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October 31

The FDA has given their approval to the first vaccine that would prevent Meningitis B.  It gives doctors a way to protect college students who are particularly vulnerable to the bacteria strain.

We knew there was some colder weather headed into Tennessee and we’ll feel that big time tomorrow night when we drop into the upper 20’s.  In the eastern part of the state a winter storm watch is up for some of the higher elevations where 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall and at the highest peaks in the Smokies that total may range between 8 and 14 inches.

For your weekend, tomorrow morning the Nashville Symphony pays tribute to the Greatest Show on Earth with the music and aerial acrobatics that go on under the big top.  Bring the kids out early at 10am for some free family-friendly pre-concert activities including crafts, a story nook and an interactive Instrument Petting Zoo.

We start off the final day of October with a reminder that this is the weekend we set the clocks back an hour.  All that resetting  happening before bed on Saturday night.  It’s also a good time to replace the batteries in those smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Couple of auto recalls to let you know about.  These involve Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups with Cummins Diesel Engines and Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX Crossovers.  Both for  potential fire hazards.

 Tonight is the final Fish Football Friday of the season.  Lipscomb Academy is our school of the week and you can join us from 5 till 7 prior to their home game against East Nashville. 

Sunday evening join host Steven Curtis Chapman at the Ryman for the first in a six-month series-Sam’s Place:  Music for the Spirit, featuring  Danny Gokey, Tenth Avenue North, MercyMe and others.  Tickets available at the door or online.



October 30

Mayor Dean says the project is not being abandoned, but   he will not seek funding next year for AMP.  The 174 million dollar project would extend bus rapid transit seven miles from East Nashville through downtown into West End.  The Mayor says it needs from design work and he also wants to take a closer look at its impact on the environment.

There has been a cyber attack on the White House’s unclassified computer network.  The breach caused some temporary service disruptions and officials believe the Russians were behind it.

Any Black Friday deals at Costco will actually come on Black Friday.  The company says their employees work really hard over the holiday season and they deserve Thanksgiving Day off to spend with their families.  That bucks the trend of many retailers who have been opening late on Thanksgiving.

Some Tennessee lawmakers want clarification on the mission that has sent soldiers from Fort Campbell to Africa to help stop the Ebola virus.  They want the Defense Department to tell them more about that mission and how soldiers will be protected from the disease.

The FTC is suing AT&T for promising unlimited data to consumers and then slowing data speeds for some.  They allege that when customers reached a certain amount of data use, those speeds were reduced as much as 80 to 90%.

If you have evening plans heading into the weekend, pull out the bigger coat.  We will be at or below freezing for both Friday night and again Saturday night.

If you like to be early for most things and that includes voting, today is the last day for that before Tuesday’s general election.


October 29

If you purchased Baby Wipes from Walgreens, Sam’s Club or Family Dollar they may be involved in a nationwide recall.  They may contain bacteria that could cause infections in those with weak immune systems.  Ten brands involved in the recall including Cuties, Member’s Mark, Well Beginnings and Tender Touch.

  If you plan on attending a High School football game in Middle Tennessee this week, check the schools website to make sure the day and time has not changed.  Many have moved their games to Thursday night to avoid all the annual candy rush activities.

We skimp on some things to save money, but spending more upfront for a few things is still better in the long run especially when it comes to keeping the kids safe.  Picking up a secondhand car seat from say a garage sale could be dangerous.  The seat compromised from an earlier crash our out of date. 

The ACLU is taking a hard look at the social media policy at Williamson County Schools.  Parts of the guidelines say students are not allowed to post pictures of other students or school employees without getting an OK from a teacher or administrator.  The ACLU says that violates free speech and privacy rights.

Hundreds of mentors are still needed to help students signing up for the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.  So far 46,000 students have applied.  Students and those wishing to become a mentor have until Saturday to sign up.

Yes, mom could always use your help.  As we crunch the numbers, the average mom works 37 hours a week and then spends 80 hours on chores and taking care of the kids.  Then let’s say mom gets 6 hours of sleep a night.  That only leaves her with 9 free hours for a whole week.


October 28

Check your chicken.  The USDA is recalling 32,000 pounds of Bell and Evans Gluten Free chicken breasts and nuggets.  They may be tainted with staph bacteria.  The potentially unsafe packages will have a best by date of August 9th, 2015.

This is day two of the Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference.  More than 2000 educators are in Nashville discussing progress and priorities ahead for the next year.

Home sales rose in September.  The figures for the month were the highest seen in nearly a year. 

Fussing over shoes is not just a thing that women worry about.  Men are right up there with both saying it’s all about the comfort factor.  Style is also a big thing.  Women are more willing to pay a higher price for the shoes they want.

In the battle against Ebola, a 5 year old Bronx boy is being tested for the virus.  He returned with his family from Guinea over the weekend.  A nurse quarantined in New Jersey has been allowed to return to her home state of Maine.  Kaci Hickox had threatened to sue if she was placed in quarantine.

Whether you are taking a trip to check out the fall colors, heading to work or whatever else involves a drive, it’s costing you less.  Gas prices in middle Tennessee have gone down 18 cents over the past two weeks making prices the lowest they’ve been in nearly four years.

Have your started budgeting for the holiday spending?  A new Gallop poll says we will spend about 4% more than last year.  The average shopping expected to add just over 780 dollars to the holiday pool.  Sixty percent of us say we plan on spending the same amount as last year.


October 27

Doctors Without Borders upset with New Jersey officials who appear to have put mandatory quarantines in place without a plan to use them in a humane way.  This after one of their nurses, who had been working in South Africa, was held at a Newark airport for 6 hours before being transported to a hospital. 

Williamson County School Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney and board members are holding two “Lets Talk School” sessions this week.  Parents and students can ask question and learn more about progress the district is making at the sessions that run from 6 to 7:30pm.  The firsts is tomorrow at Centennial High and the second is Thursday at Fairview High.

Heading into the holiday season and Sears is cutting 5300 jobs.  The struggling company is closing 31 Sears stores and 46 K-Mart locations between now and the end of the year.

High school seniors in the state have until Saturday to apply for the Tennessee Promise program.  About two-thirds have applied for the scholarship that covers the cost of a 2 year college degree.

Big storm hit parts of Washington and Oregon over the weekend.  Rain, snow and strong winds taking out trees and power lines and knocking the lights out for thousands.  We on the other hand will be a near record high of 85 today and then back to normal fall-like weather for the rest of the week.

It’s the time of year for open enrollment when it comes to your health care.  You will have to have some kind of coverage to avoid the individual mandate penalty which is 325 dollars per adult.

Down to the final few days for early voting in the state.  You can cast that early ballot through Thursday ahead of the November 4th Election.


October 24

Parents…Governor Haslam wants your input on changes with Common Core standards.  In the next few weeks a website will be available for you to review each current state standard and comment on what you like or don’t like.  You’ll also be able to make suggestions.

There is some good news in the latest Consumer Price Index figures.  We’re spending less for TV’s, personal computers and gas.  Denting your wallet are grocery prices.  Butter up 24% from a year ago and beef prices rose 18%.  On the higher side from a year ago is the price of some fresh fruit.

Fun event for kids and adults this weekend is the Fall Festival at Providence Christian Academy in Murfreesboro.  It’s tomorrow from 10 till 2.  All kinds of activities including a climbing wall, petting zoo and inflatables.  Admission is free for everyone.

Trying to win back customers after last year’s data breach, and to compete with Amazon, Target is offering free shipping on all on-line purchases this holiday season.  The new policy in effect through December 20th.

Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital will get bigger.  The 100 million dollar project includes adding four floors.  The hospital hopes to get 30 million of that through fundraising for the new addition over the next three years.

It’s another Fish Football Friday and you can join us from 5 till 7 before tonight’s game at Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna.  The Titans are at home in LP Field Sunday afternoon against the Texans.  


October 23

Two Ebola patients in the U.S. are doing well.  NBC News cameraman Ashoka Mukpo is free of the virus and out of an Omaha Hospital.  Nurse Nina Pham’s condition has been upgraded to good as she continues to be treated at the Institutes of Health in Maryland.  (ah-SHOW-kah  Mook-POH)

The most popular flashlight apps for Android phones could be stealing data from it.  If the app is preinstalled you should be safe, but if you downloaded one that takes up a big chunk of memory it may contain malware or spyware.

There is still gold in the foothills of California.  A five pound gold nugget that was found back in July goes on sale today in San Francisco.  The person who discovered the nugget and the exact location where it was found has stayed secret.  Its worth somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 thousand dollars.  Nice neighborhood.

Fedex says this holiday season will be a record setter.  They are anticipating that they will deliver 290 million shipments between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up almost 9% from a year ago.  They are hiring 50,000 seasonal workers to help carry that weight.

 Later today when we should get a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse.  It will start just before 5 and we’ll get to view it till the sun sets.

Use it or lose it.  That’s how vacation usually works.  The average American worker still just using 16 of their 21 days.  That works out to 52 billion dollars in lost benefits.  It is the least amount of vacation time taken in nearly four decades.


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