Archive for April, 2014

FLOODING ALERT: SEPTIC SYSTEMS AND WELLS

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Chris

Heavy rains such as those experienced over the past several days can cause problems with septic systems and private wells. The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County urges residents to take safety precautions when dealing with these issues:

Septic tank back-up:
- Use household water as little as possible to try to prevent sewage from backing up into the house.

- If you do have a sewage backup, stay out of the affected areas and keep children and pets away.

- To clean up small spills, wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and waterproof gloves.

- Clean walls and all hard surfaces with soap and water.

- Disinfect with a solution of ¼ cup bleach in 1 gallon of water (do not mix cleansers with ammonia and bleach as this will create toxic fumes).

- Once clean-up is complete, dry out affected items to prevent the growth of mold.

- Wash all linens and clothing in hot water or have them dry cleaned.

- Discard things that cannot be washed or dry cleaned, such as mattresses, carpeting, wall coverings, and upholstered furniture.

- If a spill occurs outside your home, keep children and pets away from the affected area and contact a registered septic tank contractor for clean-up.

Follow proper hygiene precautions, as well:

- Keep hands and fingers away from your nose, mouth, eyes and ears.

- Wash hands with soap and water immediately after clean-up efforts, as well as before eating or drinking.

- Keep fingernails short and clean. Use a stiff brush to remove dirt and foreign materials.

- Do not store clean work clothes with used work clothes.

- Shower as soon as possible after cleaning up sewage or sewage contaminated flood water.

- Private wells that provide drinking water can be affected by flood waters, as well. The health department advises private well owners to take precautions against disease-causing organisms that may make water unsafe to drink. Any of the follow may be used:

- Boil all water used for drinking, brushing teeth, washing or cooking food, and washing dishes. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient to kill disease causing organisms.

- Disinfect water by adding 8 drops of plain, unscented household bleach to one gallon of water and allow to stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the process.

- Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.

After flooding subsides, disinfect your well using the procedures provided by the Florida Department of Health at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/private-well-testing/_documents/Flooded_Well_Broc.pdf.

Have your water tested by a laboratory certified by the state to perform a drinking water analysis for coliform bacteria.

Flood Info And Tips From the Red Cross

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Chris

The American Red Cross of Northwest Florida is on the scene in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties to help those affected by the flood.

Emergency shelters are open at:

Bellview United Methodist Church, 4945 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola
Marie Young Community Center, 6405 Wagner Road, Pensacola
Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street, Milton
Crestview Community Center, 1446 Commerce Drive, Crestview
Choctawhatchee High School, 110 Racetrack Road, NW, Ft. Walton Beach
South Walton High School, 645 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach

“In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the flood get back on their feet,” said Jerry Kindle, CEO, Red Cross of Northwest Florida.

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:

• Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

• Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages.

• Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.

• If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.

• If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.

• Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

• When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.

• During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.

• Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!

• Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

HOW TO HELP – Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Chris

The average person under the age of 35 does this for about 3.5 hours a day…What is it?
Answer: Wears headphones

Eddie Montgomery Married

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Chris

Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry is a married man again! He and longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Belcher, broke the news today on Twitter:


The couple has dated for several years, making their first appearance 3 years ago at the Kentucky Derby.

This is good news for Eddie, who has been on the other side of headlines in recent times after being diagnosed with prostate cancer then divorce with his wife. Plus, this past January, he filed for bankruptcy after his restaurant in Lexington, KY closed.

Lucy Hale’s Boyfriend

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Chris

When Lucy Hale was in Cat Country for a ‘Cat Country Close Up’ in January there wasn’t a sense she was seeing anyone. But, things change in 3 months.

Lucy and fellow young country artist, Joel Crouse (“If You Want Some”), are said to be ‘testing the waters’ in their relationship which they took public recently, sitting court side at a Los Angeles Lakers game.

Jake Owen Lets Couple Practice Their First Dance At Show

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Chris

Last week during one of his shows on his “Days Of Gold Tour” in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Jake Owen made one couple’s night with a performance of “Heaven” just for Seth and Sierra.

During the meet and greet, Seth shared that he played the song while proposing and made a request for him to play it. Jake changed up his set list to add the song and brought the couple on stage to practice their “first dance.”

Eli Young Band gets pranked at the Wharf

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by brent
If you where at the Wharf for the Darius Rucker show you saw the Eli Young Band get pranked by Darius Rucker’s band.  Here is what it looked like from the stage.

Kecey Musgraves Opens Up About “Keep It To Yourself”

Posted on: April 26th, 2014 by Chris

Kacey Musgraves admits her latest song, “Keep It To Yourself,” was a bit difficult to write as it was about an ex.

“I was going through a bit of a personal down moment and a break-up, and self- discipline has never been something that I’ve been very good at,” she tells Nashville.com.

“So, when this song talks about keeping it to yourself, it’s just about knowing and wanting to know how that person feels about you like in a situation, but just knowing that it’s not good for you anymore and that you literally have to be the strong person and say, ‘Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in.’”

She feels it’s a song a lot of people can relate to as breaking up is hard and it’s not easy getting over that hump where you know everything will be okay. “Literally you just have to be like, ‘If you have feelings for me, just put them on a shelf,’ like I don’t want to hear about them.”

You can find “Keep It To Yourself” on Kacey’s album, Same Trailer Different Park, and catch her CMT Croddroads special with Katy Perry June 13.

Eric Church Puts Scalpers On Notice

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by Chris

Eric Church is not a fan of scalpers and today he proved it. More than 14,000 tickets have sold for his upcoming show in Minneapolis but after running checks it turns out about 1,000 were bought by scalpers and he took them back and is reselling them.

“A lot of acts just want to sell as many tickets as they can and they don’t care who they sell them to,” he says. “I want my fans to be the ones who buy tickets to my shows, and I want scalpers to back off. I can’t stop ticket scalpers completely, but I can definitely make it harder for them.”

He wants to make sure fans, not scalpers, have a chance to buy the tickets for the hottest seats for the September show. 902 tickets that were sold to names or credit cards reached their ticket purchasing limit and were cancelled, then resold to fans.

Eric says his team will be tracking ticket sales at all of his Outsiders World Tour stops.

Source: The Boot

Brantley Gilbert On The Mend

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by Chris

Brantley Gilbert is going to be taking a break from the gym the next few weeks as he recovers from a hernia. He tells Taste of Country, “I’ve got four tears in my stomach,” from lifting too much.

Ever since he stopped drinking Brantley’s become somewhat of a gym rat, hitting the weights five days a week. As for the injury, while lifting amplifies the pain, he thinks he got it from his regular job.

“I think I really, legitimately got it from singing”. He says he puts a strain on his stomach when he sings.

With the down time he’ll be able to spend a little more time with his pup, Silo.