Close to 66 thousand people with individual health plans through Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Tennessee are getting letters letting them know they’ll need to pick a new plan. All this due to their current plan not meeting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
The latest auto recall involves the Dodge Ram Pickup. Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from the 2003 to 2012 model years may have a chassis defect that could cause of loss of steering.
Power Bacon sells for 12.99 per stick. Yes stick. Not the edible pork but a bacon scented deodorant. This is from the same people who came up with bacon sunscreen and shaving cream. Hopefully the stick will keep you fresh and it’s a good bet it will get the attention of the dog at your house.
Governor Haslam is beginning his annual budget hearings. They get underway today with the Education Department. Hearings with agency leaders will continue through the 25th.
The VA is doing wide-ranging research to help veterans cope with PTSD and other serious health issues. Looking at ways to improve screening, early diagnosis and treatment.
Amazon.com is expanding to Sunday delivery. In a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service they started in New York and LA over the weekend and the plan is to expand it to a large part of the country next year.
Target and Toys R Us the latest to jump on the “we’ll be open Thanksgiving Day” train. Joining Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sears and Wal-Mart as retailers try and get a head start on the shortest holiday shopping season in a decade.
Details and all the financial numbers for the new home for the Sounds at Sulpher Dell will be presented to the Nashville Sports authority and Metro Council later today. The 80 million dollar ballpark could be open as soon as the 2015 season.
Enjoy those mid 60’s today , because tomorrow is really going to be a different story. We’re only expecting highs in the mid 40’s tomorrow, 20 degrees below normal and the wind will kick up making it feel even colder.
Busy day tomorrow for those in the wedding business. 2300 couples across the country will get married on 11-12-13 and after next year’s 12-13-14 there will not be another sequential date till January 2nd of 2103 which would be 1-2-03.
Veterans Day is when we honor those who gave all for our freedom and this evening at 5, Brentwood will honor hometown heroes with a Military Recognition Ceremony and the Municipal Center.
Some 90 U.S. Marines and Sailors at headed to the Philippines, the first wave of American assistance following Typhoon Haiyan. The Red Cross is also on the scene.
Big football win over the weekend for Middle Tennessee making the Blue Raiders bowl eligible. Vandy also moving closer to a bowl game with a win over Florida, their first win in Gainesville since the mid 40’s.
Maybe you had a Super Soaker water gun when you were a kid. Since it came out almost 25 years ago Hasbro has made close to a billion dollars worth. A former NASA engineer who invented it says he was underpaid in sales royalties and a court has agreed, ordering Hasbro to pay Lonnie Johnson close to 73 million dollars.
Governor Haslam was talking education yesterday. We had the largest academic growth on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress of any state, making Tennessee the fastest improving state in the country. The Governor credited the hard work done by teachers, parents, students and school boards for reaching the top.
Again with a computer glitch, this time for Walmart. For a time on Wednesday a hi def computer monitor that sells for close to 600 dollars was listed for 8.85. Another shopper clamed a 2000 TV for $300. The company will not honor the cheap buys and those orders have been cancelled.
Middle Tennessee State is teaming up with St. Thomas Health and the March of Dimes to prevent premature birth. There will be a lot of information provided during tomorrow’s game between the Blue Raiders and FIU at Floyd Stadium. Kickoff is at 3
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with their list of the best booster seats for children. The Graco Connext and Graco Affix rated really well and are some of the more affordable. The Ferrari Beline SP also rated best. The duel use model, both highback and backless, sells for 300 dollars.
The FDA wants to remove trans fats from our food. Partially hydrogenated oils are the source of trans fats and are used in many processed foods including frozen pizza, coffee creams and microwave popcorn. Studies show there is no safe level for consumption of those trans fats that are said to cause heart disease.
Later this morning the Franklin Veterans Day parade will be held. It starts at 11 downtown at the corner of Main and 5th. Another way that we honor the brave who have kept us a free and safe country for many years.
Housing is picking up across the country. The latest numbers show 65.3 per cent of American’s are now paying a mortgage. Up slightly from the second quarter which showed the lowest number of homeowners in almost 20 years.
Starbuck’s is committing to hiring 10,000 veterans and spouses of active military over the next 5 years. Five new or existing café’s on or near military bases will share a portion of each sale with non-profits that help vets re-enter the workforce.
November is Adoption awareness month, and Show Hope, the orphan care ministry founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, will have their fundraising banquet Saturday at the Music City Center. Emceeing the event will be Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton who was adopted as an infant. For tickets and more info visit http://showhope.org/fwbanquet/
Accidents related to cell phone use are going up, even with laws and fines in place designed to stop texting and emailing while driving. The fine in Tennessee is really low at 60 dollars and it’s only 25 bucks in Kentucky. Utah gets serious about it with a fine of 750 dollars. Alaska tops all states, where the fine for texting while driving is 10 grand.
Last year, Kmart opened their doors at 6am on Thanksgiving Day but allowed employees to leave at 4 to have some time with the family. Different this year. The company will open stores at 6am and stay open for 41 straight hours. That has some customers threatening to boycott stores since employees will miss Thanksgiving.
The State Library and Archives will celebrate Family History Day on Saturday the 30th by offering a free workshop for those that have always wanted to research the family tree. Held in the TSLA Auditorium downtown. It’s free but reservations are required. Call 615-741-2764)
Earlier this year, Williamson County School leaders looked at a geography book that some parents had complaints over. This week it’s our lawmakers turn. They are holding hearings to review the state’s textbook selection process and the function and structure of the Tennessee Textbook Commission.
American Airlines and US Air still have a few things to work out before they become the world’s biggest airline. The Justice Department says they both will have to give up some of the takeoff and landing rights they currently hold. That would settle a lawsuit that is aimed at blocking their merger.
If you visit Washington, a tour of the White House could be on list of things to do. It officially reopened to tourists yesterday. Earlier this year the Secret Service shut down the public tours when across the board budget cuts kicked in.
Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he would oppose expanding Medicaid even if Governor Haslam negotiated a special deal for the state. Ramsey says the problems that have occurred with rolling out those health insurance exchanges since October 1st only confirmed the state should not accept federal dollars to cover more uninsured people.
You really open a door when you do a National DMV Satisfaction Survey. If you’ve had to go through a long wait it won’t surprise you that 70% of those surveyed want more services available online. Almost half say they would rather go to the dentist than the DMV.
The future is cars that not only drive themselves but would also change color with the driver’s mood. Toyota is rolling out a concept car that will not only change colors, but will also warn of blind spots, and suggest destinations based on the facial expressions of the driver. The company says it’s still a work in progress.
A new national report ranks Tennessee among the best five states for screening low-income kids for developmental issues. About 54% of 8 year olds in the state live in low-income households.
Send the kids out the door with their backpacks and the thought may have occurred to you that their backpack might be a bit heavy. Good gauge for that is to remember is that the backpack should be no more than 20% of their body weight.
Next Monday is Veterans Day, but Franklin gets a head start when it comes to honoring those that have served our country. The annual Veterans Day Parade steps off Friday morning at 11 at Main and 5th in downtown Franklin.
Johnson and Johnson and their subsidiaries have been hit with more than 2.2 billion dollars in penalties over some trouble with prescription drugs that were never proven to be safe or effective. Attorney General Eric Holder said the company offered kickbacks to doctors and pharmacists to prescribe and sell the drugs.
After the Titans ended their losing skid over the weekend with a win in St. Louis they are back home for the next two games. Sunday at Noon Jacksonville will be in Nashville, and that will be followed by a Thursday night game against the Colts on the 14th.
Shopping for teens can be a challenge, but we’re here to help. A recent poll says 88% of 12 to 17 year olds want some sort of electronic gadget. The Apple I phone tops the list but boys in that age group really want that Playstation4.
Over the weekend, Honda announced a recall for 344 thousand 07 and 08 Odyssey minivans. The problem is with a computer that could trigger heavy and unexpected braking without you pressing the brake pedal. Another brake related recall from Honda in March affected 183 thousand vehicles.
Now that we are into November you may be seriously moving into the holiday shopping mode. Cookware and tools are an odd combination, but sold separately, November is the month where you can get the best deals on both.
Starting every day on a positive note is something that we all strive for, and getting that boost first thing in the morning is a great start. To begin this Monday on the positive side, be grateful for what you have, and also for what you do not have.
If you have decided to fly somewhere for the Thanksgiving holiday the airfares are higher than you probably anticipated. If you are still debating that, and if don’t mind flying on Thanksgiving Day, that is where you can save between 30 and 50% on your fare. Also returning on the Saturday after Thanksgiving instead of waiting till Sunday or Monday you will also save.
The latest to combine the sweet and salty are the Lay’s people. They are coming out with chocolate covered Wavy potato chips this week. Target the only place where they are available.
A big birthday of note this week. On Thursday, the Reverend Billy Graham turns 95. Singer Michael W. Smith, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are a few of the close to 800 guests that are expected to attend a big celebration in Asheville.