Thursday, November 7, 2013

HEALTHCARE STUFF
Maybe we're making some progress on implementing the Health Care Reform plan in our lives. www.Healthcare.gov seems to be up and running, more people are getting through, though they're still working on it each night, overnight.
The House will vote next week on a bill to allow consumers to keep their health insurance plans.
The nation's first health insurance exchange enrollment center opens today in Connecticut. It's modeled after an Apple store, and offers in-person, one-on-one guidance through the process of enrolling for health insurance.
And Consumer Reports has put together some easy-to-understand information about the healthcare changes. Here are 7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW 

 

ANOTHER WINDY DAY, LEAVES AND RAIN CREATE SLIPPERY CONDITIONS
Please be careful driving or walking anywhere today. This wind is blowing all the leaves off the trees, and what can be really dangerous, is where the leaves have landed in areas still wet from yesterday's rain. They can be extremely slick and cause falls. Just be careful when you take your walk today. 

BRENTWOOD WOUNDED SOLDIERS GET THEIR SPECIAL HOMES
Monday is Veterans' Day, which makes this an ESPECIALLY appropriate weekend for two wounded military members from Brentwood to get the keys to their new homes ... that have been specially-adapted for them... and paid for by the national organization Homes for Our Troops. Marine Lance Corporal Ben Maenza lost both his legs and injured his arm in Afghanistan in 2010 and is now working toward a business degree at Lipscomb... and Army Specialist Andrew Wilson lost both his legs in 2011... also in Afghanistan... when a bomb went off two feet in front of him. Andrew gets his home Saturday, it's in Nolensville, and Ben gets his adapted Brentwood home on Sunday. 

WALMART GLITCH POSTED SOME TOO-GOOD-TO-BE-TRUE PRICES
There was a glitch at Walmart.com yesterday morning... that really created some falling prices! Shoppers at Walmart.com were able to click on a treadmill, normally hundreds of dollars, and pop that sucker in the shopping cart for 33 bucks. LCD computer monitors were showing up for 9 dollars. The problem was fixed by late afternoon, and Walmart says it's NOT going to honor the incorrect prices.

GOODBYE BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO
Remember when you used to go to Blockbuster to rent movies? They were the only gbame in town and reminded you to be kind and rewind. Now, Dish Network, which bought bankrupt video rental store Blockbuster in 2011, is closing all the remaining Blockbuster stores by the end of the year.

HOUSE VOTES TO LET CONSUMERS KEEP HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS
The House will vote next week on a bill to allow consumers to keep their health insurance plans. The Republican legislation is a response to reports of consumers having their insurance plans canceled as the healthcare reform law moves forward.  

LOTTERY TICKET THIEVES NABBED
Metro Nashville police say they've caught three people accused of stealing lottery tickets from seven Nashville convenience stores. They apparently took the countertop displays of tickets, scratched off all the scratchies, and cashed them in. They're gonna need that money for bail, now. 

PART OF OLD HICKORY LAKE CLOSED TO FISHING
The "No Fishing" sign is going up on one of the most popular fishing areas on Old HIckory Lake. It's being closed till the spring of 2016 near the Gallatin Fossil plant for pollution control upgrades at the plant.

KY. GIRL DROPS OUT OF RACE BECAUSE SHE WOULD'VE BEEN RUNNER 666
High school cross country runner Codie Thacker of spent months training for a big regional race in Kentucky, but dropped out at the last minute because of an unusual reason: the number the 16-year-old was assigned for the race, was "666." She says, in the Bible, that's considered the number of the beast, and she just couldn't do it. Officials for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association denied the request to change it, but now say they would have if they'd realized it was for religious reasons.

"NASHVILLE" STAR NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF CHRISTMAS PARADE
http://www.nashvillechristmasparade.com/home
Just like you, Nashville is already making plans for Christmas. And this year's Nashville Christmas Parade gets a shot of Hollywood. Actor Eric Close, who plays the role of Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC’s “Nashville,” has been named as the parade’s grand marshal. Our real Mayor, Karl Dean will also reportedly be on hand for the tree-lighting ceremony.  So you can make plans, The Nashville Christmas Parade will be December 6th in downtown Nashville.

FIREBALL OVER CALIFORNIA
Thousands of people in California reported seeing a fireball in the sky last night. The meteorite was seen by people from Malibu to Palm Springs, about 140 miles to the east -- and from San Diego to Fresno, nearly 340 miles to the north.

NASHVILLE JOB MARKET COOLING
It appears Nashville's job market could be slowing down a little. There for awhile there were job fairs seemingly every day. But a new ranking by CareerBuilder puts us 35th on the national list for job growth, after consistently sitting near the top of the charts in previous years.

OLYMPIC TORCH HEADED TO ISS
The Olympic torch is rocketing to the International Space station. It's aboard a Soyuz spacecraft that successfully launched from Kazakhstan with a crew including men from Russia, America, and Japan.  The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin February 7th.

OPRAH'S FAVORITE THINGS ARE BACK. HERE ARE A FEW YOU CAN AFFORD
http://thestir.cafemom.com/home_garden/163691/oprahs_favorite_things_are_back
Oprah's Favorite Things are back, and this year's edition of the ultimate wish list has a lot of cute, AND affordable, items... including cute mugs that look like sweaters on the outside, washi tins and tea, and pretty candle holders. You can get the info at www.oprah.com/gift-list/Oprahs-Favorite-Things-2013

POPE FRANCIS OFFERS COMPASSIONATE TOUCH TO SEVERELY DISFIGURED MAN
It's the photo that'll make you cry. Pope Francis' compassionate nature was poignantly captured in this image (at link above) of him tenderly comforting a sick man by kissing him on the head. Pope Francis made the compassionate gesture in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City, 06 November 2013.
Though the man's face was disfigured with appears to be boils, the Pope laid his hands on his head and screwed his eyes up tightly in prayer. Pope Francis tweeted earlier this year, "The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable."