Friday, November 8, 2013

FROSTY MORNING, POSSIBLE FLURRIES IN THE FORECAST
We woke up to FREEZING temperatures this morning , so some people had some surprise windshield defrosting or scraping to do before they could see to drive.  AND, you may want to spend this weekend making sure your car is winter-ready, there's the chance of snow flurries in Nashville, and temperatures down into the twenties overnight by next week.

OBAMA APOLOGIZES
President Obama is apologizing to Americans who lost their current health insurance plans because of the Affordable Care Act.  That wasn't supposed to happen that way. Some lawmakers are working on legislation to fix it.

TSA RESEARCHING AIRPORT SECURITY LAPSE
There's apparently been a safety issue at the Nashville International Airport. The Transportation Safety Administration is investigating after a man who had been flagged still somehow managed to get past screeners, onto a plane, and made it to Atlanta.  TSA says they determined later he was not a threat, but they're looking into what happened, and how he slipped by.

DESIGN OF GREEN HILL DEVELOPMENT CHANGED BECAUSE OF PUBLIC CONCERN
There'll be some changes in that new high rise in Green Hills after nearby residents said they were not happy. The Franklin-based firm working on the project that's going up on Hillsboro Pike at Richard Jones Road says they'll make it only a 16-story tower, rather than the original 22 stories they'd planned.

DUCK DYNASTY GUYS UNDER CONTRACT TO HAVE LONG BEARDS
Some men grow beards in the wintertime then shave them off in the spring. The Duck Dynasty guys don't have that option. It came to light recently that they're under CONTRACT and MUST keep their beards long, year-round. It's become part of the Duck Dynasty signature look, and has already earned somebody  big big money with halloween costumes last month.

TN SCHOOLS LEAD NATION IN MATH, READING GAINS
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is out... and our schools are among the most-improved. Tennessee is one of only three public school jurisdictions - and the only state - that made both math and reading gains in both fourth and eighth grades over the past two years.

NASHVILLE PRINCIPAL RESIGNS OVER SPANKING INCIDENT
The former principal of a north Nashville elementary school has resigned, for reportedly spanking two students in October. He quit and apologized after two parents complained and police opened an investigation. 

FDA BANNING TRANS FATS
Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, because of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of them for good, and will require the food industry to phase out trans fats.

TITANS COLLECTING CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS
www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com
If you 're going to Titans game Sunday, they've asked us to remind you to bring your cellphone. Local college ROTC students will be collecting used cellphones before the game, for Cell Phones for Soldiers. The kids sell the phones, and use the money to buy prepaid phone cards to give to military members around the world, and in VA hospitals.

FRANKLIN ONE OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE TOWNS
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20131105/WILLIAMSON10/311050123/Franklin-makes-list-of-America-s-Favorite-Towns-
Franklin has been named one of “America’s Favorite Towns” by Travel + Leisure Magazine's online readers. Franklin's many festivals and its beautiful downtown lights at Christmas, put the town in 8th place, on the Favorite Towns in America list.

81 YEAR OLD ESCAPES KIDNAPPERS
An 81-year-old, Smithville, Tennessee man has escaped from his kidnappers.... who had taken him hostage and were driving him around to ATMs making him take money out of his bank accounts for them. The elderly man managed to get out at a stoplight. His tormenters included 29 year old Amanda Maxwell, an acquaintance of the victim, and one of her friends, 31 year old Charles Reagan. They've been caught, and charged.

WHY WOMEN KEEP SAYING 'SORRY' AT WORK: 
   A new study finds MANY women have what's beingcalled "Imposter Syndrome"... the phenomenon in which high-achieving career women feel UNQUALIFIED for their jobs in SPITE of the positive feedback they get. The self-doubt means most women don't even apply for higher positions or ask for raises unless they're certain they meet 100 percent of the prerequisites. (Men, meanwhile, tend to send in their resumes if they possess a mere 60 percent of the job qualifications.) That means you should REMEMBER that next time you tell YOURSELF no...

OFFICE WORKERS WANT, NEED MORE FLEXIBLE TIME
A new poll found more than half of us say we'd be willing to put in more hours on the job, or even take a pay cut if the bosses would just be flexible on when work was due. because of deadlines welve worked on vacation, in bed, at our kids school events.

MURFREESBORO FOOD PANTRY NEEDS DONATIONS
It looks like it may be a hard winter for non-profits... they're already seeing increases in people asking for help, and some, including the Greenhouse Ministries food pantry in Murfreesboro... are asking for help re-stocking. And the Salvation Army is already gearing up for the Angel Tree program .... that's expected to help more needy families than ever this year. 

BILLY GRAHAM BIRTHDAY
Hundreds of people traveled to Asheville, North Carolina last night to help celebrate the Reverend Billy Graham's 95th birthday. The North Carolina-born evangelist has been in failing health and didn't make a public speech at the party, but his son did play a new public message Graham recorded ... called "The Cross" which may end up being Graham's final sermon. When Graham, who is frail but mentally alert, was wheeled into a ballroom ... close to 900 people waiting for him, gave him a standing ovation. Graham is considered one of the most important figures in modern Christianity, having counseled U.S. Presidents, and preaching to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history, and his organization says he was also the first to take his message to countries living under Communist rule.