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October 17

Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise initiative exceeded the goal of students to apply, but they are short on mentors.  Six thousand are needed for an hour a month to help kids sign up for classes and complete financial aid paperwork.  If you would like to mentor, to get all the info.

Looks like the NHL All-Star game will be at Bridgestone Arena in January of 2016.  The event, which usually spans four days and includes a fan fest will bring millions of dollars to Nashville.  An official announcement is expected later this morning.

A sun-filled fall weekend is coming up in middle Tennessee so get the kids and get out and have some fun.  Either at the free Tennessee History Festival today and tomorrow from 10 to 4 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park or at the Tennessee State Pow Wow through Sunday at Long Hunter State Park in Hermitage.

Amazon will have a lot more elves in their shop this holiday season.  On Thursday the company announced they will hire 80,000 seasonal employees, 10 thousand more than last year.  Most of those jobs will be their fulfillment centers including the two in Lebanon and Murfreesboro.

Early voting is off to a slow start across the state.  Some say it’s the voter ID law that is causing some to stay away.  Early voting for the November 4th election will continue through the 30th.

MTSU hosts UAB tomorrow and you can bring the family out and join us before the game.  At 11 we’ll have the Fish Family Fun Zone set up and then there will be free pre-game concert with Jonny Diaz.  

October 16

Early voting underway for the November 4th election and the state has released a free Smartphone app to help you between now and election day.  GOVoteTN gives you early voting and Election Day polling locations and their hours, candidates running against each other and info on the amendments that are up for a vote.

Toyota is recalling over  1 ½ million Toyota and Lexus vehicles.  This over some potential problems with the brakes, faulty fuel pipes and an idling problem.

Everybody loves a good snack and last year world-wide 374 billion dollars was spent on just snacks alone.  There is healthy snacking in Europe where the number one snack food is fruit.  Yogurt favored by those in Latin-America and in the Asia-Pacific region chocolate tops the list.  Our favorite in the U.S. continues to be potato chips with chocolate and cheese right behind.

A group of parents in Robertson County are not happy about the federally mandated, mandatory rezoning plan.  Not only are they considering a suit against the board of education, but some say they may take their kids out of county schools and just move.

In Dallas, health officials continue to monitor more than 70 health care workers who treated Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.  This after a second worker was confirmed to have the Ebola virus.

The stores are getting their game plan together for the Black Friday shopping weekend and Macy’s is the first to announce when they’ll open for all that.  If you want to be the first to shop, their stores at the Mall at Green Hills will open at 6 Thanksgiving evening.

October 15

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell are deploying to Liberia.  They will be helping build about 17 Ebola Care centers and training hundreds of health care workers.  Even though the troops will not be working directly with infected patients they have been trained in keeping themselves safe from the virus.

McDonald’s is opening a big door, asking for feedback on their food quality.  Trying to halt declining sales, the company asks customers to submit questions after viewing behind the scenes videos about their products.

MTSU hosts UAB on Saturday and you can bring the family about and join us before the game.  At 11 we’ll have the Fish Family Fun Zone set up and then there will be free pre-game concert with Jonny Diaz.  All the details are at

After a real stormy start to the week we’ll be spared any severe weather in middle Tennessee for the rest of the week.  A very cool and damp Wednesday is just getting started.

Marriage we all know is a series of checks and balances and you can take that literally when it comes to finances.  What can end up sending a union south?  Separate accounts.  A joint budget avoids all kinds of potential problems and when it comes to making money decisions together, keep emotions out of that discussion.

An Iraqi war veteran outside of Houston was paying little by little to get car repaired.  But recently when he went to check on the repair process he found that the 65 mustang he bought after his first tour in Iraq, was restored to mint condition.  35 strangers pitching in a total of 20 thousand dollars to make that happen.  This left retired staff Sergeant Kelly Foster speechless.

October 14

Early voting for the November 4th election in Tennessee begins tomorrow.  The race for Governor and several constitutional  amendments are on the ballot, including one that would bar lawmakers from ever  imposing a state income tax.  Early voting will continue through the 30th.

Even though Pediatricians have always said to not put an infant to sleep on the sofa, many parents still do it, feeling if they are also there, it’s okay.  Those baby docs say that more deaths from SIDS happen on the sofa.  The recommendation is infants need to sleep along, on their backs in a crib.

There is another auto recall to let you know about and this one does not involve GM.  It’s Honda that is recalling 43 thousand ACURA 2014 RLX Sedans and 2014 and 15 MDX Crossover Models.  A problem with the seat belts not working right in cold weather.

Julian Castro, the new housing secretary says banks need to loosen mortgage standards.  Since the housing bubble burst in ’08 when many were getting mortgages they couldn’t afford, Castro says the pendulum has swing too far in the other direction.

What was a voluntary quarantine for an NBC news crew is now mandatory.  The result of medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman being spotted at a New Jersey restaurant picking up some takeout.  The group was exposed to a cameraman with Ebola while working in West Africa.

Investing for retirement is not a concept with many millennials.  The 18 to 29 year olds are the least likely to invest their money.  Those between 30 and 44 are the group are the most likely to invest with women driving that bus.

October 13

Tourism in the state continues to be good for our economy.  More than 27 billion dollars worth in 2013 which was up over 3%.  Tourism spending helping to support about one in every twenty jobs in Tennessee.

A nurse in Dallas who helped care for an Ebola patient now has the virus.  She is in stable condition and Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt says because she noticed the symptoms early, there’s little chance of spreading it further.

There are more than 800,000 jobs available through seasonal hiring.  Macy’s Target, Walmart, Kohls and Toys R Us hiring the most workers for the holiday season.

Many of those will be working hard on Black Friday.  Always associated with great door buster deals and big screen TV’s are usually the hot item.  Same for this year with 60 inch 1080p LCD units expected to be priced around $420.

November first is the deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise Program.  Offering free tuition at two year colleges and colleges of applied technology has been a big draw.  The states goal was 20,000 applications and so far 35,000 high school students have applied.

We’re keeping an eye out for some potentially severe storms late tonight.  Those storms could bring between one to two inches of rain for middle Tennessee.

Kmart the latest to report a data breach.  It started in early September but was not detected till late last week.  The company removed the malware but they say that certain debit and credit card numbers may have been compromised.  Earlier breaches hit customers of Home Depot and Target.

October 10

Two cases of enterovirus 68 have been confirmed in Tennessee by the CDC.  Both cases involved children who had to be hospitalized but the two are doing well now at home.   The virus has been causing a number of severe respiratory illnesses across the country.

AT&T will pay 105 million dollars to settle allegation it put unauthorized charges on customers cell phone bills.  They had been complaining for years they were being charged for services they never requested.

As we head into another weekend, kick it off tonight with the Fish.  Join us for another Fish Football Friday.  We’re at a school every week prior to the game and tonight from 5 till 7 you can hook up with us at Franklin Christian Academy.

The state has approved a 6.7 million dollar incentive for Under Armour’s distribution facility in Mt Juliet.  The 100 million dollar complex is expected to create 1500 new jobs in the next five years.

Metro schools will unveil a hiring campaign in a few weeks hoping to hire 100 teachers in 100 days.  The district getting those teachers to help turn around some of the lowest performing schools.

Are you listening to your kids?  Really listening?  Sixty two percent of children from 6 to 12 feel their parents are too distracted to listen.   Kids say the number one parental distraction is the cell phone.

Big event for the kids this weekend is the Williamson County Parks and Rec “Touch A Truck”.  They can view, climb on, and make noise on close to 30 large scale pieces of construction equipment.  There is also a free craft tent for them at the event that runs from 9 till 1 tomorrow on the parking lot at Thompson’s Station Church.

October 9

Students in the state have a new way to study history while at the same time learning more about their roots.  A partnership involving the State Library and Archives will allow free access to in every K-12 classroom.

We’re living longer and earning more.  The CDC says live expectancy in the U.S. is at an all time high.  Women still hanging around longer than men.  Hourly wages were up 4 ½ per cent in the 3rd quarter and that was higher than the 2% that was predicted.

This Saturday, thousands or survivors and supporters will be walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  Steps off at 9am at LP Field Riverfront.  If you would like to participate in or volunteer to help out, visit

The Metro Health Department has launched  The website will help you find locations where you can get the flu vaccine.  It also includes clinic hours and pricing information.

From today through mid-April there will be a lot of ice time at Bridgestone Arena.  The Predators open their regular season tonight at home against the Senators.  The Titans need a win in a big way and hopefully we can get that Sunday at home against winless Jacksonville.

Have you already starting scouring the web for great deals for the holidays?  They will come with time and shopping on the tablet, laptop and smartphone is expected to be big again this year.  Last year 50 billion was spent with on-line shopping.



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