Monday, December 2, 2013
141 million of us are estimated to have gone shopping over the long Thanksgiving weekend. That's a record, according to the National Retail Federation. However, we bought less, the first time we've done that since 2006. Experts think some may have spent earlier in the month when big discounts were being offered, and the rest of us are just being cautious with our money. Or saving it to spend online today--Cyber Monday.
Today is Cyber Monday, the busiest internet sales day of the year. Online powerhouse Amazon, which has a fulfillment center in Murfreesboro, says they're ready for the onslaught. Last year, customers ordered more than 26 million items worldwide, which is a record breaking 306 items per second. Forbes magazine predicts nearly $2 billion in Cyber Monday sales alone this year.
The Robertson County Sheriff's Office is looking for a "person of interest" following a Pleasant View house fire that killed one early Sunday morning. Investigators found a body inside the burned-out Pleasant View. 49-year-old David Greenwood is being sought by authories for questioning.
HOLIDAY TV SPECIALS
Checking out how some specials did over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend: The two-hour "Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas" drew 8.7 million viewers while "Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular" had only 3.6 million viewers. Compare this to the annual showing of the 40-year-old "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" which drew in 5.3 million people, almost doubling it's audience from last year's showing. Not shabby for a blockhead.
TENNESSEE'S RURAL HOSPITALS SUFFER
A political battle is hurting rural hospitals across Tennessee, forcing many to cut the number of workers and reduce services. The Affordable Care Act reduces reimbursements to Tennessee hospitals by $5.6 billion over the next decade. This "lost money" was supposed to be replaced through expanding TennCare, the state Medicaid program, but many in the state legislature are against expansion. This leaves the hospitals in the lurch unless a ways to replace the funding is found
GOV TO LIGHT TREE
Governor Haslam and his wife are on hand for the lighting of the Christmas tree at the state Capitol this evening. The 30-foot spruce is strung with 6,000 lights and over 200 ornaments. The festivities start at 5:30 today.
BABY WE WERE BORN TO SELL AT AUCTION
In early 1974, Bruce Springsteen sat down at his New Jersey home and begin scribbling out the words for what would become one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time. On Thursday (Dec. 5th), the original handwritten notes for "Born to Run" will be auctioned off by Southeby's New York. The manuscript, just 30 lines in blue ink is expected to bring in between $70,000 and $100,000. "Born To Run" is number 21 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of all-time greatest songs and was named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the songs that shaped the genre.
HEALTHCARE.GOV WORKING MUCH BNETTER NOW, THANKS FOR ASKING
President Obama set this weekend as the deadline for fixing the busted website healthcare.org, and officials are saying the worst of the problems have been fixed. The department of Health and Human services said yesterday that 50,000 people can now log on to the website at the same time and more than 800,000 people can shop for insurance coverage daily. There are still a batch of lesser glitches to be repaired; the department declined to say how many were still on the "to be fixed" list.
CONSTRUCTION WORK RESTARTS
The road construction projects that were suspended for the Thanksgiving weekend are back on. TDOT says three projects in Middle Tennessee will begin today, including one in Williamson County and another in Wilson County. In Davidson County, crews will replace beams on a new bridge on Gallatin Road over the train tracks.