman for speeding won't be getting in any trouble for taking a picture of Zimmerman's license during the stop.  Taking photos for personal use is prohibited while on duty, but TMZ's reporting the officer's been cleared of any wrongdoing.  The city manager in Forney, Texas explained that the police officer took the picture to prove who he'd pulled over in case any controversy arose about the incident later.

SINGER CHRIS BROWN RETIRING?
Singer Chris Brown may be breaking out the retirement pamphlets.  Brown Tweeted this week to "mainstream America" that his upcoming project "X" may be his last album.  Negative attention has plagued him since 2009, when he was charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.

NFL WORKING ON POLICY FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DRIVING OFFENSES
The NFL is looking to improve its policy on alcohol-related driving offenses, and the league and Players' Association are also working on a testing policy for human growth hormone.  So far this year, ten NFL players have been booked on alcohol-related driving charges.