Wednesday, January 8, 2013

WHEN CAN YOU TURN OFF DRIPPING WATER AT THE HOUSE?
When can you turn off that dripping water at the house? Dean Fulton, a manager at Hiller Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, says, wait till it's above freezing. And, more importantly, he says, please take the time to learn where your water cutoff valves are. Be ready to turn them off quickly if you see a leak or experience flooding.
Many water line breaks don't become apparent until the THAW, when water starts flowing again.
There's a water cut off knob under each commode, one under each sink, and the master cutoff is usually outside, under a black metal plate with a hole in it that you can use to lift it open. You usually find the shutoff box somewhere around the edge of your yard, closest to the street. And you'll probably needs a special long wrench, shaped like a tall T -- sometimes called a water meter key. You can get one at hardware stores, or online, for under 20 bucks.

WINTER STORM/ SCHOOL CLOSINGS
Metro Schools were supposed to be back in session on TUESDAY, but have been delayed again. First, it was for dangerously cold temperatures, and today, because of weather-related problems at the schools. There were broken water lines, and more than 130 tickets turned in for heaters not working, mainly in portable classrooms, and some of the buses wouldn't start during yesterday morning's checks. Some of them had reportedly been checked on Monday and started, but then wouldn't crank yesterday.
The only County school systems open in our area today are Williamson, where they've opened an hour late, and Rutherford County schools, opening two hours late. You can see school closings, 24/7, under the News tab at www.mix929.com

PIPES BURST AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE. ROOMS CLOSED
The Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, a place where families with sick children stay to be near their kids as they go through treatment, has 17 fewer rooms available this morning, because some water pipes at the Ronald McDonald House  froze and burst, and flooded the place. 17 of 32 rooms are out of commission. That means families who are from out of town and already financially and probably mentally exhausted, need a place to stay, or some help. You can contact the Ronald McDonald House to find out what they need, (615) 343-4000.

NEW ICY PROBLEMS ON THE ROAD, EVEN THOUGH WE HAD NO MORE PRECIP
And here's what is happening on the roads: some of the icy, snowy spots on the road thawed a little in the sun yesterday, and now they've frozen again, and are even slicker and more dangerous than before!
   We're also seeing some icy spots on the roads because water lines nearby have broken. And those beautiful, frozen, waterfall-looking things on the cliff-sides along the interstates, are falling off, onto the roads, making some icy patches. So even though most of your ride may be perfectly clear, please don't drive so fast you can't control the car if you were to hit one of those icy patches.

ESCAPED KY. CONVICT CAN’T TAKE THE COLD, TURNS HIMSELF BACK IN
How cold is it? In Kentucky, it was so cold on Monday that a 42 year old escaped convict, on the run from police… ran awhile, then changed his mind. He walked into a motel lobby and asked the clerk to call police, and tell them he’d wait for them right there. He’s back in a niiiice, warm prison cell instead of out where the windchill was 20-below.

COLD/SNOW PHOTOS
Okay, there are some FUN things about cold weather. Mix 92.9 listener Peg Kleespies blew bubbles outside and they froze solid. We posted photos on our Mix Facebook Page. And someone in Hermitage made their own little hockey ice rink. Put down a tarp and put water on it, and had a cute, little skating area. 

VELVEETA SHORTAGE .. NO SUPERBOWL CHEESE DIP?
Just in time for Superbowl parties, Kraft says there's a shortage of Velveeta cheese. Some people will be watching the game without their traditional Velveeta and Salsa dip recipe. Kraft says it stems from a shortage of drivers to haul the stuff. So far the Velveeta shortage is only on the east coast, where some grocers are being told not to expect more till mid-february.

TOO COLD FOR POLAR BEARS
It's been even too cold for Polar Bears. Actually for bears who live in zoos. The Chicago Zoo had to move its Polar Bear inside because the wind chill got down to 42 below zero there, and the bear hadn't been exposed to temperatures like that, and don't have enough fat, or blubber, built up to survive in temperatures so low.

61 MILLION-DOLLAR WINNING LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN BELLEVUE
There IS a local winner in the Mega Millions Lottery, but we don't yet know who won. The $61-million-dollar ticket was sold at the Shell station on Old Harding Pike in Bellevue, but no one's come forward to claim the money, yet.

JOB FAIR WEDNESDAY IN HENDERSONVILLE
There's a job fair today in Hendersonville, 10 to 2, at the Goodwill Career Solutions center. Many different positions open. http://www.goodwillcareersolutions.org

ELVIS PRESLEY FANS HEAD TO GRACELAND TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY
Elvis Presley fans are will be gathering at Presley's former home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, to honor the late singer on what would have been his 79th birthday. 

HOW ABOUT TEXTS INSTEAD OF ICE CREAM TRUCK MUSIC?
Technology continues to change the way we live. A city in Sweden is working to get ice cream trucks to start TEXTING residents when they're on the way, instead of blasting that ice cream truck music through the neighborhood. 

HONEY BOO BOO FAMILY HURT IN CAR ACCIDENT
Reality TV's "Honey Boo Boo family" is recovering after a pretty rough car crash Monday night. Apparently dad, Sugar Bear, was driving, and when the light turned green, he drove out into the intersection, and someone driving with their lights off, ran a red light and slammed into the Honey Boo Boo family's vehicle. They all have bumps, sprains and bruises, but were okay enough that they didn't like the first hospital the ambulance took them to, so they drove to another, for treatment.