Two words we don’t have a problem with when they follow each other are money back. That is the case for 336 thousand in the state who will share 10 million dollars in refunds from health insurance companies. A provision in the affordable care act resulting in an average 53 dollars per family.
We hear how bad a bite from a Brown Recluse spider can be and if you’ve ever had one you know that first hand. Physicians at Vanderbilt say the bites heal well if you just leave them alone. However, if a child is bitten it’s best to get them medical attention.
When it comes to helping others, we continue to do that in a big way. Americans gave over 335 billion dollars to charity last year. That was up 4.4 per cent from 2012 and it was the fourth straight year that giving has increased.
Early voting for the August 7th election continues through August 2nd. If you’ve never done the early voting thing you might want to consider it. There are 6000 candidates to consider on the ballot which could be the states biggest ever and could produce long lines on Election Day.
With highs in the mid 90’s this weekend those morning hours on Saturday and Sunday could be the best time to get out. An opportunity for that comes tomorrow morning when you and the kids can check out the Titans first practice at camp. Begins at 9:20 at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Think your dog gets jealous when your attention shifts to another canine? Researchers say yes. They studied 36 dogs and 80% of them snapped at or pulled at their owners when they were petting or talking too their perceived rival, which was a stuffed dog that barked and wagged its tail.
Gun maker Beretta is moving production from Maryland to Gallatin. Their manufacturing capabilities will be taken care of at a new production facility that will open next year. Three hundred new jobs will also be coming to middle Tennessee with the move.
Chrysler is recalling more vehicles for those ignition-switch problems. This time it involves 800,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commander SUV’s.
The start of school is just a few weeks away and this weekend Williamson County Schools will hold their Back-To-School Infothon. Reps from the district will be set up in 30 booths throughout the CoolSprings Galleria to answer questions from parents. There will be hands on activities for the kids too. The event runs from 10 till 8 on Saturday.
Goodwill Industries is checking on a possible data breach. The payment information for customers may have been compromised at some stores. The location of those stores was not given, but Goodwill says it will work with customers who may have been affected.
The recall of nectarines, peaches and pluots that we mentioned yesterday has now expanded. Besides Costco and Trader Joe’s locations getting the fruit with possible listeria contamination, the recall now includes Kroger and Walmart stores. A sticker on the fruit in question will say “Sweet 2 Eat”.
The Red Cross is asking for donors, saying there has been an 8 per cent drop over the past three months. Summer is usually a time when blood donations drop off quite a bit. Type O, B Negative and A Negative are needed the most. For info on how you can help, visit www.redcrossblood.org
The state is improving where our kids are concerned. Up when it comes to their health and education. The latest info shows that Tennessee ranks 36th in the nation for the economic well being of children up from 37th last year.
If you bought some fruit at Costco and Trader Joe’s it may be a part of a voluntary recall due to possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing is recalling peaches, nectarines and pluots that were shipped to Costco and Trader Joe’s stores nationwide.
We’re eating more chicken and that is expected to increase even more this year. Most saying they prefer the taste while others say they are taking in more of it for health reasons. When you shop the meat case and see the price of beef that is the other reason for the chicken consumption climb.
Starting Friday the Tennessee Regulatory Authority wants you to start using all 10 digits when you make a call. That’s so you can get used to using the ten when we get the new 629 area code. February 28th is the day of the official switch.
A Federal Court is nixing some subsidies in the Healthcare Reform Law. The ruling says subsidies can only be paid by state run exchanges. Tennessee’s exchange is run by the Federal Government. Those subsidies exist in the form of tax credits for some low and middle income Americans.
Next wedding you attend you may be asked to check the phone at the door. That is the latest trend by couples who don’t want the ceremony interrupted and the focus to be on them for their big day. It also ensures no photos of the wedding show up on someone’s instagram.
Start with some job stuff. Verizon Wireless is bringing 300 new jobs to the Nashville area. To fill those positions they are holding two fairs this week. The first is today from 10 till 2 at their retail store on Mallory Lane in Franklin. The second will be on Thursday from 3 till 7 at their Franklin call center on Duke Street.
If you have a pet, there are times when they need prescription meds and that can get expensive. Vets are not required let you know what those medications are but a couple of Senators are trying to change that. The Act would allow you to know what is being prescribed to your pet so you could shop around for the best price.
Changes coming this year to Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” celebration. A new snow tubing attraction and an ice rink are being added. Your first chance to check it all out will be when the tree is lit on November 14th.
The 2014 fiscal year was a record setter at Nashville International. The airport, offering 380 daily arriving and departing flights handled over 10 ½ million passengers.
Most parents feel that it’s important their children embrace their values and carry them on in the family. Community service and giving back are two that we would really like to see them take and pass down. Many parents say they’ve volunteered in the past year to set an example.
Krispy Kreme is helping out local law enforcement. They are teaming up with The Spirit of Blue Foundation to provide safety equipment for officers on the job. All five Nashville area shops donating a dollar for every two dozen sold through the end of the month to go toward Safety Equipment Grants.
Early voting for the August 7th elections is underway. So far at locations where early voting is taking place there has been a steady turnout. You can cast that early ballot between now and August 2nd.
2013 was a very good year for our state parks. More than 8 million stopped by and they spent 530 million dollars while they were here.
We all now about procrastination, where we put something, usually a task we don’t care for off to a later time. But there is also a group of precastinators. The ones who do things early so they don’t have to remember to do them later. It could be paying bills early or answering every email or phone call, no matter how trivial they might be. Researchers say being so early on those little matters keep us from getting the bigger stuff done.
Getting to be the time of year where we start the back to school shopping. Clothes make up the biggest share of that shopping but electronics also take up a big chunk. Parents expected to spend 8.4 billion dollars alone on those electronics for this school term.
Goodwill Career Solutions in Franklin is hosting a job fair tomorrow from 10-1 with several employers on hand for it. Other fairs this week will be held at Rivergate, Murfreesboro and Antioch.
The Titans report to camp this weekend. You can check out the team’s first practice Saturday morning at 9:20 at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Although all practices are not open to the public, the ones that are are free. The team’s first pre-season game will be on Saturday August 9th against Green Bay at LP Field.