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Jul 23, 2012

Just like people, dogs and cats can get a little banged up from time to time as well, especially in the summer.  Ali Hemyari, Director of K-9 Special Ops, Tactical Rescue and Nick Wolkonsky, K-9 Handler, both with Nashville K-9, talk about the Pet First Aid course they offer through the Red Cross, which explains everything from how to plan for pet care in the event of a disaster, reading your dog's vital signs and performing CPR on an animal, identifying irregular behavior in your dog that could be signs of a health risk, and of course, preventing or treating heat exhaustion in these h

Jul 23, 2012

If you're considering buying or selling a home, there has literally NEVER been a better time to do it than right now.  Home sales in Nashville are up 25% from this time last year, as buyers take advantage of the lowest interest rates in our lifetimes, and the lowest home affordability rate ever.  Aaron Armstrong, President and CEO of Armstrong Real Estate Group, a team with Keller-Williams, explains what banks are looking for nowadays when you buy a home, how to fix up your house for maximum profit if you're selling, what to look for in a real estate agent, and how to avoid forecl

Jul 2, 2012

Fact: 75% of skin cancer deaths are melanoma related cancers, of which the main contributor is ultraviolet light, a.k.a. the sun.   Thankfully, these type of cancers are also the most preventable.  With most of us already headed out to the beach, or laying poolside, Dr.

Jul 2, 2012

With today's economy, now more than ever people are opting for "stay-cations", and it just so happens that Tennessee is the perfect place for one.  Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of the TN Department of Tourist Development, talks about all the great attractions we have right here in our own back yard, from music festivals, to the historic TN Trails & Byways system, to the #1 visited park in the country (the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), the #2 best waterfall in the world (Ruby Falls), prehistoric fossil sites, hiking trails, romantic getaways and more.  For help

Jun 21, 2012

If you're planning a summer vacation, then this is a must-listen!  Avery Smith from Little Brothers Shell in Brentwood explains how to tune up your car for summer travel, including proper tire care and maintenance schedule, and Mike Prusinski, a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, talks about the biggest scams being pulled on travelers these days, and how to avoid having your credit card information stolen while on vacation.  Valerie Bass from the TN Beef Industry Council also talks about tips for selecting, preparing, and storing the best meats for your grill thi

Jun 15, 2012

Camping, grilling, fireworks, tiki torches, seems like during summer there are countless ways to start a fire!  Kim Lawson, Deputy Chief with the Nashville Fire Department shares tips on safety when grilling, the dangers of fireworks, advice for proper smoke alarm placement, and how to get one for free.  She also shares the warning signs of heat exhaustion, and gives advice on how to stay cool and hydrated, as well as which types of fires you can take care of yourself and which ones you'll want to call 911 for immediately.  For emergencies, call 911, for non-emergency concern

Jun 4, 2012

Tens of millions of Americans are expected to hit the road this summer, but before you drive anywhere, you need to make sure that your car is in tip-top shape.  Avery Smith, certified mechanic from Little Brothers Shell in Brentwood, details potential dangers you might encounter on the road, and what preventative maintenance you need to take care of now to avoid those problems later on, such as proper tire care, how often you really need to change your fluids, and the most common causes of the dreaded "check engine" light.

May 30, 2012

Mike Ward with Total HVAC talks about how to properly maintain your air conditioning unit to avoid a breakdown, what to look for when purchasing a unit or selecting a repair service, how to adjust your thermostat to save the most money AND the most energy, and why it's so important to use high quality air filters and to change them often.  For additional questions, contact Mike and his staff at 615-577-1777, and visit Total-HVAC.com.

May 28, 2012

Dr. John Benitez from the TN Poison Center speaks about common poisonous or toxic plants that you may encounter outdoors this summer.  He also explains which indoor plants could also pose a threat, how to properly treat poison ivy and other contact poisons, and safe procedures for eating wild, potentially harmful plants such as polk salad.  To learn more, visit TNPoisonCenter.org, and if you find yourself in a poison related emergency, call the Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

May 28, 2012

May is Asthma Awareness Month.  Gail Bost with the American Lung Association on Tennessee talks about how asthma is more common now than ever, having increased over 200% in the last 20 years, explains what happens to the body when you have an asthma attack, dispels the myth that asthma is only common in children, and explains some risk factors.  She also addresses other lung related diseases, such as COPD, sleep apnea, and lung cancer, which is the #1 cancer killer in the nation.  For more information and resources to evaluation your own risk factors, visit <a href="http://ww

May 22, 2012

Buzzing, crawling, swarming, smashing up against your windshield, BUGS ARE BACK as the weather gets warmer.  Professor Frank Hale from the University of Tennessee talks about what insects are most common in our area, explains how to treat mosquito and tick bites, dispels some common myths about chiggers and other pests, and even tells you which ones are edible.  You'll also learn pest control tips and tricks to keep those bugs OUT of your house, courtesy of Honor Guard Pest Services.

May 9, 2012

Heart disease currently ranks as the #1 killer of both men AND women, but only 1 in 5 women will recognize the symptoms of heart disease, because they appear in much more subtle ways.  Dr. Allen Goldberg, Executive Director of U.S. Medical Affairs at Merck and Co.

May 9, 2012

As the weather gets warmer, you might want to start sprucing up the yard, or get a garden going.  If that's your plan, forester Dwight Barnett from the TN Department of Agriculture will tell you what types of invasive plants you need to identify and how to kill them, how to test your soil and what you can add to it to promote growth, how to properly prune trees and bushes, and what plants you can buy that benefit wildlife and the surrounding environment.  For questions, you can call Dwight at 615-837-5552.

Apr 23, 2012

April is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, one of the most detectable and treatable cancers of all, and one that is impacting more and more people every year. Current statistics show that here in Tennessee, less than half of all woman get tested for cervical cancer, yet more than 20 million woman in the United States are infected with HPV, the virus that triggers cervical cancer, every year, often with little or no symptoms. That's why no matter your age or your background, it's important to get screened! To find out more, log onto TheHPVTest.com.

Apr 23, 2012

30% of Nashville children are in contact with drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications, and there are many clear warning signs you can pick up on as a parent.  DeWayne Holman from the Nashville Prevention Partnership lists warning signs that your child may be abusing drugs or alcohol, explains why prescription medications are the new substance abuse threat, talks about what life landmarks present the greatest risks for drug use, and gives tips on how to limit the accessibility of harmful substances.  For more resources, visit DrugFree.org o

Apr 23, 2012

Whether you’re trying to strengthen your resume for the job market, or just have a zest for learning, the Nashville Community Education Commission offers free or low-priced classes on a wide range of subjects from foreign language, computer orientation, to home repair, and more.  Executive Director Lovette Curry says that they are always accepting suggestions for new classes, and you can even apply to teach one yourself!  Helena Farrow, Executive Director of OIC Nashville also shares their services such as GED classes, job training and placement, and transportation assistance.&nbs

Apr 2, 2012

With all the gloom and doom out there right now regarding the economy, here’s some good news you might not have heard; Tennessee’s economy is actually recovering at a faster rate than the national average, and state unemployment is well under the national rate as well.  In fact, Jeff Hentschel and Melinda Williams from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development say that there are more jobs available now than there have been in years.  Jeff and Melinda explain how the department and their many career centers can prepare you to take advantage of these new jobs, with

Apr 2, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month, and Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr.

Apr 2, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month, and according to recent statistics, a lot of us are struggling.  66% of the population is considered overweight or obese, and Tennessee currently ranks 39th of 50 in national health rankings.  New Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner says if you're having a hard time getting healthy, you are not alone; anyone can get healthy with the proper attitude.  Dr.

Mar 13, 2012

In the state of Tennessee, about 30 babies are born prematurely every single day, and there will only be an explanation as to why for about half of them.  That's why March of Dimes, with their research funding, education outreach, and volunteer efforts are so important.  Tamara Currin, Program Services Director for March of Dimes, explains the biggest risk factors and warning signs of a premature birth, as well as a risky new trend of professionally induced early labor.  Angela Crane-Jones, this year's Ambassador Mom for the March of Dimes, also shares the story of her pregna

Mar 12, 2012

According to recent statistics, there are 4 widows for every 1 widower in the area, with an average monthly income of $451 or less.  Most are hardly making enough to get by, and what's worse is they have no one to turn to.  Beyond the Gates Ministries and their Widow's Might Support Group specializes in care for the widowed, providing meals, support, and a shoulder to cry on for those of any age who have lost a loved one.  Chaplin Nancy Smotherman and other support group members share personal stories, and talk about how ANYONE widowed, even by choice through divorce, can ben

Feb 22, 2012

This week is Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, and Mac Purdy, Director of the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency, says not to try and prepare for every individual disaster, but rather engage in "all hazards emergency management".  He explains why it's important to have emergency kits prepared for at work, at home, and in the car, and details what exactly needs to be in those kits, such as food, important documents, and first aid supplies.  He also talks about the value of emergency meeting locations for the family, as well as out-of-state points of contact, and h

Feb 15, 2012

Tennessee is now officially #1 in the nation for meth labs, as methamphetamine has been identified as the largest drug threat by most law enforcement professionals in the country.  Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force explains how the manufacturing of meth impacts everyone, from the environmental hazards it imposes, to the chemical byproducts, the threat to children, and the laws put in place to curb access to vital ingredients.  He describes how the drug effects the human body, how you can spot a possible meth lab location, and what's being done to put a stop t

Feb 15, 2012

It's tax season again!  Dan Boone from the I.R.S. joins the program to tell you about what this year's changes are to the tax laws, when the deadline to file is, what deductions and credits you won't want to miss, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, how to spot scams such as email ID theft traps, and where to receive free tax preparation assistance.  He also introduces the new Fresh Start program, just introduced this year to assist people and small businesses paying their taxes in the bad economy.  To get tax forms, locate an I.R.S.

Feb 15, 2012

Winter can be hard on automobiles.  Frigid temperatures and icy roads can be a danger not only to your engine, but your personal safety as well.  Avery Smith, ASE certified mechanic at Little Brothers Shell, explains the importance of antifreeze and how often to change it, as well as what maintenance to perform regularly to avoid a breakdown.  Mark Cox, director of the Bridgestone Winter Driving School explains which tires are best for winter driving, how you can tell if you're about to hydroplane, and how to execute driving maneuvers that might help you avoid a crash.