Monday, September 30, 2013

PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LIKELY TOMORROW
A partial shutdown of the federal government is likely to start sometime tomorrow.  The Republican-controlled House passed a funding extension bill early Sunday morning to avert a shutdown, but it includes a one-year delay for making the Affordable Care Act operational.... and you know that's not gonna fly. 

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH INSURANCE STARTS TOMORROW.
(WHERE CAN YOU FIND INFORMATION YOU NEED?)
Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starts tomorrow.  Health and Human Services Regional Director Herb Schultz says 50 online marketplaces will be open to help most uninsured Americans sign up for coverage.  You can get ready and find out more about it at www.healthcare.gov 
The link also includes a checklist of the information you'll need to plug in, to help you make your choice.

NEW METRO SCHOOLS GRADING SYSTEM GETTING GOOD REVIEWS
A new grading system at Metro Nashville schools is getting mostly good reviews. Teachers, principals and school administrators defended the system at a recent school board meeting.  Under procedures that started this school year, students are graded only on in-class work, they are given at least two chances to retake exams and they can't receive scores that are less than 50 percent.  Supporters say the system gives an accurate reflection of the students' knowledge and encourages them to keep trying when they're struggling to understand the material.

LANDSCAPER SAYS PUMPKINS MAY COST MORE THIS FALL: TOO MUCH RAIN
For a lot of people, pumpkins are a major part of their fall decorations. But since we had so much rain this year, that in some areas, the pumpkins got mushy and are harder to find...  and will cost more if you can find them. Landscapers recommend you use mums and flowers instead of pumpkins to decorate if you're having a harfd time finding them.

DID YOU SEE IT? ANOTHER METEOR FIREBALL SATURDAY NIGHT, THIRD IN A WEEK
Did you see it? There was another fireball this weekend, this one over Alabama, that a lot of people here in MIddle Tennessee saw. Bill Cook from NASA says that this was the 15th significant meteorite fireball this month which is, "very unusual."
And it happened just before NASA's light-triggered cameras kicked in, so there are few photos other than amateur ones.

BLOUNT COUNTY KIDS ATTACKED AT SCHOOL, PARENTS UPSET THAT THEY WEREN'T TOLD
Some Blount County parents are outraged after 24 students were allegedly attacked with thumbtacks o at school. Deputies say three teenage girls are to blame. At least one of the students claims it started in sewing class when a girl started sticking classmates with a needle. Some parents say they weren't even notified, and claim when some kid goes around sticking other kids, then using the same needle or tack to stick someone else, there's the risk of bloodborne diseases, and they should have at LEAST been notified.   Three teenaged girls were suspended.

FIRE DESTROYS BOATS AT ELM HILL MARINA 
What a rude awakening! To be peacefully sleeping on your houseboat, on the lake and suddenly hear someone running down the dock yelling, "Fire!" Early Sunday morning a fire broke out on a houseboat and then spread, at Elm Hill Marina. By the end of the day there were at least 9 burned boats, including two that were underwater, dock b had collapsed, sending six firefighters into the water, dock c was badly damaged, and hazardous materials crews had to put out booms to try and skim fuel from the lake. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

WILL BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY DANCE TONIGHT (MONDAY)?
So far no word on whether Bill Nye the Science Guy will take part in tonight's Dancing with the Stars competition. He was rushed to the hospital after last Monday night's show for a torn knee ligament that he got when he tripped during his routine. Nye has consistently had the lowest scores from the judges, but his popularity with his fans has kept him on the show. till now.

PILOTS ADMIT THEY BOTH FELL ASLEEP ON LONG FLIGHT
Two pilots of a British airliner, on a long flight, have filed a report admitting they were taking turns napping, and they both fell asleep in the cockpit, leaving the full jet flying unsupervised on autopilot. One of the pilots eventually woke up and woke his colleague, but neither one knew how long they had been asleep. They reported the incident themselves, but blamed longer shifts during the summer holiday period. Pilot fatigue is a HUGE problem in Britain and in the U.S. 

TITANS LOSE JAKE LOCKER TO INJURY, BEAT JETS 38-13
Jake Locker threw a career-high three touchdowns before being taken to the hospital with an injured right hip. No word yet on whether it'll keep him out fo rlong. Before he was carried off, he helped the Tennessee Titans beat the New York Jets 38-13. 

Tennessee also won this weekend... beating South Alabama 31-24, and Vandy won this weekend, 52 to 24.

ROBIN WILLIAMS BEATS MICHAEL J FOX IN COMEBACK TV
In the match-up of returning sitcom stars on Thursday, CBS' Robin Williams in "The Crazy Ones" came out on top, drawing a 4.0 rating as compared with NBC's Michael J. Fox Show's with a 2.1.

BREAKING BAD OVER
The journey is over for Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin. We can't tell you how it ended because so many people just STARTED watching it this season, or they recorded it to watch later.
We can tell you that last night's show is expected to have its highest ratings of the entire series: 8 million viewers,  maybe more. Advertisers were spending as much as 400-thousand-dollars for spots in the final episode, AND promising to buy spots on other, less popular shows ... just to get the deal.
For a little cable network, that's a big deal... though still not as high as some big broadcast series finales, like $900,000 for ads in the series finale of "Lost" in 2010, and more than $1 million for commercials in series finales of "Seinfeld," "Friends" and "Everybody Loves Raymond." 

MURDER OF PASTOR
Police in Louisiana are investigating after a pastor was shot to death as he delivered his sermon. About 60 people were in the church in Lake Charles Louisiana when Ronald Harris was shot.

APPLE MOST VALUABLE BRAND IN THE WORLD
What's the most valuable brand in the world? Apple. Then Google, and Coca-Cola in third place.

BLONDIE AT THE RYMAN TONIGHT (MONDAY)
Blondie is at the Ryman tonight. Tickets at www.ryman.com

WIN CHER TICKETS ALL THIS WEEK on MIX 92.9!
CHER is coming to Bridgestone Arena on Mar 31st, and you can win tickets, each morning this week, at 7:43, Gametime, here on Mix 92.9! 

IF YOU'RE BUYING CHER TICKETS:
The cheapest tickets are 136 bucks.
We want to give you a heads-up because they'll be sold differently this year... they'll be doing a lottery on Friday, and the winning lottery number will be first in line. The following numbers will line up behind that person. Anyone arriving after 11:30a.m. will join the line at the end. Tickets start at $135.50, and you'll need to have your photo ID out if paying by credit card. There is an 8 ticket limit, to keep scalpers from buying up the tickets and reselling them.

$10,000 PICK YOUR PUMPKIN CONTEST UNDERWAY: PLAY AT 8:25 AND 3:25 EACH WEEKDAY
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Get ready for fall cash with the "Mix 92.9 Ten Thousand Dollar Pick Your Pumpkin Contest!" We've got 500 pumpkins filled with cash, and one pumpkin has $10,000 cash! At 8:25 and 3:25, we'll give you your cue to call in at 615-737-0929 and pick one pumpkin. All of them have money, but If you pick the right one, you'll win $10,000.
The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Pick Your Pumpkin Contest is brought to you by the Greymont Kennels www.greymontkennel.com, and Mix 92.9!