Friday, December 27, 2013

 

THREE CENT POSTAL RATE INCREASE
Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive.  Look for a temporary 3cent increase for a first class stamp, making it 49cents a letter. Forever stamps can be purchased at the lower rate until the change and they are accepted forever – no matter how many rate hikes take place.  Bulk mail, periodicals, and package rates rise 6%.  The hike is supposed to last only two years, effective Jan 26 to help the Post Office recover from the severe mail decrease brought on by 2008 economic downturn. More... 

ARE YOUR KIDS OVER-WIRELESSED?
Within the past two years the percentage of kids under age 9 who've used smartphones and tablets soared from 38 percent to more than 70 percent, including more than a third of kids under 2.  According to Common Sense Media, kids from 0 to 5 are walking up to tv screens trying to swipe them like they’re a tablet.  There’s even an infant bouncy seat outfitted for an ipad. The key to remember – kids don’t do what you say, they do what they see YOU DO.  So if you stay on your tablet or phone – they will too. More...

 
MURFREESBORO FD GIFTED PET O-2 MASKS
When retired Murfreesboro police officer Joanna Meldon lost her beloved pet, Sophie to cancer she did something really special.  In memory of Sophie, she donated 4 pet oxygen masks to the fire department, which only had human oxygen masks till now.  She said losing a home to fire is terrible, but the loss of a pet just adds to the grief.  According to the fire department, these masks can make the difference between that animal being saved and not having a chance. More...

FLU SPIKES IN MID-TN
With the colder temperatures and crowded stores, Middle Tennessee saw a spike in the number of flu cases, most being H1N1, and doctors expect it to get worse.  The symptoms come on hard and fast – fever, cough and heavy nasal congestion.  It cannot be treated with antibiotics or a trip to your doctor.  Only time, fluids, and rest get you better. More...

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP FOR MID-TN FOLKS
Time’s have been hard for a lot of folks in Middle Tennessee. Before despair sets in, there are programs to help.  Emergency financial assistance, prescription assistance, housing, and medical help information is available from Metro Action Committee, Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency, and Catholic Charities among others.  Rent, utility bills, property tax, and foreclosure prevention are within their scope. We have a link on our website to a whole list of places that can help, so don’t give up hope. Resources here...

RECYCLE CHRISTMAS TREES
What to do with that used Christmas tree?  There are lots of ways to recycle!  Earth911.com has a list of local/metro chipping and mulching sites, but you can also use them in ponds and lakes to provide fish habitats, at the edge of the yard as a wildlife refuge and of course, firewood.  Check here for a full list of ideas.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR KIDS
Parents often spend time working on self improvement plans for the new year, but sometimes overlook the chance to help children understand planning and goal setting. Talking with children and setting simple goals like reading more or coloring within the lines are a few learning examples that teach life lessons like accomplishment, success, and most importantly – TRYING something new. Get some ideas here...

54% RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT HOME
Looking ahead for the New Year, also means looking back. In a recent AP Poll Americans look forward with optimism, many because they review 2013 as less than stellar.  49% think 2014 will be better,  and 54% will be home to ring in the new year with nearly 6 in 10 saying they’ll watch at least some of the NYC Times Square celebration. Nashville’s Bash on Broadway is slated as one of the go-to New Year’s Eve Happenings in the world bye the way. More...

SOBER RIDE NASHVILLE
Making New Year’s Eve plans should involve transportation if you plan on consuming alcohol.  For the 30th year in a row, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office are participating in Sober Ride.  It’s a free service, and we’ve got information on how you can take advantage and stay safe – and keep others safe this holiday. Clarksville has their own version called Operation Safe Ride. More...

NEW CLASSES FOR NEW YR HOBBIES
Did you know that January is National Hobby Month?  More people start a new hobby in January than any other month.  Lowering stress and blood pressure, increasing focus, delaying Alzheimer’s and lifting depression are just a few of the health benefits associated with starting a new hobby.  Jan 6th marks the sign up for all sorts of classes through Nashville Community Education winter classes, including classes at its newest site, Wright Middle School in South Nashville. Details here... 

CHURCH MAKES BEAUTY OF ASHES
This January is the anniversary of the loss of Bell Road Church of the Nazarene due to a fire caused by an electric heater a year ago.  For the anniversary the church plans to break ground on their new church three weeks from now, with a growing membership that has spent the focusing on what they have rather than what they don’t.  They hope to hold their first service in the new building in a year and a half.

 

DOLLY AND CARL 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Dolly Parton and her husband Carl Dean are planning a re-nup for their 50th Anniversary this year.  They got married in GA, but plan to renew their vows at their home in Middle Tennessee.  So a Happy 50 years to the Parton-Dean’s from all of us.