Tuesday, October 29, 2013
HALLOWEEN WEATHER MAY BE SEVERE
There's a 90% chance of strong storms and VERY GUSTY winds on Thursday and Thursday night, maybe even some severe weather.
That means parents may need to make alternate plans for their trick or treaters, drivers will have to be especially cautious because some kids are not going to let rain stop them, and those of you who've bought a lot of candy: do not EAT it, just because there may be fewer trick or treaters because of the weather! You can turn it in to a local dentist, for one of the Candy Buyback programs. They pay you for your leftover candy, then send it to troops overseas.
FIND THE BUYBACK DENTIST NEAREST YOU
WHAT'S THE GIRAFFE CRAZE ON FACEBOOK? THE GIRAFFE RIDDLE
Have you wondered why all your friends FB friends are giraffes? It's the Giraffe Riddle. Someone asks a riddle, if you FAIL to answer it correctly, you're supposed to post a photo of a giraffe as your profile photo. Some people are claiming it's a new internet hoax to spread computer viruses, so we turned to www.snopes.com Snopes says, no, the Giraffe Riddle craze is just that. A craze. A faze. A fad. Wait a minute and it'll pass. I won't ruin it for you, but you CAN google Giraffe riddle and find out the answer if you want.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS
And stock up on batteries this week. This is the weekend you're supposed to set back an hour whatever clocks you still have: your microwave, your car clock. That happens 2 a.m. Sunday, or just do it before bed Saturday night.
And fire safety officials say when we go to and from daylight saving time, it's a good time to think of lifesaving, and change the batteries in our smoke detectors and c.o. detectors.
MEDICARE ADMINISTRATOR TESTIFIES TODAY ABOUT HEALTHCARE SITE ROLLOUT
The nation's Medicare administrator, Marilyn Tavener, is in the hot seat today testifying before a Congressional committee. She's the one who oversaw the rollout of the Affordable Care Act website, and who will have to answer, "What happened?"
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH CARE
Because so many people are having problems with www.healthcare.gov, the Obama Administration has pushed out the deadline to sign up for health care. It's now March 31st of next year.
THOUSANDS OF SEASONAL JOBS AVAILABLE
Amazon and other national retailers are asking us to remind you, again, that they're hiring thousands of seasonal workers for the holiday season. In fact, there are job fairs every week till further notice, including 5,000 positions they need to fill at Amazon centers in Murfreesboro and Lebanon (http://amazonfulfillmentcareers.com), and jobs at Macy's. http://events.goodwillcareersolutions.org)
CARS DAMAGED BY STEEL ON SILLIMAN EVANS BRIDGE
At least five people are figuring out what to do about car repair today after a steel bridge joint popped up on the Silliman Evans Bridge yesterday morning during rush hour... and caused flats and damage. . Silliman Evans Bridge is one of the busiest in the state... with 140,000 vehicles traveling on it each day. The bridge was built in 1963, and is already set to be renovated next spring.
WORK PLANNED THIS WEEKEND ON I-40 OVER CHARLOTTE
And at the I-40 bridge over Charlotte Avenue, expect lane closures this weekend, to slow the concrete fallout we've seen in recent months.
WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR CAR IS DAMAGED BY TENNESSEE ROADS?
What do you do if your car is damaged by Tennessee roads? You can ask the state of Tennessee to pay part of your repair bill. You just file a claim. But you have to prove the state knew there was a problem and was negligent in repairing it. http://treasury.tn.gov/claims/index.html
ONE IN THREE KIDS USE MOBILE PHONE OR TABLET BEFORE THEY CAN TALK
Although pediatricians say we're not supposed to let children under two have ANY screen time, meaning TV, computers, tablets, it's just not turning out to be a realistic expectation. Nearly a third of children now learn to use a mobile phone or a tablet computer before they can speak. 70 per cent of kids have mastered them completely by the time they start first grade. Researchers say it makes them more likely to have health, behavioral and emotional problems later, and say the study should be a wakeup call to parents who increasingly turn to gadgets to babysit their children.
MORE EXPANSION AT MALL AT GREEN HILLS
The Mall at Green Hills is planning an expansion that would add 125,000 square feet of new retail space, a new parking area and a new Dillard's store on the site of the store's current parking deck. All that's supposed to be done and open by 2016. On the downside.... unless the traffic situation is dealt with, that means more time spent at a standstill in Green Hills traffic.
PENN STATE SETTLES LAWSUITS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS
Penn State has agreed to pay nearly 60 million dollars to 26 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The terms of the settlements include confidentiality agreements, so that's probably about all we'll hear about it.
SWARMING ANTS HEADING OUR WAY
There's a new nature nuisance headed our way, legions of tiny ANTS, so numerous that you spray them, then scoop them up in shovels, and fill trash bags full of them. The so-called Tawny, crazy ants don't sting like fire ants, but they cause damage to electronics and cars because of their sheer numbers. Millions of dollars in damage. So far, they're in Houston, and are swarming across the Gulf Coast.
CONVICTED KILLER MOVED TO HOSPITAL
Channel 4 News is reporting that Paul Dennis Reid, convicted of killing seven fast food workers, most of them teenagers, 16 years ago... has been moved off Tennessee's Death row and taken to Nashville General Hospital. Some of the families of the victims are extremely upset that they weren't even told about it. The Department of Corrections isn't commenting.
There are people today waking up and looking around, wondering when they'll ever get back to normal: It was a year ago today that Hurricane Sandy smashed the East Coast. IN some areas, they're still far from recovered.
SOUTHWEST FLIGHT DECLARES EMERGENCY AND RETURNS TO NASHVILLE
This must have been a horrifying situation: more than a hundred passengers were TRYING to leave Nashville on a Southwest flight yesterday morning when suddenly, a thumping sound, and an engine was out because of bird strikes. The pilot declared an emergency and turned that plane around. Everybody's fine.
BOSTON RED SOX LEAD IN THE WORLD SERIES
The Boston Red Sox have taken a 3-2 lead in the World Series. Game Six is Wednesday night.
20-SOMETHINGS WILL RETURE 12 YEARS LATER THAN THEIR PARENTS!
So far, we're not doing well plannign for retirement, and now, a new study says the current generation isn't either. IN fact, because 20-somethings today are acquiring more debt, they'll retire 12 years later than their parents do. Conan O'Brien joked that when 20-somethings heard that, they said, "retire from what?"
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER LOST WORLD
Scientists have discovered what they're calling a "Lost World" ... in a rainforest, on the northern tip of Queensland, Australia... creatures that we've never seen before. I'll post that link on the mix929.com NEWS page so you can check it out.
WHAT HAPPENED ON DANCING?
Spoiler Alert! On Dancing with the Stars Last night....... the show started with the announcement that Cher will be on next week's show to perform and judge. And the dancer who went home? "Snooki"