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November 26

A nor’easter along the east coast could cause some travel delays as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Coastal cities will see mainly rain but some icy stuff could also be thrown in.  Up to 10 inches of snow is possible inland in Northeast Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

The cost of renting a DVD movie is going up.  Redbox raising rates at its 42,000 kiosks.  Beginning next week a DVD will cost you $1.50 per day, 2 dollars for Blu-Ray.  Video game rentals jump to 3 dollars in January.

Tomorrow morning, the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot will be held in Franklin.  The 5K is a fundraiser for Graceworks Ministries and also includes a Kid’s Kilometer Fun Run.  The starting point is at D1 Sports Training on South Springs Drive.  If you would like to enter the run just head over to http://graceworksministries.net/

For your Thanksgiving travel, TDOT halting all construction along the interstates and state roadways between Noon today and Monday.  The Tennessee Department of Safety says high visibility of law enforcement saves lives.  So an officer will be stationed every 20 miles along I-40.  Not just here, but every 20 miles between North Carolina and California.

Honda fessing up about not telling U.S. safety regulators about more than 1700 serious accidents since 2003.  Many involving airbags.  Honda has recalled 7 ½ million vehicles over those bad bags.

Kids also have stress and many 9 to 13 year olds say the pressure of homework and making good grates is a big stressor for them.  Kids usually try to handle it with physical activity and listening to music and 75% of those stressed kids say they want help from parents to deal with it.

November 25

Everyone wants to be home for the holidays and that will happen for about 140 soldiers at Fort Campbell.  They will return in time for a late Thanksgiving meal on Thursday after being deployed in Kuwait for the last nine months.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepped down on Monday after less than two years on the job.  The resignation coming at a key time and the US gets more involved in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and also deploys troops to fight Ebola in West Africa.  Hagel, a former US Senator and decorated Viet Nam vet, took the Defense Secretary job in February of last year.

Auto manufacturers are paying close attention to any potential problems with their vehicles.  Toyota is the lastest to issue a recall.  About 400,000 Lexus GS, IS, and LS models are involved in this one that was brought on by possible fuel leak problems.

Number crunching time at the state capitol.  Governor Haslam holding budget hearings with a number of state departments.  Back in August, the Governor asked those departments to submit budgets showing a 7% cut since state revenues are expected to be tight.

Gas prices continue to go down which is welcome news, especially with many of us hitting the roads over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Prices have dipped 88 cents a gallon since May.

Burns are the most common injury at Thanksgiving.  Dr. Beth Podlosky with the Cleveland Clinic offers some good advice when she says the area around the stove should be a kid-free zone.

Is shopping on Black Friday more hype than anything else?  Survey from Bankrate finds that only 28% shop on Black Friday.  The dip can be attributed to many retailers who start their sales as soon as October.  A fourth say they have all their holiday shopping done BEFORE Thanksgiving.

November 24

The week of Thanksgiving and that signals the start of the holiday travel season.  It will be busier than usual at Nashville International and parking will be at a premium.  Busiest travel day will be Wednesday when most fly out and others hit the road for the holiday.

What is it that makes women happy?  It’s money to a certain point.  Women empowered by a job giving them financial independence but money isn’t what it’s all about.  Three quarters of women say having a career would be important to them, even if they didn’t need a paycheck.

The holiday season here, Franklin Firefighters are holding their 7th annual Toy and Clothing Drive.  The effort provides gifts to about 300 children who may not have any gifts to open on Christmas Day.  Details on how you can help are at  http://franklinfirefighterscharities.org/

While some stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day to get a jump start on Black Friday, others are opting to let their employees spend the holiday with their families.  Any Black Friday in store deals for Dillard’s, REI, Home Depot, and Burlington will actually start on Friday.

The Predators lead their division and are one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League right now.  The team home for the Thanksgiving holiday but it’s a busy week with games tomorrow night, Thanksgiving night and on Saturday at Bridgestone.

Singer Tracy Lawrence is helping out the Nashville Rescue Mission.  Tomorrow is his 9th Annual Mission Possible event.  Lawrence and some sports and celebrity friends will be frying up more than 500 turkeys on the mission parking lot to help feed the homeless in middle Tennessee.

November 21

Big recall involving strollers.  Graco says close to 5 million of them have a hinge on the side that can pinch a child’s finger.  Eleven models manufactured between August of 2000 and September of this year are involved in the recall.  To find out if yours is included, click http://www.pages02.net/newellrubbermaid/literiderrecall2014/default/?utm_source=gracobaby&utm_medium=hpbanner&utm_campaign=strollerrk2014

Some good news for the people of Buffalo and upstate New York.  After getting between 6 and 8 feet of snow there will be spring like temperatures by tomorrow.  The downside is with all the snowmelt there could be flooding in some areas.

The Nashville Christmas Parade is two weeks from today.  In the spirit of giving, organizers ask that you will be attending bring a new or gently used pair of shoes or a gently used coat to be distributed to those in need.  There will be drop off locations at Public Square Plaza and along Second Avenue near the Hard Rock Café.

Another five million dollars will be tacked on to the 65 million already budgeted for the new Sounds stadium at Sulpher Dell.  The money will come from the capital budgets of some city departments for new water lines, electrical lines and paving around the site of First Tennessee Park.

The FTC is shutting down 2 companies that scammed people out of 120 million dollars.   The FTC says both groups sold fake software and useless information about computer security.  The offices of the two companies were raided earlier this week.

The Titans really need a win and maybe we can snag one in Philadelphia on Sunday.  Between now and then in Buffalo, fans are being paid 10 dollars an hour to help clear Ralph Wilson Stadium of 220 thousand tons of snow dumped on the stadium by this week’s storms. 

 

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